• Perfect 10 review – teen drama marks the arrival of a special talent

    Perfect 10 review – teen drama marks the arrival of a special talent
    Eva Riley’s debut feature is a dazzling coming-of-age tale lit up by a pair of remarkable first-time performancesNot quite a perfect 10. But still, Scottish director Eva Riley smashes it with her debut feature, a gritty and tender portrait of a teenage gymnast who meets her half-brother for the first time. It’s a drama in the social-realist tradition of Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold, with whom Riley shares an instinct for working with first-time actors. Her young stars – Frankie
  • Former gymnastics coach jailed for lying to police in Larry Nassar abuse case

    Former gymnastics coach jailed for lying to police in Larry Nassar abuse case
    Kathie Klages denied she knew of sexual abuse by doctorFormer MSU coach sentenced to 90 days in jailHow was Larry Nassar able to abuse gymnasts for so long?A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into former Olympic and university doctor Larry Nassar.Kathie Klages, 65, was found guilty in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivo
  • Amy Tinkler hits out at British Gymnastics over abuse complaint delay

    Amy Tinkler hits out at British Gymnastics over abuse complaint delay
    Olympic medallist bemoans delay in investigationMany gymnasts have gone public over bullyingAmy Tinkler has criticised British Gymnastics over the time taken to deal with her complaint over bullying and an abuse culture in the sport.Tinkler said earlier this month her “experiences as a club and elite gymnast”, and the subsequent failure of British Gymnastics to act on her complaint, led her to announce her retirement in January. Related: Sport's cascading tales of abuse and fear dema
  • Sport's cascading tales of abuse and fear demand action from the very top | Sean Ingle

    Sport's cascading tales of abuse and fear demand action from the very top | Sean Ingle
    Victims have spoken out and some culprits have even admitted regret. Now it’s time for the governing bodies to show they careIn safer and saner times, the world’s eyes would now be fixed on the Tokyo Olympics: the gleaming smiles, the shiny medals, the illusion of perfection. But the postponement of the Games has at least allowed space for something more vital: exposing the human cost of chasing glory, especially for young girls in aesthetic sports such as gymnastics and figure skati
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  • 'Deep scars': Gymnastics Australia promises action after athletes allege abuse

    'Deep scars': Gymnastics Australia promises action after athletes allege abuse
    Gymnasts reveal allegations of physical and mental abuseMore athletes encouraged to speak out
    Former Australian gymnasts detailing mental and physical abuse allegations have been applauded by the sport’s governing body.Gymnastics Australia is promising action after a group of gymnasts, including Olympians and Commonwealth Games medal winners, told of the sport’s toxic culture. Related: 'It was dehumanising': Jessica Shuran Yu condemns training abuse in ChinaContinue reading...
  • Gymnastics coaches being investigated will be banned from Team GB, says BOA

    Gymnastics coaches being investigated will be banned from Team GB, says BOA
    BOA chief Mark England ‘stunned’ by abuse revelationsBritish Gymnastics stands aside to allow independent review
    The British Olympic Association has announced it will ban any gymnastics coach that is under investigation for abuse from joining Team GB at next year’s Tokyo Games.The BOA chef de mission, Mark England, admitted he was stunned by the recent revelations in the sport, which has included Olympic medallists Becky and Ellie Downie, Amy Tinkler and Louis Smith all speakin
  • British Gymnastics aims to 'retain trust' with independent review into abuse

    British Gymnastics aims to 'retain trust' with independent review into abuse
    UK Sport and Sport England will take over investigationSeveral gymnasts have come forward in past two weeks
    British Gymnastics has stepped aside from its own review into allegations of widespread abuse in the sport after mounting criticism that it would lack integrity or independence. It will now be co-commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England instead.More than a dozen British gymnasts have come forward over the past 10 days to detail their experiences, including the Olympic medallists Becky an
  • Beth Tweddle says there is 'no place for bullying or abuse' in gymnastics

    Beth Tweddle says there is 'no place for bullying or abuse' in gymnastics
    Olympic medallist calls on others to open up on experiencesAmy Tinkler latest to criticise the culture in the sportBeth Tweddle says “there is no place for bullying or abuse in the sport that I love” as she advised all gymnasts to talk about their experiences amid a British Gymnastics independent review.Amy Tinkler on Tuesday became the latest elite or former elite GB gymnast to criticise the bullying and abuse culture in the sport following the statement issued by the Downie sisters
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  • Team GB gymnast Amy Tinkler says trauma led to her retirement

    Team GB gymnast Amy Tinkler says trauma led to her retirement
    Complaint submitted to British Gymnastics in DecemberTeam GB medallist at Rio 2016 still waiting for responseThe Rio 2016 medallist Amy Tinkler has added to the growing pressure on British Gymnastics by announcing she submitted a formal complaint about her experiences as a gymnast to the sport’s governing body in December – but was still waiting for a response eight months later.Tinkler – the youngest member of Team GB in Rio when aged 16, finishing third in the floor exercise
  • GB gymnast Amy Tinkler reveals trauma led to her retirement

    GB gymnast Amy Tinkler reveals trauma led to her retirement
    Complaint submitted to British Gymnastics in DecemberTeam GB medallist at Rio 2016 still waiting for responseThe Rio 2016 medallist Amy Tinkler has added to the growing pressure on British Gymnastics by announcing she submitted a formal complaint about her experiences as a gymnast to the sport’s governing body in December – but was still waiting for a response eight months later.Tinkler – the youngest member of Team GB in Rio when aged 16, finishing third in the floor exercise
  • British Gymnastics head 'appalled and ashamed' at multiple abuse stories

    British Gymnastics head 'appalled and ashamed' at multiple abuse stories
    Organisation holds crisis talks amid damning revelationsGrowing number of gymnasts call on Jane Allen to resignThe head of British Gymnastics, who is facing calls for her resignation, has told member clubs she is “appalled and ashamed” by the multiple stories of abuse that have emerged in a harrowing and potentially far-reaching week for the sport in the UK.In a letter seen by the Guardian, Jane Allen said: “Any mistreatment of gymnasts is inexcusable,” and promised to re
  • I work to protect elite athletes – these growing allegations must be properly investigated | Victoria Aggar

    I work to protect elite athletes – these growing allegations must be properly investigated | Victoria Aggar
    Talk of ‘independent’ reviews makes me sceptical – athletes need a separate complaints organisation they can trust• Victoria Aggar is chair of the British Athletes CommissionI was first asked the question “is the system broken?” back in 2017, just as I joined the British Athletes Commission (BAC) – an organisation that represents the interests of athletes – as its chair. The implication of the question was clear: is there systematically unfair or ab
  • Becky and Ellie Downie say abuse in GB gymnastics 'completely normalised'

    Becky and Ellie Downie say abuse in GB gymnastics 'completely normalised'
    Ellie Downie would not eat or drink on day before weigh-in‘Focus about my weight will leave scars which will never heal’The world championship medallists Becky and Ellie Downie have joined the group of gymnasts speaking out about shocking abuse in the British team in a devastating statement which said “cruel” behaviour was “so ingrained in our daily lives that it became completely normalised”.The sisters, who are regarded as Team GB’s best female gymnast
  • British Gymnastics crisis deepens with call for chief executive to quit

    British Gymnastics crisis deepens with call for chief executive to quit
    Lisa Mason says CEO Jane Allen should take responsibilityLouis Smith accuses governing body of ‘scared to taint its image’The crisis enveloping British Gymnastics has intensified with the former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Mason calling for the resignation of the chief executive, Jane Allen, in the wake of the abuse scandal, and the four-times Olympic medallist Louis Smith accusing the governing body of not wanting to taint its image by alerting the public to complaints ma
  • British Gymnastics to investigate alleged abuse of top athletes

    British Gymnastics to investigate alleged abuse of top athletes
    Independent inquiry to examine ‘shocking’ claims of physical and emotional abuseBritish Gymnastics has announced an independent inquiry into “shocking and upsetting” allegations of serious physical and emotional abuse made by multiple elite athletes, including fresh claims of fat-shaming by one London 2012 Olympian.Francesca Fox, who competed as a rhythmic gymnast at the London 2012 Games, told ITV on Tuesday night that she was constantly told she was “fat” an
  • British Gymnastics to investigate alleged abuse of elite athletes

    British Gymnastics to investigate alleged abuse of elite athletes
    Independent inquiry to examine ‘shocking’ claims of physical and emotional abuseBritish Gymnastics has announced an independent inquiry into “shocking and upsetting” allegations of serious physical and emotional abuse made by multiple elite athletes, including fresh claims of fat-shaming by one London 2012 Olympian.Francesca Fox, who competed as a rhythmic gymnast at the London 2012 Games, told ITV on Tuesday night that she was constantly told she was “fat” an
  • UK Sport to investigate 'shocking and upsetting' claims of gymnastics abuse

    UK Sport to investigate 'shocking and upsetting' claims of gymnastics abuse
    Olympian Lisa Mason forced to train until her hands bledAnother gymnast claims to have been hit by a stickUK Sport has confirmed it is investigating the “shocking and upsetting” allegations of serious physical and emotional abuse of British gymnasts - with one former leading competitor claiming she had been locked in a cupboard and another saying they were forced to train until their hands bled when they were 10 years old.The funding body of Olympic sport in Britain also called on ot
  • Athlete A review – the scandal that rocked the sporting world

    Athlete A review – the scandal that rocked the sporting world
    The shocking story of how USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar abused the girls and young women in his care is explored in Netflix’s grim new documentaryThere will be a lot to write about when this godforsaken era finally passes into the history books, but I hope the chroniclers will find space for at least a footnote somewhere to record the phenomenon of streamable documentaries as the early 21st century’s best method of delivering us from evil.Athlete A (Netflix) lays out the story o
  • Joe Fraser: gymnasts must push through hard times to get good ones | Tumaini Carayol

    Joe Fraser: gymnasts must push through hard times to get good ones | Tumaini Carayol
    Britain’s 2019 parallel bars world champion admits at times he still gets brought back to earth with a bangThere are few live sporting experiences as transformative as gymnastics in all its glory. Aside from the spectacle of the exponents twisting their compact, muscular bodies in the air, it is the sound that is most startling, the noise created by bones and muscle and momentum meeting gravity as gymnasts collide with the ground. The brisk realisation of all the horrors possible if he or
  • Gymnast Joe Fraser: 'I would cry for a week, then things would come together'

    Gymnast Joe Fraser: 'I would cry for a week, then things would come together'
    Britain’s parallel bars world champion overcame injuries and anxieties, and hopes to be a role model for other black gymnastsThere are few live sporting experiences as transformative as gymnastics in all its glory. Aside from the spectacle of the exponents twisting their compact, muscular bodies in the air, it is the sound that is most startling, the noise created by bones and muscle and momentum meeting gravity as gymnasts collide with the ground. The brisk realisation of all the horrors
  • USA Gymnastics suspends ex-Olympic coach Maggie Haney for eight years

    USA Gymnastics suspends ex-Olympic coach Maggie Haney for eight years
    Coach faces ban for verbally and emotionally abusing gymnastsHaney was coach of Rio 2016 gold medalist Laurie HernandezUSA Gymnastics has suspended former US Olympic team coach Maggie Haney for eight years for verbally and emotionally abusing gymnasts she oversaw, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.According to the report, the ban of one of USA Gymnastics’ more high-profile coaches takes effect immediately and will be followed by two additional years of suspension. Continue reading.
  • Kyla Ross: 'In college, I was more nervous to train than compete'

    Kyla Ross: 'In college, I was more nervous to train than compete'
    The 23-year-old gymnast, a US Olympic gold medallist, has seen her last year of competition come to abrupt close because of Covid-19For most of the past 20 years, gymnastics is the only thing that Kyla Ross has known. She was doing handstands by four years old, she was an Olympic gold medallist by 15 and this year at 23 she was finishing an exceptional college gymnastics career at UCLA. This was supposed to be the season that tied all the loose ends as she achieved her final goals and then depar
  • Gymnast Kyla Ross: 'Getting the news, being told you're done is the hardest'

    Gymnast Kyla Ross: 'Getting the news, being told you're done is the hardest'
    The US Olympic gold medallist, and the last person to beat Simone Biles, has seen her final year of competition come to an abrupt endFor most of the past 20 years, gymnastics is the only thing that Kyla Ross has known. She was doing handstands by four years old, she was an Olympic gold medallist by 15 and this year at 23 she was finishing an exceptional college gymnastics career at UCLA. This was supposed to be the season that tied all the loose ends as she achieved her final goals and then depa
  • Verona van de Leur: 'When you have no food you do anything to survive'

    Verona van de Leur: 'When you have no food you do anything to survive'
    Dutchwoman was among Europe’s best gymnasts in 2002 but she became penniless and homeless after a bitter dispute with her family and coaches When Verona van de Leur thinks back to the days at the turn of the century when she was one of the best gymnasts in the world, every syllable in her voice is laced with pride.She emerged in 2001 as the leader of an unlikely Dutch gymnastics boom in a sport dominated by post-Soviet giants. At the 2002 European championships she won five medals before s
  • Working from home: athletes find inventive ways to train – in pictures

    Working from home: athletes find inventive ways to train – in pictures
    Around the world, athletes are working on new ways to stay fit at home during the coronavirus lockdown Continue reading...
  • Could Simone Biles really do the unthinkable and retire before Tokyo 2021?

    Could Simone Biles really do the unthinkable and retire before Tokyo 2021?
    The gymnastics superstar has refused to commit to appearing at the next Olympics. Team USA would still be strong even without her thoughLast week when Simone Biles spoke to the press for the first time since the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, she failed to guarantee she would be back for the rescheduled Games in 2021. “I haven’t decided not to do it, but I haven’t really decided to do it,” she told the Wall Street Journal.This was not what we wanted to hear from one
  • Simone Biles fears mental toll on athletes after postponement of Tokyo Olympics

    Simone Biles fears mental toll on athletes after postponement of Tokyo Olympics
    Gymnast was set to be one of the stars of this summer’s GamesAmerican says she agrees with decision to delay Tokyo OlympicsSimone Biles has spoken of her fears of the mental toll on athletes as they ponder an extra year of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.The Games were due to start in July but have been postponed until the summer of 2021 as major sports events shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Biles, who is arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, was expected to win multiple go
  • Abuse victims demand USA Gymnastics acknowledge a woman's worth | Tumaini Carayol

    Abuse victims demand USA Gymnastics acknowledge a woman's worth | Tumaini Carayol
    Settlement proposal following Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse has caused outrage among gymnasts and their familiesAt the end of last month Simone Biles logged into Twitter and highlighted the absurdity of the current chapter of her life. As she travelled to a USA Gymnastics training camp in order to continue preparations for the Olympic year in which she will compete for USAG and for whom any success will garner millions of dollars, she tweeted in despair about what she sees as the continued f
  • Abuse victims demand USA Gymnastics acknowledge a little girl's worth | Tumaini Carayol

    Abuse victims demand USA Gymnastics acknowledge a little girl's worth | Tumaini Carayol
    Settlement proposal following Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse has caused outrage among gymnasts and their familiesAt the end of last month Simone Biles logged into Twitter and highlighted the absurdity of the current chapter of her life. As she travelled to a USA Gymnastics training camp in order to continue preparations for the Olympic year in which she will compete for USAG and for whom any success will garner millions of dollars, she tweeted in despair about what she sees as the continued f
  • Morgan Hurd captures women’s all-around title at American Cup

    Morgan Hurd captures women’s all-around title at American Cup
    Morgan Hurd wins first international event in Tokyo run-upUSA’s Kayla DiCello finishes second, Japan’s Hatakeda thirdBritain’s Jennifer Gadirova takes fourth in senior-level debutMorgan Hurd is turning the page from a frustrating 2019 season and going for her first Olympic berth. That new approach is paying early dividends. VICTORY for @morgihurd
    Her magnificent performance on floor solidified her SECOND American Cup [email protected] | #AmericanCup pic.twitter.com/Qsm2C0kG1NMorgan H
  • Cheltenham best bits, England v Wales in Six Nations and Dan Carter | Classic Youtube

    Cheltenham best bits, England v Wales in Six Nations and Dan Carter | Classic Youtube
    This week’s roundup also features a goal-of-the-season contender, Sun Yang and the science behind curling1) Cheltenham week is almost upon us, so let’s get in the mood with some memorable Festival moments from down the years. Here’s the celebrated Arkle, kicking clear in 1964 to win the first of three consecutive Gold Cups. Here are the other two. Dawn Run lit up a gloomy day in 1986 to win the same trophy in a thrilling finale. And kick back and enjoy two of the most popular h
  • The 2020 Gymnastics World Cup – in pictures

    The  2020 Gymnastics World Cup – in pictures
    The world’s top eight athletes on each apparatus competed in the 2020 Gymnastics World Cup on 22 and 23 February at Melbourne Arena Continue reading...
  • The 2020 gymnastics world cup finals – in pictures

    The  2020 gymnastics world cup finals – in pictures
    The world’s top eight athletes on each apparatus competed in the 2020 world cup gymnastics finals on 22 and 23 February at Melbourne Arena Continue reading...
  • Simone Biles, Messi and Hamilton named athletes of year at Laureus Awards

    Simone Biles, Messi and Hamilton named athletes of year at Laureus Awards
    US gymnast wins sportswoman of year for third timeLionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton share men’s awardGymnastics star Simone Biles was named the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the third time on Monday, while Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton shared the men’s award.Biles won five gold medals, including a record fifth all-around title, at the 2019 world championships in Stuttgart. That made her the most decorated gymnast ever at worlds with 25 medals. Related: Jaw-dropping sport moment
  • Larry Nassar survivors offered $215m settlement by USA Gymnastics

    Larry Nassar survivors offered $215m settlement by USA Gymnastics
    USA Gymnastics files bankruptcy plan including $215m offerGoverning body, survivors have been in mediation since 2018Disgraced doctor is serving decades in prison for sexual abuseUSA Gymnastics has filed a bankruptcy plan that includes an offer of $215m for sexual abuse survivors to settle their claims against the embattled organization.The $215m total is the amount USA Gymnastics’ insurance carriers are willing to provide the sport’s national governing body to end years of legal bat
  • Olympics bronze medallist Amy Tinkler retires from gymnastics, aged 20

    Olympics bronze medallist Amy Tinkler retires from gymnastics, aged 20
    • Tinkler youngest member of Team GB in Rio when just 16
    • Second British woman to win Olympic gymnastics medalAmy Tinkler, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, has announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics. Tinkler was the youngest member of Team GB in Rio when aged just 16, and finished third in the floor exercise behind American duo Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. Related: Twenty athletes set to light up the Tokyo 2020 OlympicsContinue reading...
  • Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler retires from gymnastics, aged 20

    Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler retires from gymnastics, aged 20
    • Tinkler youngest member of Team GB in Rio when just 16
    • Second British woman to win Olympic gymnastics medalAmy Tinkler, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, has announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics. Tinkler was the youngest member of Team GB in Rio when aged just 16, and finished third in the floor exercise behind American duo Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. Related: Twenty athletes set to light up the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Olympic bronze medallist @amytink
  • Twenty athletes set to light up the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

    Twenty athletes set to light up the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    Our writers choose the Olympians likely to make the headlines at the most anticipated sporting event of the yearSeb Coe, who knows a thing or two about winning Olympic titles, believes Asher-Smith will be Team GB’s “poster girl” in Tokyo. Given her seamless upward trajectory and personality it would take a brave person to argue with his lordship. Last autumn the 24-year-old won three world championship medals, including the 200m title, making her the greatest British female spr
  • Split-site Olympics and robot umpires: our bold sports predictions for 2030

    Split-site Olympics and robot umpires: our bold sports predictions for 2030
    On the heels of a decade of major change in sports, Guardian US contributors make their bold predictions for the next 10 yearsHere are our bold predictions for the next decade in sports. Please note the bold (or should that be bold?): these are to be taken with a pinch of salt. Continue reading...
  • Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins' pictures of the decade

    Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins' pictures of the decade
    The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the biggest moments or the greatest stars – it was purely because I liked them as pictures and some had nice stories attached. What jumped out at me when choosing them is there should be far more sportswomen featured. The amount of women’
  • England's cricketers and exceptional women in sport honoured

    England's cricketers and exceptional women in sport honoured
    Ben Stokes recognised with an OBE while England midfielder Jill Scott receives an MBE The victorious England World Cup cricket team and the exceptional contribution of a number of women in sport were recognised in the honours.A number of the squad who beat New Zealand in the final were awarded honours, with Ben Stokes’ triumphant summer recognised with an OBE. Continue reading...
  • The best sports photography of 2019

    The best sports photography of 2019
    Tiger Woods’s comeback at the Masters, the brilliance of Simone Biles, Pep Guardiola berating Raheem Sterling, Ben Stokes’s World Cup heroics, Liverpool’s stunning Champions League defeat of Barcelona, Megan Rapinoe’s iconic celebration and South Africa’s Siya Kolisi lifting the Rugby World Cup trophy – here is our selection of the year’s best sports images.Click on each image for more informationLast year, I was lucky to be playing again  &hellip
  • Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Simone Biles stuns a jaded world

    Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Simone Biles stuns a jaded world
    American gymnast became the first woman to land two skills thought impossible on her way to five out of six world title goldsEven for those incapable of counting the twists in a triple-twisting double back or distinguishing an Amanar vault from a Cheng, Simone Biles’s triumphant 2019 world championships was a moment. In total, Biles won five gold medals out of the six medal events in Stuttgart, clinching the team competition and all around finals, before dominating the vault, beam and floo
  • Rachael Denhollander: 'When you speak out against your own community, you lose everything'

    Rachael Denhollander: 'When you speak out against your own community, you lose everything'
    Three years after blowing the whistle on serial child molester Larry Nassar, the former gymnast turned attorney is continuing to lead the fight both in and beyond the world of sportsIn 2016, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a report with the Michigan State University police department and a Title IX complaint with the school. She alleged that Dr Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her more than a decade earlier when she’d been his patient – and in doing so, Denhollander beca
  • The unstoppable Simone Biles shows again her only competition is herself

    The record-smashing American has learned how to truly enjoy competing against herself, and now she too can marvel at her greatness as it unfoldsIn possibly the final performance of her world championships career, Simone Biles stepped up to the floor on Sunday and prepared to open her routine with the skill that has become one of the most memorable sights in sport.Showcasing her triple twisting-double, the Biles II, she flew high into the sky, her legs tightly tucked as she twisted in the air. Wh
  • Armchair viewers get a glimpse of the future and it looks to be laser-guided | Richard Williams

    For all its help in straightening out rugby union and its recent assistance to Eliud Kipchoge, what effect will green-line technology have on the off-the-cuff spontaneity of live sport?While the glorious phenomenon that is Simone Biles was winning a fifth all‑around world gymnastics title last week with routines that included a triple-twisting double backflip during the floor exercise and a two‑flips‑two-twists dismount from the beam, she was doing things that the human eye cou
  • Simone Biles wins two more golds and sets world championship medal record

    • Biles takes haul to 25 after wins in beam balance and floor
    • Britain’s Joe Fraser strikes gold on parallel barsSimone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history on Sunday when she won the beam and floor finals in Stuttgart to take her career tally to 25 medals while Great Britain’s Joe Fraser took a stunning gold medal on the parallel bars. Related: Unstoppable Simone Biles wins vault to tie world championships medal recordRelated: Higher, fast
  • Simone Biles wins record 25th medal at world championships with two more golds

    • 22-year-old eclipses Vitaly Scherbo’s tally of 23 medals
    • Biles beats China’s Liu Tingting in beam balance finalSimone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history on Sunday when she won the beam and floor finals to take her career tally to 25 medals. Related: Unstoppable Simone Biles wins vault to tie world championships medal recordRelated: Higher, faster, stronger, better ... is there no end to what humans can do?Continue reading...
  • Simone Biles wins record 24th medal at world championships with beam gold

    • 22-year-old eclipses Vitaly Scherbo’s tally of 23 medals
    • Biles beats China’s Liu Tingting in beam balance finalSimone Biles clinched a record 24th medal at the world gymnastics championships on Sunday, becoming the most decorated athlete in the event’s history. Related: Unstoppable Simone Biles wins vault to tie world championships medal recordContinue reading...
  • Higher, faster, stronger, better ... is there no end to what humans can do?

    As the two-hour marathon barrier is breached and with records tumbling every year, we explore sport’s science, skill and sheer gutsThere are a handful of numbers that are imbued with meaning. Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4. Usain Bolt’s 9.58. And now Eliud Kipchoge’s 1:59:40.Kipchoge’s extraordinary sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Saturday is one of the greatest sporting achievements – recording a time that has never been achieved before and pushing the limits of

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