Rob Heffernan came fifth in the 50km race walk in the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Cork athlete fails to defend World Championship title as Matej Tóth takes the gold

Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers crosses  the finish line to win the 200m women’s final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch runner takes gold in a time of 21.63 - the third fastest in history

Gold medallist Usain Bolt turns to wave to the crowd during the victory ceremony for the men’s 200 metres. Photograph: Getty Images

Beijing has seen the second-longest-ever triple jump and the third-furthest javelin throw

Rob Heffernan on issue of doping in his event: “I hear about all these doping allegations, and I think to myself, ‘sure I’ve already known this the whole time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork man feeling confident having trained for month in Atlas Mountains

A cameraman riding a segway drives into a celebrating Usain Bolt after the men’s 200m final at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Photograph: Rolex De La Pena/EPA

Jamaican sprinter reaches landmark as he completes sprint double over Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt rounds the bend in his 200m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

With two Kenyan athletes suspended for failing doping tests, all eyes are on 200m final

 Ciara Everard of Ireland competes in the Women’s 800 metres heats during day five of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Irish duo disappointed not to get out of their heats in World Championships

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Veteran midfielder says Jim Gavin’s side know what it takes to get over the line

“Eoin, barring something else happens, will be available for selection. There’s no doubt about that, and we have no concerns about Eoin’s participation.”

Kilkenny manager has ‘no concerns’ over the fitness of Larkin and Ger Aylward for Galway decider

Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin manager has faith in ability of backs to cope with Mayo attacking threat

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates next to Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers as she wins the final of the women’s 100m at the World Championships  in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyans take clean sweep in steeplechase, while shock of day came in the pole vault

Kerry O’Flaherty missed out on place in the steeplechase final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Finn, Treacy and O’Flaherty out in steeplechase semis while Pena out of pole vault

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates winning the final of the men’s 100 metres at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Brilliant Jamaican wins fifth major title in ‘hardest’ 100m of his career

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Irish duo come up short in 800m and 400m hurdles respectively

Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt cross the finish line  in Beijing. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

It was hero v villian at the 100m World Championship final in Beijing as Bolt won out

Mark English finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Fifth place finish rounds off disappointing day at World Championships for Irish

Thomas Barr has reached the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Barr remains on course to become first Irish man to reach World Championships final

Mark English through to the semi-finals of the 800m in Beijing. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Things didn’t go entirely to plan for UCD student in World Championships opener

Mo Farah: hasn’t lost a 10,000m race since the 2011 World Championships. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Ian O'Riordan looks through the Beijing schedule and picks out the events to watch or record

Irish men’s 800metre champion Mark English has a relatively easy opening heat at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

Ian O'Riordan profiles the 16 Irish athletes competing in Beijing and when they are competing

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins gold ahead of Justin Gatlin of the United States in the 100 metres final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Truth may be less black and white than some are billing it in sprint showdown

Thomas Barr’s Irish 400m hurdles record of 48.65 seconds, set in June, ranks him 11th fastest of the Beijing entrants. Photogaph: Ramsey Cardy/ Sportsfile

400m hurdler aiming to become first Irishman to reach World Championship final

Kerry’s David Moran: “Whatever about their defensive system, they haven’t got enough credit for some of the footballers they have.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Kerry midfielder was on the losing side in the final at Croke Park in 2008

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte’s greatest moments have come against Kerry but his team will go in as underdogs on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland semi-final will reveal whether team have reached Kerry’s level, says manager

Conor McDonald: “It’s a different Wexford side, it’s a different Antrim side, it’s another game. I suppose, from the personal side of things, you think ‘we have to put it right’.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Memories of shock defeat in 2013 to Ulster side very fresh in the Model County

Jim Gavin says players are not given credit for sacrifices they make to play game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin manager wanted sin bin to be introduced but believes black card is working well

Peter Harte: “They all play the Tyrone way, if you like. A brand of football where you use your head in certain situations.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye /Inpho

Stalwart believes qualifier run and arrival of fresh talent has stiffened Ulster side’s resolve

Galway’s Jason Flynn along with fellow forwards Cathal Mannion and Conor Whelan, now turn their attention to Saturday’s All-Ireland under-21 semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

Three of Galway’s starting senior forward line also targeting place in under-21 final

 Mikey Sheehy with manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice, trainer Cian O’Neill and fellow selector Diarmuid Murphy. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Kerry selector highlights big totals racked up by Mickey Harte’s team so far this summer

Benjamin Reynolds of North Down AC and Gerard O’Donnell of Carrick-on-Shannon AC on their marks before the race. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Thomas Barr won a fifth national title in the 400m hurdles ahead of World Championships

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearthy closes in on Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo captain happy to reflect on a ‘satisfying’ Croke Park victory over Donegal

Tyrone’s Peter Harte fields the ball against Monaghan at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Malachy O’Rourke admits Tyrone were better side on the day

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher  described Mayo as “a team in the prime of their health” Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

Donegal fall short against fresher Mayo side

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly celebrates after the final whistle Photo: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Mickey Harte’s team will again face Kerry in Croke Park

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean will hope to secure the necessary A-standard at 1,500m at the National Championships  to ensure qualification for World Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

National Track and Field Championships preview

Sebastian Coe called the recent revelations aimed at atheltics “a war on my sport”. Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

Coe during the week blasted the recent doping allegations aimed at athletics

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his side’s fourth goal against Wexford despite the efforts of  Liam Ryan. The Kilkenny sharpshooter contributed 3-5 form play that day. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Top-class talent had always impressed in the underage grades for the Cats

Dublin’s Philip McMahon tackles Sean Quigley of Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fermanagh forward says ex-Donegal manager wrong to say they celebrated defeat

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley vies for possession with Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien. “No one should just be happy getting into the 26. Lads shouldn’t be happy until they have that starting jersey.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midfielder determined to reclaim his place in the starting XV after Fermanagh snub

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan believes the Mayo-Donegal quarter-final is too close to call. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dublin defender says Kerry are clear favourites after their demolition of Kildare

Donegal’s Frank McGlynn tackles Galway’s Paul Conroy at Croke Park. “This year, with the two weeks’ recovery after the Ulster final, that has made a big difference.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

But defender says Donegal in better shape now to face Connacht kingpins than they were in 2013

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal during the Connacht SFC Final at Dr Hyde Park in  Roscommon. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cillian O’Connor has no problem sharing the burden of scoring with talented team-mate

Hurdler Thomas Barr: this weekend’s National Championships in Santry will be his last race before Beijing. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Hurdler Thomas Barr believes that athletes who dope are essentially stealing from others

Cillian Buckley: “It’s turning into a fierce game of athleticism and fitness. It’s probably suiting me, and it is a place I enjoy playing.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender claiming the mantle left by the likes of JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh and Brian Hogan

Fiona Doyle shows off the silver medal she won  in the 50m breaststroke at the  World University Games in Gwangju.

Limerick athlete says she is not going to Rio Olympics merely to participate

The investigative trail that ultimately led to what is being described as “the biggest leak of blood test data in sporting history” began in Kenya

‘Sunday Times’ and ARD/WDR revelations show Russia and Kenya worst offenders

Sebastian Coe is in the final two weeks of his campaign to take over as president of the IAAF. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

That news concerns endurance events comes as particular blow to the sport

Doping scandal: None of the athletes have been named. Photograph: Getty Images

Clarification urged on 3% of Irish athletes who may have had abnormal bloods

Darren McCurry tries to shrug off the attentions of Sligo’s Niall Murphy as Tyrone booked their place in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Monaghan up next as back-door specialists enter business end of summer with authority

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh gets his shot away despite the attempted block of Sligo’s Brian Curran during the  All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side keep up 100% record in round four as momentum grows

Mark English running in the Cork City Sports in early July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 800m runner was a UCD class-mate of two of the Berkelely tragedy victims

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien in action against Cork in the Munster SFC Final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colm Cooper again starts on bench as defending champions face Kildare in Sunday’s quarter-final

Derry footballer Aaron Devlin passed away on Thursday after battling an aggressive strain of meningitis. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ballinderry player was battling an aggressive strain of meningitis

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Clarecaptain   Conor Cleary will be in action in the Munster U-21 final at Cusack Park. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Limerick star Cian Lynch braced for final at a packed Cusack Park

Former  Cork manager Brian Cuthbert looks dejected at Semple Stadium during his side’s loss to Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Footballers beaten by Kildare in qualifiers having almost toppled Kerry in Munster final

Clare and Dublin will meet in a play-off at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday.  Photograph: Inpho

Winners face two games in three days as Wexford quarter Wexford set for Bank Holiday Monday

Dublin’s quarter-final last season drew over 72,000 to Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Crowd of 50,000 expected at Croke Park for quarter-final double-header

Philly McMahon dismisses notion that an easy run in Leinster has left Dublin unprepared. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin corner back enjoys supporting attack but stresses stopping opposition is priority

It’s been a contrasting week for Cork and Galway GAA. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points from the weekend

 Jonathan Glynn gathers the ball from his tap over before scoring Galway’s  first goal  in the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tribesmen showing form reminiscent of 2012 as they set up Tipperary semi-final

Fermanagh’s Seán Quigley: is Fermanagh’s outright top championship scorer and is likely to be marked by Westmeath’s Kieran Gavin. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 4A, Kingspan Breffni Park, Saturday, 5pm (Live on Sky Sports 3)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill had a disappointing game in the replayed Munster final against Kerry last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

All-Ireland SFC qualifier, Semple Stadium, Saturday, 7.0 (Live on Sky Sports 3)

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt does his trademark “lightening bolt” after winning Olympic gold in the 200m in London. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Proving innocence around doping is more difficult than proving guilt

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (centre) on the way to winning   the Aon Men’s International 100m in Santry. His time of 10.12 is the fastest ever run in Ireland.  Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamaican sprinter sets Santry alight as he comes home in 10.12

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake looks on in front of a Swiss flag prior to compete the men’s 100 m sprint race during the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meeting on July 14th, 2015. Photograph: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Things have changed since London 2012, but world’s joint second-fastest still worth seeing

Galway’s Joe Canning has scored 4-32 in the championship so far this season, including a goal against Kilkenny. photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Manager Anthony Cunningham’s confidence in his charges based on past evidence

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: he has made several adjustments since the Dublin defeat, with corner forward Niall Kelly and midfielder Tommy Moolick making their returns to the starting 15. Photograph: INPHO

Mick O’Dowd in line for further two years as Meath senior football manager

Eoin Cadogan is named in midfield by Cork manager Brian Cuthbert for Saturday’s qualifier against Kildare. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brian Cuthbert makes changes from disappointing defeat to Kerry in Munster final replay

Waterford’s Noel Connors in action with Cork’s  Patrick Horgan.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Experienced defender wary of Dublin’s challenge in Sunday’s quarter-final

Kieran Martin of Westmeath holds possession against Meath’s Donncha Tobin an during the Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park last month. Photograph: James Crosbie/ Inpho.

Fermanagh carry serious threat but versatile Footballer of the Month is ready for battle

At the launch of the  All-Ireland senior championship series at the Gap of Dunloe  were from left, James O’Donoghue, Kerry, Dublin’s Philly McMahon and Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor.  Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Star forward agrees vital penalty call in drawn game was a contentious decision

 Conor McManus: “We have been to the last two quarter-finals and not gone any further. We want to win our next game and it is down to us.”  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ulster title just a step along the road for Monaghan this time

Andy Smith: “We built a bit of momentum through the Leinster campaign and we just have to bring that confidence into the quarter-final now.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Midfielder desperate for Tribesmen to defeat Cork and advance to the All-Ireland semi-final

Cork manager Brian Cuthbert was disappointed his players failed to kick on in the second half of the replayed Munster final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager knows the path ahead is much trickier after Munster final replay defeat

Paul Geaney scores Kerry’s crucial goal despite the efforts of Cork’s Michael Shields at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork left facing a quick test against Kildare – with Dublin awaiting the winners

Colm Cooper is battling to regain his place in the Kerry team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry forward delivers reminder of talent with productive 25 minutes in Killarney

 Yellow jersey:  ‘I ride clean and Team Sky rides clean,’ says Chris Froome. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

The better the Tour de France leader does, the more superhuman his data will look

Steven Colvert intends to return to competitive racing after the completion of his ban. Photograph: Ian MacNichol/Inpho.

Sprinter maintains innocence despite appeal failure of two-year doping suspension

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail is keeping an open mind.

Aogán Ó Fearghail believes the hurling league will be altered but provincial football championships will remain in place

Kerry manager with his players during the Munster SFC final against Cork at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Kerry manager believes players’ mindset was not totally right before drawn game with Cork

Tipperary’s Michael Breen, who will line out at full back for the under-21s, in action in the senior Munster final against Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipp side boasts four of Eamon O’Shea’s senior panel that won provincial title

Waterford’s Noel Connors at the launch of the All-Ireland senior championship at Dicksboro GAA club in Kilkenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trip to Ennis holds no fears for Déise young guns, believes senior star

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail rejected the suggestion that media reaction had forced the CCCC to investigate the matter. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

GAA president calls on all parties to co-operate fully with investigation

Kieran Bergin battles past Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin in last year’s replayed All-Ireland final. Photograph: Alan Betson

With Eamon O’Shea set to leave, defender doesn’t want any regrets at end of season

 Brian Whelahan on the sideline during a  National League match in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winner first high-profile managerial casualty of the season

The GAA have launched a probe into an incident which left Dublin footballer Davey Byrne with serious facial injuries. Photograph: Inpho

Aogán Ó Fearghail: ‘When an incident occurs, if it occurs, it should be investigated in the exact same way for all games.’

Full forward Damien Comer celebrates scoring Galway’s all-important goal against Armagh at the  Athletic Grounds. photograph: Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

County hoping to build on first away win in qualifiers since triumphant 2001 season

Pádraic Maher should be back in time for Tipperary’s All-Ireland semi-final in August. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clare under-21s embark on four-in-row quest against Waterford in Cusack Park

Galway’s Fiontan O’Curraoin and Armagh’s Jamie Clarke Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho/Presseye

Damien Comer goal early in the second half proves crucial as Tribesmen advance to third round

Sara Treacy was one of three Irish athletes to make the qualifying time for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next year’s Olympics in Rio during a race in Letterkenny. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn, and Sara Treacy all run inside time for 3,000m steeplechase in Rio

Thomas Barr celebrates after winning the men’s 400m hurdles in Gwangju, South Korea. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

University of Limerick student becomes only fourth Irish athlete to win gold at Games

Daniel Komen of Kenya celebrates after breaking the 5,000m world record at the IAAF Van Damme Memorial Grand Prix in Brussels, Belgium, in 1997.

Television audiences will always miss spectacle of the speedy Kenyan

Thomas Barr, University of Limerick, (Waterford) after finishing first in the Men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 49.96. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ciara Everard had to settle for sixth place over 800m

Mo Farah of Britain wins the 5,000 metres race ahead of Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

British runner lost lead to young Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha on final lap before rallying

Westmeath’s John Egan came on against Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final with 10 minutes to go. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Dublin a tougher prospect than Meath were and 70 minutes at full tilt will be needed

Jamie Clarke in action for Armagh against  Aaron Murphy in the qualifier victory over Wicklow last month. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

GPA ambassador admits teams will do whatever it takes to win

Seamus Callanan: “he’s toughened up and his confidence has just grown”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Tipperary experience predicted to overcome new and coming team Waterford

Kevin McManamon is well aware that he is not guarenteed a place in the Dublin team for their Leinster Senior Football Championship final against Kildare. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dublin forward reveals he is not sure of a place in Sunday’s Leinster final

Mark English looks despondent after finishing third in the Men’s 800m at the Cork City Sports today. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Both athletes faded towards the end of their races and will have work to do

Westmeath captain Ger Egan battles with Meath’s Donal Keogan during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

More than miracle needed for challengers to beat Dubs, says manager Tom Cribbin

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