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Self-medals, hot chips and Olympic qualification: a day at Australia’s athletics titles | Kieran Pender

With Tokyo selection on the line, Guardian Australia spent a day at the track and field national championshipsA cloud of Covid-induced uncertainty still lingers over Tokyo 2021, but there was no talk of Olympic cancellation at Australia’s track and fie…

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Self-medals, hot chips and Olympic qualification: a day at Australia’s athletics titles | Kieran Pender

With Tokyo selection on the line, Guardian Australia spent a day at the track and field national championshipsA cloud of Covid-induced uncertainty still lingers over Tokyo 2021, but there was no talk of Olympic cancellation at Australia’s track and fie…

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With Tokyo looming, Australian athletics golden era dawns in Sydney

The Track and Field Championships, which begin on Monday, look set to usher in a new golden generation of Australian athleticsBarring anything unforeseen, Tokyo 2021 will mark Craig Hilliard’s ninth Olympics. The veteran, who was head coach of Australi…

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Irish sprinter Leon Reid charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine

Reid won bronze in 200m at 2018 Commonwealth GamesReid, 26, is charged with three other related offencesThe 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid is among five men charged with drugs, possession of firearms and money-laundering offences. R…

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Beth Potter’s stunning 5k run unlikely to get even UK record status

World record-beating 14.41 time highly unlikely to be ratifiedTimekeeper qualifications and lack of referee scupper recordBeth Potter is facing fresh heartache as her world record-beating 5km road time is also highly unlikely to be ratified as a UK rec…

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Beth Potter’s stunning 5k run unlikely to get even UK record status

World record-beating 14.41 time highly unlikely to be ratifiedTimekeeper qualifications and lack of referee scupper recordBeth Potter is facing fresh heartache as her world record-beating 5km road time is also highly unlikely to be ratified as a UK rec…

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Beth Potter’s stunning 5k run unlikely to get even UK record status

World record-beating 14.41 time highly unlikely to be ratifiedTimekeeper qualifications and lack of referee scupper recordBeth Potter is facing fresh heartache as her world record-beating 5km road time is also highly unlikely to be ratified as a UK rec…

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No drug testers means Beth Potter’s 5km record run likely to be chalked off

Scottish triathlete ran ‘world-beating’ 14min 41sec in LancashirePotter: ‘I was convinced the clock was wrong’The Scottish triathlete Beth Potter was convinced the clock was wrong as she stormed to a stunning world-beating 5km road time – but now faces…

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‘Why not me?’: Rohan Browning targets rare Australian 100m Olympic medal | Kieran Pender

After closing on the 10-second barrier, the sprinter has his eyes on making history in TokyoIn the 125-year history of the modern Olympics, only two Australian men have won a medal in the 100 metre sprint. Stan Rowley claimed bronze at the 1900 Olympic…

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Stephanie Davis reaches Olympics less than three years after first marathon

Glaswegian part-timer set for Tokyo after personal best at Kew39-year-old Chris Thompson books place with win in men’s raceStephanie Davis, a part-time athlete who ran her first marathon less than three years ago, will represent Great Britain at the Ol…

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‘I do sport, but it’s not who I am’: Nicola McDermott jumping for gold and God in Tokyo | Kieran Pender

The Australian high jumper on breaking the magical two-metre barrier, going solo in Europe during Covid, and her strong Christian faithAfter each jump during competition, Australian high jumper Nicola McDermott does something unusual. Having returned t…

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NHL magic, north London derby memories and very long drives | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup includes big six-hitting from Kieron Pollard and a desperate last-ditch challenge1) It’s the north London derby this weekend and no one has a clue which Arsenal or Tottenham will turn up at the Emirates. What is known is that there …

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Wayde van Niekerk: ‘I’ve gone back to fighting for my dream from scratch’

The 400m world record holder suffered a devastating knee injury in a charity tag rugby match in 2017 but still eyes retaining his Olympic crown and breaking the 43-second barrier“It was definitely more mental than physical,” Wayde van Niekerk says as t…

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‘Outstanding’ Keely Hodgkinson tipped to lead new wave of British athletics

UK Athletics head coach hails European indoors-winning runChristian Malcolm says athlete, 19, can peak at Paris 2024The teenage middle-distance runner Keely Hodgkinson has been hailed as an outstanding talent with all the tools to be at the vanguard of…

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Keely Hodgkinson claims historic indoor gold as Britain match record haul

Teenager wins 800m gold in 2min 03.88secTeam GB match record medal tally of 12 from GlasgowOnly four days after her 19th birthday, Keely Hodgkinson produced a performance of supreme poise and power to become the youngest British winner of a European In…

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Jodie Williams takes bronze in European Indoor 400m final

British runner ends near seven-year spell since last medal Holly Archer wins silver in scrappy 1500m raceYears ago, when Jodie Williams was being hailed as the next great British sprinter, she had a tattoo on her wrist: “Pain is Temporary, Victory is F…

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Sandi Morris: ‘You have to pretend like the Olympics is going forward’

The Olympic pole vault silver medalist talks about creating her own competitive opportunities amid the pandemic and the challenges of staying motivated for Tokyo 2021Like everyone else, Sandi Morris was left no choice but to shelve her plans when the c…

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Pozzi rues Brexit rules that threaten Olympic hopes as Markovc stars

Briton may be forced to quit training base in ItalyTeenager Amy-Eloise Markovc takes stunning gold in 3,000mBritain’s world champion hurdler Andrew Pozzi fears his Olympic ambitions are under threat because of new Brexit rules that could force him to q…

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Pozzi rues Brexit rules that threaten Olympic hopes as Markovc stars

Briton may be forced to quit training base in ItalyTeenager Amy-Eloise Markovc takes stunning gold in 3,000mBritain’s world champion hurdler Andrew Pozzi fears his Olympic ambitions are under threat because of new Brexit rules that could force him to q…

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Holly Bradshaw glad to be back after lost prize money and ‘living like a hermit’

Pole vaulter to compete at European indoor championshipsCovid has forced Bradshaw to miss five events this seasonIt has, to put it mildly, not been the smoothest buildup for Britain’s strongest gold medal contender at the European Indoor Championships …