Tag Archives: Athletics

Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson up for IAAF Awards

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Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson both made the shortlists for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year awards on Wednesday after cleaning up the sprint golds at the Rio Olympics. Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana made the shortlist in recognition of her stunning 10,000 metres victory in Rio. Bolt, a five-time former winner of the award, became the first ...

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US sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter, 15, shot dead in Kentucky

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Ms Gay was hit during an exchange of fire between two cars

Former world champion sprinter Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky, police say. Police in Lexington said Trinity Gay was hit in the neck during an exchange of fire between two vehicles in a restaurant car park. She was taken to hospital where she later died, local media reported. Mr Gay, ...

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Jessica Ennis-Hill: Great Britain heptathlete retires from athletics

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Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won heptathlon gold for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, has retired from athletics. The 30-year-old had hinted at retirement after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in August. In a post on social media, Ennis-Hill – also a double world champion – said it was “one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to ...

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SA Paralympian Tyrone Pillay fury at airline over prosthesis

Tyrone Pillay received a bronze medal at the men's shot put final in Rio (Image credit: AFP)

A South African Paralympic shot-putter has hit out at South African Airways for refusing to allow him to board with his prosthetic leg. Bronze medallist Tyrone Pillay says he was prevented from boarding an internal flight from Johannesburg to Durban as he made his way back from Brazil. On Twitter, the athlete called the airline “disrespectful”. South African Airways says ...

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Media Launch of 2016 Millennium Marathon held in Accra

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The 2nd edition of the Millenium Marathon will be happening in Accra on the 3rd of September and it will cover a distance of 21 kilometres. The race will start and finish at the Independence Square and over 40,000 athletes from in and outside Ghana are expected to be part of the event. Speaking at the media launch, the Chief Director ...

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29th Accra Milo Marathon launched

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The 29th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon was launched in Accra on Wednesday. The annual race has been organised by the Dansoman Keep Fit Club and supported by Nestle Ghana Limited for the last 28 years and they are continuing that association for another year. The event took place at the premises of the Nestle Ghana Limited and it ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: US and NZ runners help each other

New Zealand's Hamblin (left) encourages the injured D'Agostino after the American had helped her earlier (Image credit: Reuters)

An American runner has been praised as a true Olympian after stopping mid-race to help a fallen rival on to her feet. Abbey D’Agostino helped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin who was lying dazed on the track after the two entangled and fell in the 5,000m heats in Rio. “Get up. We have to finish this,” D’Agostino told her. It was ...

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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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Emmanuel Dasor “excited” at Olympic Games qualification

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Ghanaian 200m runner, Emmanuel Dasor, has expressed his joy at finally getting a place in next month’s Rio Olympic Games. Dasor managed to add his name to the list of participants last week Friday at the final athletics competition held at the Cape Coast Stadium. The event was organised by the Ghana Athletics Association and athletes from Burkina Faso and ...

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