Top level international sport with its high pressure situations carries its own risks. England cricketer Marcus Trescothick says he has been badly affected by stress related problems. He has been away from the game for several months and he says that he was unable to cope with the stress of constantly playing, training and being away from home for long periods. A combination of various factors has stalled his career, he feels.

Twenty-five year old US sprinter Tyson Gay joined compatriot Maurice Greene as the only athletes to win gold medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres and sprint relay at the world athletic championships. Former sprint star Maurice Greene had done it in 1999. Gay who started off as an outstanding high school athlete at Lexington, Kentucky, has ‘personal best’ timings of 9.84 seconds and 19.62 seconds in the two sprint events.

Catherine Ndereba, referred to as ‘Catherine The Great’ is one of the most outstanding long distance runners from a country which has produced a long line of famous runners. By winning the marathon title at the world championships at Osaka, she has proved that at age of 35, she is still good enough to outclass much younger rivals.