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Parkrun events to return in England at end of June after late approvals

News represents significant victory for organisersPlan will hinge on government easing lockdownParkrun organisers will announce on Friday afternoon that it can return on 26 June in England following a huge rush of late approvals over the past 24 hours,…

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Dina Asher-Smith continues winning streak with dominant Florence victory

Sprinter races home in 22.06sec for second Diamond League winLaura Muir runs second-best 1500m of career to finish thirdFirst Dina Asher-Smith sent an ominous warning to her Olympic rivals on the track by sauntering to the third-quickest 200m time of h…

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Anita Neil: Britain’s first Black female Olympian – who was forced to quit in her prime

She broke world records and competed in two Olympics before being forced into retirement at 23 and forgotten. Now her achievements are finally being recognisedAnita Neil was just a toddler when she discovered two things: who her father was, and that sh…

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Letesenbet Gidey breaks two-day-old 10,000m world record in super spikes

Ethiopian eclipses Sifan Hassan on same Hengelo trackGidey now holds 5,000m and 10,000m world recordsThe extraordinary spate of athletics world records in the super spikes era continued on Tuesday as Letesenbet Gidey smashed the two-day-old women’s 10,…

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Parkrun return in England set to be delayed once again

Many councils refusing to permit eventsOrganisers fear ‘impasse that could drag on’It is the news that more than 200,000 weekly devotees of parkrun across England have been dreading: its return is almost certain to be delayed again despite three-quarte…

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Mo Farah brushes off bad run and says he can defend Olympic 10,000m title

Briton ran 22 seconds outside qualifying time for TokyoFarah blames ‘niggle’ in left ankle for poor performanceIn elite sport there is often a fine line between defiance and delusion, and Mo Farah appeared to be skirting dangerously close to the latter…

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Alistair Brownlee disqualified for ‘ducking’ and faces Olympic omission

The 2012 and 2016 triathlon gold ‘pushed’ rival underwaterWinner Alex Yee set for second spot with Jonny BrownleeAlistair Brownlee’s hopes of winning a third successive Olympic title appear to be over after he was disqualified for “ducking” a rival dur…

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Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan smashes women’s 10,000m record by 10 seconds

28-year-old now has four world recordsBritain’s Dina Asher-Smith sets meeting record in 100mThe game-changing effect of super spikes on track and field was again dramatically emphasised in Hengelo on Sunday as Sifan Hassan obliterated the women’s 10,00…

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Mo Farah’s Tokyo hopes in balance after disappointing return to track

Briton finishes eighth in 10,000m at European CupOlympic champion ran first race over distance since 2017Mo Farah is facing an uphill struggle to make his fourth Olympic Games after finishing eighth and failing to record the qualifying time for Tokyo a…

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Mo Farah’s Tokyo hopes in balance after disappointing return to track

Briton finishes eighth in 10,000m at European CupOlympic champion ran first race over distance since 2017Mo Farah is facing an uphill struggle to make his fourth Olympic Games after finishing eighth and failing to record the qualifying time for Tokyo a…

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce runs second-quickest women’s 100m in history

Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce clocks 10.63sec in KingstonOnly the late Florence Griffith Joyner has run fasterShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran the second-quickest 100m time by a woman to remind Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith she remains the one to beat at the Tokyo Ol…

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‘I didn’t just want to nibble at records’: 40 years on from Coe’s stunning 1981

Coe looks back on an extraordinary career, his world records, a ‘run for cash’ controversy and his rivalry with Steve OvettForty years ago this week, on a chaotic June night in Florence, Sebastian Coe set an 800m world record so breathtakingly supreme …

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Florida teenager Erriyon Knighton breaks Usain Bolt junior record

Knighton, 17, breaks Bolt’s junior record in 200m at Florida meetTampa native’s time of 20.11 shaves 0.02sec off Bolt’s 2003 markAmerican Grant Holloway dominates quality 110m hurdles fieldFlorida teenager Erriyon Knighton toppled Usain Bolt’s 200m mar…

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Gemili backs Johnson-Thompson to win Olympic gold despite injury

• Heptathlete yet to compete this year due to extended recovery• Gemili: ‘She’s in a good place and ready to go’Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s Olympic dream is still on track despite a serious achilles injury late last year and she remains capable of winn…

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Dina Asher-Smith beats Sha’Carri Richardson to 100m glory in Gateshead

British sprinter sets down marker for Tokyo OlympicsLaura Muir powers to victory in women’s 1500mOn a night billed as a dress-rehearsal for the women’s 100m Olympic final in Tokyo, Dina Asher-Smith proved a compelling starring act. In brutal and biting…

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Dina Asher-Smith beats Sha’Carri Richardson to 100m glory in Gateshead

British sprinter sets down marker for Tokyo OlympicsLaura Muir powers to victory in women’s 1500mOn a night billed as a dress-rehearsal for the women’s 100m Olympic final in Tokyo, Dina Asher-Smith proved a compelling starring act. In brutal and biting…

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Ron Hill obituary

British long distance runner who won gold medals and broke records in the marathon during the 1960s and 70sRon Hill, who has died aged 82, was an exceptional and versatile British long distance runner who won gold in the marathon at the 1969 European C…

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Ron Hill, former British marathon runner, dies aged 82

Hill won Commonwealth gold and Boston Marathon in 1970Accrington-born athlete ran every day for a record 52 yearsThe former British marathon runner Ron Hill has died at the age of 82.Hill, who won gold in the marathon at the 1969 European Athletics Cha…

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Ron Hill, former British marathon runner, dies aged 82

Hill won Commonwealth gold and Boston Marathon in 1970Accrington-born athlete ran every day for a record 52 yearsThe former British marathon runner Ron Hill has died at the age of 82.Hill, who won gold in the marathon at the 1969 European Athletics Cha…

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Asher-Smith warns Diamond League rivals she is ‘much, much stronger’

World 200m champion credits gruelling winter trainingFraser-Pryce and Richardson also line up in 100mDina Asher-Smith has warned her rivals that she is stronger than ever as she prepares to face the twin threat of the 100m world champion, Shelly-Ann Fr…