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  • 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...

  • Debono seals title after Ta’ Qali win

    Debono seals title after Ta’ Qali win

    Charlton Debono (Gozo Athletix) wrapped up the 2015-16 MAAA Road Running League title after winning the Ta’ Qali 10K, held last Sunday. This being the Gozitan’s fourth straight victory, he has now built an unassailable lead over his nearest...

  • Scandal prompts Adidas to end IAAF sponsor deal – BBC

    German sportswear company Adidas AG is to end its sponsorship deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) almost four years early because of the scandal surrounding the sport, the BBC reported. The BBC said Adidas,...

  • Frenchman Gracia named IAAF interim secretary general

    Frenchman Gracia named IAAF interim secretary general

    Frenchman Jean Gracia has been appointed interim CEO and secretary general of the IAAF as the governing body of athletics tries to handle the fallout from the corruption scandal that has rocked the sport. The 60-year-old former sprinter is taking...

  • Bolt shocked by IAAF reports, against wiping records

    Bolt shocked by IAAF reports, against wiping records

    Olympic champion Usain Bolt (picture) said he felt shocked and let down by the scandal-hit IAAF, but the Jamaican sprinter was against resetting records as the sport attempts to move on from the doping crisis. Thursday’s second instalment of a...

  • Bezzina, Debono prevail in city 10K

    Bezzina, Debono prevail in city 10K

    The inaugural Urban Jungle – House of Sport 10K series got underway last Sunday with the Valletta race that saw the participation of 250 runners, including foreigners some hailing from as far as Brazil, the US and Australia. The circular route,...

  • Future of Coe aide uncertain after report criticism

    The future of a key aide to IAAF president Sebastian Coe was in doubt yesterday after Nick Davies, the federation’s deputy general secretary, was criticised in a report into athletics’ corruption scandal. Davies, who became Coe’s chief of staff...

  • Ex- IAAF chief ‘organised conspiracy corruption’

    Ex- IAAF chief ‘organised conspiracy corruption’

    The former head of world athletics, Lamine Diack, ran a clique that covered up organised doping and blackmailed athletes while senior officials looked the other way, independent investigator Dick Pound said yesterday. Pound’s report for the...

  • IAAF under fire as more Russian doping allegations surface

    IAAF under fire as more Russian doping allegations surface

    Athletics’ governing body came under renewed fire yesterday following disclosures that top officials were aware of a potentially serious doping problem among Russian athletes as far back as 2009. The Associated Press published a copy of a letter...

  • Tufa and Keitany set for London Marathon duel

    Ethiopian title holder Tigist Tufa will renew her rivalry with Kenya’s Mary Keitany at this year’s London Marathon after both confirmed their participation in the April 24 event, organisers said. Tufa, 28, scored a stunning upset with a great...

  • UK body calls for new clean era for tarnished sport

    UK Athletics (UKA) has called for world records to be wiped clean and drug cheats to be banned for at least eight years in radical proposals aimed at heralding a new unblemished era for the sport. UKA’s document “A Manifesto for Clean Athletics”...

  • Remarkable results at Pembroke meet

    Remarkable results at Pembroke meet

    Pembroke Athleta paid homage to its one-time secretary Joe Gerada at the eighth Memorial Track and Field Meeting, held recently at Marsa, with a handsome turnout that produced noteworthy results, including milestones in three categories. Pride of...

  • Coe could have pushed for IAAF reform – investigator

    The head of an investigation that found high-level corruption in international athletics has accused Sebastian Coe, leader of the sport’s world governing body, of missing opportunities to push reform “a long time ago” when he was...

  • Former top officials get life bans for doping blackmail

    Former top officials get life bans for doping blackmail

    Two top Russian athletics officials and the son of former world governing body president Lamine Diack were banned from the sport for life yesterday for covering up an elite Russian athlete’s positive dope test and blackmailing her over it. The...

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