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BBC prepares for Hamilton-Froome-Farah no-show at Spoty awards night

• Lewis Hamilton second favourite for award behind Anthony Joshua• Chris Froome will be in Mallorca and Mo Farah is moving houseThe BBC is preparing for the possibility three of the biggest names on its shortlist for sports personality of the year, inc…

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Eliud Kipchoge recruited to give Mo Farah tough test in 2018 London Marathon

• Kenyan missed world record by eight seconds in 2016• No Briton has won in London since Paula Radcliffe in 2005Mo Farah has been warned that next year’s London Marathon will be harder to win than an Olympic gold medal after race organisers revealed th…

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Mo Farah retains lottery funding as 24 British athletes are dropped

• Funding maintained for Farah despite hints over quitting GB team• Tiffany Porter, Shara Proctor and James Ellington among those missing outMo Farah will be maintained on lottery funding next year having survived a cull that has led to 24 British athl…

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Mo Farah set to keep lottery funding after switching to marathon

• UK Athletics to announce list of lottery-funded athletes on Friday• Decision increases chances he will run for Britain at 2020 OlympicsMo Farah is set to continue as a lottery-funded athlete when UK Athletics announces the names on its World Class Pe…

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Mo Farah splits with controversial coach Alberto Salazar and returns to UK

• Farah denies move linked to US anti-doping investigation into Salazar• ‘I’m leaving simply because we want the kids to grow up in the UK’Mo Farah has parted ways with his controversial coach Alberto Salazar but denied the split was because of a US an…

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Mo Farah becomes first athlete to win Great North Run four times in a row

• Farah came home in one hour and six seconds
• Runner equals Benson Masya’s four titles won in the 1990s

Mo Farah made history on Sunday as he won his fourth successive Great North Run title.

Related: Mo Farah calls time on GB career after victory in final track outing

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Mo Farah makes farewell gesture to mark symbolic changing of GB guard

• Farah signs off British track career with Diamond League 3,000m win
• Shows vested interest in inspiring next generation: ‘Now it’s finally done’

Mo Farah ended his final track race on British soil by rattling through his greatest hits – the surge to the front with a lap to go, the mulish kick off the final bend, the Mobot at the finish – but then applied an unexpected twist as he ripped off his cherished British vest and passed it to his team-mate Andy Butchart.

It was, as Farah revealed afterwards, a symbolic changing of the guard. For not only does he want Butchart to follow in his path – but he also believes that, at 34, he will never race in a British vest at a major championships again.

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Mo Farah at a crossroads on day of his UK track farewell

Britain’s greatest distance runner will get a hero’s welcome at Diamond League curtain-call in Birmingham, but needs to take action to counter suspicion

It is not widely known that when the BBC’s Panorama alleged that Alberto Salazar had broken or bent several anti-doping rules in June 2015, Mo Farah’s initial instinct was to split from the American coach who had guided him to Olympic and world championship glory. That was certainly his position when he boarded a flight from Portland to the United Kingdom, via Amsterdam, two days later. Yet by the time he arrived in Birmingham for a Diamond League meeting he had dramatically changed his mind.

According to one source, Farah decided it would be unfair to ditch his coach and thus throw him to the wolves, when he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing. Another believes that, deep down, the urge to stay with the man who had transformed him from a decent distance runner, finishing sixth and seventh in the 5,000m at the 2007 and 2009 world championships, into the world’s best was simply too strong.

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Greatness of Usain Bolt burnished even with bittersweet final appearance | Andy Bull

Usain Bolt, who has captivated our attention for nine years, hobbled over the finish line with a pulled hamstring in the 4x100m and won’t thank the IAAF

This is how it ends then, with Usain Bolt face down on the track, 10 metres out from the finish line. Just when you wondered whether Bolt was going to accelerate counter-clockwise around the earth to reverse time, or announce that he had to return to his home planet and then fly off into the night sky, or disappear with the princess into the happily-ever-after, all the dragons dead behind him, he gave us a last reminder that he’s only human after all. His hamstring went before he’d made it halfway home. He slowed to a halt while the field sped past him, then stumbled into a roll. It meant he crossed the line alone, and last. His first world championship final, in the 200m in 2005, finished the very same way.

Related: Usain Bolt’s furious team-mates blame organisers for 4x100m injury

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Mo Farah takes world 5,000m silver to fall short of a farewell double

• Briton fails to add to 10,000m success in final major run on the track
• Farah, winner of four world and Olympic doubles, beaten by Muktar Edris

Mo Farah missed out on the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Athletics Championships, bringing down the curtain on his track career at major events with a silver medal.

Farah, 34, is stepping up to the marathon and had hoped to add to the doubles he won at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 world championships. He also won the 5,000m at the 2011 worlds, giving him 10 global golds in all.

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World Athletics Championships 2017: Mo Farah goes for 5,000m gold – live!

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KJT aces 1.95m with a perfect leap! It didn’t even graze the bar. She’s the fourth high jump finalist to clear the height, although the one blot on her card at 1.92m means she is technically fourth and outside the medals.

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Britain’s Morgan Lake has a perfect card so far, clearing 1.84m, 1.88m and 1.92m comfortably. She raises her arms to get the home crowd behind her before steaming into her arced approach, but nudges the bar and it’s her first failure of the competition, at 1.95m. She is followed by the 19-year-old Ukrainian Yuliia Levchenko, who makes it look easy, and the teenager will join Lasitskene at 1.97m, as will the German Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch. Next up, it’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

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Isaac Makwala into 200m final after solo time trial – video highlights

Isaac Makwala qualified for the men’s 200m final at the World Athletics Championships after negotiating a lone time trial and semi-final on a rainy night at the London Stadium. Elsewhere on the track, Mo Farah safely progressed into the 5,000m final, Phyllis Francis took gold in the women’s 400m and Karsten Warholm won the men’s 400m hurdles

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Isaac Makwala sets up showdown with Wayne van Niekerk after beating illness

• Makwala successfully negotiates lone time trial and then a semi-final
• Mo Farah through to 5,000m final despite stiff legs after 10,000m win

It has taken a series of plot twists worthy of a Hollywood thriller. But now, staggeringly, the world championships has the showdown between Wayde van Niekerk and Isaac Makwala, the usual suspects in the 200m and 400m all season, it has craved all along.

First Makwala illustrated powers of recovery worthy of Lazarus to lift himself off his sick bed to qualify for the 200m final with two stupendous runs in the space of two hours. Then Van Niekerk, desperately weary after winning the 400m final and chilled to the bone by the London weather, struggled through to join him as a faster loser in his heat.

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World Athletics Championships: Makwala qualifies for 200m semis in own time trial – live!

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Makwala celebrated with a few press-ups on the track. What could he possibly be trying to say?

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Roared on by the crowd, Makwala makes light of the sodden track to finish his solo time trial in 20.20sec! I think he’s fit enough. He’s into the semis, which take place at 8.55pm.

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Mo Farah believes Joshua Cheptegei will be his main rival again in 5,000m

• ‘The new, raw athletes are scary,’ says Briton before Wednesday’s heats
• Farah would be surprised if team-mate Andy Butchart won a medal

Mo Farah believes his big-race experience will carry his battered and bloodied body to yet another world title in the 5,000m – but admits he will again be looking over his shoulder at the brilliant young Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, who ran him so close in Friday’s 10,000m final.

Related: Mo Farah says it was his ruthless streak that helped him land 10,000m gold

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Mo Farah says it was his ruthless streak that helped him land 10,000m gold

Britain’s most successful track athlete insists that by ganging up on him during the race his Ugandan and Ethiopian rivals made him concentrate more than ever to win a 10th successive major gold

The morning after the toughest, roughest and gutsiest race of his life, Sir Mo Farah calmly revealed the ruthless streak that has turned him into Britain’s most successful athlete. “People take my calmness for weakness,” he said, softly, reflecting on his epic 10,000m victory on Friday. “If I was weak do you think I would have won? Don’t judge people by the cover. I am who I am.”

He continued: “A lot of times people say you are nice and try to take advantage. But you have to be ruthless on the track and off it sometimes, if something is pissing me off.”

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Mo Farah hails 10,000m gold as the greatest performance of his career

• Farah: ‘It was also one of the toughest races of my life’
• ‘There is no place like London, there’s no place like home’

Mo Farah produced the greatest performance of his career to capture his 10th world championship gold medal – and send a packed crowd at the London Stadium into rapture. But he had to dig deeper than he has ever done before to hold off the brilliant young Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and retain his 10,000m title.

“Yeah, it was my greatest performance ever,” he conceded. “And one of the toughest races of my life. The guys gave it to me – it was about, ‘How do we beat Mo?’

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World Athletics Championships: Mo Farah wins 10,000m gold – video highlights

Mo Farah claimed gold in the 10,000m on the opening night of the World Athletics Championships in London on Friday. Farah, competing in his final championships, kicked ahead of the field in trademark fashion with 150m remaining to win his 10th major championship gold medal. Elsewhere on the track Usain Bolt safely negotiated his heats in the 100m before Saturday’s final

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Mo Farah storms to 10,000m gold at World Athletics Championships

• British athlete wins 10th major championship gold at London Stadium
• Staggering last lap proves just enough to repel vicious challenge from rivals

Even now, as Sir Mo Farah hurtles towards his 35th birthday and the finale of the greatest career in British athletics’ history, he retains a stunning capacity to find a way – a way to defy his opponents, a way to defy critics and, most of all, a way to defy Father Time.

As the bell sounded for the final lap of a stormy and enthralling 10,000m final a group of brilliant young East Africans were on his shoulder, poised to strike. They included the hugely talented 20-year-old Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and two Kenyans in their mid-20s, Paul Tanui and Bedan Muchuri. At that moment Farah stumbled and nearly tripped. He still refused to go down or lose his nerve. Afterwards he needed stitches on a cut on his left leg, which was bandaged.

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World Athletics Championships 2017: Usain Bolt and Mo Farah in action – live!

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And another speech from Sadiq Khan. The last five minutes had better be good.

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And another speech, from Sebastian Coe! We’re halfway through the opening ceremony, and some volunteers doing some singing is very much the highlight so far.

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