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  • Gatlin’s manager says sprinter ‘misunderstood’

    Gatlin’s manager says sprinter ‘misunderstood’

    When a furious Justin Gatlin left Beijing, boasting he was going ‘to drop a bomb’ in his next race, his manager could only raise a smile. Renaldo Nehemiah, one of the greatest athletes of his own era, recognises the fire still burning in Gatlin,...

  • Gatlin leaves Beijing, slams ‘disrespectful’ meeting organisers

    Gatlin leaves Beijing, slams ‘disrespectful’ meeting organisers

    Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a new row yesterday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, claiming organisers had told him they did not want him to compete. The American, who has served two doping bans...

  • Ennis-Hill returns to heptathlon

    Ennis-Hill returns to heptathlon

    Jessica Ennis-Hill will continue her comeback by taking part in her first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012 in Gotzis at the end of the month. The 29-year-old, who made her return to the athletics scene in the last couple of weeks, has...

  • Fraser-Pryce downed in China

    Fraser-Pryce downed in China

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world’s fastest woman, was surprisingly beaten in her opening 100 metres of the year as Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor crushed a high-quality field in the Shanghai Diamond League meeting yesterday. Fraser-Pryce,...

  • Tight competition expected at National Championships

    Tight competition expected at National Championships

    The Malta Amateur Athletics Association will be staging their annual national track and field championships at Marsa today and tomorrow. The organisers are expecting a good level of performance especially in view of the fact that all foreign-based...

  • Gebrselassie retires from competitive running

    Haile Gebrselassie considered one of athletics’ greatest runners, said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running. The Ethiopian’s long-time manager at first said it was not the end of Gebrselassie’s career, but later issued a statement...

  • Manager denies Gebrselassie retiring

    Manager denies Gebrselassie retiring

    Haile Gebrselassie, considered one of athletics’ greatest distance runners, said yesterday he was retiring from competitive running but the Ethiopian’s long-time manager said it was not the end of Gebrselassie’s career. “No, he’s not retiring; he...

  • Powell speeds to year’s fastest 100m

    Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100 metres in the world this year when he clocked a blazing 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday. The time was the former world record holder’s fastest in five years as the 32-year-old...

  • Jamaicans double up in relays as US men drop baton

    Jamaica won the showcase 4x200 metres relay without Usain Bolt as their American rivals dropped the baton at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas. Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore and Warren Weir survived a shaky second exchange...

  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay

    Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay

    Not even Usain Bolt could overcome a big American lead as the US men sprinted to a convincing victory over Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau. Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a...

  • We must embrace innovation – Coe

    Athletics must embrace innovation and respond to social, economic and technological changes to reach its full potential and grow globally, IAAF presidential candidate Sebastian Coe has said. Coe, speaking ahead of the second edition of the IAAF...

  • Hunger to improve keeps veteran Herrera running

    Hunger to improve keeps veteran Herrera running

    There are few better ways to set a season alight than by clocking a new record. That is exactly what Mark Herrera did recently when attaining a new national mark in the 3,000 metres steeplechase. “Following the ups and downs I had coming into the...

  • Fontanel and Booker take Gozo Half Marathon titles

    Fontanel and Booker take Gozo Half Marathon titles

    Over 400 runners recently took part in the 40th edition of the Gozo Half Marathon. Italian debutant Giacomo Fontanel won the men’s race in 1:20.58. Fontanel was followed by Drew Lang, 1:21.12, and Gozitan Stefan Azzopardi, 1:24.46. The first woman...

  • Kipchoge wins battle with Kipsang

    Kipchoge wins battle with Kipsang

    Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds yesterday with world record holder Dennis Kimetto third. Labelled the...

  • Gay’s reduced ban sends wrong message, says Bolt

    The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has criticised the “stupid” deal under which American sprinter Tyson Gay was given a reduced ban of only one year after failing three drugs tests in 2013. Former 100m and 200m world champion Gay, who tested...

  • IAAF wants to double Jeptoo ban

    IAAF wants to double Jeptoo ban

    Athletics’ world governing body has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to double the two-year do-ping ban handed out to Kenya’s Boston and Chicago marathon winner Rita Jeptoo (picture), CAS said. In the biggest drugs scandal to hit the...

  • Bolt wins 100m but unhappy with performance

    Usain Bolt cruised to victory in a sprint challenge in Rio on Sunday but the Jamaican world record holder declared himself unhappy with his performance in his first 100 metres of the season. Bolt pulled away from Ryan Bailey to finish in 10.12,...

  • For the love of flying

    For the love of flying

    Whenever an athlete is asked why they like their particular sport, the reply tends to be rather standard. For many, it is simply the fact that they were good at it, while for others it is down to the sense of well-being that it provides. The reply...

  • Blake targets double at Beijing World Championships

    Double Olympic sprint silver medalist Yohan Blake is targeting a podium finish at this year’s world championships in Beijing after recovering from hamstring surgery, though his management team still have no definite date for his return to...

  • China’s Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang retires

    China’s Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang retires

    China’s Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Liu Xiang announced his retirement yesterday, ending a run in the sport marked by records and frustrated by successive late-career injuries. Liu, 31, became an icon in China after he won the country’s...

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