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Team England unveiled for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Next year's Commonwealth Games squad hoping for gold on Australia's Gold Coast was announced in Birmingham today.

The 75 strong 'Team England' features several athletes from the Midlands. and those who also train here.

Many were at the unveiling event at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium today, which could be transformed if the city's bid for the 2022 games get the go ahead. Chris Halpin reports.


Stratford's Andrew Pozzi wins gold in 60m hurdles

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Stratford-upon-Avon born hurdler Andrew Pozzi claimed gold in the 60 metres hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade earlier tonight.

The 24-year-old won in 7.51 seconds to win the first major medal of his career.

Pozzi, the world leader this year, breezed through his heat before beating second place Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Petr Svoboda, who completed the podium positions, in the final.

Watch: Birmingham's sports stars immortalised in stone

The success of athletes in Birmingham is to be immortalised in stone. A new walk of fame is being created at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr.

Members of the public voted for 18 sports stars to be honoured on the 'Parade of Champions' and the first of those told our Sports Correspondent Steve Clamp how excited she is to be involved.


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.

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