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Mo Farah pulls out of Birmingham Grand Prix

Mo Farah was due to take part in the 1500 metres today Credit: ITV News

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has pulled out of the Birmingham Grand Prix today.

He was due to race in the 1500 metres at the Alexander Stadium this afternoon. Yesterday he appeared before the media saying his reputation was being ruined after doping allegations against his coach Alberto Salazar.

The double Olympic gold medallist told a press conference he has not seen "any clear evidence" that Salazar had been involved in doping.

"I'm a clean athlete, against drugs and anyone who isn't should be banned for life.

"I want to know the answers and the easiest thing to do would be to jump.

"But if you can't show me proof (Salazar), I'm out. I will be talking to people because it's my reputation"

– Mo Farah
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'Drained' Mo Farah withdraws from Birmingham event

Olympic champion Mo Farah has pulled out of today's 1500m race at the Diamond League event in Birmingham saying he is "emotionally and physically drained".

"This week has been very stressful and taken a lot out of me. I have not been able to focus properly on today's race," Farah said in a statement.

Mo Farah speaking in Birmingham yesterday. Credit: Barry Coombs/PA Wire

"I want to run well in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing and have decided it is better for me to go back to the US, seek answers to my questions and get back into training."

"I apologise to the people who bought tickets to come and watch me race and ask for your understanding at this time."


Mo Farah pleased to be back in front of 'special' home crowd in Birmingham

After the success of our athletes over the last few weeks in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games and in Zurich for the European Championships now they're coming to Birmingham for the Diamond League Grand Prix event starting on Sunday.

Some of the world's top performers will be there including David Rudisha, Stoke-on-Trent's Ashlee Nelson and Mo Farah.

Michael Sibert spoke to Mo and asked him how pleased he was to be competing back in Birmingham in front of a British home crowd.

Shock bronze for Harry in Zurich

Loughborough's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey crosses the line third in the final of the 100m Credit: PA

Loughborough athlete Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won a shock medal in the 100m final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

His time of 10:24 in difficult conditions was enough for a bronze medal.

He beat fellow British athlete Dwain Chambers in a photo finish by two hundredths of a second. The gold was won by another British sprinter James Dasaolu.

Nelson takes bronze to make history

Ashleigh Nelson celebrates third place in the Women's 100m Final Credit: PA

Ashleigh Nelson has become the first female british sprinter in 40 years to win a European 100m medal.

The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent ran 11.22 in difficult conditions to win a bronze medal in the final at the European Athletics Championship in Zurich. She won a bronze as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two weeks ago.

She ran a personal best in the semi-final earlier in the week to qualify for the final.

Wolverhampton's Matthew Hudson-Smith qualifies for 400m semi-finals

Commonwealth gold medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Commonwealth gold medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith from Wolverhampton has qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m at the European Athletics Championship.

The Birchfield Harriers' sprinter made the step up from the junior circuit to run the final leg in the 4x400m victory in Glasgow two weeks ago but ran in the heats on the individual event on the first morning in Zurich.

His time of 46:07 was enough for the 19-year-old win his heat and qualify for the semi-finals tomorrow afternoon.


Stoke's Ashleigh Nelson runs PB to qualify for 100m semi-final

Pictured here during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ashleigh Nelson has run a personal best time to qualify for the semi-finals of the Women's 100m at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent won a bronze medal as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to add to her bronze at the World Championships in the same event last year.

Her time of 11.19 on the first morning of the European Athletics Championships was a personal best in the individual 100m event.

It was enough to qualify in second place in her heat. The semi-final is on Wednesday afternoon.

Birmingham's Hannah England qualifies for 1500m final

Hannah England Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hannah England has qualified for the final of the 1500m on the first morning of the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The Birmingham athlete qualified 5th fastest in her semi final with a time of 4:10:73.

The final is on Friday at 16:35.

The former World Championship silver medalist finished 7th in the Commonwealth Games two weeks ago.

Hannah England named GB captain for athletics championships

Hannah England competing Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hannah England has been names captain of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics Team Championships in Germany.

The Birchfield Harriers runner was selected by Director of British Athletics, Neil Black, and will lead the team at the Eintracht Stadium in Braunschweig on 21 and 22 June.

England won silver in the 2011 1500m World Championships. Of her selection as captain she said:

"It’s amazing to be captain and it’s not something I had on my to do list, but when Neil asked me, it was a real honour."

Even my mum who’s not particularly into athletics was really proud and it’s a really standalone thing to captain my country."

"I’m quite nervous about giving a speech, but I take inspiration from some of the ones I’ve been a part of. It takes a lot to stand up in front of peers like that and it’s quite a personal thing_.”

UK Athletics Championships underway in Birmingham

The UK Athletics Championships are underway in Birmingham.

A selection of heats are being run tonight, with the main events taking place over the weekend. But they have been lit up by some high profile performances.

Dwain Chambers Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British sprinter Dwain Chambers has set a season's best of 10.06 seconds in the men’s 100m heat, and if he can follow that with another good performance tomorrow he will automatically qualify for next month’s World Championships in Moscow.

Dai Greene was also in action tonight at the Alexander Stadium. He won his men’s 400m hurdles heat in 50.51 seconds, as he looks to get back into form following injury and illness.

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