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06 Sep 2015

Chasing the American dream; Okoye pursues the Patriots

Britain’s former Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye had a tryout with Super Bowl champions New England Patriots this week as the 23-year-old continues his attempt to make it in the NFL. While their star quarterback Tom Brady tries to shake off the shame of the deflategate scandal, the team are

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Murphy, Gregan, Barr and English after thier record run in Beijing. Image: Cathal Dennehy
05 Sep 2015

Live Stream: English and Gregan at the Flame Games

Mark English will race over 600m at the Flame Games in Amsterdam this evening, the Donegal athlete stepping down to 600m to race some of the world’s best at 7:45pm Irish time. Live stream link is here.  Men’s 600m start list 1 129 EL MANAOUI Amine MAR … 2 130

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05 Sep 2015

‘Historic’ Hayward Field goes back to the future on countdown to World Champs

One of the most famous venues in world athletics is set for a major facelift next year as Eugene, Oregon gets set to host the 2021 IAAF World Championships. Hayward Field — which for some unknown reason has been tagged with the try-hard nickname of ‘Historic’ Hayward Field in recent

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Thomas Barr competing at the World Championships in Beijing. Image via Athletics Ireland
04 Sep 2015

Barr: “I just didn’t have it in me today”

Thomas Barr finished third at the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich last night, the 22-year-old running 49.79 in cold conditions behind Kariem Hussein of Switzerland, who won in 49.16. “I just didn’t have it in me today,” said Barr. “It was a bit of a shoddy race. I struggled a

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26 Aug 2015

Brilliant Barber’s Path To Gold

In the life of Shawn Barber, pole vaulting has always been there. It was there as early as he can remember, when he used to watch his dad, George – a 5.48m vaulter who jumped at the 1983 World Championships – compete at meets all around Canada and the US.

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Pin-ups: China's 4x100m silver medallists
21 Aug 2015

Ten things I’ve learned on day one in Beijing

1) The Bird’s Nest is friggin awesome It’s every bit as big as it looks on TV, and endlessly fascinating to walk around, with a manicured mondo track that feels like carpet under your feet. The incredible steel web which decorates its outside is also lit up red at night

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19 Aug 2015

Radcliffe: athletes should not release blood data

Paula Radcliffe has spoken out about the recent doping scandals in athletics, telling BBC today that she agrees with anti-doping agencies’ in advising athletes not to make their blood data public, despite several athletes doing so in recent weeks. “I stand with the advice of WADA and UK Anti-doping on that point,”

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19 Aug 2015

Who will be the champions in China? Women’s track Previews

100m: The Shelly-Ann Show Since she first announced herself to the world at the Olympics Games in Beijing back in 2008, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been beaten only once in five global 100m championships – finishing fourt in Daegu in 2011. That blip aside, she’s collected two Olympic 100m titles

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16 Aug 2015

Who will be champions in China? Men’s track previews

100m: clash of the sprint titans In a race where only two athletes have a conceivable shot at gold, Justin Gatlin will start favourite after a year in which he has eviscerated all challengers who have stood in his way. Beijing, though, with a back-in-form Usain Bolt on the start

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16 Aug 2015

On this day: lightning Bolt strikes twice and shocks the world

The date was August 16, 2008, and in the cauldron that was the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the pressure was heaped upon Usain Bolt’s 21-year-old shoulders. The Jamaican has already broken the world record for 100m earlier that summer, running 9.72 in New York, but could he now prove

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