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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
/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 […]
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 […]
News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXVth Olympiad ● International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach (GER) told reporters during a Friday teleconference that the possibility of an award of the 2032 Olympic Games next year – as suggested by Australian IOC member John Coates in […]
There was a buzz about this year’s Bislett Games, in front of a sold-out crowd at Oslo’s famed Bislett Stadium … and it was American teen Sydney McLaughlin whizzing down the final straightaway in the 400 m hurdles. This was the much-anticipated showdown between the 19-year-old McLaughlin, the world leader from 2018, and Rio Olympic […]
You knew track & field was in trouble a couple of years ago when the stands were hardly filled at the Bislett Games in Oslo (NOR), one of the showpiece events in the sport. So last Friday’s announcement was welcome news: “For the first time in our 54-year history there is no tickets left for […]
ATHLETICS: Sensational Rome Diamond League has eight world leaders and Norman over Lyles, 19.70-19.72!
One of the best meets held in Rome since antiquity – ok, maybe since the 1987 IAAF World Championships – had eight world-leading marks,...
The IAAF Diamond League meet in Rome is known as the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, named for the Italian 200 m star of the 1970s, who held the world record at 19.72 from 1979 into 1996 and was the Olympic gold medalist in 1980. So it’s fitting that the race of the meet on Thursday […]
HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Another London weightlifter disqualified, new doping rules about contaminated meat,...
News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The International Olympic Committee announced another doping positive from its re-testing program from the 2012 London Games, and of course it was another weightlifter. Florian Croitoru (ROU), who placed ninth in the men’s 56 kg division, found to have three […]
American jumping star Keturah Orji won eight NCAA championships in her four years at Georgia, seven in the triple jump, where she also won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and finished an unexpected fourth at Rio in her first Olympic Games. Now she’s moved on from her collegiate career and is in the brave new […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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) […]