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 (after […]

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 […]

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 […]

Usain Bolt's larger-than-life achievements

Foot racing is sport stripped to its most basic elements. A simple uniform, a light pair of shoes and it’s "Runners, take your mark." While cross country and track and field remain immensely popular on the high school and college levels, the sports have not gained enough of a national following to afford true fans […]

Caster Semenya is being treated unfairly

In South Africa, an 18-year-old who was recently victorious at the world track and field championships in Berlin has come under heavy scrutiny. The International Amateur Athletic Federation asked that nation’s athletic federation to conduct a gender test on the young star, Caster Semenya, whose blistering time of 1:55.45 in the 800 meters bested the […]

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. […]

Disgraced NZ Olympic runner says she was 'stupid'

Disgraced Olympian Liza Hunter-Galvan is unlikely to ever compete for New Zealand again after receiving a two year suspension. The 40-year-old Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete phoned one of her biggest backers, Peter Snell, just a day before the Sports Tribunal made its decision. Snell says she was worried he would feel betrayed. “She said […]

Reports say Caster Semenya testosterone levels within normal range

Caster Semenya’s testosterone levels were found to be within the range that allows her to participate in women’s races, despite being higher than usual, according to a press report in South Africa. After the fallout and speculation following her spectacular win at Berlin in the 800m World Championship final, fingers were being pointed at the […]