Athletics

"I'm in at the deep end" says Farah ahead of marathon debut in London

By Zjan Shirinian

Mo Farah is one star name among many lining up for the start of this year's men's race in the London Marathon ©Getty ImagesApril 8 - Double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah admitted he has gone "straight in at the deep end" by running his first competitive marathon against one of the strongest line-ups London organisers have ever brought to the start line.

Jamaican Olympic champion Simpson given 18-month doping ban

By Zjan Shirinian

Sherone Simpson's agent has said she will appeal her 18-month ban ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 8 - Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Sherone Simpson has been suspended for 18 months after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Bekele breaks Paris course record to win debut marathon

By Nick Butler

Kenenisa Bekele en route to victory on his marathon debut in Paris ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 6 - Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele made light work of the step up to the 26.2 mile distance by winning his debut marathon today in Paris in a course record time of 2 hours 05min 03sec.

Ugandan athletes' Glasgow 2014 preparations hit as sex abuse scandal deepens

By Nick Butler

Ugandan athletes parade at the Opening Ceremony of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 3 - Several Ugandan national team runners have deserted an athletics camp in Kapchorwa as a sexual harassment scandal involving female members of the team deepens.

Ostapchuk handed four-year rather than life ban despite testing positive twice

By Nick Butler 

Nadzeya Ostapchuk celebrating after winning the shot put gold medal at London 2012 ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 3 - Belarussian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been handed a four-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rather than a life ban because she was notified of her two failed drugs tests at the same time. 

Tadese's World Half Marathon run ended by Kamworor – but Eritreans find a golden lining

By Mike Rowbottom at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen

Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor won the race with the fastest time in the world this yearMarch 29 - Zersenay Tadese, the dominant force in the event for almost a decade, was finally run out of the medals here in the IAAF/Al-Bank Half Marathon Championships as he finished fourth in a race won by Kenya's Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor in 59min 07sec.

Copenhagen 2014 first to get IAAF Athletics Better World award, President Diack announces

By Mike Rowbottom at the Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen

copenhagencityhallMarch 28 - A day before Eritrea's five-times champion Zersenay Tadese and Kenya's 2010 gold medallist Wilson Kiprop do battle on the streets here in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Half Marathon Championships, the event organisers have already found themselves on top of the podium.

Diack waves white card as IAAF back first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

By Mike Rowbottom

IAAF President Lamine Diack has thrown his full support behind the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace ©IAAFMarch 26- The first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which will take place on April 6, is being fully supported by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Athletics Australia President rues "uneven" treatment as another sprinter banned for breaking doping rules

By Mike Rowbottom

aloziegiMarch 25 - David Grace President of Athletics Australia, has questioned the justice of varying punishments within world sport for failing to be present for doping tests following the announcement a third member of the Australian men's sprint relay squad, Anthony Alozie, has incurred a sanction.
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