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(...)

Mark Downey: will compete  in his  first Olympics in Tokyo, pairing with Felix English in the Madison. His  father Séamus also cycled for Ireland in the Olympics, riding the 1984 road race in Los Angeles.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It used to be the single most important factor in determining your prospects of success on any sporting stage was choosing your parents wisely. Espec(...)

 Leon Reid of Menapians AC, Wexford, centre, on his way to winning the Men’s 60m ahead of, Joseph Ojewumi of Tallaght AC, left, and Dean Adams of Ballymena & Antrim AC, right, during day two of the Irish Life Health Elite Athlete Indoor Micro Meet at Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Just when Leon Reid thinks he’s already seen and heard it all he gets another reminder some people will always judge him by the colour of his skin or (...)

 Mark English edges Cian McPhillips at the Elite Micro Meet in Abbotstown on Saturday. Photograph: Sportsfile

According to their detailed qualifying criteria, Athletics Ireland selected a 24-strong team for next month’s European Indoor Championships based chie(...)

Stephen Scullion of Clonliffe Harriers (right) and Michael Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC in action during the men’s 10,000m during day one of the Irish Life Health National Senior Track & Field Championships at Morton Stadium in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

It wasn’t unbearably humid, or midnight for that matter, but winning the National 10,000 metres title has further convinced Stephen Scullion to run th(...)

 Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers AC celebrates after winning the Men’s 5000m ahead of Conor Bradley of City of Derry AC Spartans, right,  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

It’s a rare thing for Mark English to punch the air at the finish of any race, only this felt good, very good. In the small step of winning back the 8(...)