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Athletics

  • Olympic dream fuels Borg’s determination

    Olympic dream fuels Borg’s  determination

    For many athletes, the recently-concluded Rio Olympics marked the end of years of effort and preparation. For others, however, they strengthened their commitment to work harder than ever before. Francesca Borg falls in the latter category. Asked...

  • Olympics: Ethiopian medallist 'to be welcomed home a hero' despite anti-government gesture in marathon

    Olympics: Ethiopian medallist 'to be welcomed home a hero' despite anti-government gesture in marathon

    Updated at 3.50pm The Ethiopian marathon runner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Olympics while approaching the finish line will not face prosecution upon his return home and will be given "a heroic welcome", a government spokesman...

  • Rainy Rio wraps up challenging Olympics on upbeat note

    Rainy Rio wraps up challenging Olympics on upbeat note

    A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America's first Games. After a gruelling 17 days, Rio de...

  • Olympics: Bolt cements his greatness

    Olympics: Bolt cements his greatness

    After his Olympic sprint double at the London 2012 Games, Usain Bolt declared himself a "legend". After winning both events for a third time he opted for "the greatest". The 29-year-old Jamaican eased to 200 metre gold in 19.78 seconds in Rio on...

  • US swimmer made up story about Rio robbery - police

    US swimmer made up story about Rio robbery - police

    American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, according to a Brazilian police official. The official told the Associated Press that at around 6am on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers...

  • Mental strength and smart tactics won me gold – Bordin

    Mental strength and smart tactics won me gold – Bordin

    With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in full swing, marathon great Gelindo Bordin, of Italy, shares memories of his pulsating win at the 1988 Seoul Games and his views on the difficulties and challenges facing long-distance running. One of my...

  • Olympics: Maltese sprinter eliminated... just

    Olympics: Maltese sprinter eliminated... just

    Luke Bezzina placed third in his 100 metres heat at the Olympic Games early this afternoon, but it was not enough for him to make it to the first round proper of the competition. Running in the second heat, the Maltese sprinter crossed the finish...

  • Olympics: Egyptian booed for not shaking hands with Israeli

    Olympics: Egyptian booed for not shaking hands with Israeli

    Egypt's Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Olympics, drawing boos from the crowd and stirring a debate about intolerance at the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened...

  • Olympics: Maltese runner eliminated after qualifying from heat

    Olympics: Maltese runner eliminated after qualifying from heat

    Updated: Charlotte Wingfield was eliminated early this morning after winning her women’s 100m preliminary race at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. The 21-year-old placed last in the race, clocking 11.90 seconds. Michelle-Lee Ahye...

  • Watch: Cyclist in intensive care after horrific Rio crash

    Watch: Cyclist in intensive care after horrific Rio crash

    A Dutch cyclist suffered three fractured vertebrae and a concussion after a horrifying high-speed crash in the Olympic women's road race but the rider said she will be fine and was more disappointed at missing out on a medal. Television pictures...

  • Olympics: British swimmer smashes own world record

    Olympics: British swimmer smashes own world record

    Adam Peaty demolished his own world record in the heats of the 100 metres breaststroke on Saturday as he launched a bid to become the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal for 28 years. Peaty set a new mark of 57.55 seconds -...

  • Olympics: American wins first gold

    Olympics: American wins first gold

    American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today, holding her nerve against two Chinese Olympic champions to clinch the women's 10m air rifle event. The 19-year-old American edged out China's Du Li,...

  • Bobsledder registers joint-third fastest 100m by a British man

    Great Britain bobsledder Joel Fearon ran the joint-third fastest 100 metres by a British male when he won the sprint final at the English Athletics Championships in Bedford on Saturday. The 27-year-old Birchfield Harrier’s time of 9.96 seconds was...

  • MAAA chief sees season of progress

    MAAA chief sees season of progress

    Although there is the not inconsequential Olympic Games still to look forward to, but with the bulk of local track and field events now over, it is time for the local association to draw judgements over what has gone on throughout 2016. And the...

  • Bolt slams Gatlin after 200m win in London

    Bolt slams Gatlin after 200m win in London

    Usain Bolt accused his sprint rival Justin Gatlin of “disrespect” after proving his physical fitness for the Rio Olympics in emphatic fashion at the Anniversary Games in London on Friday night. Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, making his...

  • American Harrison wants both records in hurdles

    American Harrison wants both records in hurdles

    One world record is not enough for Keni Harrison (picture). Hours after breaking the 28-year-old 100 metres hurdles record on Friday to avenge failing to make the US Olympic Games team, the young American revealed there is another race she wants...

  • 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...

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