Make doping a crime, says Lewis
6 May 2008
Olympic legend Carl Lewis has called on governments around the world to make the use of banned substances in sport a criminal offence.
What's next for Chambers?
30 January 2008
After serving a two-year drugs ban for doping offences in 2004, sprinter Dwain Chambers has struggled to re-establish himself on the athletics scene.
Tyson Gay elicits comparisons to Jesse Owens
4 December 2007
Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell entered the outdoor track and field world championships last August as headliners in a meet that ranks second in the sport only to the Summer Olympics. The hype surrounding their matchup radiated throughout Nagai stadium in Osaka, Japan. Would Gay, the newly crowned U.S. sprint superstar, beat Powell, the world-record holder but never a world or Olympic champion?
After Gay won the 100 meters over an unfocused Powell, the two friendly rivals talked congenially about the race at a news conference. Gracious humility, not personal hyperbole, permeated the overcrowded, steamy press room.
Gay's performance at the press gathering prompted connective thoughts about legendary sprinter Jesse Owens by a communications representative from Adidas who was in attendance. Adidas is Gay's primary sponsor. Owens was the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals at an Olympics, claiming four titles at the 1936 games in Berlin. He captured global interest as much for his mild manners and grace as for his fleet feet.
A tribute to Olympian Al Oerter
29 November 2007
To time travelers, the convergence in dates and circumstances was uncanny. Jesse Owens won the fourth and last of his gold medals at the Berlin Olympic Games on August 9, 1936.
Forty-one days later, on Sept. 19, 1936, Mrs. Mary Oerter presented son Alfred Adolf Jr. to her husband, Alfred, and this young man was destined to win four Olympic gold medals, too.
Lewis recalls relationship with Oerter
18 October 2007
When Carl Lewis won the first of his nine Olympic gold medals in 1984 at the age of 23, Ruth Owens, the wife of Jesse Owens, was in attendance. Before Lewis rose to great fame, Owens was the most renowned U.S. sprinter and long jumper in history.
Powell tipped to lower 100m mark
11 September 2007
Jamaican Asafa Powell will continue to beat his own 100m world record, says Dr Steve Ingham, lead physiologist for the English Institute of Sport.
Michael Johnson: "Wariner will break my world record in the next year or two"
6 September 2007
By Michael Johnson
I think Jeremy Wariner will break my 400m world record, and it will happen in the next year or two.
Since he ran 43.50 seconds a few weeks ago, it's been right there. He's been capable ever since then.
Tight corners: Breaking down the worlds
21 August 2007
The first time the IAAF World Championships for Athletics were held in Japan in Tokyo in 1991, U.S. long jumper Mike Powell broke one of the more celebrated records in track and field history, Bob Beamon's 23-year-old world record of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches (8.90 meters) set at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Beginning Friday in the Eastern Time Zone, Japan will again be the host country for the world championships, but this time the event will be staged in Osaka. Athletes could be poised to set world records in the men's 400 meters and 100 meters and the women's high jump. If a fourth world record is set, it will be the most at any outdoor world championships. Below is a review of the more highly anticipated dramatic scenarios that could unfold at Nagai Stadium from Saturdaythrough Sept. 2.
Blade Runner's ongoing battle
12 July 2007
It is little surprise that Tom Hanks is rumoured to be bidding for the rights to Oscar Pistorius's life story.
Pistorius makes Hanks' former alter-ego Forrest Gump look like a perennial under-achiever.
The South African had his legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, yet on Sunday will line up alongside world and Olympic champion Jeremy Warriner in the 400m at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Sheffield.
He will run on j-shaped carbon-fibre prosthetics that have inevitably earned him the nickname "Blade Runner".
Powell and Wariner finally up and running for big sprint showdown
13 June 2007
Ten years ago this month, athletics learnt the hard way that it is not boxing. Two fabulous sprinters at the height of their powers went head-to-head, in a $2 million showdown to determine the world’s fastest man. One, Michael Johnson, failed to finish. The other, Donovan Bailey, ended up apologising for his behaviour.
Three years after that showbiz-style flop, on a two-lane track in the Toronto Sky-Dome, Johnson returned for more. While, on this occasion, he was running in a proper track meeting in Sacramento, California, with rounds and an eight-lane final, Johnson wilfully fed the hype over his clash with Maurice Greene. Again, the unofficial title of world’s fastest man was at stake. Neither finished.
No wonder Tom Jordan, the director of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, tomorrow, is reluctant to seize the world’s best sprinter theme for the scheduled clash between Asafa Powell and Jeremy Wariner. Powell, the 100 metres world record-holder, and Wariner, the Olympic and world 400 metres champion, meet in between at 200 metres in an eight-man race.
The new face in the 100 meters is Gay
5 June 2007
There's good news for those who love the excitement of a pending showdown in the 100 meters. Tyson Gay is putting the sizzle back into sprinting.
Allan Wells making great strides in nurturing home talent
2 June 2007
A little over a year ago, Allan Wells was in Melbourne, looking back on a disappointing showing by Scotland's track-and-field athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
The former Olympic champion, in Australia as one of the Scottish team's ambassadors, had seen Chris Baillie win a silver medal, and Lee McConnell a bronze. And nothing more.
It was not a haul to compare favourably to Wells' own day, and the gloom was deepened by the fact that, in some events, we had no-one even capable of qualifying to be in the team. Wells, himself, was the only Scottish sprinter who had made it to Australia.
Liu Xiang feels pressure as Olympics near
1 June 2007
There's a legend -- said to be growing throughout China -- that Liu Xiang, the world record-holder in the men`s 110-meter high hurdles, is the reincarnation of Liu Changchun, China`s first athlete of the modern Olympic era.
Ex-champ Greene hopes to make U.S. team
22 May 2007
Maurice Greene was once the undisputed king of the sprinters.
He was the gold medalist in the 100 meters at Sydney in 2000, a three-time world champion and the world record holder in his feature event. If Greene was in the 100 meters field, everyone knew he was the man to beat.
The good times rolled as Greene made his mark on the national and international scenes while serving as an enthusiastic ambassador for the sport of track and field. But then other young sprinters came along, and injuries took a toll on Greene. The king vacated his throne as people like Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell captured the 100-meter spotlight.
Greene was gone. Or was he?
Lewis: US needs professional track coaches
21 May 2007
After setting the athletics world on fire during a career that spanned four Olympics, Carl Lewis vanished from the scene. Now, the track icon is back in a prominent role with USATF.
Dashing new hero
13 May 2007
The man who coaches Jeremy Wariner, the world`s greatest white sprinter, was once a pretty fair country sprinter himself. And when Clyde Hart says skin color has little to do with success as a sprinter, he harkens back to his boyhood in segregated Hot Springs, Ark., in the 1950s.
Richards, Ross make for one fast couple
5 May 2007
For an avid sports enthusiast, Sanya Richards and Aaron Ross represent the ideal couple.
She's the reigning IAAF World Athlete of the Year and a Jesse Owens Award winner. He's the cornerback who made a name for himself at the University of Texas and was recently selected as a first-round draft choice of the New York Giants.
Superstar Richards prepares to take world by storm
14 April 2007
Sanya Richards is everything that athletics has been waiting for — a genuine new international star. True, there has been Carolina Kluft, Paula Radcliffe, Kenenisa Bekele, Asafa Powell, Hicham El Guerrouj in recent years — Justin Gatlin before he failed a drugs test — but all have had their limitations. Richards, the world woman athlete of 2006, has it all.
Top 10 greatest sprint races in history
22 October 2006
Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith Joyner, Marita Koch, Donovan Bailey, Ben Johnson, Maurice Green. You know these names. These are the names of the greatest sprinters ever. We know them for their outstanding career achievements in general and incredible individual races in particular. This article tells about ten sprint races which we will remember forever.
The Fastest Nation
8 June 2006
Find out why the Americans have clear superiority over others in individual sprint disciplines.
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