Athletics

Safo-Antwi, Owusu-Agyapong excel at AIT Grand Prix

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Ghana’s Sean Safo-Antwi and Flings Owusu-Agyapong claimed podium places at the just-ended AIT Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Ireland. The indoor event was held on February 15 and it featured athletes from the world over who competed in several track disciplines. Safo-Antwi set a season record in the men’s indoor 60m of 6.56 seconds as he won the final of ...

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GAA National Circuit Opens At Tamale Stadium

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Following the christening of the domestic track and field season by the athletics segment of the Mini-GUSA Games, the Ghana Athletics Association will officially open its season, with the first leg of the National Circuit Championship at the Tamale Sports stadium on Saturday, 18th February, 2017. Three other legs of the Circuit Championship will be hosted in Accra on 18th ...

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Russia to remain suspended for World Athletics Championships

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency has been under investigation by Wada since last year (Image credit: Getty Images)

Russia will miss this summer’s World Championships after athletics’ governing body voted to extend their suspension from international competition for state-sponsored doping. However, some Russians may be able to compete under a neutral banner, if they can satisfy testing criteria. Russia was suspended by the IAAF in November 2015, meaning athletes missed the Rio Olympics last year. The country is ...

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Usain Bolt rules out competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Sprinting great Usain Bolt has no plans to extend his career beyond this year’s World Championships in London and has ruled out a return to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 30-year-old, who completed a ‘triple triple’ of 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Games, had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after team-mate ...

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Antrim Cross Country: Olympic champion Kipruto and Kipkirui take victories

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Kenya’s Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto took the men’s win at the Antrim International Cross Country event as Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack was fourth in the women’s event. Kipruto finished a second ahead of another Kenyan-born athlete Abraham Cheroben, who now represents Bahrain. England’s Andy Vernon completed the podium spots a further 19 seconds back. Another Kenyan Caroline Kipkirui won the ...

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Anti-doping leaders call for Russia to be banned from all sports

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Russia should be banned from both competing in and hosting international sporting events, say the leaders of 19 national anti-doping organisations. More than 1,000 Russians benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015, according to a report released last month. National anti-doping organisations (NADOs) from around the world met at a special summit in Dublin on Tuesday. They ...

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Richard Commey loses IBF eliminator on points to Shafikov

Battling in a literal gym in Moscow, top lightweights Denis Shafikov and Richard Commey slugged it out for twelve entertaining rounds earlier today, going blow-for-blow in what was essentially one protracted close-range exchange. Despite his foe’s notorious knockout prowess, it was Shafikov who came out on top via split decision. Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KO) used relentless pressure, high volume, and ...

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Usain Bolt set to train with Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive has confirmed that the nine-times Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will train with the Bundesliga team. Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker magazine on Sunday that “it was no joke” and “not a marketing move”. Watzke was responding to a report in the Guardian that Bolt planned to train with Dortmund, one of the top Bundesliga teams. Dortmund ...

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Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson up for IAAF Awards

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Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson both made the shortlists for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year awards on Wednesday after cleaning up the sprint golds at the Rio Olympics. Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana made the shortlist in recognition of her stunning 10,000 metres victory in Rio. Bolt, a five-time former winner of the award, became the first ...

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