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Athletics

  • Russian marathon runner Shobukhova stripped of titles

    Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova has been stripped of her London and Chicago marathon titles after the IAAF said yesterday that all her results since 2009 had been annulled and her two-year doping ban extended by 14 months. The world governing body for...

  • IAAF fights back against reports of widespread suspected doping

    The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) fought back yesterday against media reports of suspected widespread doping in the sport, rejecting accusations it failed to investigate dubious drugs test results properly. The IAAF said the reports by...

  • Positive results for Maltese runners in international races

    Positive results for Maltese runners in international races

    A group of long-distance runners recently represented Malta in the 14th European Mountain Championship in Porto Moniz, Madeira and the 12th World Long Distance Mountain Running Champion-ships in Switzerland. At the European Champion-ships in...

  • Athletics jolted by mass doping allegations after leak

    Athletics jolted by mass doping allegations after leak

    Leaks of confidential doping data threw global athletics into chaos yesterday, after a newspaper and a broadcaster said a third of medals in Olympic and world championship endurance races from 2001-2012 were won by runners with suspicious...

  • Kenya dismisses reports as smear campaign

    Kenya’s athletics body said yesterday that media reports alleging doping among its runners were a smear campaign ahead of the world championships in Beijing. Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD/WDR said they were given...

  • Farah cleared by UK Athletics

    UK Athletics has found no impropriety on the part of Mo Farah after receiving the initial findings of a review into the double Olympic champion’s relationship with coach Alberto Salazar. The review followed a BBC documentary last month that...

  • Ennis-Hill available for Beijing worlds

    Ennis-Hill available for Beijing worlds

    Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced she is available for selection for the World Championships in Beijing. Posting on her Instagram account, the heptathlete confirmed she was putting herself forward for what will be a first major...

  • Portugal’s Lima first home in Race Two of BSJ 5km series

    For the second time in this year’s Birkirkara St Joseph 5k Road Running Series, it was a foreign athlete who clinched first place at the men’s race held last week at the Mtarfa bypass. Bruno Lima, a Portuguese athlete who runs for the British...

  • Żebbuġ 10km Night Run on August 7

    Encouraged by positive feedback from the previous four editions of the 10-kilometre Night Run, organisers Żurrieq Wolves Athletics Club have confirmed that the 2015 race will be held on Friday, August 7. The Żurrieq Wolves night run is the only...

  • Farah questioned by USADA investigator

    Mo Farah was questioned by a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigator on Saturday over the doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar. The double Olympic champion was questioned by American lawyer Bill Bock, the man who helped...

  • Workmanlike Bolt answers doubts with season’s best

    Workmanlike Bolt answers doubts with season’s best

    Usain Bolt answered questions over his fitness ahead of the World Championships as he clocked a season’s best of 9.87 seconds in the 100 metres with a workmanlike performance at the London Anniversary Games late Friday. With just under a month to...

  • Beating pain in Malta’s name

    Beating pain in Malta’s name

    Top athletes are perceived as symbols of health, yet few are ever free of injury. Giselle Camilleri, a silver medallist at the 2015 GSSE who resides in France, has had a long battle with injury this year and on the eve of 2015, it looked as if...

  • Usain Bolt confident over fitness worries

    Usain Bolt insists he has no concerns about his fitness ahead of next month’s World Championships in Beijing. The world’s fastest man races for the first time in almost six weeks over 100 metres at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic...

  • Richard runs strong 400m

    Richard runs strong 400m

    Janet Richard achieved an excellent result for Maltese athletics last week after placing fourth in the 400m semi-final at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. There were 24 runners involved in the semi-finals and Richard was...

  • Wingfield a whisker away from final in Tallinn championships

    Between July 9 and 10, Athletics Malta participated in the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The country was represented by Charlotte Wingfield in the women’s 100m and 200m while Reece Dimech took part in the men’s...

  • Bolt targets happy return to ‘special’ London

    Usain Bolt will compete at the London Anniversary Games later this month, the six-time Olympic champion confirmed yesterday. The 100m and 200m world record holder has struggled for form and fitness this year and the Jamaican pulled out of...

  • Powell wins with his fastest 100m in four years

    Powell wins with his fastest 100m in four years

    Former world record holder Asafa Powell ran his fastest 100 metres in four years to win the sprint at the Paris Diamond League meeting in 9.81 seconds late Saturday. Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut matched Francis Obikwelu’s 2004 European record by...

  • Sweden’s Wvopio fastest in BSJ series opener

    The Birkirkara SJ 5k Running Series kicked off with a surprise recently after Sweden’s Martin Wvopio crossed the finish line first at the Mtarfa bypass in 16 minutes and ten seconds. Keith Galea, who made a welcome return to the series after an...

  • Gatlin wins 200m race in blazing 19.57

    Gatlin wins 200m race in blazing 19.57

    Controversial Justin Gatlin set the stage for a world championship showdown with Usain Bolt when he won the 200 metres in a blazing 19.57 seconds at the US trials in Oregon on Sunday. Only four people, including world record holder Bolt, have ever...

  • Thompson upsets Campbell-Brown for Jamaica’s 200m title

    Thompson upsets Campbell-Brown for Jamaica’s 200m title

    Birthday girl Elaine Thompson upset two-time Olympic and world champion Veronica Campell-Brown to win the 200 metres title at Jamaica’s national trials. Running in lane five and into a strong headwind (-2.4), 23-year-old Thompson came off the turn...

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