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National record in Ranchi Open Athletics questioned

National record in Ranchi Open Athletics questioned New Delhi: Controversy struck in the ongoing National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi as Merlin K Joseph's new national record timing in women's 100m dash was on Monday questioned by Rachita Mistry in whose name the record had stood since 2000. Merlin ran 11.35 secs on Sunday in the semi-final heats to shatter Mistry's 13-year-old national record of 11.38 secs created in Trivandrum in 2000. She has a personal best...
07:56:13 PM Sep 09, 2013

Merlin Joseph shatters women's 100m dash national record

Merlin Joseph shatters women's 100m dash national record Ranchi: Railway sprinter Merlin K Joseph on Sunday smashed the 13-year-old national record in women's 100m race in the semi-finals but could manage only a bronze in the finals on the second day of the 53rd National Open Athletics Championships here. Merlin clocked 11.35secs to win the semi-finals heat number three as she bettered the earlier national record of 11.38secs in the name of Rachita Mistry set in 2000 in...
10:54:44 PM Sep 08, 2013

Facilities improving but not performance of athletes: P T Usha

Facilities improving but not performance of athletes: P T Usha Ranchi: The facilities are fast improving for Indian athletes but that is not translating into better performance from them as they don't seem to have strong enough minds, feels sprint legend P T Usha. "Earlier, the performance of athletes was good even though facilities were less then. In comparison, facilities are better now, but performance has not come up to that level," Usha told PTI here. Recalling her career, Usha...
01:40:38 PM Sep 08, 2013

Usain Bolt shines again in Brussels Diamond League

Usain Bolt shines again in Brussels Diamond League Brussels: World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt powered away late in the race to win the 100 metres in 9.8 seconds at the season-closing Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday. Bolt, who won 100, 200 and 4x100 relay golds at last month's world championships was one of several Moscow medallists in action. After a poor start, the Jamaican's acceleration over the second half of the race was again the...
08:41:39 AM Sep 07, 2013

Usain Bolt targets 200 record next year, retirement after Rio

Usain Bolt targets 200 record next year, retirement after Rio Brussels: Usain Bolt has made breaking his 200metres world record the target for 2014 and reiterated his plan to retire after the 2016 Rio Games having achieved the unthinkable hat-trick of Olympic sprint doubles "As long as I stay injury free next season you'll see me attempting a few times to try to break some records," Bolt told reporters in Brussels ahead of Friday's season finale Diamond League event where...
09:11:30 PM Sep 04, 2013

Triple-jumper Renjith Maheswary may get reprieve

Triple-jumper Renjith Maheswary may get reprieve New Delhi: Going by circumstantial evidence, triple jumper Renjith Maheshwari, who reportedly failed a dope test in 2008, may get a reprieve paving the way for his getting the Arjuna Award. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in its report to the sports ministry Monday said they have no knowledge of any action taken against Maheshwary failing a dope test for banned substance during the 48th Open National Athletics in...
11:10:11 PM Sep 02, 2013

Renjith Maheswary's Arjuna award put on hold; Sports Ministry orders inquiry

Renjith Maheswary's Arjuna award put on hold; Sports Ministry orders inquiry New Delhi: The Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday ordered an inquiry into triple jumper Renjith Maheswary's doping controversy, which resulted in his Arjuna award being put on hold. "I have ordered an inquiry. There is a due diligence process that has to be followed. But I am expecting a report by Monday or latest by Tuesday," said Jitendra Singh after the Sports Awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here....
09:53:03 PM Aug 31, 2013

Ben Johnson promotes new anti-doping campaign

Ben Johnson promotes new anti-doping campaign London: Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson is the face of a new anti-doping campaign. The Canadian was sensationally stripped of his Olympic gold medal and world record in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Games after testing positive for steroids. After a two-year suspension, he received a lifetime ban in 1993 for a second positive doping test. Now he is promoting an anti-doping campaign, Pure Sport, which has been launched...
03:14:19 PM Aug 31, 2013

Usain Bolt wins 100 metres in Zurich Diamond League

Usain Bolt wins 100 metres in Zurich Diamond League Zurich: Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt outsprinted fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade and American Justin Gatlin to win the 100 metres at the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Thursday. Bolt, running into a slight headwind, made his customary sluggish start before accelerating away from the field to win in 9.90 seconds. Ashmeade was second in 9.94 with former Olympic and world champion Gatlin two hundredths of a second further back....
08:46:59 AM Aug 30, 2013

Usain Bolt not worried about failure at 2016 Olympics

Usain Bolt not worried about failure at 2016 Olympics Zurich: Usain Bolt is not worried about tarnishing his career by failing to retain his 100 and 200 metres Olympic titles in Rio de Janeiro in three years' time. "In life you don't always get what you want," the Jamaican told Reuters television after visiting FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the headquarters of soccer's world governing body. It wouldn't be the greatest moment, but I would understand because I've had...
06:42:26 PM Aug 28, 2013

Former athlete Henry Rebello dead

Former athlete Henry Rebello dead Gurgaon: Former athlete Henry Rebello, who had represented India in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, died here this morning after a long illness. He was 84, and is survived by a daughter and two sons. An avid sports lover till the very end, Rebello was a triple jumper of the highest quality. He took the top spot in a pre-Olympic event for foreign athletes in London, and led the...
04:30:44 PM Aug 27, 2013

Usain Bolt to run in Zurich Diamond League

Usain Bolt to run in Zurich Diamond League Zurich: Sprint legend Usain Bolt is among six Jamaicans confirmed for the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday. Bolt will compete in the men's 100 metres, his first race since the Moscow World Championships, reports CMC. The six-time Olympic champion stole the spotlight at the Moscow World Championships by completing a triple gold-medal performance. Bolt will race against three other Jamaicans -- Nesta Carter, the 100-metre bronze medallist at...
10:38:15 AM Aug 27, 2013

WADA threatens to expel Jamaica on doping issue

WADA threatens to expel Jamaica on doping issue Montreal: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has threatened to expel Jamaica from the next Olympics and other major competitions if it refuses to address shortcomings highlighted by a senior ex-employee. WADA director general David Howman Wednesday night urged the Portia Simpson Miller government to investigate claims by the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that its drugs-testing programme was inadequate, reports CMC. "Our normal approach if we...
10:42:43 AM Aug 23, 2013

Merritt wins as world champions triumph in Stockholm

Merritt wins as world champions triumph in Stockholm Stockholm: American LaShawn Merritt eased to victory in the 400 metres as one of several newly-crowned world champions to shine at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday. Fresh from his success in Moscow earlier this month, Merritt (44.69 seconds) was slower by nearly a second than his time at the world championships but still won by more than half a second from Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos. Compatriot David Oliver,...
08:43:25 AM Aug 23, 2013

Khel Ratna controversy: No breakthrough in Krishna Poonia issue

Khel Ratna controversy: No breakthrough in Krishna Poonia issue New Delhi: Her case may be getting weaker with each passing day but a consensus is still awaited on discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea to be reconsidered for the country's highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award, as the file is still with sports minister Jitendra Singh. Though it is certain that Jitendra would stick to the original list that was issued last week for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna...
11:08:18 PM Aug 21, 2013

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