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Guy Learmonth injury means he’ll make brother’s wedding after all

Guy Learmonth will wish his big brother the very best when he ties the knot on Saturday. But if he is being honest, the Commonwealth Games athlete would rather he wasn’t there to join the celebrations.

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Laura Muir won the 3000m at the British Indoor Championships at the weekend. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Laura Muir leads 8-strong Scots contingent at world indoors

Without the distraction of preparing for a Commonwealth Games, Laura Muir has had the leeway to focus her energies on gearing up for the IAAF world indoor championships and completing her veterinary degree.

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Eilish McColgan wins the 1,500m final at the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Picture: PA.

Eilish McColgan makes double impact in Birmingham

In a Dundee Hawkhill Harriers
vest that has clearly seen 
better days, Eilish McColgan delivered three performances inside 25 hours that suggest, at the age of 27, she is entering a pugnacious prime. Runner-up to Laura Muir in the 3,000 metres at the Spar British Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Saturday, she had to recover and regroup and did so in style.

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Laura Muir, centre, is congratulated by fellow Scot Eilish McColgan after Muir's victory in the 3000m final at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham.  Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Laura Muir blasts her way to 3000m victory in Birmingham

For a dozen laps of the 3000 metres final at the British Indoor Championships, Laura Muir permitted her rivals to cruise in her slipstream, giving them hope, perhaps, that they might ultimately match the young Scot step for step. The 24-year-old is as genial as they come. Yet we know well she is also wholly ruthless when need be.

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Nikki Manson, who set a new national indoor high jump record at the weekend, will be flying the flag for Scotland in Australia in April.

Shell-shocked Nikki Manson relishing Commonwealth Games trip

A week ago, high jumper 
Nikki Manson was intent on blanking out the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

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Robin Morris.

Tributes paid following death of all-rounder Robin Morris

Sporting all-rounder and reporter Robin Morris has died, aged 68, after a year-long illness.

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Laura Muir celebrates her record victory in Glasgow. Picture: Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics

Laura Muir enjoys 800m treat with record-breaking run

Laura Muir makes it look exhausting and effortless at just the same time. It is a cunning trick which the 24-year-old has now perfected but she worked another little touch of magic yesterday, producing the fastest 800 metres of 2018 so far to claim victory at the Scottish Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

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Laura Muir out in front as Team GB claimed victory in the Great Edinburgh XCountry 4x1km relay. Picture: SNS.

Star athletes call for rethink on demise of Great Edinburgh Run

Athletics stars past and present have backed calls to keep the Great Edinburgh International XCountry in its present home after it was revealed that Saturday’s 
edition might be the last in 
Holyrood Park.

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Laura Muir breaks the tape at  the Great Edinburgh XCountry 4 x 1000m Relay. Picture: SNS.

Edinburgh to lose world class cross-country event

The Great Edinburgh international cross-country, one of the few world-class sporting events staged annually in Scotland, is facing relocation south of the Border in 2019 after organisers revealed that the City of Edinburgh Council has withdrawn its backing for the showpiece.

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Great Britain's Laura Muir crosses the finish line to win the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry 4x1km relay. Picture: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Laura Muir anchors Britain to victory in cross-country relay

If yesterday was to be the final edition of the Great Edinburgh XCountry, then Laura Muir can content herself with the most perfect of records.

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Steph Twell visited Edinburgh Castle yesterday during her preparations for today's Great Edinburgh XCountry. Picture: SNS.

New coach Geoff Wightman gives Steph Twell fresh stimulus

Those on the guest list for the autumn wedding of Steph Twell and Joe Morwood, her husband-to-be, would be well-advised to spend the next nine months attaining a minimal level of fitness. The venue for the reception, the two-time Olympian confides, will be amid the woodlands of Surrey, a not-unnatural choice for a couple who initially bonded over a shared affection for slogging speedily over fields and dales.

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Laura Muir returns to Holyrood this weekend to run in the Great Edinburgh X Country. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Laura Muir on combining vet studies with Holyrood test

Any student entering the business end of their final year at university will recognise the need for an occasional release from the grind of studies, be it a few pints of snakebite at the student union or a binge watch of the Hollyoaks omnibus.

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Calum McWilliam crosses the finishing line at Musselburgh Racecourse to win the New Year Sprint. Picture: Andrew O'Brien.

Calum McWilliam scorches to New Year Sprint victory

East Kilbride’s Calum McWilliam made it third time lucky by winning the 149th New Year Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse yesterday.

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Les Piggot was the Scottish 100m champion several times.

Scottish sprinter Les Piggot crossed the ‘great divide’

The 149th staging of the New Year Sprint got underway on Saturday, with the cross ties and final today at Musselburgh Racecourse.

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Andrew Butchart and girlfriend and fellow athlete Lynsey Sharp model Scotland's Commonwealth Games parade uniform at the Gleneagles Hotel. Picture: Alistair Devine

Mo Farah’s exit increases pressure on Andrew Butchart

Sir Mo Farah’s victory in last weekend’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year was the 
ceremonial full stop to the great man’s glorious track career, leaving behind the biggest metaphorical running spikes to fill in British athletics history.

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Athletes Andrew Butchart and Lynsey Sharp model the Team Scotland parade uniform for next year's Commonwealth Games''opening ceremony. The outfits were designed by Siobhan Mackenzie and created by tartan manufacturers House of Edgar. Picture: Alistair Devine

Lynsey Sharp targets medal in one of most competitive events

For some athletes, the Commonwealth Games presents podium opportunities that would be out of reach at a world championships or Olympics but Lynsey Sharp faces a big challenge to repeat her medal-winning heroics from Glasgow 2014.

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Justin Gatlin after winning the 100m final at the world championships in London. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Justin Gatlin fires coach and is ‘shocked’ by allegations

World 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin says he has fired coach Dennis Mitchell following an undercover investigation that appeared to show people linked to the sprinter offering to supply performance-enhancing drugs.

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Steph Twell: Commonwealth bronze in Delhi, 2010. Main photograph: Jeff Holmes

A Steph in the right direction

Next year will be the tenth anniversary of Steph Twell being named European Athletics Rising Star after making her senior GB debut at the Beijing Olympics as world junior 1,500m champion.

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Jax Thoirs in the pole vault final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Medal would be jewel in the crown for jumping Jax Thoirs

The Lynsey Sharp-Andy Butchart romance may have dominated the headlines at this week’s announcement of Scotland’s athletics team for April’s Commonwealth Games but it was pole vaulter Jax Thoirs who had a ring to show off.

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Scotland named a 25-strong athletics team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Lynsey Sharp and Andrew Butchart hope to be golden couple

Yesterday’s press interviews at the announcement of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games athletics team took on a bit of a Mr & Mrs feel as 800m star Lynsey Sharp followed her 5,000m runner boyfriend Andrew Butchart on the 
rotation to face reporter’s questions.

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