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Iranian climber Alipour aims for Paris 2024 gold

  • Sport Climbing

Iranian climber Reza Alipour has revealed he is aiming for the Olympic gold medal at Paris 2024 as he continues to seek qualification for Tokyo 2020.

Asian Cheetah" and is regarded as the "vertical world's fastest man" for holding the men's speed world record

I broke my own record at the 2017 IFSC Climbing World Cup but I have not bettered my own best during

the previous years," Alipour said to the Tehran Times."

quarter-finals stage of the 2019 IFSC World Championships.Reza Alipour has won three World Championships medals

I will keep my own record in Asia and the world and winning gold in all events will be my priority."


Mike Rowbottom: Eighty-five years on from 45 minutes of brilliance by Jesse Owens

  • Inside the Blogs

Eighty-five years ago today there took place one of the great feats in athletics, and sporting, history as Jesse Owens broke five world records and equalled a sixth in the space of 45 minutes.

This extraordinary performance occurred when the then 21-year-old Owens, who would win four gold medals

He equalled the world record of 9.4 seconds.Owens could not afford to lose concentration, as he had only

He won both in world record times of 20.3sec – beating the old mark of 20.6 - and 22.6sec respectively

I can't tell you how many times I've seen my grandad win the 100m dash!" Rankin said.

He was definitely just grandad, but all of his grandchildren – and I am the youngest – knew that at one


Ilya Ilyin quits weightlifting after Tokyo 2020 postponement

  • Weightlifting

Ilya Ilyin, the most controversial and arguably the most popular weightlifter of the 21st century, is retiring from the sport.

during quarantine, and the allocation of only one men’s place to Kazakhstan because of its past doping record

it was restricted to only two quota places at Tokyo 2020, one male and one female.The multiple world record

one doping violation - and he returned to the platform with high hopes of qualifying for Tokyo.Four times

a world champion, Ilya Ilyin was stripped of two Olympic gold medals ©Getty ImagesIlyin’s comments today

had been hoping for one last major effort at the Asian Championships in April - but that event, like all


Olympic and world champions from the Americas praise frontline workers during COVID-19 pandemic

  • PASO

Olympic, world and Pan American champions have paid tribute to those emergency workers who are helping to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.

Venezuelan BMX freestyle rider Daniel Dhers.Sharing a message between the athletes they said, "Many times

athletes are used to receiving applause, to climb the podium and win medals, to be interviewed for our

Thanks to all the health and medical workers around the world."

The video ends with all the athletes showing their medals and saying "this medal is for you".Neven Ilic

In just a few days after reaching out to them, these athletes did not hesitate to record and send us


Paralympian Weir set to complete own marathon for charity

  • Athletics

Wheelchair athlete David Weir is set to complete his own marathon for charity in the absence of the London Marathon, which has been postponed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

athlete is one of the country's most successful Paralympians with six golds, two silvers and two bronze medals

his name and has competed in every London Marathon since making his debut in 2000 and has won it a record

this post on InstagramExcited to join the #twopointsixchallenge with @londonmarathon please help save all

I know the guys in my academy are missing not being at the club two or three times a week."

A lot of kids with disability suffer with depression and feel left out all the time."


Alan Hubbard: From scintillating Sydney to soulless Seoul - my Olympic heights and lows

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Nostalgia is very much in vogue at the moment as much by necessity as desire.

 Just as well, as he collected the first of his two 1500m gold medals in that Chariots of Ire duel

7 Montreal 1976Because of events in Munich security was intense, and a times stifling.

was partially uplifted by the human dolphin Mark Spitz, ironically an American Jew, who struck gold a record

seven times; the wrecking-ball punching of Cuban heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson, who I dubbed ‘Castro

’s ‘right hand man’; and went on to win two more gold medals, plus the coquettishness of cute gymnast


Wickenheiser at the frontline as she takes on the IOC and COVID-19

  • The Big Read

Hayley Wickenheiser, whom many regard as the greatest-ever female ice hockey player, retired as an athlete in 2017 to pursue a medical career. But Canada’s four-time Olympic champion is still leading from the front - in sport and in life.

"So I was on the frontline with hospitals all across Toronto as a medical trainee.

think a democratically elected institution like the IOC should be censoring its members, especially in times

So this means that all we can do is work hard to prepare for the Games."

and International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship and has won more medals than any

2006 Winter Olympics, and no female ice hockey player has appeared at more Winter Olympics than her record


Weightlifting’s best-kept secret - the amazing mum ready to go down in Olympic history again

  • The Big Read

Anybody who follows the world of weightlifting closely must be in need of an uplift, judging by recent headlines on insidethegames and elsewhere.

his remarkable record of making every single lift a good one in Olympic qualifying, 27 from 27.And then

after leaving the juniors, the outstanding Cikamatana, now Australian, tried to set a senior world record

go down in Olympic history as the first woman ever to make a lift, the first woman to compete five times

“There have been times, because of all the challenges she has faced, when my heart has gone out to her

Golden Girl Dika Toua who has won three gold medals for Team #PNG #Van2017 #PacificMiniGames #weightlifting


Three-time biathlon World Cup winner Mäkäräinen retires

  • Biathlon

Finland's three-time International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup winner Kaisa Mäkäräinen has hung up her skis after years of deliberation.

, the Finn, who became a world champion in 2011 in the 10-kilometre pursuit, retires with six world medals

Cups, with her last one coming in the 2017-2018 season.She also made the overall podium a further two times

, with a record of five in the last decade.Mäkäräinen made the announcement on Instagram, with the final

to safety measures put in place by the Finnish government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.She added: "I'm all

Today I'll enjoy my last World Cup race with a full heart with all my wonderful colleagues."


Mike Rowbottom: Sporting inspiration - and desolation - recalled on International Women's Day

  • Inside the Blogs

The plethora of comment, support, celebration and information marking yesterday’s International Women’s Day included, as one would expect, a huge amount of material in the sporting realm.

had been campaigning long and hard to get Women’s Pentathlon into the Olympics, and I think we were all

, certificates or an asterisk in the record book.But the IOC Executive Board announced it would not be

Francois Carrard, the IOC's director general.Australian board member Kevan Gosper told the New York Times

You do wonder if things in your life might have been different if all this had come to light nearer the

of East German success was the doubt that had been raised about performances of other nations, not all


Heiden’s own Miracle on Ice still resonates in Olympic history 40 years on

  • The Big Read

Forty years ago yesterday, a 21-year-old American sat in the stands at the Field House International Ice Rink in Lake Placid watching the United States ice hockey team achieve what would forever after be known as the 'Miracle on Ice' by defeating the Soviet favourites at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

and became the first - and thus far only - athlete to bring home five individual gold medals in a single

Chronicle:"To come back each time for five races with your head together, to step out on the ice five times

US Olympian Bill Rodgers, who won the New York and Boston marathons four times each, commented in the

What he accomplished will never be done again, period," said five-times Olympic speed skating gold medallist

Bonnie Blair, who won her medals over the span of three Olympics in 1988, 1992 and 1994.Meanwhile, Heiden


Fourcade wins 11th gold to equal individual all-time record at Biathlon World Championships

  • Biathlon

French star Martin Fourcade equalled the all-time record for individual Biathlon World Championships

The five-times Olympic champion produced a dominant display to move level with Norwegian legend Ole Einar

whose only blemish was a failure to hit the last of 20 targets.Fourcade's victory saw him equal the all-time

World Championships record and ended a barren run at the event, which stretches back three years.He

has now won 27 World Championships medals, including bronze in the 10km sprint in the Italian resort

coaches the Chinese national team, if he triumphs in the mass start on Sunday (February 23).The five-times


Hamilton and Messi share Laureus award in historic first

  • News

The Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award has been shared for the first time, with Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi the recipients, while Simone Biles has won the women's award for the third time in four years.

Biles, the 22-year-old American gymnast many already view as the greatest of all time, won five gold

medals at the 2019 World Championships.She has 25 World medals in total now, the most in history, and

only Serena Williams has won this award more times than Biles.Messi won the Ballon d'Or for a record

he won his sixth Formula One title.That takes the Briton just one behind Michael Schumacher on the all-time

celebrating a 20th anniversary and held in the  German capital Berlin.Simone Biles won five gold medals


Hosts Australia win 12 medals on day two of World Para Swimming Series

  • Swimming News

Australia added more medals to their tally on day two of the first World Para Swimming Series as the

 Crothers also won the 100m yesterday, narrowly missing the world record for his classification.

sure how that 50m went and I won’t know until I speak to my coach and he tells me, because really the times

Dedekind would be a fair distance behind with 836 points for silver and Katherine Downie ensured it was an all-Australian


Agbegnenou fulfills French hopes with victory at IJF Paris Grand Slam

  • Judo

A stirring rendition of La Marseillaise sent a happy French crowd into the evening Paris rain on a high dreaming of Olympic success after Clarisse Agbegnenou defeated one of her main rivals for Tokyo 2020 gold, Nami Nabekura, to win the women's under-63 kilograms at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam here tonight.

The 27-year-old Frenchwoman, a four-times world champion, rode the waves of "Clarisse, Clarisse" sweeping

 It meant Bilodid keeps her remarkable record of having faced Japanese opponents nine times and

two countered a modified kata-guruma with te-waza for a waza-ari score with 40 seconds remaining to record

December.The first bronze medal was won by Mongolia's Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir, who beat Japan's three-times

Olympic over-100kg gold medallist Teddy Riner follow Agbegnenou and deliver a French victory.Watch all