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Athletics

  • We must embrace innovation – Coe

    Athletics must embrace innovation and respond to social, economic and technological changes to reach its full potential and grow globally, IAAF presidential candidate Sebastian Coe has said. Coe, speaking ahead of the second edition of the IAAF...

  • Hunger to improve keeps veteran Herrera running

    Hunger to improve keeps veteran Herrera running

    There are few better ways to set a season alight than by clocking a new record. That is exactly what Mark Herrera did recently when attaining a new national mark in the 3,000 metres steeplechase. “Following the ups and downs I had coming into the...

  • Fontanel and Booker take Gozo Half Marathon titles

    Fontanel and Booker take Gozo Half Marathon titles

    Over 400 runners recently took part in the 40th edition of the Gozo Half Marathon. Italian debutant Giacomo Fontanel won the men’s race in 1:20.58. Fontanel was followed by Drew Lang, 1:21.12, and Gozitan Stefan Azzopardi, 1:24.46. The first woman...

  • Kipchoge wins battle with Kipsang

    Kipchoge wins battle with Kipsang

    Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds yesterday with world record holder Dennis Kimetto third. Labelled the...

  • 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...

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