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First black woman to win Olympic gold dies at 90

The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis’ death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic ...

Bahamas pulls off huge upset in 4x400 relay

Aug 12, 2012

Bahamas pulls off huge upset in 4x400 relay

by Ed Odeven

Turkey had a surprising 1-2 finish in the women’s 1,500 to steal some of the spotlight from two of Friday night’s marquee events: the women’s 5,000, featuring a star-studded cast of world-class runners, and the women’s 4×100 relay at the Olympic Stadium. Asli Cakir ...

Bolt completes historic sweep with 200 victory

Aug 11, 2012

Bolt completes historic sweep with 200 victory

by Ed Odeven

Jamaica had a run for the ages on Thursday. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir completed a sweep in the 200-meter final at the Olympic Stadium. A self-proclaimed “Living Legend,” Bolt conquered the seemingly unconquerable as he completed the sprint double, defending the ...

Gelana breaks Takahashi's record in marathon

Aug 7, 2012

Gelana breaks Takahashi's record in marathon

Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana broke Naoko Takahashi’s Olympic record to upset the Kenyan runners and win the women’s marathon in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 7 seconds Sunday. It was another dour Olympics for Japanese women’s marathoners as Ryoko Kizaki was the highest finisher in ...

Britain savors golden night on track

Aug 6, 2012

Britain savors golden night on track

by Ed Odeven

It was a glorious night for British athletics. The 80,000 spectators at Olympic Stadium and millions watching around the nation will never forget what they saw. Within a remarkable hour of competition, Greg Rutherford captured Great Britain’s first Olympic men’s long jump medal since ...

Murofushi advances to hammer final

Aug 5, 2012

Murofushi advances to hammer final

by Ed Odeven

So far, so good. Koji Murofushi, the reigning world champion, qualified second for the men’s hammer throw final Friday at Olympic Stadium. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist had a season-best toss of 78.48 meters to finish atop Group A in qualifying. Hungary’s Krisztian Pars ...

Jul 30, 2012

Report: Radcliffe to miss marathon

British veteran Paula Radcliffe will be forced to pull out of the marathon at the London Games due to injury, probably spelling the end of her Olympic career, a newspaper reported late Saturday. Radcliffe, 38, has been struggling for fitness since a foot injury ...

Jul 29, 2012

Simon to make history

Regardless of the result, veteran Romanian runner Lidia Simon will break a record when she takes her first stride in the London Olympic women’s marathon on Aug. 5. The 2001 world champion will become the first woman to compete in five Olympic marathons since ...

Isinbayeva eyes gold after series of setbacks

Jul 16, 2012

Isinbayeva eyes gold after series of setbacks

Russia’s pole vault world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva is confident of soaring to new heights at the Olympics after suffering a series of setbacks in the last three seasons. Isinbayeva heads to London boosted by gold in the 2012 World Indoor Championships and happy she ...

Quest for 200 gold pushes Felix into 100

Jun 23, 2012

Quest for 200 gold pushes Felix into 100

Allyson Felix, hungry for Olympic gold at 200 meters after back-to-back silver medals, will skip defending her U.S. 400-meter crown to attempt a 100-200 double at the U.S. Olympic Trials. And while the 26-year-old sprinter would love to pull off the double at the ...