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 (...)

Mark English winning a sixth national indoor title in the men’s 800m at the  recent National Senior Indoor ChampionshipsChampionships at the  National Indoor Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

You know what every athlete says about making a championship final: anything can happen! For Mark English, what happened the last two times he made a(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean  celebrates her  new 1,500m indoor Irish record of 4:06.78   at the Athlone International Grand Prix. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Delighting the home crowd and herself, Ciara Mageean produced a stunning victory over 1,500m at the Athlone International Grand Prix, scoring an indoo(...)

Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen, Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Filip Ingebrigtsen celebrate after the men’s 1500m final race during the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/Getty Images

They don’t call them the incredible Ingebrigtsens for nothing. Rarely if ever will three brothers contest a European 1,500 metres final, and as if to (...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean had to drop out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade. Photo: Inpho

The problem with one athlete carrying the medal hopes of a nation is that if it’s not delivered then everyone feels let down. The problem for Ciara Ma(...)

 Mark English competes in the 800 metres heats. Photo: David Gray/Reuters

So much for the nerves, the long wait, and the lost time, because Mark English ran one of the most perfectly smooth and composed races of his young ca(...)

Ireland’s Mark English has built up considerable experience, winning the bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

It’s a pity that the Christ the Redeemer statue doesn’t loom into view from anywhere inside the Olympic Stadium. Still, for Mark English, the image ha(...)

Denis O’ Sullivan and Irene Kelleher    Irene, an award-winning actress who has appeared in Game of Thrones and Fair Ci(...)

Mark English with his 800m silver medal from the European Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There’s very little eating Mark English. A bronze medal last year in the European Championships, one colour better this year in Prague with a silver (...)

Mark English felt he could catch Thijmen Kupers “once he timed it right”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Most indoor 800m races unfold at such breakneck speed there is no time to think. Although some of us watching this one did think Mark English had miss(...)

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