16 Aug 2015

Coe enters final lap in Presidential race, but will he reign supreme?

And so, after several thousand miles, hundreds of flights, countless persuasive handshakes and any number of hopeful promises to the electorate, it comes down to this – Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka squaring off against each other in Beijing next week. At stake: the most sought-after position in the sport

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15 Aug 2015

Grunberg fights on after Pole Vault accident leaves her paralysed

Just three weeks ago, Kira Grunberg was one of Europe’s most promising pole vaulters, the Austrian record holder, and it was business as usual for the 21-year-old as she went training, finalising her preparations for the upcoming World Championships in Beijing.   Just moments later, her career was finished, her life

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14 Aug 2015

Beijing 2015: the five events you can’t miss

Bolt, Gatlin and the race for credibility; Men’s 100m They can pitch it any way they want – good versus evil, drug cheat versus paragon of virtue, track’s hero versus its villain – but none of it will matter a jot to Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin when they settle

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13 Aug 2015

“I’m gonna f***ing kill you”; Nike Athletics Director Capriotti allegedly issued death threats

John Capriotti, who is one of the most powerful figures in world athletics, threatened to kill a head coach of a rival brand at the USA Track and Field Championships in June, it has been alleged. Details of the death threat were made public today after gained access to the police

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Doped up: Rashid Ramzi, who won double gold at the 2005 World Championships, was later banned for doping. Image: PhotoRun
11 Aug 2015

IAAF suspends 28 athletes after retro-active doping bust

The IAAF announced today that 28 athletes who competed at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships have been provisionally suspended after returning adverse analytical findings in retro-active anti-doping tests. The names or nationalities will not be released until the disciplinary process is completed. According to their statement, the IAAF conducted a

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11 Aug 2015

Funniest moments in athletics, part two; drunks, fighters and strippers

5) Haile questionable sportsmanship It’s the 10,000m final at the World Junior Championship in 1992 and Kenya’s Josephat Machuka has had just about enough of leading an Ethiopian kid around for the best part of 25 laps, only to have him blast by down the home straight. He’s mad as hell

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10 Aug 2015

Funniest moments in athletics, part one; temper tantrums, smoking Mo, Carl crash TV

10) College runner’s Premature celebration They say you should never, ever celebrate until you’ve crossed the line. Oregon Senior Tanguy Pepiot found out the hard way, allowing Washington’s Meron Simon to pass him at the line. And anyway, it’s not like the Hayward Field crowd NEEDED stoking. 9) “I DID NOT MOVE”

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08 Aug 2015

Cullen crowns comeback, Christie a class apart; National Seniors roundup, Day one

Mary Cullen crowned her return to the top level by taking her first national senior outdoor title since 2007 when sauntering to victory over 5,000m at the GloHealth National Championships in Santry today. Cullen missed the last seven editions of these championships through injury, but looked on the way back

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07 Aug 2015

Shobukhova stripped; Marathon Majors want their money back

Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova has finally been stripped of her London and Chicago Marathon titles, 18 months after she was banned by the Russian federation due to irregularities in her biological passport and unsurprisingly, the organisation that made her a very rich athlete now wants its money back. “We are considering

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07 Aug 2015

Harris smashes beer mile world record

First there was Bannister, then there was El Guerrouj, and now, with four beers on board, continuing to re-define the limits of human ability, there is Josh Harris. The Australian smashed the beer mile world record with a 4:56.2 performance today, a run which, subject to ratification (by, not the

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