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 Mark English is putting his full focus on his athletics career ahead of Tokyo 2020. Photograph: Sportsfile

“I can’t go back to being 26 again,” says Mark English, explaining in no uncertain terms why he’s parked his medical career for 2020 and doing everyth(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Thomas Barr after finishing fourth in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faraway, so close. Thomas Barr came into the homestretch of the super competitive 400 metre hurdles with a place in the World Championship final at hi(...)

Pierce O’Callaghan: “It will be a little bit different to London all right. That’s not to say there won’t be some great athletics.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“It will be a little bit different to London alright,” says Pierce O’Callaghan, gently addressing some of the fears and concerns surrounding the World(...)

 Mark English said he was ‘thrilled’ and ‘relieved’ after receiving an eleventh hour invite to the World Athletics Championships. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An eleventh-hour invite – or seven-day advance notice – will see Mark English in Doha for the start of the World Athletics Championships this Friday,(...)

 Henrik  Jakob and Filip Ingebrigsten are expected to run for Norway on their home track at Sandnes  in the European Athletics Team Championships. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It may be a little unfair to bill it as Team Ireland versus Team Ingebrigtsen, only one at least partly stands in the way of the other in the quest to(...)

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(...)

Dragons’ Jeffrey Thys shoots under pressure from Three Rock Rovers’ s Luke Madeley during the Euro Hockey League KO8 match in Eindhoven. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics

KHC Dragons 4 Three Rock Rovers 2 For a second year running, Three Rock Rovers battled hard but found the Euro Hockey League KO8 out of range as the(...)

Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. The  Cork star ticks all the boxes when it comes to an inspirational sporting figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Over the weekend I got completely caught up in a wave of cycling, athletics and even pentathlon. I thought 2018 was the year for learning new sports(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They’ve likened it to the killing zone, the last strides of championship running causing such a state of oxygen deprivation it can feel like a case of(...)

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