Liu Xiang going for a hat-trick – East Asian Games PREVIEW

Published on December 9, 2009 |

The athletics programme in 5th East Asian Games commences at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground in Hong Kong on Thursday (10 Dec). It is of no real surprise that China’s Liu Xiang, 2004 Olympic and 2007 World champion and former World record holder at the 110m Hurdles will be the star attraction of the four-day…

Bolt rewrites the record book — and fast

Published on December 9, 2009 |

It’s not that Usain Bolt breaks records. It’s the records he breaks and the way he breaks them. In the short span of two years, Bolt has done a decade’s worth of restructuring to track and field’s record book. He has made himself a candidate for The Associated Press’ Athlete of the Decade by making…

AP: Jones medals to be given to others, but not to Thanou

Published on December 7, 2009 |

LONDON — Olympic leaders are finally ready to distribute the individual medals stripped from Marion Jones for doping — but withhold the 100-meter gold from another drug-tainted athlete. Officials with direct knowledge of the plan spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced yet. Nine years…

Dwain Chambers starting to enjoy life in athletics again

Published on December 7, 2009 |

It was the year when Dwain Chambers completed his tortured journey from “suicide bridge” to the brink of redemption. “It was like hanging on to a gust of wind,” is how he described trying to beat Usain Bolt in the 100 metres final at the World Championships. “Then I saw the clock and started laughing.”…

Tyson Gay’s 2010 goals: speed, health, beating Bolt

Published on December 5, 2009 |

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Sprinter Tyson Gay?s resolutions for 2010 are simple – stay injury-free, run super-fast and put on some great shows against Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt. “I?m not training yet,” said Gay, who underwent groin surgery five weeks ago. “I have about three more weeks of rehab, then I?ll get back into the swing…

Len Johnson's column on Sammy Wanjiru

Published on December 5, 2009 |

Some talk about Samuel Wanjiru being the man to break two hours for the marathon: all he asks for is just one second, the single unit of time which will take him under Haile Gebrselassie’s current world record. Two hours, three minutes, 58 seconds will suit Wanjiru perfectly, thanks very much. He is 23 years…

Asafa Powell on track with concert launch

Published on December 5, 2009 |

Concerned with the development of future track and field stars, former 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell on Thursday launched his concert to raise funds for his foundation. The event, dubbed ‘A Night On Tracks’, will be staged at the National Golf Academy in New Kingston on December 20. Powell, who claimed the 100m bronze…

Kebede vs Mogusu? – Fukuoka Marathon preview

Published on December 4, 2009 |

The 2009 Fukuoka International Marathon, the 63rd edition of the marathon once known as the unofficial World championships, will be run on Sunday 6 December. It may not be comparable to London, Chicago, and Berlin, but it may still be considered to be the best marathon in Japan. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, the defending champion…

Vlasic, Friedrich and Ukhov confirmed for Moravian High Jump Tour

Published on December 4, 2009 |

Hustopece, Czech Republic – Two-time World champion Blanka Vlasic, her rival Ariane Friedrich and European indoor champion Ivan Ukhov will be headline attractions for next month’s 6th edition of the Moravia High Jump Tour. Vlasic, also the reigning World champion indoors, will commence her indoor season on 26 January in the eastern Moravian city of…

Micheal Johnson backs Jamaica vs USA athletics clash

Published on December 4, 2009 |

WORLD 400-metre record holder Michael Johnson has thrown his support behind the proposed two-leg staging of the USA versus Jamaica Challenge series, which is being negotiated between both track and field federations. “Absolutely!,” the American replied to Observer queries as to whether he was in support of the mouthwatering head-to-head match-up between the world’s two…

Asafa Powell's MVP club declines comment on Berlin ruling

Published on December 4, 2009 |

Normally quick off the mark, the MVP Track & Field Club has declined to comment on the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association’s (JAAA) disciplinary panel’s recent ruling which said they will take no action against the athletes who missed the World Championships preparation camp in Nuremberg, Germany. Last Friday, news broke that the former Chief Justice…

Super fan pours her heart out for Bolt

Published on December 4, 2009 |

Elaine Sullivan, winner of The Gleaner’s Super Fan promotion for Usain Bolt’s 9.58 Super Party, said she was excited about meeting the sprinter at his party at Richmond Estate tomorrow. Sullivan answered the call in The Gleaner promotion and perfectly worded her feelings for the world’s top sprinter. She received her prize – two VIP…