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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Lyles to run only 200 m at USATF Nationals; Rakhimov...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Ending considerable speculation, Noah Lyles and his coach confirmed that he would only be contesting the 200 m at the USA Track & Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa at the end of the month. That means he will […]
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WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Japan finishes atop the Universiade medal table in Naples; U.S. wins...

Almost 6,000 athletes from 118 countries attended the 30th World University Games, held in Naples (ITA). Some 222 events were held in 18 sports...

ATHLETICS: World Record for Sifan Hassan, but Gatlin and McLaughlin delivered the heaviest...

Friday’s brilliant Herculis meet in Monaco had a rarity in today’s track & field: a world record, specifically 4:12.44 in the mile by Dutch star Sifan Hassan. But that may not have been the most impressive effort at the Stade Louis II. Hassan broke away from the field with 600 m to go and only […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Noah Lyles ready to sing in Monaco … on and off...

American sprinter Noah Lyles is one of the most electric athletes in all of track & field, now fourth all-time in the 200 m (19.50) and standing equal-second on the 2019 world list in the 100 m (9.86). But he’s hardly just a speedster; he’s also a singer, having released a single with U.S. vault […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: World-leading high jump for Ivanyuk; Coleman 19.91, Taylor 58-10w in Hungary!

With the IAAF World Championships so late in the season, the European season has been especially busy with competitions, and excellent results. At the annual Istvan Gyulai Memorial – named for the former IAAF Secretary-General – in Szekesfehervar (HUN), there were multiple marks of note: ● Russia’s Ilya Ivanyuk won the men’s high jump with […]
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ATHLETICS: Lausanne is Speed City: Lyles, 19:50! Fraser-Pryce, 10.74! Gatlin, 9.92!

There are special athletes whose performances are must-see moments. Jamaica’s iconic Usain Bolt was that way. American Noah Lyles – who will turn just 22 in 13 days – is moving into that class. On a warm night and against a good field in the 200 m at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Lyles looks to regain 200 m supremacy, Roberts makes pro hurdles...

If it’s Sunday, it was Stanford; if it’s Friday, it must be Lausanne, as the eighth of 14 IAAF Diamond League meets gets ready in the Olympic capital. The fields are quite good, with many of the stars from the Stanford meet making the trek to Switzerland. The headline events: ● Men/100 m: This is […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Diack indictment shows corruption on a grand scale; USA Synchro...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The German ARD network managed to obtain a copy of the indictment brought by the French authorities against former IAAF President Lamine Diack, his son Papa Massata Diack and four others associated with them, including the IAAF’s own anti-doping chief, […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: NBC’s Masback says Swiss unlikely to overturn Semenya decision

During Sunday’s Prefontaine Classic telecast on NBC, host Leigh Diffey asked analyst Craig Masback what he thought the outcome of Caster Semenya’s appeal of the IAAF’s female eligibility rules for the 400 m-to-the-mile events to the Swiss Federal Tribunal might be: DIFFEY: “When you were studying your law degree, you did your thesis on the […]
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LANE ONE: On one of track’s best weekends, the sport was humiliated by...

Sunday was a great day for track & field fans, who got to watch two hours of brilliant competition at the Prefontaine Classic, including six world-leading marks, led by a powerful 9.81 100 m by American Christian Coleman over reigning World Champion Justin Gatlin. Moreover, in a meet which was transferred – due to construction […]
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ATHLETICS: Coleman’s 9.81 win over Gatlin highlights six world leaders at Pre Classic

On a brilliant, sunny day at Stanford with a sell-out crowd of 8,128 on hand for the transplanted Prefontaine Classic, the top performance came near the end of the meet when the current World Champion in the 100 m tangled with the likely next World Champion in the event. Justin Gatlin, the man who finally […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Will Claye explodes in Long Beach for 59-6 1/4 win in triple...

Former Florida star Will Claye has been one of the world’s best jumpers for more than a decade, but has been overshadowed by his...

ATHLETICS: Coleman, Norman, Benjamin, Crouser, Thompson all to be challenged at the Pre...

After a week off, the IAAF Diamond League ramps up with four meets in four weeks, starting with the Nike Prefontaine Classic, held this year at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field, while a new Hayward Field is being built. It’s the only Diamond League meet in the U.S. and has a sensational cast for […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: More world leaders for Kirt and Thompson; 100-200 double for Matthew...

The Diamond League won’t resume until this coming Sunday at Stanford, but there was more action over last weekend: ● Estonia’s Magnus Kirt grabbed the world lead in the javelin back in a meet at Kuortane (FIN), setting another national record at 90.61 m (297-3), winning by more than 12 feet! ● Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic […]
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ATHLETICS: World leader for Thiam, huge lifetime best for LePage to win Decastar...

The reigning Olympic and World Champion, Belgium’s Nafi Thiam, scored a personal best in the high jump on the way to a world-leading total of 6,819 to win the Decastar heptathlon in Talence (FRA). Thiam’s total was just six points better than the 6,813 posted by Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR) at Gotzis (AUT) last month. It’s […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: De Grasse beats Coleman 19.91-19.97; Mayer and Thiam in Decastar Talence

A terrific 58th edition of the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava (CZE), despite a late rainstorm that dampened the later events on the program: ●...

THE BIG PICTURE: Russia’s dour Lasitskene suddenly the new voice of Russian T&F

Russia’s superstar high jumper Mariya Lasitskene is the two-time defending World Champion in her event, is no 5 on the all-time performers list at 2.06 m (6-9) and won 45 meets in a row from 2016-18. She’s working on an 11-meet streak right now. Watching her jump, you see very little emotion and a lot […]
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ATHLETICS: Simbine braves the rain for 9.92 win at adidas Boost Boston

The unique “street meet” held in Boston was on Boylstron Street for 2019 and the temporary track proved pretty fast despite enough rain to leave puddles on the track, as shown by South Africa’s Akani Simbine. He showed excellent top-end speed to win the men’s 100 m in a season’s best of 9.92 (wind: +1.1 […]
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ATHLETICS: Sensational 1,500 finds Dibaba ahead of Hassan once again in Rabat Diamond...

/Updated with revised results of the men’s discus/ ~ Now 28, Genzebe Dibaba, Ethiopia’s world-record holder in the 1,500 m, shows no signs of slowing down. The 2015 World Champion authored a special performance on Sunday, outsprinting Dutch star Sifan Hassan for a world-leading 3:55.47-3:55.93 victory to highlight the Rabat Diamond League meet. Dibaba took […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Which Juan of the stars will shine brightest in Rabat on...

The confused IAAF Diamond League schedule started off with about one meet every two weeks, but now finished a stretch of three in 10 days, and then another two weeks off. Sunday’s meet is in Rabat (MAR) for the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme, the only Diamond League stop in Africa. The event received some […]
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