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.
Mo Farah’s coach, Alberto Salazar, has told the Guardian he is increasingly confident the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into him will find no evidence of any wrongdoing and insisted the two-time Olympic champion would be staying with his Nike Oregon Project training group despite recent rumours to the contrary.
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.
Own the start line.
In the shadow of the Bird’s Nest stadium, about to be pressed back into one of its rare bursts of meaningful sporting action in the seven years since the 2008 Olympics, a slow burning battle that could decide the future of athletics is about to explode.
Jessica Ennis-Hill will decide whether to compete in next month’s world championships in Beijing after testing herself in the long jump and 200m at the Anniversary Games on Saturday.
Jessica Ennis-Hill has appealed to the International Association of Athletics Federations to upgrade her silver medal from the 2011 world championships in Daegu to gold following her Russian rival Tatyana Chernova’s positive drug test in January.
Justin Gatlin has moved to head off the wave of criticism directed at him during the World Athletics Championships by releasing letters that reveal the extent to which he cooperated with US anti-doping investigators and apologised for his own offences.
In Beijing and beyond, there is no doubt who the stars of the last few days of these championships were for the hosts. And it was not Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix, Dafne Schippers or Mo Farah.
Sebastian Coe has defiantly defended his links with Nike, refusing to give up his role as a special adviser to the sportswear giant as he takes over as the most powerful man in athletics.