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Gebrselassie worried about future of athletics after Bolt

Apr 10, 2014

Gebrselassie worried about future of athletics after Bolt

Surveying the state of the sport he dominated for so many years, running great Haile Gebrselassie sees a bleak future. Despite the superstar status of Usain Bolt, Gebrselassie is deeply concerned about the shortage of elite-level events with true global appeal for fans and, ...

Sprinter Simpson gets 18-month doping ban

Apr 9, 2014

Sprinter Simpson gets 18-month doping ban

Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson was banned until Dec. 20 after testing positive for a banned stimulant, a disciplinary panel announced Tuesday. The three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said it would soon release its reasons for issuing an 18-month ban, which begins ...

Apr 6, 2014

Bekele triumphs in Paris Marathon

Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won the Paris Marathon on Sunday in his debut at the distance. Bekele completed the 42.2-km race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 3 seconds to break the race record set by Stanley Biwott of Kenya in 2012. ...

Apr 4, 2014

Japan launches national marathon teams

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Call it “Running Samurai” or “Nadeshiko Runners.” Whatever the name, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations launched its national marathon teams on April 1 to try to end Japan’s Olympic drought and win some medals in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. “The gap ...

Mar 29, 2014

Injured Bolt out until mid-June

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, who has suffered a foot injury, will not race again until mid-June at the Ostrava meeting in the Czech Republic. “At the moment, we have confirmed the presence of Usain at Ostrava, Paris and Malmo. We will announce other ...

Mar 9, 2014

Konovalova wins Nagoya Marathon

Russia’s Mariya Konovalova beat Jelena Prokopcuka and defending champion Ryoko Kizaki to win the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on Sunday. Konovalova made her move with around 5 km left and crossed the finish line at Nagoya Dome in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, ...

Worku wins Lake Biwa Marathon

Mar 2, 2014

Worku wins Lake Biwa Marathon

Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku won Sunday’s Lake Biwa Marathon, denying defending champion Vincent Kipruto of Kenya his second straight title. Worku clocked a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 10 seconds in Japan’s oldest annual marathon, which begins and ends at Ojiyama Stadium. Satoru Sasaki ...

Chumba, Tsegaye prevail in Tokyo

Feb 23, 2014

Chumba, Tsegaye prevail in Tokyo

Dickson Chumba won the men’s race at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in a meet record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 42 seconds as Kenyan and Ethiopian runners dominated the event. The 27-year-old Kenyan was followed home by Tadese Tola of Ethiopia at 2:05:57 ...

Feb 2, 2014

Radcliffe rules out quick return

World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has ruled out an immediate return to competitive racing after a spate of injuries and surgery all helped to scuttle her latest ambition to race in this year’s London Marathon. “At this point I don’t know when I ...

Feb 2, 2014

Kiplimo wins Beppu-Oita Marathon

Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda won the Beppu-Oita Marathon, with Masato Imai making a podium finish in second place on Sunday. Kiplimo crossed the tape at Oita municipal athletics field in a career-best time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 23 seconds. Imai, who was known ...