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Category: Athletics

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Sports quiz of the week: animals, animosity and a new world record

Who bared his teeth? Who was on the pull? Who fell over?Andy Farrell asked a couple of famous Irishmen to talk to his players before their big match against England in the Six Nations on Sunday. Paul O’Connell, who won 108 caps for Ireland, spent a few…

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Jemma Reekie takes biggest scalp yet as she beats 800m world champion

Halimah Nakaayi defeated by 21-year-old in FranceReekie’s second world indoor series win in five daysJemma Reekie’s extraordinary start to the season continued with yet another victory – this time over 800m against the reigning world champion Halimah N…

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Jemma Reekie takes biggest scalp yet as she beats 800m world champion

Halimah Nakaayi defeated by 21-year-old in FranceReekie’s second world indoor series win in five daysJemma Reekie’s extraordinary start to the season continued with yet another victory – this time over 800m against the reigning world champion Halimah N…

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Tokyo marathon cancels mass race over coronavirus scare

March race will be restricted to elite runnersNews raises more concerns over Tokyo OlympicsTokyo marathon organisers have cancelled next month’s mass participation race, in which 38,000 people were due to take part, because of the coronavirus. A senior…

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Jemma Reekie’s ‘special kick’ could take her to Olympic glory, predicts coach

Scot wins tactical battle in 1500m at Glasgow Grand PrixReekie has broken three British records this monthJemma Reekie has a “pretty special kick” – so devastating it could take her all the way to Olympic glory, her coach Andy Young has predicted.The 2…

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Laura Muir falls short of record as training partner Jemma Reekie stars

• Reekie wins 1500m to continue remarkable form• Muir: ‘I think we’re very close to being on par’Laura Muir has been the undisputed queen of British middle distance for years. But after falling short in a world record attempt over 1000m at the Emirates…

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Laura Muir falls short of record as training partner Jemma Reekie stars

• Reekie wins 1500m to continue remarkable form• Muir: ‘I think we’re very close to being on par’Laura Muir has been the undisputed queen of British middle distance for years. But after falling short in a world record attempt over 1000m at the Emirates…

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Mondo Duplantis breaks own pole vault world record with 6.18m clearance

Swede sets new mark at indoor event in GlasgowDuplantis had broken Renaud Lavillenie recordWorld silver medallist Mondo Duplantis bettered his own pole vault world record set last week by easily clearing 6.18 metres at the World Athletics Glasgow Indoo…

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Record-breaking middle-distance duo staying on message in Olympic year | Sean Ingle

The Scots, Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir, swerve the thorny issue of Nike spikes while all is running smoothly on the trackIt has been the talking point in track and field for months. But when Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie are asked about the impact of Nik…

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IOC insists Tokyo Olympics will go ahead despite coronavirus

Meetings in F1 and athletics have already been cancelled‘The IOC is in contact with the World Health Organisation’It is the ultimate sporting get-together: 11,000 athletes from 200 countries all striving to live up to the Olympic motto – faster, higher…

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Amy Hunt: meet the British teenage sprinter tearing up the record books

The world Under-18 200m record holder on juggling studies with athletics, Olympic hopes and the excitement of taking on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce this weekendBarely a month after her 17th birthday last summer, the British sprinter Amy Hunt ran a 200 metr…

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UK Athletics plunged into fresh crisis as chairman Chris Clark resigns

• Clark resigns after barely seven months in charge• England Netball’s Joanna Adams to rebuild organisationUK Athletics was thrown into yet more turmoil on Thursday night when its chair, Chris Clark, resigned after barely seven months in charge on the …

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Super Saturday slips further into past while UK Athletics woes continue

Mis-steps and scandals mean London 2012 gold rush served less as a jumping-off point than the start of a drift downwardsWhen Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis?Hill and Mo Farah jumped, soared and sprinted to three Olympic gold medals over 47 stunning minu…

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Setback for UK Athletics as BBC balks at new £3m TV rights deal

• Current deal expires this summer and new one not yet agreed• BBC believed to only be offering a fraction of previous priceUK Athletics is facing a fresh crisis over the renewal of its £3m-a-year TV deal with the BBC which runs out this summer, the Gu…

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UK Sport launches review into ailing UK Athletics amid ‘major concerns’

• Review aims to make athletics governing body ‘fit for the future’• UK Athletics in disarray following a series of crises and scandalsUK Sport has begun an unprecedented comprehensive review into UK Athletics after admitting it had “major concerns” fo…

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Running reaches crossroads as Nike-led footwear arms race infects mainstream | Jonathan Liew

From Olympic and world records down to Parkruns, Nike’s Vaporfly is sole technology thriving while a sport’s soul decaysThere was a guy at Parkrun, the weekend before last, wearing a pair of lime-green Vaporflys on the start line. At least he looked su…

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Mondo Duplantis in pole position to lead athletics’ new wave of talent | Sean Ingle

Pole vaulter raises bar for achievement in his discipline with world record and shows kind of personality athletics needsIn 1992, on the eve of the Barcelona Olympics, the world’s greatest basketball player met track and field’s greatest gravity defier…

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Jemma Reekie breaks British indoor mile and 1500m records in New York

American, German and British women’s mile records set “I had no clue of what a good mile time was,” says ReekieJemma Reekie has continued her incredible record-breaking run by smashing the British indoor mile and indoor 1500m records at the Millrose Ga…

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World Athletics prepared to put its foot down over Nike’s new running shoe

• We could look at our regulations again, says spokesman• Governing body rejects claim US company was forewarnedWorld Athletics has insisted it will not let running-shoe technology spiral further out of control despite the release of another “gamechang…

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Edwin Moses: ‘We all knew doping was happening … it was a dark period in athletics’

The two-time Olympic 400m hurdles champion on his fight against doping, his amazing unbeaten streak and meeting Nelson MandelaThe number 999 is burned into Edwin Moses’s psyche. He holds the greatest winning streak in athletics for, as a two-time Olymp…