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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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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Tough times for Jamaican track … off the field?

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Uneasy signs for the sport in Jamaica, where this weekend’s Jamaica International Invitational – an IAAF World Challenge meet – was canceled for lack of funding. Jamaica Athletics president Dr. Warren Blake said in a statement, “We have managed to run […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Diamond League season opens at the site of the World Champs...

The IAAF outdoor season starts in earnest on Friday with the Diamond League opener in Doha (QAT) in the Khalifa International Stadium that will host the World Championships in September. That makes this meet a little more interesting, not to mention the follow-up on the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to allow the IAAF’s […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds IAAF regulations on applicable levels...

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the requests for arbitration by Athletics South Africa and two-time Olympic 800 m champion Caster...

ATHLETICS Panorama: More world leaders, including from Mondo Duplantis and Shaunae Miller-Uibo

There was a lot of action in addition to the Penn and Drake Relays, and the London Marathon over the weekend, including more world leaders: Men: ● Pole Vault: 5.94 m (19-5 3/4), Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Women: ● 100 m: 11.10 (=), Jenna Prandini (USA) ● 200 m: 22.53, Jenna Prandini (USA) ● 400 m: […]
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ATHLETICS: Kipchoge runs second-fastest marathon ever to take fourth London Marathon title

He is the finest marathon runner of all time. That’s about all you can say about Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who essentially led from start to finish at the 39th London Marathon and authored the second-fastest time in history at 2:02:37. From the start, Kipchoge was part of the lead pack of about nine runners, and […]
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ATHLETICS: Roberts upsets McLeod, Nilsen beats Kendricks, Harrison 12.65w in frigid Drake Relays

A weekend that should have been filled with fun was a victim of weather as wind took down some of the relay marks at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and winter-esque conditions turned the Drake Relays into more of a survival exercise than a celebration of track & field. In Des Moines, Saturday’s conditions featured […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Unbeatable Kipchoge looks for fourth London Marathon title

The usual preface to any marathon is that it’s “unpredictable.” Not when Eliud Kipchoge is running. The Kenyan star finally claimed the world record last year with his stunning 2:01:39 performance in Berlin, and at age 34, appears ready to continue to dominate the marathon scene. Consider: ● He has ran 11 career marathons and […]
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LANE ONE: Planning your time off for 2020 yet? How about U.S. Trials...

With the announcement of St. Louis, Missouri as the site for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for men and women, the United States Olympic Committee – and its television partner, NBC – have assembled two weeks of continuous Olympic Trials action for next June. Over the course of almost a year, four U.S. Trials events […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: More world leaders at Asian Champs; Drake and Penn Relays this...

A lot going on everywhere around the world in track & field: ● Doha: Four golds for Salwa Eid Naser at Asian Champs in Doha The Asian Championships finished in Doha (QAT) with Salwa Eid Naser (BRN) collecting four golds, including a 200/400 double and a come-from-behind anchor win in the 4×400 m relay. After […]
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