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  • Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in Beijing

    Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in Beijing

    Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500 metres gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships after the final night of action yesterday. The United States men won a sixth...

  • Gatlin hoping to be portrayed in another light

    Justin Gatlin hopes the public will see him as a “human being” rather than a drugs cheat after the World Championships. Athletics is currently experiencing one of the most difficult times in the sport’s history, with the spate of doping...

  • Bolt secures third world sprint sweep

    Bolt secures third world sprint sweep

    Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the sprint golds at a World Champion-ships for the third time when he helped Jamaica’s relay team to a fourth successive 4x100 metres title yesterday. The 29-year-old, who had already won the 100 and 200 metres...

  • Farah burns up Bird’s Nest for golden triple double

    Farah burns up Bird’s Nest for golden triple double

    Britain’s Mo Farah kicked on the final corner and stormed down the home straight to retain his 5,000 metres world title yesterday, securing an unprecedented third successive distance double at major global championships. The 32-year-old Olympic...

  • Schippers storms to 200m title

    Schippers storms to 200m title

    Dutch sensation Dafne Schippers clocked the fourth fastest run of all time to pip Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second and take the 200 metres gold at the World Championships yesterday. The former heptathlete, who claimed...

  • Sarè’s big year and bigger ambitions

    Sarè’s big year and bigger ambitions

    “It has been a great year.” Often in sport you come across people who only see the empty half of the glass... those who keep thinking about the one negative result rather than the good ones. It is refreshing, therefore, to come across the effusive...

  • Usain does it again for Beijing sweep

    Usain does it again for Beijing sweep

    Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200 metres world title yesterday and prove that when it comes to major championship sprinting, he simply has no peer. In the seven years since the...

  • Van Niekerk lights up Bird’s Nest

    Van Niekerk lights up Bird’s Nest

    Wayde van Niekerk lit up the Bird’s Nest with a stunning 400m run to win a first sprint gold for South Africa and cap a night of exceptional performances at the World Championships yesterday. Two of those came in the men’s javelin and women’s...

  • Rudisha back on top of the world, Dibaba dominant

    Rudisha back on top of the world, Dibaba dominant

    David Rudisha strained every sinew to win gold, Genzebe Dibaba dominated in the way the Kenyan once did and Usain Bolt’s second sprint showdown with Justin Gatlin moved a step closer at the world athletics championships yesterday. While Rudisha’s...

  • Fraser-Pryce defends title in Beijing

    Fraser-Pryce defends title in Beijing

    Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rallied to claim an unprecedented third World Championship 100 metres title in 10.76 seconds in Beijing, yesterday. In another thrilling final at the Bird’s Nest stadium, Ezekiel Kemboi underlined his status as...

  • Usain summons up Bolt from blue to retain title

    Usain summons up Bolt from blue to retain title

    Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres world title yesterday and reassert his status as the fastest man on the planet. The 29-year-old Jamaican surged past the in-form American Justin Gatlin over the...

  • Ennis-Hill wins heptathlon

    Ennis-Hill wins heptathlon

    Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who only decided to compete four weeks ago, regained the heptathlon world title yesterday after what she described as her “hardest year ever”. Ennis-Hill became a mother for the first time 13 months ago, and...

  • Farah storms to 10,000m victory

    Farah storms to 10,000m victory

    Britain’s Mo Farah survived a last-lap trip to retain his 10,000 metres world title in some style yesterday, extending his dominance of men’s distance running at major championships. Almost tripped up by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor as he took the...

  • World awaits more Usain Bolt magic after doping scandals

    World awaits more Usain Bolt magic after doping scandals

    Usain Bolt returns to the site of his first global triumph for a World Championships showdown with a convicted dope cheat that has ramifications for athletics beyond just establishing who is the fastest man in the world. The Jamaican’s battle over...

  • Bolt saddened by doping storm

    Bolt saddened by doping storm

    Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt has been saddened by the focus on doping in the run-up to the World Championships but says even he cannot save the sport by himself. The governing International Association of Athletics Federations...

  • Coe targets doping after winning the IAAF presidency

    Coe targets doping after winning the IAAF presidency

    Sebastian Coe was elected as the new head of international athletics yesterday and promised to stand by his campaign pledge to set up an independent anti-doping body for the embattled sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations...

  • France’s Lavillenie aims for a first in Beijing pole vault

    France’s Lavillenie aims for a first in Beijing pole vault

    Renaud Lavillenie may be pole vault royalty with his world record and Olympic gold medal but there is one link missing in his illustrious career. The Frenchman has never won a World Championship outdoors. Three times Lavillenie has stepped on to...

  • Cakir-Alptekin stripped of Olympic gold for doping

    Turkey’s Asli Cakir-Alptekin has been stripped of the 2012 Olympic women’s 1,500 metres gold medal and banned for eight years for a doping offence, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said. CAS said “abnormal values” were found in blood...

  • Athletics body suppressed study of admitted dope cheats – report

    World athletics’ governing body (IAAF) has suppressed a 2011 survey that reveals that up to a third of the world’s top competitors admitted using banned performance-enhancing techniques, Britain’s Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR...

  • Bolt skips camp ahead of World Championships, Bailey-Cole out

    Bolt skips camp ahead of World Championships, Bailey-Cole out

    Six-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will miss Jamaica’s training camp in Japan before the World Champion-ships in Beijing, the manager of the Caribbean island’s delegation said. “He’s (Bolt) the only one who is not in camp, because you...

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