Athletics

  • CWG 2014: 71 countries, 4500 athletes, 261 medals to be won 4 hours 4 minutes ago

    The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games begin on Wednesday in Glasgow, where Queen Elizabeth II will open the 11-day sporting extravaganza at a glittering ceremony beginning 0030 IST. Around 4500 athletes from 71 countries have descended in Glasgow to be part of the biggest sporting event after the Olympics...
  • CWG 2014: Keshorn Walcott warms up for Glasgow Games with gold in Poland 9 hours 57 minutes ago

    Sopot: Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott warmed up for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by capturing gold in the men's javelin at the Janusz Sidlo Memorial meet here. Walcott produced the fifth best throw of his career to land the spear 82.90 metres to eclipse his European competitors, reports CMC. The runner-up, Poland's...
  • Jamaica sprinter Blake out for season after surgery 11 hours 15 minutes ago

    Jamaica's double Olympic sprint silver medallist Yohan Blake has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing a surgery on an injured hamstring, coach Glen Mills said on Tuesday. The 24-year-old sustained the injury in the 100 metres at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11. "Right now...
  • Commonwealth Games 2014: India aim for top-three finish in Glasgow 23 hours 11 minutes ago

    Glasgow: The unprecedented success achieved in the last edition would be hard to replicate this time after the dropping of a few disciplines but upbeat after getting back in the Olympic fold, a 215-strong Indian contingent would nonetheless seek a top-five finish in the 20th Commonwealth Games which begin here...
  • India's 4x100m relay women team aiming to win a medal at CWG 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Indian women's 4x100m relay team will leave for Glasgow on Monday, hoping to clinch a medal at the 20th Commonwealth Games which gets underway on July 23. The Indian 4x100m women's relay team surprised everyone at the 2010 Delhi CWG by winning the bronze against all odds.Two members...
  • Athletics team of India for Glasgow CWG pruned down to 33 July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has decided to prune down the number of track and field participants in the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games from the original 41 to 33, leaving out controversial triple jumper Renjith Maheswary and the six-member men's 4x100m relay team. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had already...
  • Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have suspensions cut July 15, 2014

    Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have had their 18 month drug suspensions cut to six months and are free to continue competing, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday. "The CAS decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six months, which has been already served,"...
  • Commonwealth Games 2014: The complete list of Indian athletes for Glasgow July 14, 2014

    India will field a strong 224 member contingent, their second largest ever, in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3, with athletics forming the biggest squad of 41. The sports ministry has cleared the 224 athletes from 14 sporting disciplines, including seven para-athletes, at...
  • Yohan Blake's injury woes continue as he pulls up in Glasgow July 12, 2014

    Yohan Blake's injury troubles hit a new low as he pulled up during the 100 metres at Friday's Diamond League meeting in Glasgow. Blake's race ended after 60 metres with the Jamaican clutching his hamstring in obvious pain as his compatriot Nickel Ashmeade went on to win in 9.97 seconds, pipping...
  • Defence team closes case in Oscar Pistorius murder trial July 8, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius' defence team wrapped up its case in the murder trial of the Olympic and Paralympic athlete on Tuesday and the court adjourned for a month to allow the legal teams to prepare and submit their closing arguments. Pistorius, who had his lower-legs amputated as a baby, could face life...
  • World-class sprinters are born, not made June 27, 2014

    London: From Helen Stephens, a 1936 Olympian, to the latest sprinting sensation Usain Bolt, every world-class sprinter was recognised as exceptionally fast prior to beginning formal training, says a new research. Exceptional speed prior to formal training is a prerequisite for becoming a world-class sprinter, the findings showed. "Our point is not...
  • Bolt seeks exemption to compete at Commonwealth Games June 27, 2014

    Six time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has made himself available for the Jamaican relay teams at next month's Commonwealth Games, providing organisers with a potential boost for the multi-sport event's profile. Bolt has not competed at all this season due to injury and has asked for a medical exemption from...
  • IAAF will not appeal Gay's one-year doping ban June 27, 2014

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not appeal the one-year ban handed down to Tyson Gay for doping which has put the United States's second-place finish in the 4x100 metres relay at the 2012 London Olympics in jeopardy. Gay, the world's joint second fastest man, was banned for one...
  • Manchester United sign midfielder Ander Herrera from Bilbao June 26, 2014

    Manchester: Manchester United have signed midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, the first summer recruit since Louis van Gaal took charge of the struggling club. The 24-year-old Herrera will join on a four-year contract after he receives an international transfer certificate. United says it triggered a buyout clause in Herrera's contract. Herrera...
  • Athletic Bilbao reject Manchester United's bid for Herrera June 26, 2014

    Athletic Bilbao have rejected a bid from Manchester United for midfielder Ander Herrera, the La Liga club said on Thursday. "The Athletic Club wishes to report that this week it rejected an offer from Manchester United FC, estimated at 36 million euros ($49.01 million), to transfer the federation and economic rights...
  • India to bid for 2019 Asian Games June 11, 2014

    India has set its sights on the 2019 Asian Games to be staged in New Delhi, a sporting spectacle it hopes will demonstrate the Narendra Modi-led NDA government's organising capabilities and restore the country's image spoiled by the scandal-ridden 2010 Commonwealth Games, according to report in the Hindustan Times. Sources in...
  • Triple jumper Arpinder Singh breaks national record, qualifies for Commonwealth Games 2014 June 8, 2014

    Lucknow: Arpinder Singh of Punjab smashed the national record in men's triple jump with a stupendous jump of 17.17m to win gold and qualify for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on the concluding day of the 54th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships on Sunday. 21-year-old Arpinder erased Renjith Maheswary's earlier national record...
  • Usain Bolt pulls out of Paris, Ostrava June 7, 2014

    London: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has delayed his debut on the international circuit this season, after pulling out of the Ostrava Golden Spike and Paris Diamond League. The World and Olympic champion announced he would miss the June 17 outing in the Czech Republic and the July 5 Meeting Areva at...
  • Sudha's silver in 2013 Asian Athletics upgraded to gold May 27, 2014

    Long distance runner Sudha Singh's silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase event at the 2013 Pune Asian Athletics Championships is set to be upgraded to gold after Ruth Jebet, who won the race, was declared ineligible to represent Bahrain on nationality grounds by the world governing of the sport, IAAF. Kenya-born...
  • Asafa Powell wants 18-month ban shrunk to three months May 27, 2014

    Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell could yet compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, if his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against an 18-month doping ban proves successful. The 31-year-old was handed a backdated 18-month ban in April. It is due to end...
  • Kenyan men break 4x1500 metres relay world record May 26, 2014

    Kenya broke the world record in the infrequently run men's 4x1500 metres relay, clocking 14 minutes 22.22 seconds at the IAAF World Relays on Sunday. The team, with double world champion Asbel Kiprop on anchor, eclipsed the previous world record of 14:36.23 a Kenyan team set in 2009. The United States finished...
  • Yohan Blake back in form, leads Jamaica to 4x100 relay title May 26, 2014

    Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake made it a perfect trip to the inaugural IAAF World Relays as he anchored Jamaica to a triumphant run in the 4x100 metres relay on Sunday. A night after leading a Jamaican team to a world record in the 4x200 relay, Blake brought his countrymen home...
  • Sprinter Yohan Blake eyes Yorkshire cricket switch May 16, 2014

    Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake revealed on Friday that he would like to play for English county cricket team Yorkshire when he ends his athletics career. "I'm OK, you know. I can make the England team," the 24-year-old double Olympic silver medallist joked on BBC Radio 5 Live. "I'm good in...
  • Usain Bolt to make season debut next month May 14, 2014

    Paris: Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is set to make his return to the track next month, around the middle of the international track and field season. Bolt is due to compete in Ostrava in the Czech Republic June 17, a late start for the Jamaican sprinter recovering from a foot...
  • Tintu Luka to participate in IAAF Diamond League 800m May 8, 2014

    Doha: It will be a turning point for Indian athletics if Tintu Luka can impress in the 800 metres race at the season-opening IAAF Diamond League here on Friday. The current Asian champion and 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist is India's lone entry at the prestigious meet and is expected to...
  • Young athlete may miss Bangkok event due to delay in passport issuance May 8, 2014

    Nashik: Nashik-based 16-year-old athlete Kisan Tadvi, who recently won a gold medal in 3,000 metres running event at the 11th Youth National Athletic Championship in Goa, is struggling to get his passport ready to participate in an international championship in Thailand this month. Tadvi, a student of Bhonsala Military School, told...
  • Dominique Blake's six-year doping ban reduced May 7, 2014

    Kingston: Jamaican 400-metre runner Dominique Blake's six-year ban for a second doping offence has been reduced to four-and-a-half years, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced. The statement by CAS highlights the outcome of Blake's appeal against a six-year ban handed down by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel almost...
  • Athletic Bilbao seal Champions League place with Rayo win May 3, 2014

    Athletic Bilbao claimed a spot in next season's Champions League playoff round with a 3-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Friday which was sealed by a late Ander Herrera free-kick. Athletic are fourth on 68 points, nine above Sevilla and with a superior head-to-head record against the Europa...
  • US sprinter Tyson Gay banned for one year for doping May 3, 2014

    Former world double sprint champion Tyson Gay has been suspended for one year after testing positive for a banned substance, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday. He has also returned the silver medal he won with the U.S. 4x100 metres relay team at the 2012 London Olympics. As part of...