Athletics

Mekhissi-Benabbad puts his shirt, and foot, in his mouth as he is disqualified from European gold

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Mehiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad clears the last barrier en route to a dq in the European 3000m steeplechase final ©Getty ImagesMehiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad confirmed his reputation as the enfant terrible of athletics here tonight as he was disqualified from what would have been his third consecutive European 3,000 metres steeplechase victory after he had celebrated down the final straight by ripping off his shirt and jamming it into his mouth as he cleared the final hurdle.

Ivory Coast take 200m sprint double on final day of African Athletic Championships

By Gary Anderson

Murielle Ahoure helped Ivory Coast to claim the 200m double at the African Championships in Marrakech ©Getty ImagesHua Wilfried Koffi and Murielle Ahoure ensured Ivory Coast finished the African Athletics Championships on a high as they secured the men's and women's 200 metres titles on the final day of action in Marrakech.

Great for Britain as Farah, Dasaolu and Porter take European golds

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Mo Farah celebrates with a cow after winning European 10,000m gold ©Getty ImagesThe second night of the European Athletics Championships here turned out to be Great for Britain as they took three golds through Mo Farah, who finally declared himself fit in regaining his 10,000 metres title, James Dasaolu in the 100m and Tiffany Porter in the 100m hurdles.

Akins leads historic Nigerian clean sweep in 110m hurdles at African Athletics Championships

By Gary Anderson

Tyron Akins (right) won his first international title since switching allegiance from the US to Nigeria ©AFP/Getty ImagesFor the first time in the history of the African Athletics Championships, one country claimed all three medals in the men's 110 metres hurdles as Tyron Akins led home compatriots Alex Al-Ameen and Ogieriakhi Martins to take the crown in Marrakech.

Montsho B-sample comes back positive as two-year ban looms

By Gary Anderson

Amantle Montsho faces a possible two-year ban after her B-sample from Glasgow 2014 came back positive ©Getty ImagesBotswana's former world 400 metres champion Amantle Montsho is facing a two-year ban after the results of her B-sample confirmed her initial failed drugs test at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Pavey becomes oldest female European champion at 40

From Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Jo Pavey waves the Union flag after winning European 10,000m gold ©Getty ImagesIn a career that has spanned more than two decades, Britain's Jo Pavey has won silver and bronze medals - but until tonight, never a gold.

Amos battles to win as Botswana secure double gold at African Athletics Championships

By Zjan Shirinian

Nijel Amos backed up gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with another 800m win at the African Athletics Championships ©Getty ImagesBotswana is celebrating double gold after a stellar night for the nation at the African Athletics Championships in Marrakech.

Letzigrund's "unique" new track promises faster times at European Athletics Championships

By Mike Rowbottom at the Zurich Stadthaus

Patrick Magyar (left) addresses the official press conference on the eve of the European Championships in Zurich ©Getty ImagesAthletes competing at the European Championships which get underway here tomorrow will benefit significantly from a unique re-laid track at the Letzigrund Stadium, according to Patrick Magyar, the Organising Committee's chief executive.

Okagbare adds African Championships 100m gold to Commonwealth crown

By Emily Goddard

Blessing Okagbare is now the African 100 metres champion, as well as the Commonwealth Games champion ©Getty Images Blessing Okagbare has secured the 100 metres gold medal at the African Athletics Championships in Marrakech just two weeks after winning the Commonwealth Games sprint double at Glasgow 2014.
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