Bekele to target World 3000m mark in Birmingham

Birmingham, UK – The reigning two-time Olympic champion over the 10,000m, Kenenisa Bekele, will have his sights set on Kenyan Daniel Komen’s 3000m World record in Birmingham in February. Bekele hopes to add yet another World record to his impressive collection at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) at the Aviva Grand Prix on 20 February,…

Gay says big three can restore track and field credibility

American sprinter, Tyson Gay, the second fastest man to ever don a pair of running spikes, believes the rivalry that exists between himself and the Jamaican duo of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, is the ideal catalyst for track & field’s resurgence. Bolt holds the world record at 9.58, Gay has a national record of…

Hooker, Samuels to headline Aussie team for New Delhi

World champions Steve Hooker and Dani Samuels will spearhead the Australian athletics team’s assault on the 2010 Commonwealth Games after the two world title-holders were today named alongside six fellow stars of track and field to have been provisionally nominated for the Delhi-bound team. The Australian Commonwealth Games Association together with Athletics Australia will look…

Triple jumper Karailiev named Bulgarian Athlete of the Year

Triple Jump star Momchil Karailiev was presented with the Bulgarian Athlete of the Year award at a glittering ceremony organised by the Bulgarian Athletics Federation in Sofia last week. The 27-year-old Karailiev enjoyed a great outdoor season during the year, reaching the men’s Triple Jump final at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin…

Valerie Vili to defend her world indoor shot put title

Valerie Vili will defend her world indoor shot put title at the World Indoor Championships in Doha Qatar in March, Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) said. The Olympic and World outdoor champion won the indoor title in Valencia in 2008 with a New Zealand and Oceania record of 20.19m, beating Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus by 45…

IAAF 2009 Grand Prix Review – Part ONE

Monte-Carlo – The 2009 IAAF World Athletics Tour – ÅF Golden League, Super Grand Prix and Grand Prix – offered an entertaining season which climaxed at the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, Thessaloniki, Greece (12 – 13 Sep). Among those highlighting this IAAF report this has been broken down by respective meeting are…

Linet Masai wins Kenyan Sportswomen of 2009, Vivian Cheruiyot runner-up

The air at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) gala was heavy with anxiety as athletes waited expectantly to find out if they were among the winners. Finally, it was Linet Masai and Collins Injera who shone as they were crowned the top prizes in the Safaricom- sponsored event. Like the greater writer…

Powell takes part in Asian Sailing Series

SINGAPORE: Former world 100m record holder, Asafa Powell, the two-time World Championships bronze medalist, went sailing on Saturday. Powell was taken to new Extremes when he stepped on board double-Olympic Gold Medallist Shirley Robertson’s catamaran racing in the Extreme Sailing Series Asia in Singapore. Powell, who is in Singapore as part of the Jamaican Government…

IAAF offers to pay for Caster Semenya's gender surgery if she fails verification test

The International Association of Athletics Federations has offered to pay Caster Semenya’s medical expenses should she require gender surgery or other treatment to continue competing as a woman. The IAAF is still awaiting the final results of the gender verification test carried out on the South African teenager during the World Championships in Berlin in…

Kirani James – 'I am not Usain Bolt, neither am I trying to be'

ST. GEORGE’S; Grenada: The name Kirani James has been likened to triple world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica. James broke Bolt’s six year old Carifta record in the Boys under 20 400m in St. Lucia in April clocking 45.45 to beat the old mark by almost a second (0.90). James went on to win…