Athletics

Dasor, Eke fail to progress at World Athletics Championships

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Ghana’s Emmanuel Dasor and Nadia Eke’s first taste of the World Championships did not go too well as they could not progress in their respective events. Nadia Eke came 23rd in qualifying for the finals of the women’s triple jump slated for Monday. The defending African champion recorded a distance 13.54 meters which was below the qualifying mark of 14.20 ...

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Nadia Eke keeping her cool ahead of IAAF World Championships

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Ghana’s triple jump queen Nadia Eke says she is unfazed by the pressure of competing at the 2017 IAAF World Championship which begins on August 4. The 24 year-old, who became African Champion in 2016, will be making her debut at the world stage after showing brilliant form throughout the 2017 season. Nadia disclosed in an exclusive interview with Citi ...

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De Grasse out of the World Championships with injury

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(Reuters) – Andre de Grasse, the triple Olympic sprint medalist, has pulled out of the World Athletics Championships in London with injury, boosting Usain Bolt’s chances of a golden swansong. The Canadian was expected to be Bolt’s main rival for his 100 meters crown in the Jamaican’s farewell championship but he suffered a hamstring strain in training on Monday and ...

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Olympic Games: Los Angeles agrees to host in 2028

Legendary sprinter Carl Lewis (second left) won four gold medals when the Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Los Angeles has officially declared its candidature to host the 2028 Olympic Games, leaving Paris to stage the 2024 edition. In June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to name hosts for successive Games – with just Paris and Los Angeles bidding – but it was unclear which would host in which year. Both had wanted to host the 2024 ...

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World Athletics Championships 2017: David Rudisha out with injury

Rudisha set an 800m world record of one minute 40.91 seconds at the 2012 London Olympics (Image credit: Getty Images)

Defending champion and 800m world record holder David Rudisha has pulled out of next month’s World Athletics Championships with a quad muscle strain. The 28-year-old Kenyan said on Twitter it was “sad and disappointing” to miss out on the event, which runs from 4 to 13 August in London. He is only person to ever run under one minute 41 ...

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Russia enters 19 exempt athletes for worlds despite doping ban

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Russia plans to send 19 athletes to the track and field world championships in London next week despite its suspension from international competition for widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the IAAF reviewed their history of drug testing. Maria Lasitskene is the overwhelming favorite to retain her high jump ...

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Usain Bolt to run 100m and 4x100m at World Championships

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Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships in London in August, his final event before retiring. Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist and an icon of world sport, has led one of the most illustrious careers in the history of athletics. “My aim is to win in London. I want to ...

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Nadia Eke appeals for support ahead of World Championships

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US-based Ghanaian athlete, Nadia Chika Eke, has made a passionate appeal to corporate bodies, institutions, philanthropists and individuals to support her financially to enable her prepare adequately to participate in international athletic competitions, particularly, next month’s Athletics World Championship in London. The 24-year-old triple jumper said participating in regular international competitions would not only expose her to compete favourably with ...

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16 Russian athletes cleared by IAAF to compete as neutrals

(C) Long jump world champion Aleksandr Menkov won gold for Russia at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow

Sixteen more Russian athletes have been cleared to compete as neutrals by world athletics’ governing body. The IAAF said the 16 had met the “exceptional eligibility criteria” required to compete. It added it had received more than 150 applications from Russian athletes to compete as neutrals this year and 39 had been approved, while others still remain under review. Russia’s ...

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