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Paralympian Olivia Breen dismayed after being told sprint briefs ‘too short’

• Female official made comment at English Championships• ‘Would a male competitor would be similarly criticised?’The double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen says she was left speechless and outraged after being told that her competition briefs we…

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Paralympian Olivia Breen dismayed after being told sprint briefs ‘too short’

• Female official made comment at English Championships• ‘Would a male competitor would be similarly criticised?’The double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen says she was left speechless and outraged after being told that her competition briefs we…

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‘I had a huge swelling’: why my life as a female cyclist led to vulva surgery

There needs to be serious, urgent research into better saddles for female cyclists, says Hannah Dines, who has endured years of pain and swelling caused by friction as she ridesThe plastic surgeon, in that particularly endearing way of surgeons, was tr…

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Classification controversy marks terrible coming of age for Paralympic sport

The growth of Paralympic sport into an elite and lucrative competition means allegations of corruption and foul play have also increasedA couple of decades ago very few people paid attention to Paralympic sport. It was patronisingly considered by some …

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Kadeena Cox: ‘There are nights I can’t sleep because the spasms are so bad’

The first British Paralympian to win golds in different sports talks about living with multiple sclerosis, causing a stir on reality TV and proving people wrong

“There are days when my legs don’t work, so I have to be in my wheelchair” Kadeena Cox says as she explains how all the medals, fame and award nominations cannot cancel out the stark reality of living with multiple sclerosis. “There are days when I’m spasming to a point where I can’t even push my wheelchair because my arms aren’t working and my legs aren’t working. There are nights where I can’t go to sleep because the spasms are so bad or the neural pain is so bad.”

Related: Kadeena Cox secures golden double in different sports with T38 400m win

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Kadeena Cox has UK Sport funding suspended for taking part in The Jump

• Four-time Paralympic medalist will not receive funding during TV show
• The Jump has faced criticism for injuries participants have suffered

Kadeena Cox, the first British Paralympian to win gold medals in multiple disciplines at a single Games since 1984, has had her UK Sport funding suspended while she takes part in the Channel 4 television programme The Jump.

Related: ‘Just don’t call me a celebrity’: Bradley Wiggins takes leap with The Jump

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Rio 2016: an inauspicious start, but then the Paralympics delivered again | Jacob Steinberg

After initial fears the Games would be cancelled due to a funding crisis and the IPC’s bold decision to ban Russia from competing, the event shone in Rio and ParalympicsGB raised the bar again

It was hard not to feel uneasy when the president of the International Paralympic Committee stood in front of the press a fortnight before the start of the Paralympic Games and warned that an unprecedented funding crisis had left the movement facing the most challenging circumstances in its 56-year history. Sir Philip Craven was not being flippant. There were concerns over low ticket sales, accommodation for athletes, transport, cuts to venues and media facilities, and above all a gnawing fear that we were about to witness a major setback in the development of disability sport in Rio, four years after the advances that were made in London.

Related: Rio 2016: amid the politics Olympics were a kaleidoscopic fortnight of sport | Andy Bull

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 – live!

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Nicola Adams (boxing)
Gareth Bale (football)
Alistair Brownlee (triathlon)
Sophie Christiansen (equestrian)
Kadeena Cox (Cycling and athletics)
Mo Farah (athletics)
Jason Kenny (cycling)
Laura Kenny (cycling)
Andy Murray (tennis)
Adam Peaty (swimming)
Kate Richardson-Walsh (hockey)
Nick Skelton (equestrian)
Dame Sarah Storey (cycling)
Jamie Vardy (football)
Max Whitlock (gymnastics)
Danny Willett (golf)

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2016: it was, within the specific field of British sporting prowess, a very good year.

After 12 months of success headlined by unprecedented Olympic and Paralympic gold medal hauls, 13 Rio winners join the Masters golf champion and winners of the Premier and Champions League on a glittering feature-length shortlist.

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Sarah Storey: ‘It would be amazing to see a Paralympian with the Spoty trophy’

Multiple Paralympic cycling gold medallist does not expect to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year but will enjoy being a nominee and hopes para-sport continues to enjoy greater coverage

Dame Sarah Storey will not be letting her slim chances of success at Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year spoil her fun. “It’s an opportunity for the para-cycling team to get back together and party,” says Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, with a laugh. Storey is a rank outsider to win what she describes as the annual “personality contest”, as are just about all 16 of the nominated athletes bar Andy Murray, but at the end of her historic year she is determined to enjoy the show.

Spoty history is certainly against the 39-year-old, who surpassed Tanni Grey-Thompson’s haul of 11 gold medals in Rio and created one of the lasting images of the Games as she celebrated with her three-year-old daughter. Storey is well aware that a Paralympic athlete has never won the award and feels the responsibility for more than only para-sport. “The last time a mum won was Liz McColgan in 1991, the last time a female won was 10 years ago [Zara Phillips] and the last time a Paralympian was on the stage was Tanni Grey-Thompson in 2000.

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Sport quiz of the year 2016 – live!

Portugal won in France, Team GB impressed in Rio and Andy Murray was on top of the world, but were you paying attention – and can you remember the details?

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Round four: Olympics

1. What was special about the achievements of Monica Puig, Joseph Schooling, Hoang Xuan Vinh, Majlinda Kelmendi and Fiji’s rugby sevens team in Rio?

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Coming up next is the Olympics round, which will feature some of this lot…

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Dame Sarah Storey’s roadmap for women’s cycling and para-cycling

Dame Sarah Storey won three gold medals in Rio but her sport is still crying out for sponsorship, media coverage and money. She has proposed some solutions

By Suze Clemitson of 100 Tales 100 Tours, part of the Guardian Sport Network

There is nothing like a Dame. And Dame Sarah Storey, who has been back in action at the Revolution Series in Manchester, is a Dame like no other. A ferocious competitor on the road and the track, Storey won her 12th, 13th and 14th Paralympic gold medals in Rio this summer and picked up her second nomination for Sports Personality of the Year this week.

Storey, who triumphed on both the road and track in Rio, says the track is the “fun option” but that she will do most of her preparation for Tokyo on the road. “I see myself as a road cyclist as it’s where the greatest amount of competition has been in the past seven seasons since I first started racing UCI Women’s pro races,” she says. But events such as Revolution keep her track cycling options open.

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Sarah Storey: how to perform under pressure – video

This summer, Dame Sarah Storey became the most decorated female Paralympian ever. In a career spanning over 25 years she has been crowned world champion 27 times – five in swimming and 22 in cycling – and holds 72 world records. Here she talks about why science is such an important part of her training and how she keeps her emotions in check when she’s competing

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Sarah Storey: how to perform under pressure – video

This summer, Dame Sarah Storey became the most decorated female Paralympian ever. In a career spanning over 25 years she has been crowned world champion 27 times – five in swimming and 22 in cycling – and holds 72 world records. Here she talks about why science is such an important part of her training and how she keeps her emotions in check when she’s competing

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Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic GB celebrations continue in London – video

Great Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians celebrate their success at Rio 2016 in London’s Trafalgar Square on Tuesday. A day after athletes paraded through Manchester, many travelled to the capital to revel for a second day. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, congratulates athletes on their successes

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GB victory parades: cycling questions and Fancy Bears leaks cast cloud | Owen Gibson

There was much to feel good about in Manchester on Monday but the questions faced by cycling – the sport that most embodies the great British medal rush – after recent revelations continue to dampen the mood

It wasn’t the traditional Manchester weather that threatened to rain on Team GB’s parade on Monday but the bad vibes emanating from the structure in the east of the city that up to now has been championed as the symbol of all that is good about the great National Lottery-fuelled charge up the Olympic medal table.

The freebie foam hands with crossed fingers wielded by many in the crowd were a reminder of the funding mechanism that combined with a brutal “no compromise” strategy to alchemise an extraordinary run of success that culminated in the sight of Britain leapfrogging China to finish second in the medal table in Rio.

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‘You can feel the atmosphere’: Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians enjoy rainy victory parade

400 athletes parade their record haul of 214 medals through Manchester as crowds flock to celebrate their success – despite the weather

It started with a firework spectacular on the sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and it ended – with no less of a party – on the rain-soaked streets of Manchester.

Tens of thousands of Britons scaled statues, donned ponchos and packed the city’s historic Albert Square to salute the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes in a jubilant, if damp, outpouring of pride and patriotism.

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Sport picture of the day: British heroes on parade in Manchester

Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes celebrate on stage outside Manchester town hall at the end of a parade through the city to celebrate Great Britain’s success at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Heroes’ parade in Manchester – in pictures

The parade through the streets of Manchester was in acknowledgement of the achievements of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer. Britain attained sporting superpower status, winning 27 golds in Rio, giving them second plac…

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Airline apologises for barring Paralympian’s prosthesis from flight

South African medallist Tyrone Pillay kept from boarding by country’s national airline while carrying spare prosthetic leg

South Africa’s national airline has apologised to Tyrone Pillay, the country’s medal-winning Paralympic shot-putter, after he was prevented from boarding a flight with his spare prosthetic leg, a spokesman has said.

The incident happened on Tuesday as Pillay was returning from the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he won a bronze medal.

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October dates set for celebrations of GB’s Olympic and Paralympic success

• Manchester and London to hold events on 17 and 18 October
• Both teams finished second in their respective medal tables

The success of Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes at the Rio 2016 Games will be celebrated on 17 October and 18 October in Manchester and London respectively, the sports minister Tracey Crouch has announced.

On Sunday, the Paralympics ended in Rio with ParalympicsGB taking home 147 medals and finishing second in the medal table behind China. That performance followed Team GB’s second place in the medal table at the Olympics at which 67 medals were won across 19 sports.

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