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Alan Hubbard: Should Britain’s athletes have had a better London 2017 medal return? That’s the £27 million question

Alan Hubbard: Should Britain’s athletes have had a better London 2017 medal return? That’s the £27 million question

The ever-estimable Michael Johnson has raised the pertinent question - while making it clear it was a question and not an indictment - as to whether six medals and sixth place in an International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships on home territory was a reasonable return for the £27 million ($35 million/€30 million) lobbed in the direction British Athletics by UK Sport.






Mike Rowbottom: When it comes to speaking his mind on Michael Johnson or anti-doping, Donovan Bailey is no faker - and no chicken

Mike Rowbottom: When it comes to speaking his mind on Michael Johnson or anti-doping, Donovan Bailey is no faker - and no chicken

The current blizzard of retrospective doping bans being meted out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is making the process of clarifying who ends up with what at recent Games resemble studying the Premier League table on a Saturday evening - or of course a Sunday, Monday, or any other evening and what a shame for the TV marketing men that there are only seven of them in each week…


Van Niekerk sets world 400m record and Bolt wins third Olympic 100m title on dream night

Van Niekerk sets world 400m record and Bolt wins third Olympic 100m title on dream night

A stupendous night of athletics here produced the result that most people wanted to see as Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin to earn a third consecutive Olympic 100 metres title in 9.80sec, but even that huge feat was overshadowed by the performance of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk as he won 400m gold from lane eight in a world record of 43.03, breaking Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old mark.