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Weekend Interview: Natasha Gale plots own route out of Nicola Adams’s shadow

YORKSHIRE’S rising star of women’s boxing Natasha Gale is fully aware that comparisons will be drawn between herself and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

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Alistair Brownlee at Team Englands triathlon squad announcement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, at the Brownlee Triathlon Centre in Leeds. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Weekend Interview: Alistair Brownlee - still hungry after all these years

It is on these bitingly cold winter mornings, when the threat of an icy rain hovers overhead, that us mere mortals are set apart from the elite sports people among us.

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Team Englands triathlon squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Back row from left: Jess Learmonth, Alistair Brownlee, Tom Bishop. Front: Lizzie Tench.

Alistair Brownlee to defend Commonwealth Games title on Gold Coast

Alistair Brownlee has confirmed he will put his Ironman dreams on hold to target another Commonwealth Games triathlon title on the Gold Coast early next year.

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Great Britain's Katie Summerhayes during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Practice makes perfect in Katie Summerhayes’ Olympic bid

She may only be 22, but freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes is hoping experience will count for everything during her second adventure at a Winter Olympics later this winter.

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Britain's Mick Hill throws the javelin on his way to winning the silver medal at the European Track and Field Championships in Budapest, Sunday Aug. 23, 1998. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

Leeds City Athletics Club: Celebrating half a century of an athletic institution

Around 160 club members gathered at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds last night to celebrate 50 years of Leeds City Athletic Club.

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Ed Clancy is back on the gold trail.

Ed Clancy sets sights on more golden moments

Yorkshire’s most decorated Olympian made a successful return to the track at the weekend, but was quick to shift his focus – and that of his team – towards the serious matter of next Spring’s world championships.

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Jo Pavey

Weekend Interview: All mums are amazing, insists athletics’ ‘super-mum’ Jo Pavey

FOR all top-tier athletes, there is a moment in their careers when everything fuses together perfectly, when they feel unbeatable, invincible almost, and achieve their lifetime ambition.

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Great Britain's Zoe Lee (left) and Laura Weightman during the homecoming event in Leeds City Centre. (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)

Rio silver medallist Zoe Lee pulling towards Tokyo after post-Olympic setback

With a PhD in geography, Olympic medal-winning rower Zoe Lee has long had to mix arduous training schedules with intellectual aims.

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Claire Duck competing at the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country.

Duck out of water is now back on familiar Yorkshire terrain

From almost leaving the sport for good at one point to then captaining her country at the world championships, Leeds runner Claire Duck has faced a fairly rough course throughout her cross-country career.

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Great Britain's Ollie Wood. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.

Ollie Wood sets off in in pursuit of fulfilling his Tokyo dream

For years now, Yorkshire has been able to boast one of the greatest team pursuit cyclists in the history of the discipline – Ed Clancy.

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Luke Cutts competing at the EIS at the 2017 British Indoor Championships

Sheffield's English Institute of Sport chopped from British Athletics schedule

British Athletics has moved top class athletics out of Sheffield for the first time since the English Institute of Sport (EIS) opened 14 years ago.

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Rowing Olympian gold medallist Katherine Grainger acknowledges the crowd during the official victory parade for Scotland's Olympic and Paralympic teams in Glasgow  in 2012. (Picture: PA)

Weekend Interview: Dame Katherine Grainger champions for equality in sport

Dame Katherine Grainger has witnessed first hand the changing culture of British sport over the last two decades.

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Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee leads from brother Jonny during the running section of the Men's Triathlon at Fort Copacabana on the thirteenth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.

Man behind the Brownlees: How Malcolm Brown’s instincts created a triathlon dynasty in Leeds

Having overseen the fledgling careers of Yorkshire’s greatest Olympic family, Malcolm Brown has every reason to look back on his 40 years of coaching with great fondness.

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Athlete Laura Weightman (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Commonwealth Games: Laura Weightman challenges herself to go the extra mile in Australia

Middle-distance runner Laura Weightman is determined to kick on from her career highlight at this summer’s World Championships after announcing her plans to step up in distance next year.

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Marc Scott, front

Athletics: Marc Scott shifts focus to World Indoors in Birmingham after Commonwealth Games snub

England Athletics’ selection policy has drawn criticism from a number of prospective athletes after ignoring its own qualifying criteria.

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Launch of general entry for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Leeds, held at Leeds Train Station, Leeds. Pictured (left tor right) Rob O'Brien, Michael Hemsworth, Rob Harbouren, Dan Blackburn, John-Paul Bednarek, (correct), Stephanie Sewley, and (centre) European champion Jess Learmonth. 
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World Triathlon: Have-a-go heroine Learmonth shows no sign of slowing down

In a sport that promotes forward momentum and endurance races in big cities across the world, triathlete Jessica Learmonth rarely gets time to stop and think.

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Great Britain's Nile Wilson won a bronze medal in the men's horizontal bar at the Rio Olympics in 2016 (Picture: PA)

World Championships: Favourite’s absence opens door for Nile Wilson in Canada

Ten months after snapping his ankle ligaments in a freak training accident, Nile Wilson is in contention to fill the vacancy at the top of his sport at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.

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Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson at the Leeds Gymnastic Club. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Perspective gives Wilson optimism in Montreal

Leeds’s Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson produced a series of strong performances to effectively ensure qualification for the all-around final at the World Championships in Montreal.

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Setting the tone: Nile Wilson at Leeds Gymastics Club where he trains, ahead of the world championships in Montreal which start next week. (Picture: James Hardisty)

World Championships: Balanced Nile Wilson hoping to meet all-around ambition

One year on from the highs of winning an Olympic medal, Nile Wilson heads to Montreal this weekend seeking a performance that will underline his place among the world’s elite.

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