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  • Russian Olympic ban upheld by CAS

    Russian Olympic ban upheld by CAS

    Sport’s highest tribunal yesterday rejected Russia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow. The decision by the Swiss-based Court...

  • Russian ministry directed doping of athletes - inquiry

    Russian ministry directed doping of athletes - inquiry

    Widespread doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the Sochi Olympics, overseen by the ministry of sport, was confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, further fuelling calls for a complete ban on the country from...

  • Semenya runs world leading 800m in Monaco

    South Africa’s Caster Semenya coasted to victory in the 800 metres at the Monaco Diamond League in a world leading and personal best time on Friday night to underline her status as a heavy favourite for next month’s Rio Olympics. On a subdued...

  • I’m no traitor, insists Klishina

    I’m no traitor, insists Klishina

    Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete cleared to compete in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, says she does not feel a traitor. The 25-year-old was given the go-ahead on Sunday by the International Association of Athletics...

  • Felix misses US team as Bowie surprises in 200m race

    Felix misses US team as Bowie surprises in 200m race

    Olympic champion Allyson Felix stunningly failed to make the US team for Rio in her favourite event, the 200 metres, as her dreams for a rare sprint Olympic double ended at the American trials on Sunday. A late lean by the world 400 metres...

  • Gatlin wins 200 metres showdown with Merritt

    Gatlin wins 200 metres showdown with Merritt

    Justin Gatlin won a 200 metres showdown with LaShawn Merritt and 41-year-old Bernard Lagat made his fifth Olympic team by winning the 5,000m at the US athletics trials in Oregon. World record holder Aries Merritt narrowly missed the men’s 110m...

  • Berian upset at US trials

    World indoor champion Boris Berian was upset in the men’s 800 metres, while Alysia Montano and Brenda Martinez had their Rio hopes dashed when they became entangled in the women’s race at the American Olympic trials. Collegiate champion Clayton...

  • Felix and Gatlin storm to US trials victories

    Felix and Gatlin storm to US trials victories

    Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin powered to the fastest times in the world this year to book their tickets for the Rio Olympics at a high standard US trials, in Oregon, on Sunday. World champion Felix shook off an ailing ankle to win the women’s...

  • Fine performances for Maltese runners in Italy

    Fine performances for Maltese runners in Italy

    Agones SFC trio Charlie Cilia, Carmel Vella and Nadia Portelli along with Sue Mercieca, of St Patrick’s AC, recently took part in the Skyraces and Lavaredo Ultra Trail challenges in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The second edition of the Skyrace – a...

  • Hurdles champ Pearson pulls out of Rio Games

    Australia’s Olympic sprint hurdles champion Sally Pearson said she was ‘gutted’ after a hamstring tendon tear she picked up in training forced her to pull out of the Rio de Janeiro Games yesterday. The 29-year-old, who won gold in the 100 metres...

  • Sport has shaped my life – Croker

    Sport has shaped my life – Croker

    There is the belief that sporting talent will emerge regardless of the opportunities available. This turns into a self-perpetuating myth where those who aren’t perceived to be talented from an early age aren’t put forward to try different...

  • IOC unlikely to overturn Russia ban, says IOC chief Coates

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is unlikely to overturn world athletics’ ban on the Russian track and field team at the Rio de Janeiro Games, IOC vice-president John Coates said yesterday. The International Association of Athletics...

  • Bronze for Moore and Wingfield

    Bronze for Moore and Wingfield

    History was made at the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium last weekend with the staging of the first ever Small States of Europe Athletics Championships. The venue in Marsa was a hive of activity all day with 18 European national athletics...

  • Russia's athletics ban remains following unanimous vote of IAAF Council

    Russia's athletics team remains banned from global competition after the sport's governing body voted unanimously against lifting the suspension for systemic doping. Despite desperate Russian attempts to have the ban lifted before the Rio Olympics...

  • Bolt prepared to return Olympic relay gold

    Usain Bolt told Reuters he would have no problem giving back one of his six Olympic gold medals if a Jamaican relay team-mate is confirmed to have failed a drugs test. Nesta Carter, who helped the 4x100 team to Olympic and world championship...

  • Meeting part of build-up to GSSE

    Meeting part of build-up to GSSE

    Athletics Malta are looking at this week’s Championships for Small States of Europe as an ideal stepping stone ahead of next year’s GSSE in San Marino, president Edwin Attard said yesterday. Attard was addressing the media at the official...

  • Wingfield wins 100m bronzein Med. U23 championships

    Wingfield wins 100m bronzein Med. U23 championships

    With just one week to go for the inaugural European Championships for Small States at the Marsa athletics track, a team of four athletes, accompanied by coach Ivan Roshnov, are in Tunis taking part in the second edition of the Under-23 Games,...

  • Athletics runs in my veins – Bezzina

    Athletics runs in my veins – Bezzina

    Whilst some athletes visibly fade away with the passing of years, others improve as they gain more experience and confidence in their body’s ability. Lisa Marie Bezzina falls in this latter category. Although she is far too young to be considered...

  • Pearson clocks 12.75 in time trial return

    Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Sally Pearson has clocked an impressive 12.75 seconds in a time trial in her first run-out since shattering her wrist in a fall at a Diamond League meeting last June. The 29-year-old Australian feared her lower...

  • Doping findings rough for sport, says Bolt

    Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt said the finding of 31 positive doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics marked a rough point for athletics, but backed the World Anti-Doping Agency in its effort to crackdown on drug use in the...

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