Winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, failed an out-of-competition test in October. Two more Kenyan athletes have tested positive and been banned for two years. Photograph: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Kenyan long-distance runners Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo have failed drugs tests and will be banned for two years, Athletics (...)

Kenya’s David Rudisha, 800m world record holder and Olympic champion, with his coach Br Colm O’Connell. The Mallow man believes it is time for the Kenyan athletics federation to take action. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s rainy season in Iten, and dark clouds can linger, for days, blanketing the village that lies perched at 7,875ft on the western escarpment of Keny(...)

 Brian Cody (left) and Eamon O’Shea (right) are accidental coaches in a way, facilitators and nurturers of talent who do not pretend to know more than they do. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Malcolm Gladwell is at it again. This time destroying some of the myths about the Mafia, and given his typically unexpected conclusions, offers a theo(...)

ark English, who is ranked fourth best in Europe heading into next weeks’s 800m championship. He clocked the time running second to world champion David Rudisha in June. Photograph Ian MacNicol/Inpho

There is a scene in the recent BBC documentary about David Rudisha – 100 Seconds to Beat the World – where Seb Coe talks about running the 800 metres (...)

Ireland’s Mark English after his heat of the men’s 800m event, where he finished in 4th place in a time of 1:47.08. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Mark English and Paul Robinson both missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the 800 metres on the opening morning of the World Championships in(...)

14 year-old Siobhra O’Flaherty (left): won a silver medal at the   European Youth Olympics in UItrecht. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland has won its first athletics medal at the European Youth Olympics in Utrecht thanks to the brilliant silver medal run from 14 year-old Siobhra (...)

While he always starts a season slowly,  the hope is that Usain Bolt will be on flying form come the World Championships in August. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Irma Thomas always had it on her side. The Rolling Stones had it covered too. The rest of us just never seem to have enough – and I’m not talki(...)