Athletics

Rio Olympics 2016: Alex Amankwah finishes 7th in 800m heats

Alex Amankwah in action during the heats

Ghana’s Alex Amankwah could not progress to the latter stages of the men’s 800m event after he finished 7th in the heats. Amankwah, whose heat was the 6th, started the race well and was fourth at a point in the race but he could not put together a good finish. He fell behind and eventually finished last after Abdelati El ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Kenyan coach John Anzrah sent home after posing as athlete

Kenya coach John Anzrah was allegedly carrying 800m runner Ferguson Rotich's (above) accreditation (Image credit: Getty Images)

A Kenyan athletics coach has been sent home from Rio after posing as an athlete and giving a urine sample. Kenya said sprint coach John Anzrah “presented himself” as 800m medal hope Ferguson Rotich and “even signed the documents” for the doping test. “We cannot tolerate such behaviour,” said Kip Keino, chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya. Rotich, ...

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“Success, not per diem, is our focus in Rio”- John Ampomah

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Ghanaian javelin thrower and captain of team Ghana at the Rio Games, John Ampomah, has said that his and his team-mates are not focused on money but rather on doing well in their respective events. His comments follow certain media reports that the athletes are complaining of the non-payment of their per diems since their arrival in Rio. Ampomah says ...

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Usain Bolt: I’ll win all three gold medals at Rio 2016

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Usain Bolt, the most decorated sprinter of all time, is oozing with confidence as he edges closer to realizing his “Triple-Triple” gold medal dream at the Olympic Games in Rio. Speaking exclusively to CNN’s Amanda Davies, the world’s fastest man, who turns 30 on August 21 — the final day of the Olympics — is certain he’ll finish in top ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt calls for faith but questions if rivals are drug free

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Usain Bolt has defended athletics at a news conference that featured a dance troupe and a rapping Norwegian. Amid the razzamatazz, the six-time Olympic champion, 29, made a serious point about the future of the sport. The run-up to the Games was dominated by Russia’s doping scandal, while American rivals Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt have served drug bans. “People ...

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Rio Olympic Games: Flings Owusu-Agyapong named Ghana’s flag bearer

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Sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong, will carry the Ghana flag during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games which starts on Friday, August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 27-year-old sprinter qualified for the games in April. She will lead the team together with javelin thrower John Ampomah who has been named team’s captain. Owusu-Agyapong, like the other 15 members ...

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Beatrice Gyaman optimistic of relay team’s chances

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Ghanaian female athlete Beatrice Gyaman who is part of the much talked about 4 x 100 relay team for the Rio 2016 Olympics believes she and her teammates are capable of pulling off a memorable performance at the games. The 29 year old believes the hard work put in will pay off for them. Gyaman who specializes in the 100 ...

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Team Ghana leave for Rio

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Some members of Ghana’s Olympic contingent have departed the country for Brazil ahead of the much anticipated Rio Olympics which begin on August 5. The cost of the journey as well as a number of logistics have been catered for by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). It is expected that the other half of Ghana’s contingent who are based ...

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Sports Minister ‘cautiously’ optimistic ahead of Rio 2016 Games

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Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, says he will have measured hopes ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which start on August 5. According to him, Ghana’s athletes have got huge potential but they will up against some of the best across various disciplines in the Games and so, realistically, the nation’s athletes will have a tough time in Brazil. ...

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Rio 2016: Yuliya Stepanova challenges IOC ruling on doping ban

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Doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova has questioned the “unfair” decision by the International Olympic Committee to ban her from the Rio Olympics. The 800m runner’s testimony helped shed light on the scale of doping in Russian sport, and she was to compete under a neutral flag in Rio next month. But the IOC ruled that she should not be allowed to ...

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