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Athletics

  • 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...

  • Bolt to race in US

    Bolt to race in US

    Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt will make his first appearance in the United States in five years when he competes in the Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meeting in New York City on June 13, organisers said yesterday. The...

  • Ennis-Hill eyes Manchester comeback

    Ennis-Hill eyes Manchester comeback

    Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her long-awaited competitive return in the 100 metre hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on May 9. The Olympic heptathlon champion will take part in her strongest event after a near two-year absence due to the...

  • Mo Farah breaks Euro record in Lisbon

    Mo Farah broke the European record on his way to an impressive victory at the Lisbon Half Marathon yesterday. The double Olympic champion sprinted clear of Kenyan rival Micah Kogo to cross the line in 59 minutes 32 seconds, taking 20 seconds off...

  • Mifsud sets junior record in javelin

    Mifsud sets junior record in javelin

    The 2015 season kicked off in earnest last weekend with the first MAAA Challenge Meeting delivering some lively performances and a string of promising results. Despite these still being early days, the likes of Bradley Mifsud, Luke Bezzina and...

  • Pembroke races on March 31

    Schoolchildren are likely to play a leading role in this year’s edition of the Pembroke and Swieqi races, Pembroke Athleta athletics section president Victor Camilleri said. During last week’s launching of the races, to be held on March 31,...

  • Russia leap from scandal to top of Euro medal table

    Russia leap from scandal to top of Euro medal table

    Russian athletics, in the dock after recent allegations about widespread doping among their elite performers, was back on top of the medal table at the European Indoor Championships yesterday. In the first major international athletics event since...

  • France’s Lavillenie vaults to another major title win

    France’s Lavillenie vaults to another major title win

    Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, the new master of the pole vault, added another title to his burgeoning collection as he retained his European Indoor Championship crown but failed to break his own world record. The Olympic champion sealed victory...

  • Gozo half marathon race set for April 26

    Gozo half marathon race set for April 26

    The 40th running of the Gozo Half Marathon, organised by the Xaghra Youth Centre, is being held on April 26. The event is the largest and longest-standing athletics event on the sister island, attracting athletes from different categories with...

  • Chouhal and Fitz to run 60m in Prague

    Rachel Fitz and Rachid Chouhal will be representing the country at the European Indoor Championships which is currently being staged in Prague, Czech Republic. This morning, both sprinters will be competing in the 60m dash in the opening...

  • Organisers aim for 400 entries

    Organisers aim for 400 entries

    St Patrick’s AC are hopeful of marking the Dingli 10 25th anniversary by attracting 400 runners to this month’s running of the race. Club president Stephen Spiteri told reporters yesterday that his club worked tirelessly to try and increase the...

  • Bolt team loses relay race in season opener

    Bolt team loses relay race in season opener

    World’s fastest man Usain Bolt lost his opening race of the season on Saturday, anchoring the Racers Lions team to second place in the men’s 4x100 at the Gibson McCook Relays. The Jamaican world record holder could not make up a 10 metre deficit...

  • 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...

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