Wayde van Niekerk became the fourth fastest man in history over 400m as he won his first world championship title, holding off the defending champion LaShawn Merritt and the Olympic gold medalist Kirani James in Beijing.
Greg Rutherford has told his critics to finally recognise him as a “half-decent athlete” after becoming only the fifth Briton to hold Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth gold medals at the same time.
No sooner had Jessica Ennis-Hill celebrated her world heptathlon triumph with a small beer than she set her mind on what she hopes will be the crowning glory of her career: becoming only the third track and field athlete to retain an Olympic title after giving birth.
When Usain Bolt crossed the line 0.01 seconds ahead of his twice-banned American rival Justin Gatlin to retain his world 100m title, it wasn’t just yet another victory over the doubters.
Usually the last thing any heptathlete feels like doing at the end of an 800m, when their lungs and limbs are waving a white flag, is muster a smile.
Danny Cipriani is still clinging to his faint dream of World Cup selection as England prepare to finalise their 31-man squad for the tournament this week.
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Finally, James Hird’s relationship with Essendon Football Club is over. The Bombers announced on Tuesday afternoon that the embattled coach had tendered his resignation after weeks of open discussions between the two parties.
Chris Froome will again be supported by the Welshman Geraint Thomas when he launches his attempt to win a third Tour de France title this summer.
The Queen’s hopes of seeing her colours carried to victory at Royal Ascot in the week of her 90th birthday celebrations suffered a miserable reverse here on Thursday as Guy Fawkes, her runner in the King George V Handicap, sustained a serious injury in the early stages of the race and was subsequently put down.
Ichiro Suzuki made baseball history on Wednesday – but the man whose record he broke doesn’t think the new mark should count.