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Fukushima breaks 200-meter national record to complete sprint double

Chisato Fukushima’s stellar national athletics championships continued in Nagoya on Sunday with the sprint star setting a new national record in adding the 200-meter crown to the 100-meter title she won less than 24 hours earlier. Fukushima again dominated her competitors at the 100th edition of the Japan nationals, running ...

Jun 24, 2016

IAAF president Coe downplays split with IOC

IAAF president Sebastian Coe on Thursday downplayed the split with international Olympic leaders over his sport’s decision to bar Russian track and athletes from competing under their own flag, saying the two sides “will work our way through these issues.” “We have to be ...

Sprinter Sani Brown set to miss Rio Games

Jun 22, 2016

Sprinter Sani Brown set to miss Rio Games

Up-and-coming sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown’s hopes of appearing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August are all but over, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Wednesday. A left thigh injury has forced the 17-year-old to withdraw from the national championships — ...

Dibaba's coach arrested after raid produces EPO traces

Jun 21, 2016

Dibaba's coach arrested after raid produces EPO traces

The coach of world 1,500-meter champion Genzebe Dibaba and other long-distance runners was arrested near Barcelona on Monday after Spanish police raided his hotel room and found traces of EPO and other banned substances. Jama Aden, who is from Somalia, was detained along with ...

IAAF denies Coe knew about Russian doping

Jun 17, 2016

IAAF denies Coe knew about Russian doping

The IAAF dismissed allegations Thursday that Sebastian Coe was aware of details of a Russian doping corruption case four months before it became public, or that he enlisted support for his presidential campaign from a key figure in the sport’s current doping scandal. The ...

Bolt clocks 9.88 seconds in Kingston win

Jun 12, 2016

Bolt clocks 9.88 seconds in Kingston win

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt shook off a “horrible start” to win the 100 meters at the Racers Grand Prix athletics meet in 9.88 seconds on Saturday, the second-fastest time in the world this year. “It wasn’t a perfect race, but the good thing was that ...

Pearson struggles at Diamond meet

Jun 6, 2016

Pearson struggles at Diamond meet

With the Rio de Janeiro Olympics only two months away, another gold medal looks a long shot for Sally Pearson. Up-and-coming American Kendra Harrison couldn’t be more ready. In a loaded field for the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Diamond League event in Birmingham ...

Cambridge dreaming of big future

Jun 4, 2016

Cambridge dreaming of big future

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Born to a Jamaican father and a Japanese mother, maybe sprinter Aska Cambridge has a slight edge genetically over most other runners in Japan. But that fact alone isn’t enough to make him an elite athlete. He needs to get physically stronger. In the ...

Jun 4, 2016

Jamaican sprinter Carter fails 2008 doping re-test

Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medalist Nesta Carter has returned a doping violation for a banned stimulant after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Games, two sources familiar with the case told Reuters. The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said in a statement ...

Gatlin not concerned by Zika

Jun 3, 2016

Gatlin not concerned by Zika

Justin Gatlin is already on his way to Rio de Janeiro and he’s not concerned about the Zika virus. After winning the 100 meters at the Golden Gala meet in Rome on Thursday, Gatlin’s next event is a street race in Rio on Sunday. ...

Jun 2, 2016

Bekele slams Ethiopian selectors

Kenenisa Bekele took a swipe at the Ethiopian Athletics Federation on Wednesday after he was left off the marathon team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, calling his exclusion “unjust” and claiming the selection criteria is “biased.” In an interview with The Associated ...