Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  passes the ball to his centre partner Keith Earls during their Pool D match against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

(...). Instead, a lethargic performance begot a lethargic occasion. One of the problems with this athletics(...)

All Blacks players Keven Mealamu and Waisake Naholo play rugby with a member of the public at the London Eye during an open top bus tour of London. Photograph: Getty.

(...) from boxing at the Docklands, cycling from the Velodrome and athletics from the track. Almost every day(...)

Lizzie Lee: “I’m not presuming I’m going, not at all, but I’m in contention, and I’m going to train like I am, until someone tells me I’m not. Because if I do make the start line in Rio I want to be in the best possible condition I can be.”

(...). Given she only started competitive athletics at age 26, and combines her running with a full-time job(...)

(...).00) Rayo Vallecano v Real Betis ATHLETICS BBC 2, 11am-2pm Glasgow Great Scottish Run SOCCER Sky Sports(...)

Kevin Seaward produced the fastest Irish marathon performance in three years in Berlin. Photograph: Inpho

So already the selection dilemma begins, with four Irish men finishing the Berlin marathon well inside the qualifying standard for next summer’s Rio O(...)

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Only 314 days to go! No one does this cheap and tiresome countdown better than the Olympics. And no one recognises the utter nonsense of it better (...)

Bedilu Gebreselassie: ‘People here can demonstrate in the streets, they have the freedom to speak. That’s real freedom.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

(...) race with his athletics club but ended up behind bars due to his affiliation with the Sidama Liberation(...)

South Africa’s “Chiliboy” Ralepelle is serving a two-year suspension. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) higher percentage of positive drugs tests than athletics or cycling, based on results compiled and(...)

Mo Farah: the British athlete said he would stick by Alberto Salazar unless there was clear evidence of wrongdoing  Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

UK Athletics found there was “no reason” to lack confidence in his training programme at the Nike(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

The plan was to smash a few records and then run in the Olympics. There is no sure-fire path to any sporting glory, only the tried and trusted. And wh(...)