Not everyone can put an exact value yet on a European Games gold medal, although Brendan Irvine clearly has. In earning the right to contest the final(...)

Chairman of the British Athletic Association Lord Coe with President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, Minister of State for Transport Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD and sculptor Paul Ferriter at the unveiling of sculpture of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Three years to Rio and Rory McIlroy’s Olympic marathon doesn’t look like flagging. Even the intervention of a Lord yesterday could not ease the(...)