Is this the fastest PRO in the land?

The European athletics championships last week delivered its usual blend of doping controversy and indifferent British form on the track. It also brought, according to a number of media reports, a silver medal for the fastest PRO in the UK.

According to stories in The Independent, The Times and The Herald, Joice Maduaka has a full-time job with the press team at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Fresh from a season's best and fourth spot in the women's 100 metres, Maduaka anchored the British 100m relay ladies to a surprise second spot with a great finish.

Diary thought it prudent to get a quote from Maduaka's pleased-as-punch bosses at the FCO, also cited by a number of athletics publications as her place of work.

'I don't think she works here. We deal with other countries,' a slightly bemused FCO press officer tells us. 'Perhaps you should call HR.' Over to HR: 'There's no record, I'll call you back.' We're still waiting.

Either the press have got this one wrong or Maduaka, whom Diary could not reach, has done a runner.

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