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#World Athletics Championships

# world-athletics-championships - Thursday 7 November, 2019

'David Gillick is always there with the bin for me. He's been thrown up on too many times now' - Mageean

The Down native talks about the grim reality of her life as a 1,500m runner.

# world-athletics-championships - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Mageean in good shape as she coasts through to World Championship semi-final

The Portaferry native was comfortable in advancing through this afternoon’s 1,500m heats in Doha.

# world-athletics-championships - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Ciara Mageean finds her happy place

It has not been easy to live away from her boyfriend, but with the right support, the Irish middle-distance runner is giving herself the best chance of success.

# world-athletics-championships - Tuesday 12 September, 2017

Irish kids don't do enough PE so make it an exam subject says Olympian Thomas Barr

The Irish 400m hurdler believes PE should become part of the Leaving Certificate.

# world-athletics-championships - Thursday 10 August, 2017

Harrowing end to the women's 400m final as Shaunae Miller-Uibo dramatically pulls up Agony This post contains videos

Harrowing end to the women's 400m final as Shaunae Miller-Uibo dramatically pulls up

The Olympic champion seemed to pick up a muscle-related injury as she approached the finish line.

# world-athletics-championships - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Usain Bolt pipped in photo finish, but is safely through to tonight's 100m final

The Jamaican will take to the track for his final individual race at 9.45pm.

Mark English fails to qualify for 800m semi-finals at the World Championships

English finished in fifth place in heat five.

Mo Farah's double hopes endangered after battering

The British talisman won the 10,000m crown again last night.

# world-athletics-championships - Thursday 3 August, 2017

London 2017: The start times for every Irish athlete at the World Athletics Championships

Eleven-strong Irish team head to London’s Olympic Park.

# world-athletics-championships - Friday 28 August, 2015

Why is this US athlete wearing a superhero mask at the World Championships?

Olympian Ashton Eaton is feeling the benefits of a prototype made by Nike.

# world-athletics-championships - Thursday 27 August, 2015

Bolt obliterates Gatlin and the rest of the field to pick up fourth straight 200m world title Doubling Up This post contains videos

Bolt obliterates Gatlin and the rest of the field to pick up fourth straight 200m world title

The world’s fastest man ran 19.55 seconds at the Bird’s Nest this afternoon.

'I don't care what place Gatlin came, everything is not okay and athletics needs to accept that'

We spoke to The Sports Gene author David Epstein about doping in sport.

# world-athletics-championships - Wednesday 26 August, 2015

Double Olympic gold medallist avoids DQ despite getting lost in the middle of 200m race Changing Lanes This post contains videos

Double Olympic gold medallist avoids DQ despite getting lost in the middle of 200m race

Veronica Campbell–Brown was adjudged not to have impeded her fellow competitor.

Disappointment for Irish in Beijing, Farah stumbles into 5,000m final

Ben Reynolds, Ciara Everard and Kelly Proper were unable to progress at the Bird’s Nest.

Two Kenyans fail drug tests at World Athletics Championships

The country was already covered by a cloud of suspicion.

# world-athletics-championships - Sunday 23 August, 2015

10 perfect images of Usain Bolt beating Justin Gatlin

9.79 never looked so good.

English, Barr and more big names tumble out at semi-final stage

Overnight, Alex Wright was disqualified late on in the 20km walk.

# world-athletics-championships - Saturday 22 August, 2015

English and Barr power into semi-finals at World Championships Staying Power This post contains videos

English and Barr power into semi-finals at World Championships

The Donegal man finished fifth in his heat, but fast enough to qualify for the next stage tomorrow.

Eritrean teenager takes World Championship gold in Marathon

The 2:12.27 finish earned Eritrea just their second ever medal on the world stage.

# world-athletics-championships - Friday 21 August, 2015

When will the Irish & big name athletes be on TV during Beijing 2015?

The World Athletics Championships get under way tomorrow.

# world-athletics-championships - Friday 3 April, 2015

Marquee Mark English stands out from the bunch

Mark English has already proven himself at two major championships, now he’s planning World and Olympic success.

# world-athletics-championships - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Snapshot: The women's 4x100m relay final wasn't exactly a photo finish

The Jamaicans timed a championship record 41.29 seconds to take gold.

'Anti gay' law furore Western media invention, claims Russian sports minister

Vitaly Mutko insisted the controversial law was not just about homosexuality.

# world-athletics-championships - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Rob Heffernan: I couldn't have done it without wife Marian

“The world championships are over now and Marian’s four months pregnant and I’ll have to put the hard yards in when I go home. The tables will turn.”

# world-athletics-championships - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Moscow 2013: Laura Reynolds has a morning to forget in 20km walk

Leitrim’s Laura Reynolds finished 31st at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow this morning.

# world-athletics-championships - Friday 9 August, 2013

Athletics hoping Moscow 2013 makes headlines for all the right reasons

The IAAF will hope that athlete’s achievements, not drug tests, make the news at this year’s World Championships.

# world-athletics-championships - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Jessica Ennis-Hill is the latest star to pull out of World Athletics Championships

The Olympic champion rules herself out after failing to recover from an Achilles injury.

# world-athletics-championships - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

'I couldn't let it go' - Derval O'Rourke on accepting world championships bid is over

The Leevale star won’t be on the Moscow start line next month.

# world-athletics-championships - Monday 29 July, 2013

Going for gold: the 11 athletes who will represent Ireland at the World Championships Athletics This post contains images

Going for gold: the 11 athletes who will represent Ireland at the World Championships

The 2013 IAAF World Track and Field Championships begin in Moscow on 10 August.

# world-athletics-championships - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Orla Barry secures silver medal at world championships

Ireland now have five medals in total at the event, following the athlete’s triumph in the F57/58 Discus.

# world-athletics-championships - Saturday 28 January, 2012

Column: Why are Ireland's top athletes struggling to make ends meet?

Olympic hopeful Ciarán Ó Lionáird is one of many Irish athletes under financial pressure. It’s not easy, but nothing can stop him from reaching his goal in London this summer, he writes.

# world-athletics-championships - Thursday 1 September, 2011

Ryan and Cragg march on in Daegu Green Shoots This post contains videos

Ryan and Cragg march on in Daegu

Deirdre Ryan has qualified for the final of the women’s high jump at the world championships while Alistair Cragg is through to the 5,000m decider.

# world-athletics-championships - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Channel 4 drops presenter from world athletics coverage after 'hundreds of complaints' Tuned Out This post contains videos

Channel 4 drops presenter from world athletics coverage after 'hundreds of complaints'

Ortis Deley is vaulted out of studio after shaky performance as station’s main presenter in Daegu.

# world-athletics-championships - Sunday 1 August, 2010

DERVAL O’ROURKE is the toast of Ireland today after winning her second European silver medal at the 100m hurdles in Barcelona last night.

Cork native O’Rourke came second to Turkey’s Nevin Yanıt by just 0.02 seconds – a significant reduction on the 0.13 seconds she lost out by in Gothenburg four years ago in the same event.

But what comes next for O’Rourke? Well, there’s a few options.

The UCD graduate’s obvious next focus will be on the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August and September 2011.

The biennial tournament is usually a good indicator of form going into the Olympic games, and those earning gold medals in such tournaments are generally considered the favourites for Olympic success.

What might be a more useful concern, however, are the 2012 World Indoor Championships, a setting in which Derval – like other Irish athletes, such as David Gillick and Alistair Cragg – has flourished in recent years.

O’Rourke’s only major gold medal so far was won at the 60m hurdles indoors in Moscow in 2006, though she missed the equivalent events in 2008 and 2010 with persistent injuries, and coming just four months before the London games begin, the indoors could be a great chance to build momentum.

Also on the radar will be a hopeful invitation to the IAAF’s Diamond League, the premier worldwide grand prix circuit where O’Rourke would rub shoulder’s with the sport’s finest on a regular basis over the course of 2011.

Of course, the obvious long-term target is the London Olympics in 2012. With O’Rourke being 31 when the London games roll around, 2012 represents her best – and probably last – chance to perform on the biggest stage of all.

The games are just 726 days away.