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  • Joy for Ireland as walker Heffernan halts Russians

    Joy for Ireland as walker Heffernan halts Russians

    Guts, guile and no lack of self-belief propelled Irishman Robert Heffernan to 50km race walk victory yesterday, spoiling the Russian party one day after Yelena Isinbayeva’s wildly-celebrated pole vault triumph. The Luzhniki stadium, as it has been...

  • Isinbayeva hails coach Trofimov

    Watching her every move like a hawk from his front row seat in the Luzhniki stadium, Yefgeny Trofimov never lost faith that Yelena Isinbayeva could rise again. The white-haired coach was there when the Russian began her journey to pole vault...

  • Isinbayeva lights up Moscow

    Isinbayeva lights up Moscow

    Yelena Isinbayeva, the greatest woman pole vaulter of all time, thrilled a partisan home crowd roaring her every jump when she landed the third and probably last world title of her illustrious career yesterday. The Russian, twice Olympic champion...

  • Lashmanova takes walk title despite last-lap lapse

    Lashmanova takes walk title despite last-lap lapse

    Olympic champion Elena Lashmanova overcame confusion over where the finish line was to lead home a Russian one-two in the women’s 20km race walk at the World Championships yesterday. World record holder Lashmanova, 21, secured a first world title...

  • Grech, Camilleri win Festina 10K night run

    The Festina 10K Night Run, organised recently by Żurrieq Wolves AC for the third consecutive year, has been another success. The race, held over the Mdina Road circuit in Żebbuġ, is the only night race on the local long distance running calendar.

  • Bolt regains 100m crown in Moscow

    Bolt regains 100m crown in Moscow

    Usain Bolt was made to look human by a combination of a Russian rainstorm and a fired-up Justin Gatlin yesterday but the Jamaican superstar was still good enough to regain his world 100m title in a surging 9.77 seconds. With former world and...

  • Farah speeds past Jeilan

    Farah speeds past Jeilan

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah’s famed final lap sprint put paid to any hopes Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan had of retaining his 10,000 metres title at the World Championships yesterday. In Daegu two years ago, Jeilan nipped in at the line to deny...

  • Kiplagat breaks Straneo to retain marathon title

    Kiplagat breaks Straneo to retain marathon title

    Kenyan Edna Kiplagat defied hot and humid conditions and a brave front-running display from Italian Valeria Straneo to become the first woman to retain the world marathon title yesterday. Kiplagat, 33, won the first gold of the Moscow World...

  • IOC calls on Russia to explain anti-gay law

    Russia must explain how it will implement its controversial anti-gay propaganda law and detail its impact on next year’s Sochi Winter Games, Olympic president Jacques Rogge said yesterday. The International Olympic Committee want clarification of...

  • Farah ‘will expect to win’ on opening day in Moscow

    Farah ‘will expect to win’ on opening day in Moscow

    Only something “amazing” can stop Mo Farah starting the World Championships with a gold medal today, according to UK Athletics chief Neil Black. The 30-year-old is the star of the Great Britain squad just a year on from taking the 5,000 and 10,000...

  • Merritt eyes sub-13 title

    Merritt eyes sub-13 title

    Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt says he finds it a “little strange” that no-one has dipped below 13 seconds in the 110 metres hurdles this season and plans to remedy the situation in the World Cham-pionships, starting this...

  • Bolt fired up for worlds despite rivals’ absence

    Bolt fired up for worlds despite rivals’ absence

    Usain Bolt is determined not to let the absence of some of his main rivals make him drop his guard as he tries to win back the 100 metres world title he lost two years ago. Bolt, who retained his Olympic title last year, said after arriving in...

  • Festina 10k Night Run

    Encouraged by the successful outcomes of the first two editions of the Festina 10k Night Run, or-ganisers Żurrieq Wolves AC have confirmed that this year’s event will be held on August 9. There will be no changes as the same route of the previous...

  • Public confidence remains – Bubka

    Public confidence remains – Bubka

    Sergei Bubka, the former pole vault champion who is standing for election to be the next IOC president, has insisted that public confidence in athletics has not been destroyed by the recent positive drugs tests by leading sprinters. Two of the...

  • Ennis-Hill out of worlds

    Ennis-Hill out of worlds

    Britain’s Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has ruled herself out of this month’s World Championships because she has not fully recovered from an Achilles injury. Ennis-Hill has been bothered by the injury since winning gold at London...

  • Bolt and Fraser-Pryce to lead Jamaica at worlds

    Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce headline a Jamaican world athletics championships squad that will come under intense scrutiny in Moscow following several positive doping tests by some of the country’s athletes. Five...

  • Mo Farah to focus on marathon for now

    Mo Farah to focus on marathon for now

    Mo Farah is to turn his focus to marathon running after next month’s World Championships although he will not walk away from the track entirely. Earlier yesterday, the double London 2012 champion appeared to suggest his track career could be...

  • Mo Farah wins with a swagger on another Super Saturday

    Mo Farah wins with a swagger on another Super Saturday

    Mo Farah, roared home by a cacophony of ear-splitting noise that almost matched his double Olympic London triumph, led another ‘Super Saturday’ for Britain as memories were reignited in a party atmosphere at the Anniversary Games, yesterday. On...

  • Gay’s B sample positive, fails another test

    Former world sprint champion Tyson Gay’s ‘B’ sample from an out-of-competition test in May has been confirmed positive for a banned substance, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said yesterday, while adding he had returned another positive...

  • Maltese ‘mountain’ runners at Borovets race

    Maltese ‘mountain’ runners at Borovets race

    Six long-distance runners recently represented Malta at the European Mountain Running Championships, held in Borovets, Bulgaria. The team was accompanied by chef-de-mission Gerald Grech, chairman of the Malta Mountain Running Sub-Committee, and...

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