Athletics

Rio Paralympics 2016: Opening ceremony seems Brazil president booed

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Brazilian president Michel Temer was booed as the 2016 Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro to a backdrop of colour, music and a powerful message of inclusivity. Thousands of performers were involved either side of the two-hour procession of competing countries at the Maracana. Competition begins on Thursday, when Britain’s Dame Sarah Storey can become the most successful female ...

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HFC Bank present items to GES ahead of National Youth Sports Festival

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This year’s National Youth Festival which will see top talent from around the country compete in various disciplines has received a huge boost following the decision of HFC Bank,A member of Republic Financial Holdings Limited of Trinidad and Tobago to support with kit and trophies. The Bank reached an agreement with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to support the festival for ...

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Media Launch of 2016 Millennium Marathon held in Accra

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The 2nd edition of the Millenium Marathon will be happening in Accra on the 3rd of September and it will cover a distance of 21 kilometres. The race will start and finish at the Independence Square and over 40,000 athletes from in and outside Ghana are expected to be part of the event. Speaking at the media launch, the Chief Director ...

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Rio Paralympics 2016: Russia banned after losing appeal

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Russia will not compete at next month’s Paralympics in Rio after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) upheld the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) ban on all Russian competitors. The IPC made the decision in light of the McLaren report, which detailed a state-sponsored doping programme operated by Russia. The ...

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Flings Owusu Agyapong urges for investment in sports

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Ghanaian sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong  has called for more investment into athletics if Ghana will succeed in international competitions. Ghana did not win any medal in athletics in the just-ended  Rio Olympic Games and it marked 40 years since the last medal won in track and field in the Games. Countries like the United States and Great Britain have seen success ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

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The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade. “These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: USA women get reprieve after baton drop

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 re-run - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. Allyson Felix (USA) of USA and teammates English Gardner (USA), Morolake Akinosun (USA) and Tianna Bartoletta (USA) react after they qualified. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Defending champions United States reached the women’s Olympic 4x100m relay final at the second attempt after dropping the baton in their heat. The Americans ran on their own in the Olympic Stadium after successfully arguing they were obstructed in the first race earlier on Thursday. They ran 41.77 seconds to beat the time set by eighth-fastest China. Britain were second ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Ashton Eaton retains decathlon title to match Daley Thompson

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American Ashton Eaton has become the second man to retain the Olympic decathlon title, winning in Rio to emulate Great Britain’s Daley Thompson. The 28-year-old world record holder equalled the Olympic record – set by Czech Roman Sebrle at Athens 2004 – by scoring 8,993 points in Rio. France’s Kevin Mayer took silver with 8,834, while Canada’s Damian Warner secured ...

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