ATHLETICS

  • Yearender: Swimming, athletics endure dope tainted year 2014 6 hours 28 minutes ago

    Beijing: The fight against doping went into its climax in the second half of the year when top names from track and field, swimming and badminton fell from grace. The anti-doping in the first half of 2014, however, had got its fair share in the limelight when six offenders were exposed...
  • David Moyes wants more improvement from Real Sociedad players December 15, 2014

    David Moyes has seen signs of progress at Real Sociedad since he took over last month, but believes that there is still a lot of room for improvement. Moyes was denied victory in his first Basque derby on Sunday when Sociedad let slip an early lead and drew 1-1 at home...
  • Pretoria judge allows prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict December 10, 2014

    Pretoria: A South African judge, on Wednesday, granted prosecutors the right to appeal against the acquittal of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius from murder charges. Pistorius was jailed for five years in October for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee athlete claimed in his defence that he accidentally shot Steenkamp thinking...
  • Benat Etxebarria guides Athletic Bilbao to 2-1 win at Getafe November 29, 2014

    Barcelona: Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria set up one goal before adding a second from a late free kick to secure a 2-1 win at Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday. Etxebarria found Mikel San Jose to glance in his corner kick in the 36th minute as the two connected...
  • La Liga: Athletic Bilbao rise to ninth thanks to dynamic Aduriz November 22, 2014

    Aritz Aduriz nodded the first goal and set up another as Athletic Bilbao beat Espanyol 3-1 to climb to ninth in La Liga on Friday. Bilbao were on top but needed some luck to take the lead in the 29th minute when Aduriz's header deflected off Christian Stuani and went...
  • Para-athlete Sharad Kumar fighting for recognition despite gold at 2014 Asian Games November 6, 2014

    Two years back in 2012, Sharad Kumar was banned for taking steroids at the Malaysian Open Para-athletics Championships but the differently-abled high-jumper silenced all his critics by clinching a gold medal at the recently concluded Para Asian Games in Incheon. However, to his dismay, no one has come forward to...
  • Need to improve running technique, says triple-jumper Arpinder Singh November 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning Indian triple-jumper Arpinder Singh on Sunday said he is focusing on improving his running technique that affected his performance at the 17th Asian games in Incheon. Arpinder managed a best leap of 16.41 metres, considerably below his national record setting best of 17.17m,...
  • Asian Games 2014 medallists felicitated October 28, 2014

    The laurels keep coming in for India's Asiad and Commonwealth Games medallists - last evening several athletes were felicitated at a function in the capital. ...
  • South Africa prosecution to appeal Pistorius conviction, sentence October 27, 2014

    South Africa's state prosecutors will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year jail sentence handed down last week on Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. "Oscar Pistorius judgement, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence," NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said...
  • Para-swimmer Sharath breaks PT Usha's 28-year record at Asian Games October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad scripted history at the Asian Para-Games in Incheon, South Korea, by winning six medals to go past sprint legend PT Usha's record of most medals by an Indian in a multi-discipline event. "London 2012 Paralympian swimmer Sharath Gayakwad created history at the 2014 Asian Para Games...
  • PT Usha accepts PM's invitation to train athletes from Gujarat for Olympics October 20, 2014

    India's most successful sprinter, PT Usha on Monday accepted to scout and groom sporting talent in Gujarat, in response to a request from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Usha, nicknamed the Payyoli Express after the Kerala village where she was born, said the invite from Modi came last year when he...
  • Justin Gatlin fails to make list of finalists for IAAF award October 17, 2014

    Facing a backlash over his doping past, American sprinter Justin Gatlin has failed to make the list of finalists for the IAAF world athlete of the year award. Gatlin, undefeated in the 100 and 200 meters this season, was among the original 10 nominees for the prize. But, after a two-week...
  • PM Narendra Modi meets India's Asian Games medallists October 14, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met India's medal winners from the recently concluded Asian Games in Incheon. ...
  • Lack of funds hurting Seema Punia in Rio Olympics preparation October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia Antil said that lack of funds is proving to be a hindrance to her dream of winning a 2016 Rio Olympics medal for the country. "I am ready to give my best to realise my dream of winning gold for...
  • Athletics: My Asiad gold a slap on my critics' face, says Mandeep October 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Back into the limelight after serving a two-year ban due to a dope offence, two-time Asian Games gold medallist Mandeep Kaur on Saturday said that she has silenced her critics who thought her career was over with her feat in the just-concluded Incheon Games. Punjab girl Mandeep was a...
  • Athlete Ashwini Akkunji on road to redemption October 8, 2014

    Akkunji was the star of the 2010 CWG and 2010 Asian Games; then a dope test knocked her down. After two years in the complete wilderness, she is back again to prove her mettle. ...
  • Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Athletic Bilbao 5-0 October 6, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight consecutive games and lead Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was Ronaldo's second treble to go with one four-goal game already this season and gave the Ballon d'Or...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in 'perfect shape' before Bilbao clash October 4, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with his team-mates on Saturday and coach Carlo Ancelotti said he was in "perfect shape" ahead of Sunday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao. The World Player of the Year took a knock to the ankle near the end of...
  • Asian Games 2014: Complete list of India's medal winners October 3, 2014

    India completed its engagements at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Friday with a double gold in Kabaddi, where both the men and women teams overcame Iran to clinch gold. India ended the Games with a total of 57 medals, including 11 gold, 9 silver and 37 bronze, which is...
  • Asian Games: Arpinder Singh, Renjith Maheshwary finish fifth and ninth in triple jump October 2, 2014

    Incheon: Indian athletes Arpinder Singh and Renjith Maheshwary failed to secure any medal from the men's triple jump final, finishing fifth and ninth respectively, at the 17th Asian Games on Thursday. Arpinder, a Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, managed a best leap of 16.41 metres on his first attempt among six...
  • Asian Games Athletics: India win women's 4x400m relay gold October 2, 2014

    Incheon: India continued their stranglehold in women's 4x400m relay event in the Asian Games as its quartet ran a brilliant race to win the gold for the fourth time on the trot in Games record time in the 17th edition on Thursday. The quartet of Priyanka Panwar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur...
  • As it happened: Asian Games 2014, Day 13 October 2, 2014

    (For Updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 12 Round up: It was a mixed day for India at Asian Games where its athletes finished with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Boxer Mary Kom came out with flying colours by bagging the gold medal, while...
  • Asian games Athletics: Tintu Luka wins women's 800m silver October 1, 2014

    Incheon: Indian sprinter Tintu Luka clocked her season's best to clinch a silver medal in the 800m women's race of the 17th Asian Games on Wednesday. Luka clocked 1:59.19s to better the bronze medal she had won in this event in the previous edition of the Games in Guangzhou. The gold was...
  • Asian Games: Indians finish 4th, 5th in 50km race walk October 1, 2014

    Incheon: Sandeep Kumar and Basanta Bahadur Rana failed to add to India's medal tally as they finished fourth and fifth in the men's 50km race walk event of the 17th Asian Games here on Wednesday. Sandeep Kumar and Basanta Rana were sixth and seventh -- the final two places -- before...
  • Seema Punia bags India's first athletics gold of Asian Games 2014 September 29, 2014

    Former national champion Reeth Abraham reflects on India's performance in athletics on Day 10 of the Incheon Games. ...
  • Asian Games 2014: Jaisha, Naveen win bronze in athletics September 29, 2014

    Incheon: Indian runners OP Jaisha and Naveen Kumar won bronze medals to add to discus-thrower Seema Punia's gold in athletics on day ten of the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium on Monday. In the women's 1500 metres, Jaisha finished third in 4:13.46 seconds. Bahrain claimed the gold...
  • Asian Games Athletics: Rajiv Arokia wins bronze in men's 400m race September 28, 2014

    Inchoen: Rajiv Arokia bagged a surprise bronze in men's 400m race in a personal best timing on the second day of the athletics competitions in the Asian Games on Sunday. Arokia clocked a creditable 45.92secs to better his earlier best of 46.13secs which he clocked at the National Inter-State Championships in...
  • Asian Games: Manju Bala wins hammer throw bronze September 28, 2014

    Incheon: India's Manju Bala won the bronze medal in the women's hammer throw in the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium on Sunday. Manju threw the hammer to a distance of 60.47 metres in her first attempt to win the bronze. The gold and silver went to China's...
  • Asian Games Athletics: Poovamma wins bronze in women's 400m race September 28, 2014

    Incheon: MR Poovamma bagged a bronze in women's 400m race as India swelled their medal count from athletics competition to three at the Asian Games on Sunday. Poovamma clocked 52.36secs in the final race behind pre-match favourite Oluwakemi Adekoya (51.59secs) of Bahrain and Vietnam's Thi Lan Quach (52.06secs) at the Inchon...
  • Kenyan Dennis Kimetto smashes marathon world record in Berlin September 28, 2014

    Kenyan Dennis Kimetto smashed the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds. The 30-year-old pre-race favourite broke away in a seven-man group, including fellow Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Kamworor, after 20 kilometres on a sun-drenched and...