Athletics

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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Mo Farah wins 3,000m at Anniversary Games in London

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Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah enjoyed the perfect tune-up ahead of the World Championships with a trademark victory in the 3,000m at the Anniversary Games. The 34-year-old was pushed hard by Spain’s Adel Mechaal, but his final-lap pace proved decisive as he came home in seven minutes 35.15 seconds. Farah will attempt a third successive world 5,000m-10,000m double in August. ...

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Mo Farah was suspected, then cleared, of doping by IAAF expert

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Mo Farah was apparently suspected of doping on one occasion by an expert enlisted by the IAAF, the athletics world governing body, after his biological passport flagged up unusual results. But the documents suggest the International Association of Athletics Federations was later satisfied that the four-times Olympic champion was running clean after further testing. The athlete biological passport (ABP) was introduced in 2009 ...

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Usain Bolt wins final 100m race in Jamaica in emotional farewell

Bolt holds the 100m world record with a time of 9.58 seconds (Image credit: Getty Images)

Usain Bolt marked an emotional farewell at a sell-out stadium in Jamaica by winning his final 100m on home soil. The 30-year-old will bring down the curtain on his illustrious career when he retires in August after the World Championships in London and began his goodbye in front of 30,000 adoring fans in Kingston. An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt ...

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Dasor pleads with government for funding support for athletes

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One of Ghana’s athletes hoping to make it to the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, Emmanuel Dasor,  says that the government should make funds available for him and his colleagues so they can prepare well for the Championships and other international events. Dasor is in the United States on scholarship at the Western Kentucky University and he has been ...

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