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ASIAN GAMES: Samba dances to Asian Games record in 400 m Hurdles

Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba dominated the third day of the track & field program at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, winning in a Games record of 47.66. True, it wasn’t close to his stunning 46.98 of earlier this season – no. 2 all-time – but it’s another chapter in an amazing season: eight finals, eight […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: First of two Diamond League Finals in Zurich Thursday

The IAAF Diamond League “preliminaries” are over and the final two meets of the 2018 season come Thursday and Friday at the Weltklasse in Zurich (SUI) and the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels (BEL). The IAAF finally got the format right and used the first 12 meets to qualify athletes to these finals, where it’s […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: New doping lab to be placed in Kenya

Kenya has been one of the countries significantly impacted by doping issues, but a new development may help to convince its athletes that if they cheat, they will be caught. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that in cooperation with the International Athletics Foundation (IAF), the Athletics Integrity Unit and the Lancet Group East Africa, a […]
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Better than Bolt? Noah Lyles isn’t yet, but he’s more entertaining

What will happen to track & field without Usain Bolt? Remember that? The wails following the end of the 2017 World Championships have been replaced with a legion of new stars – even in Bolt’s own events – that can continue the party. Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium will showcase one […]
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ATHLETICS: ’88 OG decathlon champ Schenk admits doping

The 1988 Olympic Decathlon winner, then-East German Christian Schenk, now 53, admitted in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he was doping since at least age 20. A Google translation of his comments included, “For me, [doping] was like reaching the next level, almost a tribute. Getting the pills meant I was on […]
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ASIAN GAMES: Japan’s Ikee wins 50 m Free for eighth medal, sixth gold

The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia still has a week to go, but it will take a stunning turn to keep Japan’s teenage swim star, Rikako Ikee, from being the star of the event. She finished off her Asian Games with a sixth gold medal, winning the 50 m Freestyle in an Asian Games 24.53, […]
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The death of track & field starts next year in Minsk

The just-completed European Championships in Berlin (GER) was the best meet of the year and included four world-leading marks and a sensational 6.05 m (19-10 1/4) victory by Swedish teenager Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault. The Euros, which take place every two years, is the showpiece event for European Athletics, who take great care […]
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ATHLETICS: $17 million for World U-18 Champs missing in Kenya

Kenya was awarded the IAAF World U-20 Champs last month, but maybe there are second thoughts after a report in the Kenyan newspaper, The Nation, that half of the government’s grant for the 2017 World Youth (U-18) Championships was “diverted” and cannot be accounted for. That’s about $17 million U.S., which is being investigated by […]
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ATHLETICS: Baker runs world-leading 9.87 in Poland

Just because he didn’t run in Birmingham doesn’t mean we should forget Diamond League men’s 100 m points leader Ronnie Baker of the U.S. Already the co-world leader with Noah Lyles at 9.88, he did 1/100th better in winning at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Chorzow (POL) on Wednesday in a world-leading 9.87. He crushed […]
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ATHLETICS: Coleman & Miller-Uibo win Birmingham showdowns

The last IAAF Diamond League meet prior to the finals at the end of this month proved to be less than hoped for in terms of marks, but it featured two great sprint races in which American Christian Coleman and Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas shone brightest. The men’s 100 m saw Coleman, who has […]
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ATHLETICS: Happy Birthday to Rafer Johnson!

Not more results, but birthday wishes for one of America’s iconic Olympic champions, Rafer Johnson, who turned 83 on 18 August. Sure, he was the 1960 Olympic Champion in the Decathlon, winning a tight battle with UCLA compatriot C.K. Yang (TPE). But for many people, his biography stops there and that’s wrong. He was also […]
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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS/ ATHLETICS: Ingebrigtsen and Duplantis supreme in Berlin

The stunning men’s pole vault, topped by Mondo Duplantis’s 6.05 m (19-10 1/4) world leader – see more in today’s Lane One – was the highlight of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin (GER), but certainly not the only noteworthy performance. All told, there were four world leaders from the Olympiastadion: Men’s Pole Vault: 6.05 […]
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ATHLETICS: Final “regular-season” Diamond League meet comes to Birmingham Saturday

After three and a half months of running, jumping and throwing, the IAAF Diamond League season will finish its “regular” schedule with the Muller Grand Prix at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham (GBR) on Saturday. The top point scorers will then advance to the two “finals” of the Diamond League season at the Weltklasse im Zurich […]
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LANE ONE: Did you see that a Swedish teenager set an American record...

A marvelous European Track & Field Championships concluded last Sunday in Berlin (GER), with the highlight being the men’s pole vault in which two men cleared the 6 m barrier (19-8 1/4) and the winner set two national records … for two different countries? Huh? It’s just another chapter is the amazing reality show that […]
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ATHLETICS: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart passes at 63

One of the great characters in the professional wrestling ranks who was also an outstanding shot putter – Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart – passed away on 13 August at age 63. Neidhart fell in his home and died shortly thereafter. He was a well-known professional wrestler and part of the Hart Foundation tag team – […]
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Warholm adds European 400 m Hurdles title in Berlin

If you thought that Norway’s World Champion Karsten Warholm, still just 22 years old, would be discouraged by his repeated defeats to Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba on the Diamond League circuit, forget it. He set his 10th national record in the 400 m Hurdles by outlasting Turkey’s defending European Champion, Yasmani Copello (TUR), 47.64-47.81 on Thursday […]
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Russian high jumpers denied permission for int’l competition

The IAAF Doping Review Board has disqualified co-world leader in the men’s high jump, Danil Lysenko, for failing to provide “whereabouts” information to the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit. Athletes who are part of the drug-testing program must provide their locations to the relevant testing authority (AIU for Russia), or be disqualified. So, Lysenko (2.40 m/7-10 […]
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Caster Semenya makes history with African Champs 400 m win

The African Championships in track & field are ongoing in Asaba, Nigeria in a sub-par facility that doesn’t even appear to be completely flat all the way around. No matter, because South Africa’s Caster Semenya made history on Saturday by winning the women’s 400 m in 49.96. The time isn’t close to the world lead […]
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Russian high jumpers denied permission for int’l competition

The IAAF Doping Review Board has disqualified co-world leader in the men’s high jump, Danil Lysenko, for failing to provide “whereabouts” information to the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit. Athletes who are part of the drug-testing program must provide their locations to the relevant testing authority (AIU for Russia), or be disqualified. So, Lysenko (2.40 m/7-10 […]
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Caster Semenya makes history with African Champs 400 m win

The African Championships in track & field are ongoing in Asaba, Nigeria in a sub-par facility that doesn’t even appear to be completely flat all the way around. No matter, because South Africa’s Caster Semenya made history on Saturday by winning the women’s 400 m in 49.96. The time isn’t close to the world lead […]
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