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  • 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...

  • 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...

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