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Jessica Ennis-Hill: Woman of Steel

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Superman might seem an unlikely saviour for an Olympic champion, but he helped Jessica Ennis-Hill recover from her lowest ebb.

Athletics: Herculis Diamond League Meeting

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Friday July 19
Louis II Stadium, Monaco
BBC Three 7pm

It was originally billed as a battle between a former world champion and the fastest man in the world this year over 100m: Tyson Gay and Olympic bronze medallist Justin Gatlin.

But tonight's Diamond League meeting in Monaco became a one-man – and one-story – show when the news of Gay's positive drugs test broke last weekend.

Athletics: IPC Athletics World Championships

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Saturday July 20
Stadium of Parilly, Lyon
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A week before the Anniversary Games sends us all back to the summer of 2012, when Team GB ruled the world (sort of) and small talk with strangers on London's Tube became temporarily socially acceptable, the Paralympic stars of 2012 make their comeback – at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

Opinion: Bill Borrows

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Subtitle: 
It's like this…

Catch the cheats on a Vespa

To walk or not to walk? Is that really a debate? The barbie has been kicked over because Stuart Broad didn’t walk, but as Ian Healy said: “The only time an Australian walks is if his car runs out of petrol.”

And quite right. All within the rules of the game. Not cheating. Unlike former 100m world champion Tyson Gay and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who have both failed drug tests.

Opinion: Simon Caney

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Root and branch

Why athletics needs to be even more rigorous, and why athletes need to be accountable

Athletics has had a drugs problem for some time. This is hardly news. But when we find that sprinters of the calibre of Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell have tested positive, the sport takes more than a backward step.

It is tumbling headlong into the weird twilight world that cycling inhabited for so long: where the sport carries on although everyone knows that a significant proportion of the competitors are cheating. It is an absolute disaster.

Athletics: European Team Championships

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Saturday June 22
Gateshead International Stadium
BBC One 2pm

Gold medal-winning Olympians Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah are donning their GB kit once again this weekend, for the first major athletics meet to take place on UK soil since the London 2012 Olympics.

Big Fat Sporty Quiz Of The Year

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Jess Ennis: gold medal interview

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Athletics: Heptathlon

Britain’s golden girl got her bid for heptathlon gold off to a flying start in the hurdles and didn’t look back, finishing the job in style on a golden Saturday night in the Olympic Stadium.

Greg Rutherford: gold medal interview

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Athletics: Long jump

Rutherford kept his red head ice-cool on a night when the temperature in the Olympic Stadium just kept on rising. He took the lead with a second-round leap of 8.21m, and extended that by 10cm with his fourth-round jump to secure an unexpected gold.

Athletics: Diamond League - Brussels

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Friday September 7
King Baudouin Stadium,
Brussels
BBC Two 7pm

Usain Bolt’s world tour is all but over for 2012. For tonight’s final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels looks set to be his last outing of a year that was slow to get out of the blocks, but ended up paved with yet more gold.

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