Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa has not returned home from Rio 2016 after he made a public gesture of defiance against the regime in his native Ethiopia when crossing the line during the men’s marathon race.
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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge demonstrated once again here that he is the foremost marathon runner of the moment as he remorselessly rid himself of all opposition to claim gold ahead of the two last men to have broken under his pace, Fayisa Lelisa of Ethiopia and Galen Rupp of the United States, who took silver and bronze respectively.
European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen believes that Sebastian Coe, head of the International Association of Athetics Federations (IAAF) - overlooked for International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership this year - should renew his case sooner rather than later.
Britain’s Mo Farah matched what was once the unique feat of Finland’s Lasse Viren here as he completed his second successive 5,000 and 10,000 metres double at the Olympics with victory at the shorter distance on a final night here when individual track golds also went, surprisingly, to Matt Centrowitz of the United States in the men’s 1500m and, inevitably, to South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the women’s 800m.
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe has written - but not yet delivered - a "handwritten letter" for Yelena Isinbayava supposedly offering his congratulations following her election here to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
China's Lijiao Gong, women's Olympic shot put bronze medallist at the London 2012, is set to inherit silver following the retrospective disqualification for doping of Russia’s Evgenia Kolodko, and her team-mate Li Ling will move up to bronze.
After anchoring Jamaica home to gold in the men’s 4x100 metres, and thus completing a perfect 100m/200m/relay record in the last three Olympics, Usain Bolt diverted from his now customary lap of honour to kneel at his finishing point in lane three, bend down to the track and kiss the Games goodbye.
Yelena Isinbayeva has officially announced her retirement from athletics, a day after being elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Bolt hopes has earned right to be mentioned alongside Muhammad Ali and Pelé after completing third Olympic 100m/200m double
It is a straightforward enough template: Usain Bolt, triple Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion.
It’s seven years since Kerron Clement won a global 400 metres hurdles title - but victory today in 47.73sec clearly came as no surprise to him as he had already made space in his medals cabinet for a first Olympic gold.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson bucked the trend on a huge night for United States women athletes as she became the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner at Seoul in 1988 to win the sprint double at the Olympics, winning the 200 metres in 21.78sec after holding off the world champion Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, who clocked 21.88.
Conseslus Kipruto maintained Kenya’s great tradition in the Olympic 3,000 metres steeplechase here as he became his country’s ninth consecutive winner in an Olympic record of 8min 03.28sec.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced the appointment of Olivier Gers as their new chief executive following a six-month search.
Two emerging 22-year-old talents came of age here tonight as Jamaica’s effervescent Omar McLeod won the men’s 110m hurdles and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya outsprinted Ethiopia’s world champion Genzebe Dibaba to take the women’s 1500m gold.
Christian Taylor and Sandra Perkovic defended their respective men’s triple jump and women’s discus titles here in a morning session of athletics which also saw the forlorn departure of the woman who has carried Brazil’s gold medal hopes on her shoulders for four years, Fabiana Murer.