Sifan Hassan

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 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(...)

Ciara Mageean celebrates 3000m victory in Athlon in February. Photgraph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Like many things this year the World Athletics annual awards gala went virtual last weekend, held to highlight the best performances and announce the (...)

Roger Bannister about to cross the line  and run the first sub-four minute  at Iffley Road in  Oxford in May 1954. Photograph: Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images

It’s over 30 years now since I ran my first competitive mile race. Back in 1989, to be exact, my second year at Villanova, and during my first indoor (...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates qualifying for the final of the World Athletics Championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two athletes and one shining day. It’s October 5th, 2019, a date that they’ll both remember long after the peak of their sporting lives has faded. The(...)

 Ciara Mageean at the launch of Circle K’s “Here for Ireland” initiative at Killiney Hill Park, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Three weeks back at home, three fresh needle pricks into a vein of her forearm. Ciara Mageean takes some comfort in telling us she has been drug teste(...)

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 (...)

 Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates wining gold in the Women’s 1,500 metres. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Oh mercy. Now that was properly incredible, Sifan Hassan producing the single most impressive women’s 1,500 metres in World Championship history to co(...)

Netherlands’ 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan  crosses the finish line ahead of USA’s Nikki Hiltz  and Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo in the Women’s 1500m heats  at the  World Championships in  Doha. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty

Staging any major sporting event in a place like Doha was always going to raise some questions. Far from an ideal location, obviously, and yet for a(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fifth to qualify for the semi-final in the 1,500M at Doha. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

It’s only been 22 years since an Irish woman last made the final of the 1,500 metres at the World Championships, some measure of both the task and opp(...)

 Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fifth to qualify for the semi-final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After some gentle pushing and then a little shoving Ciara Mageean came safely through her 1,500 metres heat at the World Championships, running with t(...)

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