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London’s virtual long-distance runners will never be lonely in spirit | Sean Ingle

Sunday’s 40th edition of the capital’s marathon can be a unifying force just when a divided nation needs it mostThere is a day in the sporting calendar that I can guarantee will put a wide smile on my face – in fact, I can time the moment it happens to…

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Diacks’ $55m of suspicious bank transfers linked to Tokyo Olympic bid

French prosecutors investigate Lamine Diack and his sonLamine and Papa Massata Diack jailed for role in Russian dopingMore than $55m was transferred in and out of suspicious bank accounts linked to Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of global athl…

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Covid spike leads government to pause return of fans to sports stadiums

Supporters very unlikely to be allowed on 1 October as plannedPrime minister pressured to create ‘support package’ for sport The government is set to pause its plans for the partial return of fans to all sports stadiums on 1 October because of the rapi…

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Jemma Reekie savours Diamond League 800m win over housemate Laura Muir

Reekie moved into Muir’s Glasgow home before lockdownMondo Duplantis sets outdoor pole vault world recordEven in a year without the Tokyo Olympics it has been a golden summer for Jemma Reekie, and the 22-year-old Scot again emphasised her striking tale…

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How Lamine Diack’s 16-year reign in charge of IAAF led to a jail term

Diack’s corruption, covering up Russian doping cases for bribes, was discovered after police raided a Paris hotel The unmasking of Lamine Diack as one of the great sinners in the history of sport began with a police raid on All Saints’ Day in 2015. At …

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Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison

Former World Athletics president accepted bribes from RussiaCharged with helping athletes cover up drugs testsThe former president of World Athletics Lamine Diack has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined €500,000 (£455,000) after being found…

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As soon as I spotted Vicky Holland I knew I wanted her to win

The winner of our Young Sportswriter of the Year, ages 10 to 12, on being in Rio when Holland won Olympic bronzeAll hail Vicky Holland: the British triathlete who brought home the first ever British Olympic medal for women’s triathlon.I can tell you fo…

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London Marathon prize money cut nearly in half but fund made for Britons

Race winners will earn significantly less than in 2019Mo Farah to help British athletes run Olympic qualifying timeThe London Marathon is to cut its prize fund for next month’s race by nearly half because of the financial hit from the Covid-19 pandemic…

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Going for gold: looking back at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 20 years on – in pictures

The torch relay, Fatso the wombat, Cathy Freeman’s winning sprint and an opening ceremony that stopped the nation: these photographs capture a golden moment Continue reading…

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UK Athletics to cut costs by culling its Diamond League and anti-doping staff

Fears grow for future of London and Gateshead eventsAnti-doping team to be cut from three people to twoUK Athletics is planning to cut all its major events staff responsible for staging prestigious Diamond League meetings and also intends to reduce its…

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Stray cat sprints across finish line during 100m race in Turkey – video

A feline track invader nearly interrupted a 100m race in Istanbul after darting across the finish line. The cat’s unexpected sprint across the track was at the end of the Balkan U20s championship. The footage shows runners attempting to dodge the cat a…

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Premier League origins, 1980s fan footage and the great Gail Devers | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Andy Murray being a mensch and more1) The Premier League season begins this weekend, so here’s Sky’s Premier League launch from 1992, here’s Norwich beating Arsenal on the opening day, in front…

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Caster Semenya’s Olympic hopes fade as runner loses testosterone rules appeal

Swiss tribunal says Cas ruling ‘cannot be challenged’Double Olympic 800m champion vows to fight onThe double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya appears to have lost her long-running legal battle against regulations requiring women with high testoster…

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UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger says bullying and abuse will be eradicated

Grainger saddened and angered by claims of abuseSports could have funding cut if behaviour does not improveUK Sport has pledged to “identify, confront and eradicate” bullying and abuse in the high-performance system in the wake of the staggering allega…

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End to BBC deal risks best of British athletes running on empty | Sean Ingle

UK stars such as Dina Asher-Smith risk being unseen and underfunded unless the governing body gets back on trackThe best of times, the worst of times. In Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir, UK Athletics has four po…

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Diamond League athletics meetings under threat in UK

UK Athletics chief says new TV deal needed to raise cashBBC contract expires after British championshipsThe chief executive of UK Athletics has warned the cash-strapped organisation may not be able to stage any Diamond League meetings next year unless …

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Mo Farah breaks one-hour world record on ‘amazing’ return to track

Briton runs 21.33km in 60 minutes in BrusselsFirst world record in 37-year-old Farah’s careerAt an age when most athletes’ legs have started to betray them and their glory days have long faded into the rearview mirror, the 37-year-old Mo Farah was able…

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Mo Farah returns to track with first world record in his sights

Briton targets Haile Gebrselassie’s one-hour recordFarah to make first track appearance for three yearsIt has been three years since Mo Farah last stepped on to the track but he insists he is stronger than ever and ready to defy father time by breaking…

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Christian Malcolm named as British Athletics’ first black head coach for Olympics

Former Olympic sprinter has been coaching in AustraliaMalcolm will lead Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021Christian Malcolm has been confirmed as the new Olympic programme head coach for British Athletics. The 41-year-old, who was head of performanc…

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Amy Hunt: ‘I thrive under pressure. It was the same in my Cambridge interview’

The British teenage sprinter on how the exams fiasco affected her, going to university and competing in next year’s OlympicsFew people have been able to blunt the stellar rise of Amy Hunt, the brilliant teenager who is so quick she holds the world unde…