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.
Own the start line.
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.
Team Sky have confirmed Chris Froome as their leader for the Vuelta a España with the Tour de France champion looking to become the first Brit to win the Spanish race.
Bradley Wiggins’ return to track cycling, being made at the relatively ripe old age of 35 with the object of winning an eighth Olympic gold medal, continued in reassuring style in Derby on Friday night.
There was a reason for 12.24 Wisconsin time on Friday being widely regarded as a potentially seminal moment.
Twenty-eight track and field athletes were suspended on Tuesday by the IAAF after samples from the 2005 and 2007 world championships were retested, though they did not include any British competitors.
Mark Cavendish is set for a momentous 2016 as he makes a three-pronged attack on the Tour de France, the Olympics and the Road World Championship title after being named in the British squad for Rio.
Tyson Fury has pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko next month after spraining an ankle in training but the world heavyweight champion insists the fight will still take place in Manchester later this year.
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.