While on this island we were debating whether Rory, Katie or maybe Paul O’Donovan was our outstanding sportsperson of the decade, the Associated Press gave itself the rather grander task of identifying the finest athlete in the whole world over the same timespan.
Wed, 01 Jan, 2020
Muhammad Ali stood alone on many fronts, but Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a few others still stood toe-to-toe with him in the ring. Jack Nicklaus contended with Arnold Palmer on the front end of his career and Tom Watson on the back end.
Sat, 05 Aug, 2017
Great rivalries are made at the Olympic Games. We have Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos in swimming, Bolt and Gatlin in the 100m sprint, the O’Donovan brothers and those très cool French dudes in the rowing. But you ain’t seen nothin’ like Ross and Hickey in the egos.
Tue, 16 Aug, 2016
That’s the Greatest Of All Time. Whether it be Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt monopolising another Olympic Games, Novak Djokovic seeking a Grand Slam or Katie Taylor punching her way into legend, the sporting record books look set for another complete rewrite in 2016...
Wed, 06 Jan, 2016
Jacques Burger is afraid of nothing. Completely fearless, he says. Then he remembers. “No, but I am afraid of things off the pitch, I promise you that. Oooh, snakes for instance. I don’t like snakes very much,” he says with a theatrical shudder.
Thu, 24 Sep, 2015
Usain Bolt stormed to the World Championship sprint double at the World Athletics Championships when a runaway segway proved more problematic than Justin Gatlin. Four days on from riding to the rescue of his beleaguered sport in the 100 metres, the Jamaican attempted to make it four successive half-lap world crowns in Beijing.
Fri, 28 Aug, 2015
Usain Bolt again delivered when it mattered as he scorched to the fastest time of 2015 to win a record fourth straight world 200m title in 19.55 seconds and sweep the individual sprints at a global championships for a fifth time.
Fri, 28 Aug, 2015
The stage is set for a top class evening of athletics at the Morton Games in Morton Stadium, Santry this evening headlined by the second fastest man in history, Yohan Blake, and World Universities 400m hurdles champion Thomas Barr.
Fri, 24 Jul, 2015