Opening highlights of Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi

Published on October 31, 2009 |

Pole vaulter Li Ling of China led her country to a victory march as the athletics programme of the 3rd Asian Indoor Games kicked of at the My Dinh Indoor Athletics Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday (31) evening. The Chinese opened her account when other competitors in the fray bowed out at 4.00m. She…

Usain Bolt now a Masai Moran

Published on October 31, 2009 |

The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt was on Saturday made a Maasai Moran at a brief ceremony at Segere Ranch in Laikipia where the Zeitz Foundation is establishing a conservation programme. A dozen Morans dressed Bolt in their traditional shuka and presented him with a stick before christening him Loilgwany, the warrior of warriors….

Allyson Felix looking forward to more 400m races in 2010

Published on October 31, 2009 |

As she prepares to resume training next week, three-time World 200m champion Allyson Felix says she’s looking forward to more 400m races in 2010. “My vacation is coming to an end. “I’m going to begin training the first week of November. I’m looking forward to getting more experience in the 400m this year being that…

Christine Ohuruogu focused on recovering from slump

Published on October 31, 2009 |

Christine Ohuruogu shares the same agent as Usain Bolt and, with the clock ticking on her attempt to defend her Olympic 400 metres title in the teeth of East London expectation, she could use some gentle advice from the great man on how to bolster her self-belief. While her position as Great Britain’s most successful…

Marathon runner Hendrick Ramaala says he'll fix S.African athletics

Published on October 30, 2009 |

South African marathon runner Hendrick Ramaala hopes to improve the state of athletics in the country once he retires. Ramaala, who lines up for his eighth New York Marathon on Sunday in search of his second title, told runningtimes.com that politics had become too prominent in South African athletics and he intended mending problems within…

Bolt in attendance as Zeitz Foundation launched

Published on October 30, 2009 |

The Zeitz Foundation was officially launched in Kenya on Friday by its founder Jochen Zeitz. Present at the launch were the foundation’s global ambassador, Usain Bolt, and former hurdles champion, Colin Jackson who talked about using their mass appeal to spread the message of sustainable use of the environment. The foundation aspires to create sustainable,…

Jamaica's discus thrower begs for country support

Published on October 30, 2009 |

National discus record holder and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships representative, Jason Morgan, is appealing for financial help to enable him to continue competing at the international level. The 26 year-old who is based in Ruston, Louisiana, where he works out with his former college coach Larry Carmichael, says unless he can…

Radcliffe ready to defend NYC Marathon title

Published on October 30, 2009 |

NEW YORK — Paula Radcliffe has raced just once in the past year.  No better place to erase the frustrations of the injuries and ailments that have sidelined her than the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Three times she has come in seeking to prove she remains at the top of her sport, and…

Alan Geldard: We could have won gold, I feel it in my bones

Published on October 30, 2009 |

To win an Olympic medal would represent the pinnacle achievement of many athletes’ career and provide them with a memory to cherish long after they had retired from sport, but not Alan Geldard. Sitting in the living room of his home on the outskirts of Manchester, the former track cyclist is still frustrated by his…

Top fitness facility gives Asafa Powell and company forever membership

Published on October 30, 2009 |

One of Jamaica’s premier fitness and wellness facilities, Gymkhana, extended lifetime memberships to 18 of Jamaica’s top athletes, including Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Asafa Powell, Shericka Williams and Sherone Simpson, at a function at its Old Hope Road head office on Wednesday. Gymkhana, a member company of the Kenny Benjamin-led Guardsman Group, currently…

Sebastian Coe says Gender test queries must be expedited

Published on October 30, 2009 |

Gender testing queries resembling the case of South Africa’s women’s 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya must be dealt with more swiftly, British athletics legend Lord Sebastian Coe said yesterday. The 53-year-old two-time Olympic 1500 metres champion, who is a member of the International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) Council, said that speedy action would protect…

American Muna Lee to launch foundation for inner-city youth

Published on October 30, 2009 |

American Two-time Olympic sprinter Muna Lee comes home to Central High School to a pep rally of a different sort today. The 2000 graduate will be launching the Muna Lee Foundation to raise money for college scholarships and to help children from low-income families get shoes, spikes and other track equipment. Lee was a member…