Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack competes during Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho.

Nationality cannot count for anything when the only link to that country is the financial incentive offered to represent it, and no athlete has lost m(...)

Fionnuala McCormack (centre) running in the 10,000m final at the  European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

They say the only feeling worse than finishing fourth at a major championship is finishing fourth again, and Fionnuala McCormack now knows that feelin(...)