The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

(...) this week when the IAAF, at their 2015 council meeting in Beijing, agreed the athletics qualifying(...)

 Mark English, seen here winning the silver medal in the 800m at the 2015 European Indoor Athletics Championships, needs to run quicker than 1:45.80 to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish athletes now know exactly what they need to do to qualify for next year’s Rio Olympics – and some of the standards are tougher than anticipate(...)

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs with the Six  Nations trophy. Briggs is the March Sportswoman of the Month,  an easy choice both for her own performances and as captain and representative of the 2015 Six Nations champions. Photograph: Inpho

November 2015, inclusive): December: Ann Marie McGlynn (Athletics). The Offaly woman captained the Irish(...)

The rowing venue for the 2016 Olympics in Rio has been clogged by 19 tonnes of dead fish. Photograph: Reuters 1:30

Concerns have been raised over the Rio 2016 Olympic rowing and canoeing venue after a ‘die-off’ left tonnes of fish floating in the city’s Rodrigo de (...)

Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo addresses journalists following a vote at the city council to organise the 2024 Olympics, a key step in the process to host the games for a third time. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images

Paris took a decisive step towards a 2024 Summer Olympic bid on Monday when the City Hall backed the French aspirations to bring the Games back to the(...)

Tiger Woods was one of the first professional golfer to make efforts on fitness and weight. Photograph: Reuters.

Something about this week’s sudden onset of blue skies and bright sunshine reminded me of warm weather training in Tempe, Arizona. When, during colleg(...)

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Maxim Iglinskiy of Astana, who tested positive for EPO. Photoraph: Michel Krakowski/AFP/Getty Images

There often comes a moment in any wordy or indeed worthy interview when the subject suddenly shifts uneasily in his seat and points towards the small (...)

Mark English with his 800m silver medal from the European Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There’s very little eating Mark English. A bronze medal last year in the European Championships, one colour better this year in Prague with a silver (...)

Justin Gatlin of USA celebrates after he won gold in the men’s 100 Metres final on August 7th, 2005 in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images.

Athletics Championships, tying their brand to a potential gold medallist it in order to squeeze more out of(...)