Athletics

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

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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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Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt wins 200m gold, his eighth Olympic gold

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Usain Bolt won the men’s 200m to claim his second Rio 2016 gold, his eighth at an Olympics, and keep alive his hopes of an unprecedented ‘treble treble’. The Jamaican ran 19.78 seconds to come home ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse and France’s Christophe Lemaitre. Britain’s Adam Gemili clocked the same time as Lemaitre, but was denied his first ...

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Rio 2016 OIympics: Ghana’s female 4x100m relay 8th in heats

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Ghana’s female 4x100m relay team finished 8th in the heats of the event in the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The team was made up of Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman and Janet Amponsah. The quartet made a time of 43.37 seconds in a heat that was won by Jamaica in a time of 41.79 seconds.       ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Elaine Thompson wins women’s 200m gold

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Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won Olympic gold in the 200m to complete a sprint double in Rio. Thompson, 24, clocked 21.78 seconds to beat Netherlands’ world champion Dafne Schippers by 0.13sec and add the 200m title to the gold she won in the 100m. USA’s Tori Bowie took bronze in 22.15, while Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 20, ran 22.31 to finish ...

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