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  • Long seen in China as a certainty to defend the 110-metre hurdles gold medal he won at Athens in 2004, Liu now faces added pressure after Cuban Dayron Robles broke his world record in the event in June with a time of 12.87 seconds. Liu’s previous mark was 12.89. “People may think I am under [...]

  • Kenyan teenage phenomenon Pamela Jelimo and Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic are the only two athletes still in with a chance of securing the bonus for going through the six Golden League meetings unbeaten and here in the fourth leg in Paris they will endeavour to go one step nearer to a lucrative payday. Jelimo [...]

  • The 21-year-old, who still hopes to make the 4x400m relay team, ran a personal best of 46.25 seconds but it was still well outside the standard qualifying time of 45.55sec. Pistorius, who had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, could even see his hopes of running in the 4x400m [...]

  • In a recent interview conducted by TV channel SuperSport as part of its build-up to the Games, Ramaala said “Ideally, I would like to get a top three spot. There are three medals on offer and as far as I’m concerned, any colour will do… gold, silver or bronze.” “I expect all the big names [...]

  • “Probably the strongest team we’ve ever sent to the Olympic Games,” Thornton said recently while reflecting on the wild U.S. Olympic trials. “I feel really good about this team.” The trials produced a mixed bag of strong performances, upsets and suspenseful moments. Tyson Gay, the defending world champion in the 100 and 200 metres, will [...]

  • Graham has been banned from participating in any event sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the IAAF, USA Track and Field or any other group that participates in the World Anti-Doping Agency program. He was convicted in May of one count of lying to U.S. government investigators about his relationship to an admitted steroids dealer. [...]

  • Dennis Done, one of the legends of sports writing in KZN, died suddenly in Durban on Monday night. I am deeply saddened. Done was my sports editor when I started my career as a sports journalist in the early 1990’s. Together with the sports editor of the Daily Dispatch , Dave Dennison, the two played a large [...]

  • Gebreselassie, who was named in the Ethiopian squad for the Olympics on Monday, has an injury “between the Achilles tendon and the calf”, said Jos Hermans. “It’s not going well. He can’t run with spikes and he feels a pain when he starts training. But it has nothing to do with his old tendon injuries. [...]

  • Pistorius, a Paralympic world-record holder in the 100 metres, 200m and 400m, has set his sights on competing in the 400m in the able-bodied Olympics but has been under pressure to improve his times after getting the go-ahead to try to qualify for Beijing only two months ago. On Friday, Pistorius missed the Olympic qualifying [...]

  • South Africa’s one silver and two bronze had them finish 21st on the medals table and their overall 14th position was all the more impressive due to the fact there were 150 competing nations. “The athletes made us proud,” said Athletics South Africa (ASA) acting General Manager Molatelo Malehopo. “We never doubted that they would [...]

  • Thumbnail“A bad cold couldn’t stop Keith Court from taking the 2008 Knysna Marathon title. I’m ecstatic,” said Court, 39, of the Mr Price club, after streaking to victory in 2:36:05 ahead of Julie Saaiers (Nedbank RC SWD) and Nicholas Rupanga (MP Celtic) at the 25th Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon. “I’m a bit [...]

  • A Pubic Symphisitis is quite a common overuse injury in runners with weak adductor muscles – the muscles on the inside of the thigh below the groin. The stronger lateral muscles i.e. the hamstrings, glutei and quads normally shorten with lots of hard training, causing an imbalance around the pelvis. This results in abnormal movement and [...]

  • A So you’re looking for an excuse to get running with that fetish you’ve been itching to show the whole world. I’ll tell you the score with the dress-up. The large marathons these days are often linked to charities. It becomes a huge fund-raising effort and, in fact, many of those entrants who are fortunate enough [...]

  • A No, you cannot use your old running shoes to start running in. You have to get a new pair that is right for you. There is no one shoe that is the best shoe. All running shoes are good, but the best one is the one that works for you. The only two pieces of [...]

  • A It is a common mistake for athletes to over-do their high intensity sessions and/or to neglect their endurance ‘quality’. Quality training should be divided into the following: Quality long runs: These are the backbone of your training programme and without them you are wasting your time doing any of the other ‘quality sessions.’ To run a [...]

  • Pierre Weiss, the general secretary of the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, believes that if Pistorius, who runs on carbon fibre blades, takes part in the 4x400m relay, he could be a risk to other runners once they are bunched on the track. “The decision by CAS (the Court of Arbitration in Sport which allowed [...]

  • The 34-year-old met specialists in London for a check-up on a stress fracture of the left femur which was first diagnosed in May. “I’m going back to continue my training – but yes, it is going to be a race against time,” Radcliffe said before heading back to her training camp in the French Pyrenees. [...]

  • Even though late entries will be taken from 5am on the morning of the race, as well as on the Friday night before the race (from 6pm onwards), runners are urged to enter early to secure their place in this popular race. The event takes place in and this year’s event starts and finishes at [...]

  • With that fast time he climbed from 12th to third place on the 2008 World Best Performance list and for the first time this year he looked like the star athlete he is and a definite contender in Beijing. His winning time was the seventh best of his career and faster than his best of [...]

  • Mulaudzi ran a well-judged 800m and was leading before he was overtaken by Amine Laalou of Morocco shortly before the line to finish a narrow second to Laalou’s 1 minute 44.61 seconds. It was Mulaudzi’s fourth-fastest time of the season. Oosthuizen, a javelin finalist in Osaka last year, who had been out of action for [...]

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