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Dope cheats: Living in denial

I’m sorry if I disappointed people. I made a terrible mistake." So said double-Olympian Liza Hunter-Galvan, after the Sports Tribunal banned her for two years for doping. The United States-based marathon runner took the blood-boosting, endurance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) and so became only the second New Zealand representative in recent times caught deliberately cheating... 

Bolt a one-man show in Shanghai?

Three-time world sprint champion Usain Bolt is set for a showdown in Shanghai against… himself. The Jamaican superstar is the only competitor listed so far for the men’s 100m event at the post-season Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on September 20, organisers said. American Tyson Gay and Bolt’s compatriot and former world record holder Asafa Powell will not attend, said Eifen... 

Jamaica’s sprinters and windy conditions dominate results in Rovereto

Jamaican sprinters dominated the sprints in the 45th edition of the Palio della Quercia in Rovereto yesterday (1). Sherone Simpson ran 11.04 in the women’s 100 metres, one of the few wind aided marks of a meeting generally dominated by headwinds, conditions which Lerone Clarke and Steve Mullings ignored to set new meeting records in the men’s 100 metres heats. The Palio della... 

Bolt 200m and Gay & Powell 100m in Brussels

The weather looks set to be the key element in what will as ever be a marvellous sprinting line-up for the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme – ÅF Golden League on Friday (4) in the Belgian capital. Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell might not be meeting in the same race but just the presence of this speedy triumvirate in the sixth and final meeting of the ÅF Golden League... 

World leading 82.58m heave by Kozmus in Celje

Continuing the fine form that brought him the World title in Berlin last month, Slovenian hammer thrower Primoz Kozmus broke his own national record with a 82.58m throw the northeastern town of Celje on Wednesday (2). The second round throw by Kozmus, 29, broke the 82.30m national record he set in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2007, and extended his own 2009 world-leading mark of 81.77m from Zagreb... 

Powell signs for Rieti

RIETI (EME News) – World Championships 100m bronze medallist, Asafa Powell, will again face the starter at the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy. Powell won the men’s 100m dash in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008. In 2007 he 9.74secs, then a world record in heats. He will be joined in the race by fellow Jamaicans Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, along with Trinidad and Tobago’s... 

Rights group takes up Semenya race issue

A civil rights organisation has laid a charge at the world’s governing body of athletics against the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA) for inciting racial polarisation over athlete Caster Semenya. Afriforum chief executive Kallie Kriel said he had laid a charge against Leonard Chuene at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). "Chuene’s polarising... 

Yelena Isinbayeva awarded prestigious Spanish prize

Madrid – Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva, the double Olympic champion and World record holder, has been awarded Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for sport. "Considered the best pole-vaulter of all times, Yelena Isinbayeva has achieved historic records and has become the only female pole vaulter to clear the 5.00 metre barrier, setting a total of 27... 

The incredible Usain Bolt

Even if you’re not a track fan — or even a sports fan — you ought to take note of this extraordinary athlete named Usain Bolt who is blazing in our midst. It looks like people will be talking about him decades from now, and you don’t want to miss seeing history in the making. Most people pay attention to track and field only during the Olympics every four years. At... 

Gay prepares for surgery after 100m win without Bolt

Tyson Gay vowed to return fitter and faster next season after defying a groin injury to win the 100 metres at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead. Gay clocked 10.15 seconds despite a headwind of two metres per second to win easily ahead of former world champion Kim Collins and Marc Burns, and then confirmed he will undergo surgery shortly. "I’m looking forward to Brussels... 
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