South Africa's government calls for athletics boss to be axed

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government received support on Sunday for its demand that the country’s top athletics official be axed after he admitted lying about gender tests conducted on 800-meter world champion Caster Semenya. Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene apologized Saturday, saying he had lied to protect the 18-year-old’s privacy. The sports ministry called […]

Kate Dennison raises British pole vault record again

Kate Dennison raised her British pole vault record to 4.60 metres at the Pedros Cup meeting in Szczecin. Dennison added two centimetres to the performance she achieved at the British Grand Prix in July, and clinched a third-place finish at the Polish venue. The 25-year-old, who was sixth in the World Championships, was beaten by […]

Gay targets Powell's 9.77 UK all-comers 100 metres record

Tyson Gay has not ruled out attacking the UK all-comers 100 metres record at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Monday. After lowering his national record to 9.71 seconds at the recent World Championships, Gay would normally have a good chance of lowering the mark of 9.77secs set by Asafa Powell three years ago. […]

Bolt will try long jump, but says no to triple jump

There was good news for Britain from Usain Bolt yesterday ahead of tonight’s Zurich meet when he announced that his expanding horizon will include the long jump but does not go as far as the triple jump. "I think triple jump puts a lot of pressure on your knees," he said. "I don’t want to […]

Weltklasse by name, world class by nature

Zurich has often been characterised as ‘the Olympics in one day’. I’ve never liked the comparison. To me, it is manifestly unfair to the Olympics and to Zurich. In culinary terms ( and I hope I’ve got this right), the Olympics is degustation, a succession of courses complementing each other, an event to be sampled […]

Ennis and Idowu to star at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead

Great Britain and N.I’s newly crowned world champions heptathlete Jessica Ennis and triple jumper Phillips Idowu will join a battery of Berlin medallists at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead on 31 August. Ennis, the European Athletics Rising Star for 2007, established herself as one of the best multi-eventers of recent times winning the Heptathlon […]

Bolt to watch Ronaldo and Real Madrid play on Saturday

By Gary Smith, World-Track MADRID — The world’s fastest man, times two, Usain Bolt, has accepted an offer to be the guest of honour at Real Madrid’s opening Spanish league football match, his manager Norman Peart confirmed on Sunday. Bolt, who lit up the Berlin Olympic Stadium with two sensational world records, will travel to […]

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