Athletics

Redemption for Makwala at African Championships

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African 400m record-holder Isaac Makwala went to the recent Commonwealth Games as one of Botswana’s best hopes for a medal, but missed out on making the final by 0.02. On Tuesday (12), the third day of action at the African Championships in Marrakech, however, he made no such mistakes. Makwala was fastest in the heats and semi-finals and duly led ...

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More gold medals and records for Okagbare at African Champs

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Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, fresh from winning the Commonwealth Games sprint double just two weeks ago, showed no signs of tiredness as, just like in Glasgow, she won the 100m in a championship record. This time, not only did she face double world silver medallist Murielle Ahoure, but she also had to contest with a stiff -1.4m/s headwind. She dealt with ...

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Mo Farah was airlifted to hospital after collapse

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Mo Farah has revealed he had to be airlifted to hospital after collapsing following a training run. The Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, who competes at this week’s European Championships in Zurich, says the incident forced him to miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “I had a tooth taken out and it got infected. I went for a run, came ...

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Mo Farah eyes Great North Run victory on his 2014 return

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Olympic and world champion Mo Farah will race at the 2014 Great North Run half-marathon looking to go one better than last year’s second-place finish. Farah, 31, won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 and Moscow 2013 but was pipped to GNR success by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele. “I would like to come back and win this year,” ...

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Kiplagat and Keitany to clash at Great North Run

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Two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat will have a score to settle on 7 September when she attempts to complete another famous double at the Bupa Great North Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The 34-year-old Kenyan ran her way into the record books when she won the marathon at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow, becoming the ...

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This was my first and last Commonwealth games – Bolt

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Usain Bolt completed his medal collection by winning Commonwealth gold in the 4×100 metres relay on Saturday night and then announced this would be his first and last appearance at the Games. It was not another alleged dig at Glasgow, which Bolt insisted put on a ‘great competition’ despite the weather, but an acceptance that the quickest man in history ...

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Commonwealth Games 2014 by numbers

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The Commonwealth Games has drawn to a close after 11 days, 174 medals and 71 nations. Here are the other numbers which made the games what they were: 30,000 – Number of towels in use at the Games 1 – Athlete who won gold after learning his sport on YouTube (Julius Yego from Kenya in the javelin) 62 – Percentage ...

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Athletics Australia launches Commonwealth Games review

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Athletics Australia has launched a board level review into all aspects of the Commonwealth Games after the embarrassment of the Eric Hollingsworth affair. Athletics Australia president David Grace QC has called on all athletes to put their names to specific claims rather than hiding behind anecdotes and innuendo in a survey that will be given to all athletes about the ...

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Botswana’s Amantle Montsho fails drugs test after 400m final

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Former world and Commonwealth 400m champion Amantle Montsho has become the second athlete to fail a drugs test at Glasgow 2014. Montsho, of Botswana, came into these Commonwealth Games as the reigning 400m but missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in Tuesday’s final as Stephanie McPherson led a Jamaican clean sweep. The 31-year-old has now been suspended from all ...

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