Athletics

Visually impaired runner matching it with all comers

Jaryd Clifford knows the unrelenting pain that comes with middle-distance running. The lungs burn, lactic acid is present from the get-go. Exertion is the name of the game. But what makes this 20-year-old stand out from his running peers is a debilitating eye condition that means it's that much harder to concentrate on everything around […]

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 […]