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ATHLETICS: Sprinters Asher-Smith and Norman hot in cold Stockholm, but Kipruto runs 26:50.16...

It wasn’t the easiest meet to warm up to, but even with temperatures in the mid-50s, it was the sprint events that shone brightest at the Bauhaus Galen in Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium in the third Diamond League meet of the year. That’s what you would think if you only watched the Diamond League television show, […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Semenya’s appeal of IAAF regulations filed with the Swiss Federal...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● As promised, South Africa’s Olympic 800 m champ Caster Semenya filed an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s approval of the female eligibility regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Deep fields for the Stockholm Diamond League, including U.S. stars Michael...

A deep and talented line-up of veteran stars is getting ready for Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in the famed Olympic Stadium in Stockholm (SWE). It’s impossible to pick the highlight ahead of time, but the loudest cheers will likely be for Swedish discus star Daniel Stahl and the most intriguing races might be the men’s […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: More weightlifting doping positives, new T&F world leaders and the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● Although weightlifting has been fully reinstated into the Olympic sports program for 2024 and beyond, the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a reminder of what imperiled it: doping. The Court’s new Anti-Doping Division issued its first decision on Monday, […]
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LANE ONE: Is swimming climbing toward heaven, or walking the tightrope across the...

Since Rupert Murdoch’s audacious $1.6 billion bid that moved National Football League games from CBS to the new Fox network in 1993, sports television – in the U.S. and elsewhere – has enjoyed a nearly unbroken expansion of ratings and ad sales, and rights fees have steadily increased. Whether that is still the case – […]
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ATHLETICS: World-leading wins for Warner and Johnson-Thompson at Gotzis

It’s no guarantee of success at the World Championships later this year in Doha (QAT), but Canada’s Damian Warner and Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson stamped themselves as strong medal favorites with impressive wins at the 45th Hypomeeting in Gotzis (AUT). For decades, Gotzis has been one of the special venues for the combined events and Warner […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Ochocinco must have missed the Shanghai 100 m!

Seeing stupid posts on Twitter is no surprise, but former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson – a.k.a. “Ochocinco” – posted a doozy on Friday … and Noah Lyles – he of the co-world-leading 9.86 100 m after his rocket finish at the Shanghai Diamond League – tweeted right back: We can go 100 150 200 300 […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Sensational fields in Gotzis for 45th annual Hypomeeting

Outside of the Olympic Games or the World Championships, the annual Hypomeeting in Gotzis (AUT) has been one of the biggest prizes in the decathlon and heptathlon events worldwide. The meet attracts most of the best multi-event stars. For example, in this year’s meet, nine of the top 100 decathletes in history are lined up […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IOC is going to be even more flexible in the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Olympic Games ● The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board received a report on Wednesday from a working group charged with reviewing the procedures for selecting the host city/region/country for the Olympic Games. Its recommendations, which will be offered for approval by the […]
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LANE ONE: Gyarfas responds: “I didn’t commit any crime” plus the day of...

As a result of our Lane One story on Monday about the international aquatics federation – FINA – having an accused murderer as a member of its Board and governing council, and as the Technical Delegate for Artistic Swimming at the forthcoming World Championships in Korea, we heard from … the accused himself. Tamas Gyafas […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Gong stars in Nanning, takes world lead away from Ealey

One of the shocks of the Shanghai Diamond League meet was American Chase Ealey’s victory in the women’s shot over reigning World Champion Lijiao Gong of China. But that was only round one. At the new IAAF World Challenge meet in Nanning (CHN) on Tuesday, Gong was in better form, getting out to 19.84 m […]
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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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