Faith Kipyegon of Kenya goes past Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands on her way to winning gold in the women’s 1,500m final  at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

No harm in trying, as mad as it was, Sifan Hassan denied an unprecedented distance running treble at the second last step and only after she helped ma(...)

Selemon Barega of team Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the men’s 10,000 metres final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even with countless tales already written into the long annals of Games history there may never be another night of so many firsts, ending here with t(...)

Letesenbet Gidey: the Ethiopian broke the women’s 10,000-metre world record, just two days after Sifan Hassan broke it at the same track in Hengelo in the Netherlands.  Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Once upon a time in the summer of 1985 we believed the fastest track in the world started and finished directly across from our house, running from th(...)

Ethiopian athlete Letesenbet Gidey  availed of new shoe technology to  break the 5,000m world record, setting a new time of  14 minutes 6.65 seconds, in Valencia last October. Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images)

We were down by The Devil’s Elbow where the Glencullen River marks the border between the Dublin and Wicklow mountains when the super bouncy foam and (...)

 Joshua Cheptegei   celebrates winning gold in the Men’s 10,000 metres at the  World Athletics Championships  at Khalifa International Stadium in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, has dismissed concerns that Nike’s controversial new track spikes, which have produced a spate of rec(...)

Joshua Cheptegei smashed the men's 10,000 metres world record on Wednesday at the Valencia World Record Day, crossing the line in a stunning 26 minutes 11.02 seconds. Photograph: PA

You’re standing in line thinking you’ve nothing to worry about, then, for a second, you suddenly wonder what happens if for some reason it does come b(...)

Ethiopian athlete Letesenbet Gidey  and Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei pose after breaking the 5,000m and 10,000m track world records, respectively, during the NN Valencia World Record Day at the Turia stadium in Valencia. Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images

Two world records were smashed within an astonishing hour in Spain on Wednesday as Nike’s controversial track spikes again proved a gamechanger for at(...)

 Ciara Mageean  has a 1,000m best of 2:38.89, four seconds outside the Irish record.

World record attempts, 13 reigning World champions, a sold-out stadium and live on the BBC: it appears as if nothing has changed as Diamond League ath(...)

Paul Pollock qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after running the second fastest time by an Irish runner at the Valencia Marathon on Sunday. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paul Pollock scored on the double at the Valencia Marathon in Spain on Sunday when running a new personal best of 2:10.25 to secure the automatic qual(...)

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 (...)

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