Peter Snell

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A general view inside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo as Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Some Olympic Stadiums strike you first with their sense of place and history. No matter how much you’ve read or heard about it, nothing can fully prep(...)

 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(...)

 The Irish team, led by flag bearer and hammer thrower John Lawlor, enter the National Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Sayonara – only instead of the farewell blessing to what should have been the end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics this weekend, it is the wishful thinking that(...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

New Zealand’s Nick Willis: “In Rio it’s just about getting down to business and trying to make amends for London.” Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

There is something particularly heroic about the Olympian who keeps coming back for more, although in the event still billed as the blue ribbon of tra(...)

Ireland’s Mark English after finishing fifth in the third semi-final of the men’s 800m. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

No regrets, no disappointment, and no envy, only an acceptance on the night that Mark English didn’t quite have the legs to make an Olympic final. Gi(...)

Usain Bolt will be back on the track in Rio for his third Olympics. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Con Houlihan always told me to be careful of the day you start plagiarising from yourself. Just don’t make it obvious, he’d say, perfectly aware this (...)

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia and Jim Hogan of Ireland compete in the Men’s Marathon during the Tokyo Olympics on October 21, 1964. Photograph: The Asahi Sshimbun via Getty Images

October 21st, 1964 He remembers the marathon starting sometime around the middle of the day. It was warm alright, humid and cloudy. But it wasn’t too(...)