Rob Heffernan, who has been awarded an Olympic bronze medal. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s not often that we, as a nation, win an Olympic medal in March, so watching yesterday’s events in Dublin you couldn’t but think Rob Heffernan shou(...)

Sergey Kirdyapkin has been stripped of  his 2012 London Olympics 50km walk gold medal. Australia’s Jared Tallent now has gold, China’s Si Tianfeng silver and Ireland’s Rob Heffernan bronze. Photograph: Getty

Russia will lose two World Championship gold medals and an Olympic gold after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the IAAF over sel(...)

Rob Heffernan during the London Olympics four years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

Rob Heffernan’s long wait for Olympic justice is very nearly over, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to decide by Thursday whether or not to re(...)

Rob Heffernan: “I train twice a day. I sleep during the afternoon, and I have four kids. So I really haven’t got time to worry about what’s going on with this right now.” Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

He’s possibly just days away from winning an Olympic bronze medal, only Rob Heffernan doesn’t know how to celebrate it – or if he’ll even celebrate at(...)

‘Vinny had always taken comfort in Mother Nature’s whims, and the way her moods affected the seas, skies, and soil.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

A chill easterly wind was whipping white flecks off Dublin Bay, splinters of hail stung like shrapnel, and the Clontarf promenade was deserted. Sitti(...)

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack. Photograph:   Martin Rickett/PA

We may never know what, if any, role Russian president Vladimir Putin may have played in it but the withdrawal of some of the country’s most doped-up (...)

Thanks to Katie Taylor, things are looking up for Ireland at the Olympics.   Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

“It’s like déjà vu all over again” is a quote attributed to the famous American baseball player and coach Yogi Berra and, for everyone looking back wi(...)

Michelle De Bruin was banned form swimming for four years two years after winning three swimming gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Someone needs to talk about Michelle. How much longer can her Olympic medal history remain so conveniently muted, now that the whole world is open to (...)

 Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia crosses the line to win gold during the Men’s 50km Walk at   the London Olympic Games in August 2012. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The dark cloud which now hangs over Russia’s participation at the Rio Olympics may not have any of the proverbial silver lining, although there will n(...)

Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Astafa Powell take a picture with fans after winning gold in the 4x100m men relay during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium. Photo: Diego Azubel/PA

Nine days and every possible superlative later not even Sebastian Coe could have envisaged it all ending so majestically. And not just the way Asbel K(...)