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Dina Asher-Smith happy to be role model after European Championships

Asher-Smith faces her toughest test this summer in the 200m in Birmingham against the world silver-medallist Marie-Josée Ta LouOne small measure of how Dina Asher-Smith has catapulted into the mainstream came at her local Costa on Friday morning, when …

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Sprinting needs another hero and Noah Lyles of the US puts up his hand | Sean Ingle

American prospect will be on a British track for the first time in Birmingham on Friday evening and contesting the 100 metresThe king is dead. Long live the king? With Usain Bolt retired, athletics needs a new sprint hero. The brilliant young Ame…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ‘There have been some hard times … dad definitely spurred me on’

Heptathlete has overcome family bereavement to claim silver this summer but believes she can improve in her bid to be world No 1Someone actually said to me ‘You look like you’ve just been run over’ the day after I won my heptathlon silver medal in…

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Dina Asher-Smith’s treble ‘the performance of a generation’

• Neil Black thinks there is more to come from the sprinter• Asher-Smith’s coach John Blackie credited with key roleDina Asher-Smith’s “out of this world” treble at the European Championships was the best display by a British track competitor in a gene…

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Dina Asher-Smith has stunned Berlin. Other Britons must now grab baton

The British athletics team has potential but it is punishingly hard to win on the global stageFourteen years ago, during the Athens Olympic Games, Dina Asher-Smith drew a picture of herself with six words scribbled underneath: “I want to win the Olympi…

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UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ policy finally comes up for debate | Sean Ingle

Ed Warner’s call for change in the ‘bloated’ and ‘flawed’ Olympic sport funding system puts the focus on medals in the spotlightThe battle for UK Sport’s soul has raged for years but it has been a one-sided skirmish. The policy of “no compromise” …

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Olympic sport funding is hugely bloated and needs radical overhaul – Ed Warner

• Former UK Athletics chair says governing bodies must pay 25%• ‘Wealthy names like Mo Farah should pay their own way’The funding of Olympic sport in Britain is “bloated”, “flawed” and needs a “radical overhaul” to end the dependency on national lotter…

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Lawson Craddock wears Tour’s red lantern as badge of courage

The American rider may have come last in the Tour de France but his grit and persistence in carrying on after a dreadful first-stage crash made it a triumph of sporting endeavourYou might not instantly recognise Lawson Craddock’s name, but an image of …

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Dina Asher-Smith targets three gold medals at European Championships

• Sprinter is fastest woman in Europe at 100m this year• British team hope to surpass best medal haulDina Asher-Smith has spent most of the past few years studying for a degree in history. Now she intends to make it. The 22-year-old is targeting three …

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ‘I can get over Beijing in life but it’s different on the runway’

After clinching world indoor and Commonwealth titles this year the heptathlete has set her sights on more success in BerlinIt is one of Katarina Johnson?Thompson’s earliest memories. The TV on, a Gary McAllister free?kick swishing into Alavés’s box, th…

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Tour de France: French media call for salary cap to curb Team Sky dominance

• Winner Geraint Thomas’s team have twice budget of Sunweb• Fans and public said to view Tour with ‘disillusioned anger’Geraint Thomas has been hailed as “Le Prince de Galles” and “Le cyclist next door” by French papers after winning his first Tour de …

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Froome case has ‘damaged credibility of Wada’, says Usada chief Tygart

• Travis Tygart criticises lack of transparency on salbutamol case• Wada is convinced UCI reached ‘correct and fair outcome’The handling of Chris Froome’s salbutamol case is “another shard that has damaged the credibility” of the World Anti-Doping Agen…

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Laura Muir sticks to 1500m as GB names European Championships squad

• Muir resists urge to attempt audacious 800m/1500m double• Dina Asher-Smith will run in both 100m and 200mLaura Muir has resisted the urge to attempt an audacious 800m and 1500m double at next month’s European Championships and will only run the 1500m…

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Nike’s lightning shoes hint at power of technology to skew elite competition | Sean Ingle

The Vaporflys live up to the huge hype – and give the clearest glimpse yet of how sport’s lines are being worryingly blurredDo you know the most remarkable thing about Nike’s £200 Vaporfly Elite trainers? They actually live up to the hype. When the sho…

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Gold medallist Ruth Jebet facing disciplinary proceedings for doping

• Jebet is one of more than 100 athletes being investigated• Athletics Integrity Unit is pushing for greater transparency The world steeplechase record holder and Olympic gold medallist Ruth Jebet is among more than 100 track and field athletes and coa…

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Laura Muir: ‘I would have a lot easier life if I didn’t say stuff’

The Scottish runner has caused a stir in athletics by repeatedly calling for tougher drug testing but is not tempted to stay quiet“Twenty-six seconds! 27, 28, 29!” On this Monday afternoon in St Moritz, 6,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps, it’s not just th…

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Anthony Joshua says he would rather lose than take drugs

• Heavyweight championwould retire if he fails a doping test• Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin in SeptemberAnthony Joshua has pledged to stop boxing if he ever fails a doping test – and says he would rather lose a fight than take banned performance…

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Athletics needs boost in post-Bolt era but was World Cup the answer? | Sean Ingle

The competition was enjoyed by casual fans but track and field still feels like it’s fumbling in the dark since losing star attractionJust under a year ago in London Usain Bolt grabbed the relay baton for the final time in his career, swapped it from h…

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Wada may cut permitted limit of medication at centre of Froome case

• Director general talks of ‘getting tough’ on salbutamol usage• Wada defends decision not to make Froome undergo CPKT studyThe World Anti-Doping Agency is considering whether to slash the daily permissible limit of salbutamol, the asthma medication at…

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England players’ fitness peaking at the right time, says sports scientist

John Brewer, who worked with Bobby Robson at Italia 90, thinks the team are reaping benefits of Gareth Southgate resting playersLions in the winter, lambs in the spring. Until this World Cup the truth of Michel Platini’s decades-old verdict on England’…