Athletics

Office workers, Olympic hopefuls return to the Tan

Stewy McSweyn wants to come back and break the Tan record. Mark Purvis just wants to come back and race the Tan again. The release from lockdown is delivering a return to normal routines and for many Melburnians that routine includes a run of the Tan. Next year on Anzac Day Eve the first of what is hoped to be an annual race around the Tan will be staged offering

Semenya takes hormones battle to human rights court

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Caster Semenya is taking her legal battle against rules to limit female runners' testosterone levels to the European Court of Human Rights, her lawyers have confirmed. The move was announced just over two months after Switzerland’s supreme court said its judges had dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict

Pistorius documentary trailer sparks fury as Reeva Steenkamp isn't named

A documentary trailer on the life of Oscar Pistorius has sparked anger on social media after it failed to name Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was jailed for 15 years for shooting girlfriend Reeva dead after being found guilty on appeal of murdering the South African model on Valentine's Day 2013. Pistorius claimed his mistook Reeva for an intruder after she had gone to the bathroom in the night when he opened

Shura Kitata stuns Eliud Kipchoge to win London Marathon 2020

Shura Kitata stunned Eliud Kipchoge to win the London Marathon around a sodden St James's Park. As many as 45,000 people are still taking part in the rearranged event by running their own 26.2-mile route. However, Kenya's Kipchoge missed out on a fifth title as Ethiopian Kitata was triumphant in the men's race in a time of 2:05:41, one second ahead of Vincent Kipchumba. Kipchoge dropped off the pace at

Prince Harry sends heartwarming message as London Marathon 2020 gets underway

Prince Harry has offered his support to those taking on the London Marathon with the annual race taking place in an unusual manner. Originally scheduled for April, the contest will take place today in the capital with only elite athletes running through the streets of London. The Duke of Sussex, who is also patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, wished people good luck. He also thanks participants for offering

London Marathon 2020: Kenenisa Bekele pulls out of race over calf problem

“This race was so important to me. My time in Berlin last year gave me great confidence and motivation. “I am sorry to disappoint my fans, the organisers and my fellow competitors. “I will take time to recover and become fit again and I hope to be back in London next year.” Bekele admitted this week that he suffered problems while attempting to run in the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly

World Athletics give Russia’s federation six months extra to submit reinstatement plan

Russia’s suspended athletics federation (RusAF) has been granted a six-month extension to finalise its reinstatement plan before World Athletics decides on potential fresh sanctions or even expulsion, the sport’s global governing body said on Saturday. RusAF was suspended in 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping among track and field athletes. The World Athletics Council said it approved a recommendation from

'Temptation was too great': Grigorieva had the best seat in the house for Freeman's gold

Tatiana Grigorieva is the Arthur Morris of the track, the Grant Hackett of athletics. Like those great athletes, her moment was overshadowed by the significance of history being made around her. Morris was batting with Bradman when he played his last innings. Bradman famously made a duck that day; Morris less famously made 196. Hackett was a generational champion whose timing was such that he coincided with the greatness of

Australia ganged up on Perec. She deserves an apology

If the spirit of the Olympics counts for anything, and if Australia is as big-hearted as it imagines itself to be, one of the ceremonies of this 20th anniversary celebration of the Sydney Games should be an apology to Marie-Jose Perec. You remember her. She was the elegant French runner from Guadeloupe who had won the 400 metres at the previous two Olympic Games, beating our Cathy into second in

Lamine Diack: Former World Athletics president sentenced to prison in France over corruption

Lamine Diack, the former president of athletics’ governing body, has been sentenced to at least two years in prison and fined €500,000 (£457,000) after being found guilty of corruption by the French courts. Diack has been convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and allow them to compete, including at the 2012 London Olympic Games and 2013 Moscow World Championships.   During his