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Kipchoge captures marathon title; Lilesa makes statement

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya smiled as he crossed the finish line and later directed cheering fans from the podium. The one color of Olympic medal he lacked in his illustrious career finally has been captured. Kipchoge grabbed the lead in the marathon Sunday around the 35-km mark and finished off ...

Aug 21, 2016

Russian shot putter Kolodko stripped of London silver

For the third time in a week, Russia was stripped of a track-and-field medal Saturday after another athlete tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from previous Olympics. Evgenia Kolodko was disqualified and stripped of the silver medal in the women’s shot put ...

U.S. men, women run to victory in 4x400

Aug 21, 2016

U.S. men, women run to victory in 4x400

Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt are savvy track stars who’ve been around long enough to know that not everything always goes to plan. But over the final 30 minutes of Saturday’s topsy-turvy night at the Olympic track, both Americans came away with the prizes ...

Arai gets bronze in walk after controversy, appeals

Aug 20, 2016

Arai gets bronze in walk after controversy, appeals

Hirooki Arai, who was disqualified after crossing the line in third place in the men’s 50-km race walk at the Rio Games on Friday, ended up being awarded the bronze medal after the Japan team lodged a complaint. Race officials had disqualified Arai for ...

Bolt celebrates by throwing javelin

Aug 20, 2016

Bolt celebrates by throwing javelin

How did Usain Bolt celebrate winning a ninth Olympic gold medal? He went into a darkened Olympic Stadium, surrounded by volunteers — and started throwing a javelin. Really. After his news conference ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning following Jamaica’s triumph in ...

Cheruiyot passes Ayana to win 5,000 in Olympic record

Aug 20, 2016

Cheruiyot passes Ayana to win 5,000 in Olympic record

Hot favorite Almaz Ayana suddenly slumped in the final stages, allowing Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya to surge past and win the women’s 5,000 meters in an Olympic record on Friday night. That gave Cheruiyot revenge for her second-place finish behind the Ethiopian in the ...

Bolt blasts to third straight Olympic gold in 200 meters

Aug 19, 2016

Bolt blasts to third straight Olympic gold in 200 meters

Usain Bolt won a third successive Olympic 200-meter gold medal on Thursday night to keep his hopes of an unprecendented “triple-triple” alive and deliver a perfect tonic to the doping-tainted world of track and field. The victory in his favored event was Bolt’s 13th ...

Thompson wins 200 to take sprint double

Aug 18, 2016

Thompson wins 200 to take sprint double

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson sealed an Olympic sprint double after scorching to victory in the women’s 200-meter final on Wednesday night. Thompson, who won the 100 crown on Saturday, timed a season’s best of 21.78 seconds to trump Dutch favorite Dafne Schippers, who took the ...