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Athletics

  • Going high to achieve better times

    Going high to achieve better times

    For Maltese long distance runners there are few events as important as the annual Malta Marathon and Half-Marathon. Traditionally, this means that in February most of our top local are focused on doing well in these particular runs. Earlier this...

  • MAAA provisionally ban sprinter over missed doping test

    MAAA provisionally ban sprinter over missed doping test

    The Malta Amateur Athletics Association (MAAA) have provisionally suspended one of its leading athletes after being notified by the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) that the male sprinter may have committed a doping...

  • Five in a row for Moroccan Hajjy

    Five in a row for Moroccan Hajjy

    Mohammed Hajjy has etched his name in the annals of the Malta Marathon with golden letters after the Moroccan fended off the strong challenge of compatriot Nasef Ahmed for a fifth successive title yesterday. With over 4,000 participants for the...

  • Grunenberg, Pavlos grab the honours

    Grunenberg, Pavlos grab the honours

    Germany’s Karol Grunenberg and Tsana Varos Pavlos, of Greece, are the winners of this year’s Vodafone Malta Half Marathon. The towering Grunenberg dominated the race from start to finish to dash home in one hour, nine minutes and 53 seconds...

  • Farah sets new world indoor mark for two miles

    Mo Farah set the first world record of his glittering distance running career yesterday when he established a new indoor two-mile mark in Birmingham. Britain’s double Olympic champion at 5,000m and 10,000m produced a splendid individual tour de...

  • Final to-do list and rules

    Final to-do list and rules

    For my final article, I am briefly outlining the things you should be doing today and the rules that you and others should be observing tomorrow. Your to-do list for today: • Eat plenty of carbohydrates. • Avoid any unusual food. • Stay...

  • Russian chief makes parting shot at ‘unfair’ IAAF treatment

    Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA) President Valentin Balakhnichev criticised the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in his final address in the role yesterday. “I want to ask the IAAF to create a fairer balance,” he said...

  • Bolt says will hang up spikes in 2017

    Multiple world record-holder and six-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London, the Jamaican said yesterday. The 28-year had previously hinted the 2016 Rio Olympics would be his last...

  • Striking the right balance for success

    Striking the right balance for success

    This year Vodafone Malta are again the main sponsors of the Malta Marathon. This follows the successful experience last year when Vodafone first took on this role. Why Vodafone? Why the Malta Marathon? At first glance the link between a...

  • MAAA Cross Country League for juniors

    MAAA Cross Country League for juniors

    The MAAA 2014-2015 Cross Country League for athletes born between the years 2000 and 2004 came to an end earlier this month with the fifth and final competition in the series. All the races were held entirely on grass and started and finished in...

  • Russia’s Isinbayeva begins her preparations for 2016 Olympics

    Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has begun training for the 2016 Rio Games after taking an 18-month maternity break. “I was not happy with my (bronze medal) performance at the 2012 Olympics in London. Now the time has come to...

  • Record trend maintained as over 4,000 runners enter race

    Record trend maintained as over 4,000 runners enter race

    The popularity of the Vodafone Malta Marathon continues to grow as the 2015 edition has again attracted a record turnout with over 4,000 runners registering to take part in this year’s race, to be held on February 22. This is the fifth successive...

  • Usain Bolt eager to re-establish sprint supremacy

    Usain Bolt eager to re-establish sprint supremacy

    Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is eager to reassert his supremacy following an injury-plagued season in which American Justin Gatlin took over as the number one ranked sprinter. “I felt like I’d retired, the way people were talking about Justin...

  • Willis shatters Walker’s mile mark

    New Zealand Olympian Nick Willis ran the year’s fastest mile to shatter John Walker’s long-standing national record at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday. Willis powered home in a personal best of three minutes, 51.61 seconds to take down...

  • Dealing with pre-race anxiety

    Dealing with pre-race anxiety

    Some of the participants at this month’s Malta Marathon and Half Marathon will be vying for personal best times and a few others will set their sights on the top spots. For these athletes, anxiety may very well kick in prior to or during the race.

  • Savio College 10k race to be held on Sunday

    There are times when local long distance runners find it hard to practise at a traffic-free route with little to no built-up areas. On Sunday, the Savio College 10k offers just that – a picturesque route suited to all those who wish to participate...

  • Important rules to be observed

    Important rules to be observed

    The walkathon is a relatively new event in our local sporting calendar. In previous years, if one was not fit enough to run the marathon or the half, then taking part in Malta’s largest sporting event was not possible. The introduction of the...

  • Attard 10km race on February 10

    This year’s Attard 10km race, held jointly by the Attard Athletics Club and the Local Council, will be held on February 10. This race is considered as the most ideal event in the build-up to the Malta Marathon and Half Marathon which will be...

  • Pole vault legend Bubka to run for top job at IAAF

    Pole vault legend Bubka to run for top job at IAAF

    Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka announced yesterday he is running for the presidency of world athletics body IAAF, taking on Briton Sebastian Coe in a battle between two of the sport’s greats. Bubka, who won an Olympic gold medal...

  • Trail Running League kicks off in Buskett

    Trail Running League kicks off in Buskett

    The sport of trail running is gradually gaining momentum on our islands with both complete running newbies and seasoned athletes participating in the various events on the local calendar. Clearly, the lure of seeing often unknown places and...

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