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 Marieke Vervoort of Belgium celebrates as she wins gold in the Women’s 100m T52 Final at  the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 5th, 2012. (Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Champagne flutes were hastily unpacked from boxes, filled to their brims and passed around the room. Dozens of people stood around inside Marieke Verv(...)

 Ciara Mageean at the launch of Circle K’s “Here for Ireland” initiative at Killiney Hill Park, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Three weeks back at home, three fresh needle pricks into a vein of her forearm. Ciara Mageean takes some comfort in telling us she has been drug teste(...)

In her interactions with Eir, a reader, Fidelma, dealt with “many rude reps and two nice ones”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regular readers will know that Eir has featured on this page quite a bit over the last year and although the company has promised a dramatic overhaul (...)

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya  in the  1,500m  final during day ten of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Don’t look now. After 10 long days and even longer nights the curtain came down on the World Championships in Doha with credibility and impossibility (...)

 Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates wining gold in the Women’s 1,500 metres. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Oh mercy. Now that was properly incredible, Sifan Hassan producing the single most impressive women’s 1,500 metres in World Championship history to co(...)

Rows of empty seats and sparse attendances have become  a familiar sight at the   World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Diego Azlubel/EPA

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympics Committee, has been on a bizarre tour. You know, the kind where you visit countries with que(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fifth to qualify for the semi-final in the 1,500M at Doha. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

It’s only been 22 years since an Irish woman last made the final of the 1,500 metres at the World Championships, some measure of both the task and opp(...)

Donavan Brazier of the USA celebrates after winning the men’s 800m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: EPA

Wow. Of all the nights to produce to a World Championship best performance in the men’s 800 metres – and a first gold medal winner in the event for th(...)

A general view of empty seating in the stadium during the Women’s 200 Metres Heats on day four of the IAAF World Championships at The Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Did you see that? They came and were heard with a little more clamour this time, and were duly treated to a World Championship 5,000m for the ages – (...)

Brendan Boyce celebrates his sixth-place finish in the Men’s 50K Race Walk at the World Athletics Championship in   Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Preparing without fail for sweltering heat and humidity is one thing; enduring it without fail for over four hours is something else, and Brendan Boyc(...)

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