Athletics

Athletics mourns relay gold winner Fleming

Norma Fleming, a member of the famous 4×100 metres relay team that won athletics gold in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, has died. Competing in a golden era for Australian female sprinters, Fleming (nee Crocker) ran the second leg of a relay team that also included Betty Cuthbert, Shirley Strickland and Fleur Mellor. Norma Fleming, […]

Athletics

Confusion costs Jack Rayner victory in half marathon championship

Confusion proved costly for defending champion Jack Rayner as he was disqualified from yesterday’s Australian half marathon championship on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Victorian Rayner crossed the line first but was DQ’d for short-cutting the course, with Kevin Batt (64 minutes, 12 seconds) awarded the title. Rayner said he’d been following an official on a bike […]

Athletics

Caster Semenya to miss World Championships after court ruling

Caster Semenya says she will not defend her World Championship 800m title in September after a setback in her challenge to the restricting of testosterone levels in female runners. But the South African said she would “continue her fight for human rights” despite her “disappointment”. Semenya has twice appealed against IAAF rules preventing her from […]

Athletics

Christian Coleman on 100m rivalries in the post-Bolt era

Christian Coleman says that the United States is set to regain its status as the world’s dominant sprint superpower. Now-retired Jamaican great Usain Bolt scored sprint doubles in the last three Olympics, but the four fastest men over 100m last year were American. “I feel a shift to USA being back on top,” Coleman told […]

Athletics

Semenya to run 3000m in US Diamond League

Caster Semenya will compete in the 3000m at the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic in California on June 30, a distance she can race without reducing her testosterone levels. Semenya, who has won two Olympic golds over 800m, has been adamant that she will not take medication to lower her testosterone levels to comply with new […]