Athletics

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. 

Hungarian Olympic champion Imre Németh remembered at memorial service

By Gary Anderson

A special memorial service has been held to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Hungarian Olympic champion Imre Németh ©MOBFormer Olympic hammer champion Imre Németh was remembered at a special memorial service in Budapest to mark the 25th anniversary of his death in 1989 at the age of 71.

Amsterdam reveal plan to spread events at 2016 European Athletics Championships around Dutch capital

By Mike Rowbottom in Zurich

European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz meets Adam, mascot for the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam ©TwitterAs a hugely successful staging of the European Athletics Championships closed here, Ellen van Langen, one of the leading figures in Amsterdam's successful bid for the next Championships in 2016, spoke of the unique plans to spread events around the Dutch capital, which hosted the Olympics in 1928.

Britain top European medals table as Mekhissi-Benabbad makes good

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbab, disqualified in the 3000m steeplechase, returns to win gold in the 1500m ©Getty ImagesFive golds on the final day of the European Athletics Championships here - from Mo Farah, taking his third consecutive 5.000 metres title, Greg Rutherford in the long jump, the men's and women's sprint relay teams and the men's 4x400m quartet - left Britain top of the table with 12 golds and a total of 23 medals, four more than their previous best in 2010.

Perkovic, Lavillenie and Saladuha - a hat-trick of European gold hat-tricks

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Sandra Perkovic of Croatia celebrates after winning a third European discus gold ©AFP/Getty ImagesCroatia's world and Olympic discus champion Sandra Perkovic had a packed and appreciative crowd all to herself here as she rounded off the action on day five of the European Championships, claiming a third European gold with a national record of 71.08 metres - the furtherest throw in the world since 1992.

Hussein delivers rare Swiss gold, Diniz dedicates world record to Mekhissi-Benabbad

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Kariem Hussein celebrates winning home gold in Zurich ©Getty ImagesSwirling rain may have engulfed the men's 400 metres hurdles final, but the Letzigrund Stadium generated  a level of heat and noise not previously witnessed this week as Kariem Hussein delivered the host nation's first gold - indeed, its first medal - of these European Championships.

"Head-to-heads" the key to athletics' future success, says Coe in his "spiritual home"

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Seb Coe signs autographs for Young Leaders in Sport while out and about in Zurich ©Getty ImagesSebastian Coe, back in what he describes as his "spiritual home town" of Zurich, where he broke world records for 1500 metres and the mile, has said the most important thing for athletics is to ensure the best competitors meet each other in both championships and other meetings.
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