Athletics

Britain's 4x100m women provide final shock in dramatic IAAF Diamond League finale in Zurich

By Mike Rowbottom

Britain's 4x100m women's team, pictured after winning European gold this month, beat Jamaica and the United States in Zurich tonight ©Getty ImagesOn a night of dramatic reversals of fortune as the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League reached its climax in half of its scheduled events, Great Britain's young 4x100 metres women's relay team provided the Zurich Weltklasse meeting with its greatest drama in a final flourish of a victory over Jamaica and the United States.

Sharp and Farah excel as the Barshim v Bondarenko show goes on

By Mike Rowbottom

Mo Farah sets a British two miles best at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham ©Getty ImagesHome fans in a capacity 13,000 crowd at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham were rewarded today with an 800 metres victory by Lynsey Sharp over Kenya's world champion Eunice Sum, and a national best in the two miles from Mo Farah in his first track appearance of the season in Britain.

Bolt pulls out of Zurich Diamond League and ends season early

By Mike Rowbottom

Usain Bolt shows off his medal for winning the Mano a Mano 100m challenge on Copacabana Beach last weekend. He has now ended his season early ©Getty ImagesUsain Bolt has called a premature end to his injury-troubled season and will instead begin preparing early for next year's International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing. 

Countdown clock unveiled with one year to go until Beijing 2015 World Athletics Championships

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

A coundown clock has been launched to mark one year to go until the World Athletics Championships ©IAAFA major milestone ahead of the Beijing 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships took place today with a "One Year to Go" ceremony next to the Bird's Nest Stadium in which the action will be held.

Montsho faces two-year ban after waiving right to hearing following positive drugs test at Glasgow 2014

By Gary Anderson

Amantle Montsho tested positive for a banned substance at Glasgow 2014 and now faces a ban from athletics ©Getty ImagesBotswana's Amantle Montsho has waived her right to a hearing before the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) court after testing positive for a banned stimulant at Glasgow 2014.

Lavillenie's pole vault win-streak falls to earth

By Mike Rowbottom at the Olympiastadion in Stockholm 

World pole vault record holder Renaud Lavlllenie experiences a rare defeat in Stockholm ©AFP/Getty ImagesRenaud Lavillenie's unique winning run of 22 pole vault competitions came to an abrupt and unexpected end here in the 1912 Olympic Stadium tonight as he failed to record a mark at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting.

Canadian shot putter to be belatedly awarded Beijing 2008 bronze medal

By Nick Butler

Dylan Armstrong of Canada has belatedly been awarded a shot put bronze medal from Beijing 2008 ©AFP/Getty ImagesCanadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong will finally be awarded an Olympic bronze medal from Beijing 2008 following the disqualification of initial third place finisher, Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, for a failed drugs test.

World Championship gold medallist claims women's 1500m running now rivals strength in depth of men's high jumping

By Mike Rowbottom in Stockholm

Jennifer Simpson (left) shows her silver medal after last year's 1500m final at the World Championships in Moscow, alongside champion Abeba Aregawi and (right) bronze medallist Hellen Obiri of Kenya ©Getty ImagesOn the eve of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting here Jennifer Simpson, the 2011 world 1500 metres champion from the United States, has likened the strength of her event to that of the men's high jump, which has boasted six performers at 2.40 metres or better this season.

Olympic gold medallist Olsson tops poll in European Athletics Athletes' Commission elections

By Duncan Mackay

Sweden's Christian Olsson, the Athens 2004 Olympic triple jump champion, has been elected to the Athletes' Commission of European Athletics ©Getty ImagesSweden's Athens 2004 Olympic triple jump gold medallist Christian Olsson leads the list of stars elected to the Athletes' Commission of European Athletics, following the announcement of the results today. 
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