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ATHLETICS Panorama: More history for Bednarek: 19.82 and 44.73 on the same day!

The Kenny Bednarek story just keeps getting better. After running an astonishing – but very wind-aided – 19.49 in the prelims of the 200 m at the National Junior College Championships in New Mexico, he came back on the final day to win the 400 m in 44.73 and then took the 200 m in […]
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ATHLETICS: Lyles edges Coleman in 9.86; six world leads in sensational Shanghai Diamond...

This is more like it! The much-anticipated Diamond League meet in Shanghai delivered with fabulous head-to-head competition and six world-leading marks: ● Men/100 m: 9.86, Noah Lyles (USA) and Christian Coleman (USA) ● Men/5,000 m: 13:04.16, Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) ● Men/400 m hurdles: 47.27, Abderrahmane Samba (QAT) ● Men/Javelin: 87.55 m (287-3), Andreas Hofmann (GER) […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Who is Kenny Bednarek and how did he just run...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● It’s a World Championship year, so crazy things are happening. Like Kenny Bednarek, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College running a wind-aided 19.49 in the prelims of the National Junior College Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico. What? 19.49? What? […]
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LANE ONE: Remembering an under-appreciated Founding Father of track & field: Roberto Quercetani

This is a very personal column, about the lives of a few men who made an enormous difference in sport, and who were my...

ATHLETICS Preview: Coleman vs. Lyles and Samba vs. Benjamin and a lot more...

The 2018 World Championships in Doha (QAT) are a long way off, but this week’s second Diamond League meet has a heavyweight feel to it. The track inside the Shanghai Stadium has been resurfaced and there are more than a dozen thrilling match-ups on paper. The most anticipated: Men ● 100 m: When he’s been […]
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LANE ONE: Suddenly, there is interest in track & field thanks to a...

One way to gauge where a sport stands in importance across the U.S. is how often it is discussed on the parade of television sports talk shows, such as ESPN’s “Around the Horn” or “Pardon the Interruption.” Track & field is almost never mentioned, except maybe during the Olympic Games, which ESPN does not televise. […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: South Africa confirms it will appeal Court of Arbitration holding...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Despite its agreement in June with the IAAF that it would abide by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its filing against the federation’s Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification, Athletics South Africa confirmed that it would […]
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VOX POPULI: Mixed-gender World Relays events were “refreshing, exciting, fun”

¶ Having watched the World Relays, I have a few comments to share with The Sports Examiner and subscribers: ● POSITIVE: Mixed gender relays: refreshing, exciting, fun....

ATHLETICS: U.S. wins five, loses two 4x400s, Jamaica wins nothing at World Relays...

The IAAF World Relays is a fun event, but so is the Demolition Derby. And that’s about what happened at the Yokohama International Stadium in Japan the fourth edition of the IAAF World Relays. The only important races were the 4×100 m and 4×400 m, which offered World Championships qualification to the finalists. And the […]
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ATHLETICS Flash: Roberts beats Holloway in SEC final, matches 13.07 world-leader, plus 6.00...

Even while the IAAF World Relays are ongoing in Yokohama (JPN), the Southeastern Conference Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas has been the performance center of the track & field world. Just today: ● Kentucky’s Daniel Roberts, badly beaten by Florida’s Grant Holloway in the prelims, 13.07-13.31, came back in the final to beat Holloway, 13.07 to […]
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ATHLETICS: U.S. starts World Relays with wins in two oddball Mixed events

The Shuttle Hurdles and 2x2x400 m relays are – at best – fun events for U.S. spring relay meets, but they were front and center as the highlights of the first day of the fourth IAAF World Relays. In front of an announced crowd of 15,000 in the Yokohama International Stadium, these were the only […]
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ATHLETICS Flash: World-leading 13.07 for Grant Holloway in SEC Prelims!

The conditions were perfect at John McDonnell Field at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for the Southeastern Conference Championships, and Florida’s Grant Holloway...

ATHLETICS Panorama: White runs world-leading 10.96; U.S. Conference Champs this weekend; another sub-2:00...

The U.S. collegiate season is reaching its peak beginning this weekend with a mass of conference championships across the country. The early meets have already produced one world-leading mark, a 10.96 women’s 100 m from North Carolina A&T senior Kayla White, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) at Greensboro, North Carolina. To follow the […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Fourth World Relays debut in Yokohama with World Champs qualifying available

The IAAF got onto the relay bandwagon in 2014 when the first World Relays was held in Nassau (BAH) and became an instant hit. The event was fun, fast and different and exposed track & field fans worldwide to the joy of relays already well known in the U.S. After three editions in The Bahamas […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Raelene Boyle rightly calls on the IOC to redress East...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Meeting drew a lot of attention over the weekend, with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach visiting and speaking to the assembly. The delegates – and Bach – also heard from Raelene Boyle, now […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Hot distance running at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Sure, the Diamond League opener in Doha was spectacular, but that wasn’t the only fast running on Friday. The annual American distance spectacular – the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford – once again delivered in style: The expected star of […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Semenya on Semenya: “I keep training. I keep running.”

After her 30th straight victory in the 800 m in a dominant 1:54.99, South Africa’s Caster Semenya gave a short interview for international television. The transcript: Q: “Congratulations. What are your feeling about this win today?” A: “This is an opener. I cannot really tell the feelings. It’s always hard to run, you know, a […]
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ATHLETICS: Eight world leaders, including 1:54.98 for Semenya, in Diamond League opener in...

In front of a tiny crowd in the Khalifa International Stadium, the IAAF’s Diamond League opener for 2019 showcased a brilliant set of events, including eight world-leading marks and a sensational 1:54.98 win in the 800 m for South Africa’s Caster Semenya. The world leaders: ● Men/800 m: 1:44.29, Nijel Amos (BOT) ● Men/1,500 m: […]
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LANE ONE: The Court of Arbitration’s decision against Caster Semenya was about biology,...

Every law school student hears, early in their first year of classes, that “hard cases make bad law.” The narrative of a particular case, the facts involved and the stakes can lead to decisions which do not follow the logic of the law, but produce some tortured conclusion that ends up creating more problems that […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Semenya jumps into Diamond League 800 m in Doha

She wasn’t entered in the entry lists posted on Tuesday, but a day after losing her request for arbitration against the female eligibility rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), South Africa’s Caster Semenya is reported to have entered the women’s 800 m at the Doha Diamond League meet on Friday. Semenya’s agent […]
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