Athletics

Russia crisis will make Ukraine athletes stronger at World Championships, says Dobrynska

By Mike Rowbottom at the Ergo Arena in Sopot

Nataliya Dobrynska speaks out in Sopot ©Getty ImagesMarch 6 - Nataliya Dobrynska, Ukraine's former Olympic heptathlon champion who is head of her nation's delegation here at the World Indoor Athletics Championships, has made an impassioned plea on behalf of her country in the wake of the recent incursions of Russian armed forces.

Exclusive: Ukraine Athletics President backs World Indoors participation despite "lethal threat" of crisis

By Mike Rowbottom at the Ergo Arena in Sopot

Ihor Hotsul, President of the Ukrainian Athletic Federation, says the lives of citizens in his country are in "mortal danger" following Russia's actions ©Getty ImagesMarch 5 - On the eve of the World Indoor Athletics Championships here, the President of the Ukrainian Athletic Federation, Ihor Hotsul, has issued a defiant statement of intent against the background of the crisis involving Russian incursions into his country.

Brazilian Olympic Committee announces funding for athletics to bolster Rio 2016 medal chances

By Gary Anderson

February 27 - New funding programme from COB aims to increase Brazilian track and field success at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) has announced a funding boost for its track and field athletes in an effort to increase the chances of medal success at Rio 2016. 

World's biggest mile in London to celebrate 60th anniversary of Bannister’s record

By Danyal Khan

Sir Roger Bannister, pictured walking over the finish line of the Iffley Road running track where he set his sub four-minute mile, will award the winner of the Senior Men’s Championship their trophy ©Getty ImagesFebruary 26 - Organisers of the Bupa Westminster Mile plan to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister's historic sub four-minute mile by staging the world's biggest timed road mile of the year.

Veronica Campbell-Brown cleared of doping violation

By Paul Osborne

Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared of doping violations by the CAS ©Getty ImagesFebruary 25 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared of a doping violation and is now free to compete again.

Course records fall as Chumba and Tsegaye take Tokyo Marathon titles

By Paul Osborne

Kenya's Dickson Chumba finished first in the men's race at the 2014 Tokyo Marathon in a new course record ©Getty ImagesFebruary 23 - Two course records fell in the 2014 Tokyo Marathon today as Kenya's Dickson Chumba and Ethiopia's Tirfi Tsegaye won their first World Marathon Major event titles.

Gold medal prospect Dasaolu pulls out of World Indoor Championships

By Mike Rowbottom

James Dasaolu has pulled out of next month's IAAF World Indoor Championships ©Getty ImagesFebruary 18 - James Dasaolu has had to pull out of next month's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Sopot, where he would have been one of the favourites in the 60 metres.

Farah should forget marathons and stick to track running, says Gebrselassie

By Zjan Shirinian at La Gavroche in London

Haile Gebrselassie (right) thinks Mo Farah (left) would get the best out of himself if he sticks to track running ©Getty ImagesFebruary 17 - Double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie thinks British distance runner Mo Farah should stick to track running, rather than taking on the challenges of a marathon.

Lavillenie "still flying" after breaking Bubka's 21-year-old pole vault world record

By Mike Rowbottom

Renaud Lavillenie admitted it will ll take a while to come to terms with the fact he has broken Sergey Bubka's 21-year-old world record for the pole vault ©AFP/Getty ImagesFebruary 15 - Renaud Lavillenie says he will "need time to get back down to earth" after beating Sergey Bubka's 21-year-old world pole vault record with a clearance of 6.16 metres in the Ukrainian's home city of Donetsk.
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