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  • 130 runners tackle new, fast Burmarrad route

    130 runners tackle new, fast Burmarrad route

    There were 130 runners on the start line recently, eagerly waiting to discover what the new Burmarrad route for the Urban Jungle House of Sport 10K Series had to offer. Held under the auspices of the Malta Amateur Athletics Association, the third...

  • New medal design for Żurrieq race

    New medal design for Żurrieq race

    Up to a few years ago, the scenic views of Wied iż-Żurrieq were part of the Żurrieq Half Marathon, organised annually by the Żurrieq Wolves Athletic Club. The route, however, had to be altered in order to make it faster. This change meant a shift...

  • Bolt leaves the door open to 2017 sprint double

    Usain Bolt has left the door open to running in both the 100 and 200 metres at next year’s World Championships where he said he will be more focused on protecting his legacy than topping his world records. The Jamaican, who last month drew down...

  • Cristina leads the way as MAAA youths win medals in Brno meet

    Cristina leads the way as MAAA youths win medals in Brno meet

    A team of 14 young athletes recently represented the country at the annual European Kids Athletics competition held in Brno, Czech Republic. The Malta Amateur Athletic Association (MAAA) squad returned home with an impressive haul of 10 medals,...

  • Thompson seals sprint supremacy in Brussels

    Thompson seals sprint supremacy in Brussels

    Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson confirmed her sprint queen status with an emphatic 100 metres victory late Friday at a season-ending Diamond Lea-gue meeting packed with gold medal winners in Brussels. Thompson led from the blocks...

  • Portelli crosses the Alps to reach milestone

    Portelli crosses the Alps to reach milestone

    Agones runner Nadia Portelli had good reason to be happy after completing the challenging 101km trail running race in the Alps, spanning France, Italy and Switzerland, and known in competition circles as the CCC...

  • Watch: Vlada carries Malta's flag as Paralympic Games kick off

    Watch: Vlada carries Malta's flag as Paralympic Games kick off

    Vlada Kravchenko carried Malta's flag proudly last night as the Rio Paralympic Games were inaugurated.  The 25-year-old Ukrainian-born swimmer is Malta's only representative at the games. She will be competing in the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke...

  • 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...

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