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Jofra Archer hits the target, own-goals and Richie Benaud’s road safety tips | Classic YouTube

This week also features a goal of the season contender, Victor Campanaerts’s hour heroics and Fed Cup highlights1) It’s been quite the week for spectacular goals, and some pretty striking own-goals too. There was heartache for Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriks…

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Tokyo Olympics: Mo Farah’s bid for marathon gold will mean dawn start

• Nine athletics finals will take place in the morning sessions• Schedule ‘substantially different’ with men’s marathon at 6amMo Farah’s bid for Olympic gold in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics will mean an early start after it was announced that the…

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World’s top marathon runners to face innovative anti-doping programme

• New scheme uses investigation and intelligence-driven testing• ‘We are absolutely determined to have a sport of integrity’The world’s top marathon runners, including Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge, are set to face more comprehensive scrutiny under a “gr…

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Caster Semenya accuses Sebastian Coe of ‘opening old wounds’

• South African hits back over IAAF president’s comments• ‘He is wrong to think she is a threat to women’s sport’Caster Semenya has accused Sebastian Coe of “opening old wounds” after his comments about the double Olympic champion in a newspaper articl…

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Caster Semenya case verdict postponed until end of April

• New submissions made by athlete and IAAF• Runner is challenging revised eligibility ruleCaster Semenya will have to wait until the end of April to hear whether her high-profile legal case against athletics’ governing body has been successful after th…

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Testosterone limits for female athletes not backed by science, say academics

Rules by IAAF would require some female track runners to lower their testosterone levels to competeProposed regulations on testosterone levels in women’s athletics have been criticised by academics who say they are not backed by scientific evidence and…

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Kelly Holmes on mental health and happiness: ‘I’ve been to the lowest point and the highest’

Since retiring, the athlete has opened up about self-harming. She talks about winning double gold, losing her mother – and her new mental health podcastKelly Holmes has always liked to surprise. So when the double Olympic gold medallist decided to have…

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Radical Diamond League plans will cut meeting length and ditch long races

• 5,000m and 10,000m to be scrapped under new plans• New format aims to make athletics more compelling to fansRadical new plans for athletics’ elite Diamond League circuit will see meetings cut to 90 minutes, fewer events, and the 5,000m and 10,000m sc…

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Mo Farah strongly hints at surprise return to track at world championships

• Farah has eye on competing in 10,000m in Doha in October• ‘I miss the track, I miss representing my country,’ Briton saysMo Farah has given his strongest indication yet that he will make a shock return to the track to run in the 10,000m at the world …

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Stop talking about testosterone – there’s no such thing as a ‘true sex’ | Katrina Karkazis

Sports bodies want a biological criterion to indicate an athlete’s sex. But it’s mind-bogglingly more complicated than thatDebates are raging again over who should be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Take two recent examples that inflamed the inter…

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Sebastian Coe backs ‘purple patch’ Laura Muir to paint Tokyo gold in 2020

• Ability to change pace puts Muir among the greats, says Coe • Coe: there is ‘no question’ Muir can win Olympic goldSebastian Coe believes there is “absolutely no question” Laura Muir can win Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 after her “double-double” at the…

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Laura Muir wins double-double to give Great Britain record medals tally

• Dominant Scot adds 1500m gold to her win in the 3,000m• Shelayna Oskan-Clarke takes 800m with start-to-finish victoryLaura Muir stormed into history by becoming the first athlete to achieve the double double at the European Indoor Championships – and…

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Chris O’Hare trails Jakob Ingebrigtsen in European Indoor Championship

• O’Hare lifts 3,000m silver with performance of his career• But Scot admits Ingebrigtsen is a class apartAfter Chris O’Hare had produced the performance of his career to win a European Indoor Championship 3,000m silver medal, he was asked about the 18…

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Chris O’Hare trails Jakob Ingebrigtsen in European Indoor Championship

• O’Hare lifts 3,000m silver with performance of his career• But Scot admits Ingebrigtsen is a class apartAfter Chris O’Hare had produced the performance of his career to win a European Indoor Championship 3,000m silver medal, he was asked about the 18…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Laura Muir strike gold on opening night

• Johnson-Thompson just misses pentathlon world record• Muir wins 3,000m to complete first leg of double-doubleKatarina Johnson-Thompson delivered more gold and glory on a memorable night on the boards at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Y…

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Laura Muir sets sights on double-double at European Indoor Championships

• Scot hopes new approach will help in 1500m and 3,000m races• Muir would be first ever athlete to repeat double win in 2017The last time Laura Muir raced at a major championships in Glasgow, the hype and hope weighed her down like an anvil. Now, five …

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Proposed testosterone limit ’flawed’ and ‘hurtful’, say Caster Semenya’s lawyers

• Day two of challenge against IAAF’s revised eligibility rules• Regulations ‘do not empower anyone’, say lawyersCaster Semenya’s lawyers have hit back at the IAAF on day two of their hearing at the court of arbitration for sport, claiming the world go…

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Caster Semenya’s lawyers accuse the IAAF of underhand tactics

• Claim that naming witnesses broke confidentiality• Runner is challenging revised eligibility ruleCaster Semenya’s lawyers have accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of using underhand tactics to gain public support at the sta…

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Court has Semenya’s career in its hands – and decision could affect all of sport | Sean Ingle

The South African’s challenge to the IAAF’s testosterone rules could be as profound and far-reaching as the Bosman rulingIt is just one case, brought by just one athlete, against a single organisation. But Caster Semenya’s challenge to the IAAF’s testo…

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UK Athletics selects only one male sprinter for European Indoor Championships

• Ojie Edoburun is sole pick for men’s 60m in a 48-strong team• Reigning champion Richard Kilty thought to be lodging appealThe UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, has defended the bizarre policy that has led to only one British male sprinte…