Nadia Power: “It would have been a bonus, to make the Olympics this year, but next year now it’s a bigger target, I’ll be 23, and no excuses.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Nadia Power was reading a column by Sonia O’Sullivan, a few weeks back, which softly lamented the lack of something as magical as the sub-four minute (...)

A view of the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:David Rogers/Getty

So it begins, stepping into the International Stadium in Yokohama, the 72,327-all seater stadium the largest of its kind in Japan, with hopes and drea(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faraway, so close. Only Ciara Mageean knows what exactly goes through the head when finishing fourth in a European 1,500 metres final, and she’s a lit(...)

Thomas Barr lowered his season best in the 400m when finishing third at the  London Diamond League meeting on Saturday. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

With perfectly neat timing it seems Thomas Barr is fast running himself into his best form ahead of the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, no(...)