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Sprinter Fukushima decides to turn pro

/ Jan 20, 2017

Sprinter Fukushima decides to turn pro

Sprinter Chisato Fukushima, the women's 100- and 200-meter national record holder, is to turn professional, her Hokkaido Hi-Tech AC club said Friday. Fukushima left Hokkaido College of High Technology, which runs the athletics club, the same day. Sources close to the matter said the 28-year-old Fukushima ...

/ Jan 4, 2017

Coe backs 'bold' new athletics event

World athletics chief Sebastian Coe threw his support Wednesday behind a new team event spearheaded by Usain Bolt, saying the sport needed "brave, bold ideas" to stay relevant. Nine-time Olympic champion Bolt will headline the inaugural Nitro Athletics in Melbourne next month, captaining the 'All-Stars' ...

/ Jan 4, 2017

IAAF says 200 Russians named in doping report

The world athletics body said Tuesday that it has been sent the names of 200 Russians by international doping investigators who will be checked if they apply to compete as neutral competitors this year. The International Association of Athletics Federations said it had been given ...

Aoyama Gakuin rules Hakone ekiden again

/ Jan 3, 2017

Aoyama Gakuin rules Hakone ekiden again

Aoyama Gakuin University won the Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay for the third straight year Tuesday after completing the two-day race with a lead of more than 7 minutes. Aoyama Gakuin, starting with a 33-second advantage carried over from Monday's first leg from Tokyo's Otemachi ...

/ Dec 29, 2016

Bolt to focus on 100 meters in final season

Jamaican track superstar Usain Bolt plans to concentrate on the 100 meters in the 2017 season, which will bring the curtain down on a glorious career in which he has captured nine Olympic gold medals. "Right now, it's my last season and I have to ...

/ Dec 17, 2016

1972 Olympic discus champion Melnik dies at 71

Faina Melnik, the 1972 Olympic women's discus champion from the Soviet Union, has died, the Russian track and field federation said Friday. She was 71. Melnik won her Olympic gold medal in an event in which the top eight finishers all threw further than the ...

Bolt adjusting training regimen in final season

/ Nov 29, 2016

Bolt adjusting training regimen in final season

Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt dedicated what is set to be his last track season to his fans, with the Jamaican sprint star saying his training regimen was now "more relaxed." However, the 30-year-old insisted Monday that his will to win was undimmed. "It's more relaxed, ...

/ Nov 26, 2016

Hall of Fame coach Huntsman dies

Former U.S. Olympic track coach Stan Huntsman, whose men's team won seven gold medals in the 1988 Games in Seoul, has died. He was 84. University of Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky said the family told the university that Huntsman died Wednesday in Austin. Huntsman ...