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Athletics

  • Sport needs head-to-head rivalries to switch on fans – Coe

    Athletics needs more head-to-head rivalries to reach younger fans who have switched off from a sport that has become boring, according to IAAF president Sebastian Coe. The sport had been “irreparably damaged” by the corruption and doping scandals...

  • Kamworor captures half-marathon gold

    Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor recovered from falling flat on his face at the start to retain his world half-marathon title in Cardiff yesterday. Kamworor and fellow Kenyan Bedan Karoki Muchiri were shoulder to shoulder approaching the final mile...

  • Pembroke Athleta races and fun run for March 31

    The 22nd running of the Pembroke Athleta Road Races, held under the auspices of Athletics Malta, will be held on March 31. The club, which has recently expanded its services to triathlon sport, is confident of staging another successful edition of...

  • US ends meet with record medal haul

    US ends meet with record medal haul

    The United States closed out the world indoor championships with another gold rush and a record medal haul on Sunday, while Ethiopia emerged from the doping shadows and into the spotlight by dominating the distance events. Ethiopia’s Genzebe...

  • Grech and Galea first in Dingli 10

    Grech and Galea first in Dingli 10

    Saturday’s 26th running of the Lisa Maria Dingli Ten events attracted over 450 participants with Mario Grech, of St Patrick’s AC, and Mellieħa AC’s Rita Galea, emerging victorious on the day. In all, there were three main events held by race...

  • Russia running out of time for Rio Games, says Pound

    Russia running out of time for Rio Games, says Pound

    Athletics superpower Russia is running out of time to eradicate doping and may not be able to send a track and field team to this year’s Rio Olympics, Dick Pound, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission, said...

  • WADA dismayed by new TV allegations on Russian doping

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was dismayed by revelations in a German TV documentary that contained fresh allegations of malpractice in Russia’s anti-doping system and is urgently seeking confirmation, it said yesterday. Amongst the claims...

  • University races in aid of Hospice Malta

    University races in aid of Hospice Malta

    The fifth edition of the University Ring Road races, in aid of Hospice Malta, will be held in Tal-Qroqq on March 13, organisers said. “We want to make this event attractive for all – friends, family, University staff and students,” organiser...

  • Sweden to stand by Aregawi despite tax controversy

    Sweden’s Ethiopian-born 1,500m runner Abeba Aregawi can run for Sweden at the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Portland despite a storm over her Swedish citizenship and tax affairs, officials said. Expressen reported that Aregawi, who is due...

  • Malta to host small states championships in June

    It is a cliché that is often repeated but one that is true nevertheless: there is no bigger honour than wearing the national colours and no greater motivation than winning in the name of your country. That is the case everywhere but more so here...

  • Sarè the star performer at Marsa

    Sarè the star performer at Marsa

    The newly-revived Winter Track and Field Championships were held at Marsa last weekend. The meeting is aimed to provide athletes with an opportunity to gauge their levels ahead of the outdoor season and, judging by the results and new records...

  • Centrowitz takes mile honours, Felix and De Grasse win sprints

    Centrowitz takes mile honours, Felix and De Grasse win sprints

    Matthew Centrowitz surged to victory with a final-lap burst to repeat as Wanamaker Mile winner, while elite sprinters Allyson Felix and Andre De Grasse powered to wins at the 109th Millrose Games yesterday. Centrowitz, feeling sub-par due to...

  • Entry list continues to soar

    Entry list continues to soar

    The 31st running of the Malta Marathon, to be staged on February 28, will see another record participation, the seventh year in succession, organisers said. In 2015, 4,054 took part in the marathon, half marathon and walkathlon. This year the...

  • New throwing records at Marsa

    New throwing records at Marsa

    Last weekend’s second pre-season meeting at the Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Stadium produced another spate of encouraging results for this time of the season. In all, five new records in various categories were set in throwing events...

  • Defar runs year’s fastest 3,000m after long lay-off

    Ethiopian two-time Olympic champion Meseret Defar ran the year’s fastest 3,000 metres as she returned to the track for the first time in more than two years at the Boston indoor grand prix on Sunday night. The 2004 and 2012 Olympic 5,000 metres...

  • Sarè clears 12m barrier to win triple jump event at Amsterdam meet

    Sarè clears 12m barrier to win triple jump event at Amsterdam meet

    During the last weekend of January, triple jumper Rebecca Sarè participated in the London Indoor Games and registered a new indoor personal best of 11.90 metres. A week later, Sarè took in another international competition in Amsterdam to add...

  • IAAF will not accept Nestlè decision to end sponsorship

    IAAF will not accept Nestlè decision to end sponsorship

    Sebastian Coe has vowed the IAAF will not accept a decision by food giant Nestlè to abruptly terminate its sponsorship deal with world athletics’ governing body. Swiss-based Nestlè said on Wednesday it was concerned its own reputation could be...

  • Britain should move camp out of Brazil – Ennis-Hill’s coach

    Britain should move camp out of Brazil – Ennis-Hill’s coach

    Britain should move its preparation camp for the Rio Olympic Games outside Brazil to minimise the risk of catching the Zika virus, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach said, adding he would not encourage the reigning heptathlon champion to defend her...

  • IAAF chief Coe denies knowledge of 2017 bid ‘bribes’

    IAAF president Sebastian Coe has denied knowing of “bribes being offered or received” in the awarding of the 2017 World Athletics Championships, a spokesman for the crisis-hit governing body said. Earlier this month, UK Athletics chairman Ed...

  • Patience and hard work always pay off, says Chouhal

    Patience and hard work always pay off, says Chouhal

    As top athletes get older, the thought of not being among the best is so hard to deal with that it leads many to retire before that becomes a reality. It becomes more difficult for them to find the motivation needed to endure the sacrifices that...

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