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  • 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...

  • Bolt wants to inspire fans weary of doping

    Bolt wants to inspire fans weary of doping

    Usain Bolt will again fly the flag for drug-free athletics at this weekend’s London Diamond League meeting after a news conference where the multi-titled Jamaican was bombarded with questions about the sport’s latest doping scandals. Any hopes...

  • Ennis-Hill returns but still in pain

    Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill set a personal best in the javelin at a European Athletics Permit event at Loughborough on Tuesday but remains a doubt for next month’s World Cham-pionships. The 27-year-old, who has been dogged by injury since winning...

  • Knee injury ends Rudisha’s season

    Olympic 800 metres champion and world record-holder David Rudisha will miss the remainder of the season and is unlikely to race again until at least March next year, the Kenyan athlete’s coach has said. Rudisha pulled out of next month’s World...

  • Coe determined to weed out the doping cheats

    Coe determined to weed out the doping cheats

    Sebastian Coe insists athletics must go on fighting to weed out the drug cheats. Coe wants the cheats to be banned from the sport for four years instead of the two-year suspensions currently in place. The organiser of the London Olympics, who is...

  • Relentless Kiprop races to fastest time since 2004

    Relentless Kiprop races to fastest time since 2004

    World champion Asbel Kiprop’s relentless pace proved too much for his rivals, including Mo Farah, as the Kenyan clocked the fastest 1,500 metres time since 2004 at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday. With the World Championships in Moscow...

  • Jamaica’s Smikle admits positive test

    Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle yesterday became the fourth Jamaican athlete in four days to reveal a positive doping test but said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. Smikle said the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO)...

  • Athletes pay tribute to‘inspirational’ Bennett

    Athletes pay tribute to‘inspirational’ Bennett

    Stars of British athletics have paid tribute to the “inspirational” Olympic silver medallist Todd Bennett, who has died at the age of 51 following a short battle with cancer. The Southampton-born Bennett capped his career by claiming second place...

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