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Olympic decathlon champion Eaton retires

Two Olympic decathlon gold medals. Rewriting the world record not once but twice. Ashton Eaton really can’t envision accomplishing much more in an event that comes with the label of world’s greatest athlete. So, he’s stepping away less than three weeks shy of his 29th birthday. Eaton and heptathlete Brianne ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aoyama Gakuin takes first leg of Tokyo-Hakone ekiden

Jan 2, 2017

Aoyama Gakuin takes first leg of Tokyo-Hakone ekiden

Aoyama Gakuin University won the first leg of the two-day Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay Monday, taking the outward half of the race for the third straight year. Five runners from Aoyama Gakuin, aiming for its third consecutive overall title, clocked a combined 5 ...

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 ...

Ethiopian running legend Miruts Yifter, 72, passes away

Dec 23, 2016

Ethiopian running legend Miruts Yifter, 72, passes away

Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend who inspired world-class athletes like Haile Gebreselassie, has died in Canada at age 72, his family and Ethiopian Athletics Federation officials told the Associated Press on Friday. The athlete known widely by the nickname “Miruts the Shifter” won ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...