Michael Phelps

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Team USA captain Steve Stricker with Dustin Johnson and the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP

The way Justin Thomas tells it, Dustin Johnson’s one frustration was that he didn’t win even more points in the Ryder Cup. “Poor guy went out there, t(...)

Lily Collison, co-author with Kara Buckley of Pure Grit: “Physical disability is very common and is likely to affect your life, one day, even if it hasn’t yet.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I’m running late for a Zoom meeting with Lily Collison to discuss Pure Grit, the book she has co-written with her friend Kara Buckley about 19 extraor(...)

Emma McKeon: the Australian made history by becoming the first woman swimmer to win seven medals in a single Games – four of them gold, including the 50 and 100 speed double. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/ via Getty Images

If anyone feared that Olympic swimming would lose its lustre without Michael Phelps in the pool, the Tokyo Games proved the sport can thrive even with(...)

USA’s Simone Biles walked away from the women’s team competition on Tuesday after admitting she had “freaked out in a high stress situation”. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Even if they never meet, the lives of American gymnast Simone Biles and the Irish swimmer Mona McSharry have overlapped and caught the wild extremes o(...)

Carissa Moore of Team United States during a practice session at Tsurigaskai Surfing Beach on Thursday, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

CARISSA MOORE Age: 28 Event: Surfing Country: United States Olympic Medals: 0 Surfing is among the four sports making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo –(...)

Caster Semenya: “My high testosterone levels are something I was born with, it’s a disorder. It doesn’t make me the best, though. That’s where the training and knowledge comes in.” File photograph: Getty Images

Caster Semenya should be angry, but she isn’t. As the clock ticks down towards the Tokyo Olympics, the South African should, like her rivals, be train(...)

Brendan Hyland back in training at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

They got out of their cars in their swimming togs and walked around to the back of the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in order to avoid going t(...)

Kevin Cassidy celebrates scoring the winning point for Donegal against Kildare in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-finals. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s not always the earth-shattering moments or the big stuff that stays lit in your mind. One of the inevitable thrills of watching sport is that eve(...)

Hannah Craig  during a morning training session close to her home in Portavogie, Co Down. “I’ll keep training but, to be honest with you, every article I read I don’t think the Olympics are going to go ahead.” Photograph: Liam McBurney

In life, not just sport, Hannah Craig embraces a Japanese philosophy that seems particularly apposite for these chaotic times. She often murmurs ‘wab(...)

Katie Ledecky of the United States leads the field in the  800m freestyle final at the  2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

There is a photograph from the 2016 Olympics that captures the true extent of Katie Ledecky’s superiority over her competition. As the 19-year-old is (...)

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