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Kenya’s Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Kenya’s Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

KENYA'S Eliud Kipchoge shattered his own marathon world record on Sunday, winning the Berlin race with a time of 2:01.09 to shave half a minute off his previous world best set in the German capital four years ago. The 37-year-old, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic triumphs and 10 major titles, was in a class of his own, setting a blistering pace along the flat inner-city course on an overcast day to cement his status as the greatest ever marathon runner. "I am happy with my preparation and I think I was so…
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Doping: Nigerian gold medalist suspended

Doping: Nigerian gold medalist suspended

NIGERIAN sprinter Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, who won gold in the 4x100m relay at this year's Commonwealth Games, has been provisionally suspended for the use of banned substances, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday. Nwokocha, 21, ran the anchor leg in Birmingham last month as Nigeria beat England and Jamaica to take gold. "The AIU has provisionally suspended Nigerian runner, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Ostarine & Ligandrol) (Article 2.1 and Article 2.2)," the body said in a statement on Twitter. The AIU has provisionally suspended Nigerian runner, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, for the Presence/Use of…
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Athletics: Kenyans are running for other countries, but that’s not why medals are fewer

Athletics: Kenyans are running for other countries, but that’s not why medals are fewer

THE 2022 World Athletics Championships ended in relative disappointment for Kenya, which continued its decline in the overall medal standings. Since the 2005 championships in Helsinki, when Kenya ranked ninth with only seven medals, the team has been exceptionally consistent. It has ranked in the top three in all subsequent competitions. This year Kenya won 10 medals (two gold, five silver and three bronze), placing it fourth behind hosts the US, Ethiopia and Jamaica. Some countries might toast such an outcome. But not one that ranked first in 2015 with 16 medals and second with 11 medals in both 2017…
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Thompson-Herah and Kiplimo complete golden double to light up Games

Thompson-Herah and Kiplimo complete golden double to light up Games

JAMAICAN sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah romped to victory in the 200 metres and Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo held on to win the men's 5,000m to complete contrasting Commonwealth Games golden doubles at Alexander Stadium on Saturday. After breezing to gold in the 100m on Wednesday, Thompson-Herah made it look easy again coasting home in a Games record time of 22.02 seconds ahead of Nigeria's Favour Ofili and Namibia's Christine Mboma. While the two golds are Thompson-Herah's first individual medals at a Commonwealth Games, the 30-year-old has twice completed the 100/200m sprint double at the Olympics. Kiplimo had used a late kick…
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Israeli Afrifa stuns Tebogo to win 200m at world juniors

Israeli Afrifa stuns Tebogo to win 200m at world juniors

ISRAELI Blessing Akawasi Afrifah stunned favourite Letsile Tebogo to win the men's 200 metres by a whisker in 19.96 seconds at the world under-20 championships in Colombia. Tebogo drew comparisons to Usain Bolt when he coasted to victory in the 100m in a junior world record time of 9.91 on Tuesday but the Botswanan's hopes of a sprint double were dashed by Afrifah in a thrilling final. The 18-year-old, born in Israel to West African parents, stayed close behind Tebogo coming round the bend and a late surge saw him claim the title by six-thousandths of a second in a…
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Tebogo draws Bolt comparisons after showboating to junior record

Tebogo draws Bolt comparisons after showboating to junior record

TEENAGER Letsile Tebogo has attracted comparisons to Usain Bolt after showboating his way to the under-20 100 metres world title in a record time with a scorching run in Colombia. The 19-year-old Botswanan clocked 9.91 seconds to improve the junior world record of 9.94 he set in the heats of the senior world championships last month, but clearly could have gone even faster. Tebogo made a blistering start at Cali's Pascual Guerrero Stadium and coasted through the final 20 metres, turning to gesticulate at silver medallist Bouwahjgie Nkrumie with a huge smile on his face as he cruised to the…
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American Hobbs ends Jamaican dominance in women’s Diamond League 100m

American Hobbs ends Jamaican dominance in women’s Diamond League 100m

AMERICAN Aleia Hobbs won the women's 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, beating Jamaica's Shericka Jackson in a photo finish on Friday. Hobbs won in 10.87 seconds ahead of Jackson (10.88) while Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou was third (10.89). Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, who had won in Eugene and Rabat, was disqualified for a false start while compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a three-times winner this year, pulled out of the final due to a hamstring injury. Hobbs is only the second non-Jamaican sprinter to win a women's 100m title in the Diamond League this year after Britain's Dina Asher-Smith…
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Kiplimo kick extends Uganda domination of Commonwealth Games 10,000m

Kiplimo kick extends Uganda domination of Commonwealth Games 10,000m

JACOB Kiplimo used a devastating late kick to win the Commonwealth Games men's 10,000 metres gold, stepping up in the absence of world champion Joshua Cheptegei to maintain Uganda's domination of the event. Opening night at Alexander Stadium was meant to be highlighted by Cheptegei defending his Commonwealth crown but the Ugandan world record holder opted out to better prepare for the remaining Diamond League races. That left Kiplimo, the Olympic and world bronze medallist, alone to face the three-man Kenyan threat of Kibiwott Kandie, Daniel Ebenyo and Edward Zakayo Pingua. The Kenyans controlled the pace through much of the…
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Amusan reignites shoe technology debate after record-breaking display

Amusan reignites shoe technology debate after record-breaking display

TOBI Amusan's record-breaking performance in the 100 metres hurdles event at the World Championships dragged the spotlight back on shoe technology but the Nigerian said her display had little to do with her footwear. Amusan, who was wearing Adidas Adizero Avanti shoes designed for runners who compete in 5-10 km races, cruised to the 100m hurdles gold in what was announced as a world record 12.06 seconds but later ruled ineligible due to excessive wind speed. She had already broken the world record earlier in the day by running 12.12 in her semi-final at Hayward Field. "My abilities are not…
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Nigeria’s Amusan breaks 100 metres hurdles world record

Nigeria’s Amusan breaks 100 metres hurdles world record

NIGERIA'S Tobi Amusan broke the women's 100 metres hurdles world record in a stunning semi-final effort at the World Championships on Sunday. The record time of 12.12 seconds broke Kendra Harrison's mark of 12.20, as the American finished second in the heat. While most athletes aim to conserve their energy in the semi-final, the 25-year-old Amusan held nothing back at Hayward field, a day after she set the African record in the opening heats. "It is a strong feeling. I wanted to get out and go," she told reporters. "I did what I had to do. Looking forward to the…
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