As rousing motivational speeches go, it left a lot to be desired.
Adam Gemili described it as the “best feeling in the world” after straining to a narrow victory in the men’s 200m at the UK trials. There were smiles, too, for Danny Talbot, a hair’s breadth behind in second, who also secured his Olympic place. But at least one top British sprinter will shortly find his Rio ambitions shattered after a day of intrigue and drama in Birmingham.
Jessica Ennis-Hill believes she is fitter now than at any time since winning heptathlon gold at London 2012 and she showed her Olympic defence is on track by scoring an impressive 6,733 points to win the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Ratingen, Germany.
Moments before the starter’s gun shattered the hush of the Alexander Stadium and rocket-launched the greatest 100m race ever seen on these shores, James Dasaolu checked his lane number and wondered whether it might be an omen. Lane four. The same as three years ago here when, on a sweltering day, he bulldozed through the 10-second barrier for the first time.
Jessica Ennis-Hill produced her best shot put performance since London 2012 as the Olympic champion led her first heptathlon of the year after day one, in Ratingen, Germany.
Jamaica’s Olympic gold-winning sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole has revealed that he is suffering from the Zika virus.
British Athletics has confirmed that Jama Aden, the Somali coach who has been arrested by Spanish police on doping charges, no longer works with Mo Farah even though he was “an unofficial facilitator” for Britain’s Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion when he trained in Ethiopia in 2015.
Jo Pavey has admitted that time is running out on her dream of becoming the first British track athlete to compete in five Olympic Games, and fears that a prolonged chest infection could wreck her ambitions to retain her European 10,000m title in Amsterdam next month.
Manny Pacquiao has said he is up for it, and Amir Khan has sensationally suggested he would compete for Pakistan, but voices in British boxing from the grassroots to the top-flight have ridiculed plans to allow professionals to compete against amateurs in the Rio Olympics this summer.
David Florence became the latest in an increasingly long line of genuine British medal hopefuls to endure a dreadful day at the office, finishing dead last in the final of the canoe slalom and missing out on victory by a titanic margin of more than 14 seconds.
Former Leeds and Crystal Palace striker wants Zlatan to play at the Olympics.
Whatever has just passed when, later this summer, Jessica Ennis‑Hill sits back and decides whether a remarkable career should continue for another 12 months, she will never have had a period like this.
By early Monday morning it was hard to know which was the more indelible image for the US on a Sunday that had brought so much disappointment in its first 23 hours.
Simone Manuel made history in the pool on Thursday night, as she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold in an individual swimming event.
The record books tell everything about the cliff face Jessica Ennis-Hill will have to climb when she begins the defence of her Olympic heptathlon title on Friday morning.
The much-billed clash between Michael Phelps and his fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte in the men's 400m individual medley ended with a resounding victory for Lochte, who left his rival trailing in fourth place.
After the parties and press conferences are over, Michael Phelps will sit down at a desk and, just as he has done every day this year, write in his journal.
It was a puzzling sight. The mighty US women’s soccer team, defending Olympic and World Cup champions, reduced to wasting time in the corner to preserve a 2-2 draw against Colombia, who had never so much as scored against them in five previous meetings.
There was a suspicion Andy Murray might decide to skip Cincinnati and concentrate on resting his weary limbs for the US Open after he defended his Olympic title with a draining win over Juan Martín del Potro.
Laura Trott became the first woman in British history to win four Olympic gold medals and it took her only four events across two Games to do so. The 24-year-old was triumphant in the omnium, adding to the Rio gold she had already won in the women’s team pursuit in defending the titles.
Sir Chris Hoy has tipped Jason Kenny to add to his tally of gold medals after the 28-year-old from Bolton equalled his British record of six by winning the keirin.