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September 03, 2004

Tackled marathoner gets hero's welcome at home

"Vanderlei de Lima, the bronze medalist in the Olympic marathon who was tackled by a spectator while leading the race, returned home to a hero's welcome, saying he was just thrilled to earn a medal.

Flying back from Athens, Greece, de Lima was greeted at Sao Paulo's international airport Wednesday by fans shouting, "It's gold! It's gold!"

Brazilians were outraged when an Irish spectator, wearing a kilt, knee-socks and a beret, grabbed de Lima and pushed him into the crowd with three miles to go in Sunday's race.

De Lima got back into the race, but was soon passed by Italy's Stefano Baldini and American Meb Keflezighi, the eventual gold and silver medalists. The Brazilian Olympic Committee has requested that de Lima be declared co-winner."

Read more at Tackled marathoner gets hero's welcome at home:

Posted by Darren at 12:22 PM

Egbunike's Absence Cost Nigeria Gold - Udo-Obong

"A member of the nation's relay quartet that won silver at the Sydney Olympics and bronze in the Athens Games, Enefiok Udo-Obang has from an insider's advantage profeered the factor that cost the nation a gold medal in the 4x400m relay in Greece to the absence of their Sydney coach, Innocent Egbunike in the Athens camp.

Speaking in an extensive interview with THISDAYSports yesterday, he said, "the quartet in Sydney comprising Sunday Bada, Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye were made up of well established world leaders in the quarter-mile. I was like the weakest link in terms of experience. The experience of Egbunike fetched us the medal."

Comparing the two teams, which he remains the only link, the Akwa-Ibom-born athlete said, "the Athens team, though younger and less experienced was a team of youth with a burning desire for meeting the challenges set within us. No body believed in us. I had to start psyching the other members of the team. God was our biggest supporter in meeting that effort.""

Read more at Egbunike's Absence Cost Nigeria Gold - Udo-Obong:

Posted by Darren at 12:21 PM

September 01, 2004

Annus won't return Olympic hammer gold

"The Hungarian hammer thrower who was stripped of his gold medal after refusing to take a follow-up drug test at the Athens Olympics said Tuesday he still considers himself the champion and vowed to keep his medal.

Adrian Annus also reiterated his decision to retire rather than deal with what he called a campaign to manipulate test results against him.

"Hammer throwing was my life and this wasn't the way I planned to bid farewell to the sport," Annus told the state-run news wire MTI. "I only want my family and I to be left alone.""

Read more at Annus won't return Olympic hammer gold

Posted by Darren at 10:41 AM

August 31, 2004

Marathon result disputed

"The Brazilian Olympic Committee will lodge an appeal against the result of Sunday's Athens marathon, after it was disrupted by a spectator.

Late in the race, a man in a kilt ran into the road, bundling Brazil's leader Vanderlei de Lima into the crowd.

De Lima restarted the race but then faded into third place as Italy's Stefano Baldini won the gold medal.

Brazil are now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying De Lima was not given enough protection."

Read more at Marathon result disputed

Posted by Darren at 12:22 PM

August 30, 2004

Marathon Drama as Vanderlei de Lima is Ambushed

"Greece staged an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday to bring the curtain down on the Athens Games, which took the Olympics back to their roots and provided drama right down to the last gold medal.

A spectator ran onto the course of men's marathon, the final event of the Games run along the route of the first modern Olympics, and bundled Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima into the crowd as he led the race with about 15 minutes to go.

De Lima was able to rejoin the race after about five seconds but he looked shaken and was passed soon afterwards by Stefano Baldini of Italy, who had already been gaining on him. Baldini won the race ahead of American Meb Keflezighi.

The intruder was Cornelius Horan, an Irish former priest who interrupted the British Formula One Grand Prix last year. He was dressed in a kilt and beret and police said he was drunk.

De Lima said the incident may have cost him the gold medal and Brazilian officials said they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a review of the results."

Read more at Games Close with Drama Down to Last Medal

"With Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil unexpectedly leading the race - the final event of these Games - by close to 30 seconds near the 22-mile mark, a man emerged from the crowd and pushed Lima from the middle of the road to the side of the course into a group of spectators, stopping him completely.

Spectators and security guards intervened, but it took the bewildered Lima several seconds to shake free. As he emerged from the crowd with about four miles remaining, his expression was even more pained than a marathoner's customary grimace down the stretch. And as security guards took his attacker, 57-year-old Cornelius Horan of Ireland, into custody, Lima spread his slender arms as if to ask, "Why?"

Seven minutes after the attack, with about 2.3 miles remaining in the race, Lima was caught from behind by the eventual winner, Stefano Baldini of Italy, and then by the eventual silver medalist, Meb Keflezighi of the United States." Read more at A Spectator Disrupts the Marathon With a Shove

Also read about it at:
- Marathoner finishes Third after attack
- Former priest halts marathon leader in his tracks

Posted by Darren at 01:14 PM

Stefano Baldini wins Men's Marathon Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Stefano Baldini from Italy
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Mebrahtom Keflezighi from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Vanderlei de Lima from Brazil

Posted by Darren at 01:08 PM

Aussies win surprise relay silver

"Australia has won an unexpected silver medal in the men's 4x400 metre relay at the Athens Olympics.

The Australian team of John Steffensen, Mark Ormrod, Patrick Dwyer and Clinton Hill finished second behind the United States (2:55.91) in a time of 3:00.60.

Nigeria ran home in 3:00.90 to claim the bronze medal.

It was the first time since the 1956 Olympics that Australia had medalled in the event.

Steffensen, who celebrates his birthday on Monday, could hardly believe the team's achievement.

"Who would have thought us boys getting second, I'm speechless, you don't know how hard we have had to work," he told Channel Seven.

"All us boys have done some real hard yards and right now its hard to believe."

Read more at Aussies win surprise relay silver

Posted by Darren at 01:33 AM

Kelly Holmes given Olympic honour

"Double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes has been given the honour of carrying the flag for Great Britain at Sunday's closing ceremony in Athens.

Holmes, who added 1500m gold to her 800m triumph on Saturday night, has revealed she has no plans to bow out of athletics just yet.

"I don't plan to retire. I'm in the best shape of my life.

"The most important thing is to enjoy it," she told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme."

Read more at Holmes given Olympic honour

Posted by Darren at 01:32 AM

Marathon men bring down curtain on Athens Olympics

"Finals in boxing, wrestling and taekwondo herald the symbolic finale to the Athens Olympics, the men's marathon, tracing the legendary route ran by Pheidippides in 490 BC to announce the Athenian victory at the battle of Marathon.

Favourite for the 301st and last medal of the games was Kenya's world record holder Paul Tergat, the silver-medallist over 10,000 metres at Atlanta and Sydney.

"This is going to be my final Olympics. If I could win the gold medal, everything would be complete and I could go on to other things with a free mind." said Tergat."

Read more at Marathon men bring down curtain on Athens Olympics

Posted by Darren at 12:46 AM

August 29, 2004

British Stun U.S. in Sprint Relay

"Britain took a shock gold in the men's Olympic 4x100 meters relay Saturday, pipping favorites the United States by one hundredth of a second.

Mark Lewis-Francis held off 2000 Olympic 100 meters champion Maurice Greene in a blistering last leg to clinch the gold in 38.07 seconds. It was Britain's first gold in the event for 92 years.

"We have gone and proved everyone wrong, all the people who were talking negative about us," said Lewis-Francis. "This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my whole life.

"I knew I had it won as soon as I got the baton."

The U.S. quartet had to be content with silver in 38.08 seconds with Nigeria taking bronze in 38.23."

Read more at British Stun U.S. in Sprint Relay

Posted by Darren at 06:11 AM

United States Retains Both 4x400 Titles

"The United States retained both Olympic 4x400 meters relay titles Saturday with individual champion Jeremy Wariner running the third leg for the men's team.

The Americans were already well in front when Wariner received the baton and he in turn gave Darold Williamson a clear lead.

Williamson completed victory for the United States in two minutes 55.91 seconds with Australia second almost five seconds back and Nigeria third.

None of the American team were in the squad who competed in Sydney four years and who are now certain to lose their gold medals.

The world governing body has annulled the results and recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) take back the medals because one of the American team, world 400 meters champion Jerome Young, should have been serving a doping ban."

Read more at Sports News Article | Reuters.com

Posted by Darren at 06:10 AM

Borzakovskiy wins 800m

"Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy landed a shock Olympic 800m victory from South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Borzakovskiy, 23, burst from a long way back to clock one minute 44.45 seconds to pip the fast-finishing Commonwealth champion on the line.

Mulaudzi edged out Denmark's world record holder Wilson Kipketer, who ran 1:44.65 in third.

Algeria's Djabir Said Guerni led at halfway in 51.84 before Kenya's Wilfred Bungei took over to set up the finish."

Read more at Borzakovskiy wins 800m

Posted by Darren at 05:57 AM

Russia's Slesarenko Wins High Jump

"Yelena Slesarenko of Russia set an Olympic record in the women's high jump Saturday night, winning the gold medal with a jump of 6 feet, 9 inches.

The previous Olympic record was 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches, set in Atlanta by Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria.

Hestrie Cloete of South Africa won silver with a jump of 6 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Viktoriya Styopina of Ukraine won the bronze with a jump at the same height, but finished below Cloete because she had one more miss.

Amy Acuff of the United States was fourth, clearing 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches."

Read more at AP Wire | 08/28/2004 | Russia's Slesarenko Wins High Jump

Posted by Darren at 05:51 AM

US win Men's 4 x 400m Relay Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Australia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Nigeria

Posted by Darren at 05:47 AM

Andreas Thorkildsen wins Men's Javelin Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Andreas Thorkildsen from Norway
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Vadims Vasilevskis from Latvia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Sergey Makarov from Russia

Posted by Darren at 05:35 AM

US win Women's 4x 400m Relay

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Jamaica

Posted by Darren at 05:33 AM

Yelena Slesarenko wins Women's High Jump

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yelena Slesarenko from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Hestrie Cloete from South Africa
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Viktoriya Styopina from Ukraine

Posted by Darren at 05:17 AM

Britain's Holmes Wins Women's 1,500

"Kelly Holmes surged from behind to take the 1,500 meters gold and clinch a rare middle-distance Olympic double on Saturday. The Briton already won the 800 earlier this week.

In the finishing straight, Holmes kicked for home and easily beat Tatyana Tomashova of Russia and Maria Cioncan of Romania.

Holmes hung back for most of the race and had a lot of work left to do with 300 meters to go. She finished in 3 minutes 57.90 seconds, holding a .22 second edge over Tomashova. Maria Cioncan of Romania crossed in 3:58.39."
Read more at Britain's Holmes Wins Women's 1,500

Posted by Darren at 05:02 AM

El Guerrouj fends off Bekele for historic win

"Hicham El Guerrouj completed an historic Olympic 1,500-5,000 metres double this evening after a battle royal with Kenenisa Bekele.

The Moroccan emulated the achievement of Finn Paavo Nurmi in 1924 as he cruised to victory in the 5,000 in one of the most mouth-watering head-to-heads of the Athens Games.

He timed 13 minutes 14.39 seconds. Silver went to Ethiopia's Bekele, a metre back, with 19-year-old world champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya taking bronze.

Ireland's Alistair Cragg finished in 12th position in a time of 13:43.06."

Read more at El Guerrouj fends off Bekele for historic win

Posted by Darren at 05:01 AM

Great Britain wins 4x100m Relay Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Nigeria

Posted by Darren at 04:55 AM

Hicham El Guerrouj wins Men's 5000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya

Posted by Darren at 04:23 AM

Yuri Borzakovskiy wins Men's 800m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yuriy Borzakovskiy from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Mbulaeni Mulaudzi from South Africa
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Wilson Kipketer from Denmark

Posted by Darren at 03:54 AM

Kelly Holmes wins Women's 1500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Kelly Holmes from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Tatyana Tomashova from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Maria Cioncan from Romania

Posted by Darren at 03:38 AM

August 28, 2004

Paul Tergat seeks peace of mind with marathon gold

"Paul Tergat is a man on a mission, to finally capture an Olympic Games gold medal, and the Kenyan world record holder for the men's marathon is tipped to fulfil his ambition in the classic event here Sunday.

"This is going to be my final Olympics. If I could win the gold medal, everything would be complete and I could go on to other things with a free mind," Tergat recently said.

The Kenyan air force seargent's career credentials include a record five consecutive world cross country titles, two world half marathon titles and a 10,000 metres world record on the track."
Read more at Tergat seeks peace of mind with marathon gold

Posted by Darren at 10:59 PM

Tearful Marion Jones finishes Olympics without a medal

"American superstar Marion Jones made a tearful exit from the Olympics, finishing an unhappy campaign empty-handed four years after being the golden girl of the Sydney Games.

The 28-year-old came fifth in the long jump and was then involved in a baton change blunder in the 4x100 metres relay which left the United States quartet out of the medals for the first time since 1980.

It completed a miserable year for Jones, who has found herself at the centre of an ongoing drugs scandal investigation that has already wrecked the career of sprinter boyfriend Tim Montgomery (news - web sites).

Asked about her whole experience at the Olympics, Jones said: "It was a rough one," before breaking down in tears and vowing to return."

Read more at Yahoo! News - Tearful Jones finishes Olympics without a medal

Posted by Darren at 05:12 PM

Hammer winner Annus retires

"Under suspicion of doping, Olympic hammer throw champion Adrian Annus retired from sports Thursday rather than deal with what he called a campaign to manipulate test results against him.

"I'm putting an end to my career," the 31-year-old Annus told the state-run news agency MTI in a statement. "It isn't worth going through all this even for an Olympic champion's title."

International Olympic Committee officials said Annus passed a drug test after winning the hammer throw Sunday, but doping control officials have been trying to track him down since then for further testing.

Read more at Hammer winner Annus retires

Posted by Darren at 04:54 PM

El Guerrouj and Bekele vie for supremacy

"Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele move up and down respectively from their favoured distances for what could be an epic Olympic 5,000 metres clash. El Guerrouj, 29, has finally claimed the Olympic 1,500 title which escaped him at the 1996 Atlanta Games and again in Sydney four years later. Bekele, seven years his junior, won the 10,000 metres gold and is now attempting to become the first Ethiopian since Miruts Yifter in 1980 to complete the long-distance double. Victory on Saturday would complete a perfect year for Bekele and give him a legitimate claim to the mythical title of best track distance runner in history." Read more at El Guerrouj and Bekele vie for supremacy

Posted by Darren at 12:57 PM

Bad Day for U.S., New Dawn for China

"The United States suffered their worst day of the Athens Olympics on Friday when a tearful Marion Jones flopped, their basketball "Dream Team" were humiliated and they captured only one of the 20 golds on offer.

But China, who had never won an Olympic gold in athletics, had a night to remember with Liu Xiang winning the men's 110 meters hurdles in a world record equaling 12.91 seconds.

"My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin," said Liu, 21.

"This is a miracle, but I believe a lot more miracles will take place in China," he said, as a new generation of his compatriots signaled they will be a force to be reckoned with on the track when Beijing hosts the next Olympics in 2008.

Xing Huina beat the Ethiopians at their own game to win the women's 10,000 in one of the biggest upsets of the athletics."

Read more at Bad Day for U.S., New Dawn for China

Posted by Darren at 12:55 PM

Athens Offers No Comfort to Paula Radcliffe

"Im Paula Radcliffe get me out of here.

The sooner Radcliffe leaves Athens, the better, and perhaps tonight she will reflect that Monday would have been an opportune moment to head home on the next available plane. We learned in Sundays marathon that Radcliffe is mortal, when it was choking to see her bawling at the roadside four miles from the finish. But if anyone had the capacity to recover from such a knockdown then surely it would be the Bedford Blonde.

But no, not tonight. The dream of redemption turned into further indignation as Radcliffe pulled out two thirds of the way through the 10,000metres final. Radcliffe had announced just 10 hours before lining up alongside the cream of long-distance talent that she would race despite her obvious agony of Sunday, pain which ran over into her tearful press conference and live TV interview the next day. "

Read more at Athens Offers No Comfort to Radcliffe

Posted by Darren at 06:42 AM

No medal for Marion Jones in long jump or relay

"Marion Jones' chances for a medal at the Olympics ended abruptly Friday night with a fifth-place finish in the long jump and a disaster in the women's 4x100 meter relay. Running second, Jones had a poor exchange of the baton with Lauryn Williams. Williams left too early and she couldn't connect with Jones until it was too late. The U.S. didn't finish because Williams was already out of the handoff zone. The race was won by the Jamaican foursome of Tayna Lawrence, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell in 41.73 seconds. Russia was second and France was third."

Read more at No medal for Marion Jones in long jump or relay

Also read Jones fifth in long jump

Posted by Darren at 06:30 AM

Timothy Mack wins Men's Pole Vault Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Timothy Mack from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Toby Stevenson from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Giuseppe Gibilisco from Italy

Posted by Darren at 06:29 AM

Hunt is on for Olympic hammer champ Annus

"Anti-doping authorities were trying to track down Olympic champion Adrian Annus on Friday amid suspicions the Hungarian may have duped drug-testers after winning a gold medal in the hammer throw. Annus, who announced his retirement from the sport on Friday, left Greece immediately after striking gold in the hammer on Sunday. Mandatory drug tests carried out on the athlete after the event were negative. But following the controversy over Hungary's discus champion Robert Fazekas - who was stripped of his Olympic gold medal for failing to provide a urine sample - questions have now been raised over his friend Annus. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge confirmed to AFP that the athlete was being sought by drug-testers. "

Read more at Hunt is on for Olympic hammer champ Annus

Posted by Darren at 06:26 AM

Russia Finish 1-2-3 in Long Jump

"Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva has added the Olympic women's long jump title to her her triple-jump bronze. Lebedeva's second-round leap of 7.07m was good enough for victory, with compatriots Irina Simagina and Tatyana Kotova completing a Russia 1-2-3. Simagina won the silver with 7.05m - the same as Kotova - but having recorded a longer second-best effort."

Read more at Lebedeva wins long jump

Posted by Darren at 06:17 AM

Jamaca win Women's 4x 100m Relay Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Jamaica
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from France

Posted by Darren at 06:04 AM

Liu Wins 110 Meter Hurdles

"Liu Xiang of China won the gold medal in the men's 110-meter hurdles Friday night at the Olympics in an Olympic record time of 12.91 seconds. Terrence Trammell of the United States was the silver medalist with a time of 13.18 seconds, while Anier Garcia of Cuba took the bronze in a time of 13.20 seconds."

Read more at Liu Wins 110 Meter Hurdles

Posted by Darren at 05:54 AM

Huina Xing wins Women's 10,000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Huina Xing from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Ejegayehu Dibaba from Ethiopia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Derartu Tulu from Ethiopia

Posted by Darren at 05:37 AM

Osleidys Menendez wins Women's Javelin Gold Medal

he winner of the Gold Medal: Osleidys Menendez from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Steffi Nerius from Germany
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Mirela Manjani from Greece

Posted by Darren at 05:36 AM

Tatyana Lebedeva wins Women's Long Jump Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Tatyana Lebedeva from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Irina Simagina from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Tatyana Kotova from Russia

Posted by Darren at 05:34 AM

Xiang Liu wins Men's 110m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Xiang Liu from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Terrence Trammell from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Anier Garcia from Cuba

Posted by Darren at 05:21 AM

Paula Radcliffe fails to finish

Britain's Paula Radcliffe has failed to finish in the Women's 10,000m final.

Posted by Darren at 05:13 AM

Unforgiving Greeks Boo as Games Turn Ugly

"The Olympics turned ugly when unforgiving Greeks, incensed that fallen hero Costas Kenteris was missing from the 200 meters, delayed the final by booing and chanting for five minutes.

The American athletes who took the first three places on Thursday evening refused to be fazed by the uproar and a delighted Kenteris said he felt vindicated. The spectators were enraged because defending champion Kenteris was absent from the final after withdrawing from the Olympics following a missed dope test."

Read more at Unforgiving Greeks Boo as Games Turn Ugly

Posted by Darren at 12:30 AM

Nathan Deakes to assess his technique

"Nathan Deakes's coach says the Olympian's technique will be reassessed following his disqualification from the 50-kilometre walk in Athens. Deakes was leading the field with the eventual winner, Poland's Robert Korzeniowski, when he was disqualified at the 33-kilometre mark. The 26-year-old did not receive any warnings during his bronze medal effort in the 20-kilometre walk last week. Deakes's coach Brett Vallance said his charge's disqualification came as a surprise."

Read more at Deakes to assess his technique - Athens Olympics 2004 - ABC Sport.

Posted by Darren at 12:27 AM

August 27, 2004

Kenteris Says He Did Nothing Wrong

"Greek sprinter Kostas Kenteris was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in his absence at Olympic Stadium. Thousands of fans chanted his name Thursday night at the 200-meter sprint, an event Kenteris pulled out of after missing a drug test. "When I heard all these people - the thousands of people - shout my name, it was the most beautiful thing that I have heard in recent years," Kenteris told the TV Mytilini channel."

Read more at AP Wire | 08/27/2004 | Kenteris Says He Did Nothing Wrong

Posted by Darren at 10:13 PM

Radcliffe Runs

Paula Radcliffe has confirmed she will definitely run in the Olympic 10,000m.
Radcliffe quit Sunday's marathon four miles from the end but is ready to line up for the 1950BST start on Friday.

She is the fastest woman in the world this year over 10,000m by 26 seconds and the 30-year-old will be keen to hit back after her marathon failure.

Read More Radcliffe to run 10,000m

Posted by at 08:16 PM

Robert Korzeniowski wins Men's 50km Walk Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Robert Korzeniowski from Poland

The winner of the Silver Medal: Denis Nizhegorodov from Russia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Aleksey Voyevodin from Russia

Two Canadians in track finals

Carmen Douma-Hussar, of Cambridge, Ont., advanced to Saturday's final in the women's 1,500-metre, even though she finished sixth in her semifinal race.

The top five racers from each heat automatically qualified for the finals, however Douma-Hussar's time of four minutes, 5.09 seconds was fast enough among the remaining pack to advance. Her time was 1.60 seconds faster than the winner of the first heat.

link @ canada.com

Posted by at 07:13 AM

Invincible Felix Sanchez storms to gold

"Red-hot favourite Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic streaked to victory in the men's Olympic 400 metres hurdles final this morning.

Just four days shy of his 27th birthday, the New York-born world champion flowed over the barriers to take gold in a time of 47.63 seconds.

Jamaica's Danny McFarlane took silver in 48.11 with France's Naman Keita collecting bronze in 48.26.

Sanchez, who is unbeaten in more than 40 races and last lost in July 2001, is the Dominican Republic's first Olympic gold medallist.

Their only other Olympic medal was a boxing bronze won by bantamweight Pedro Nolascos in the 1984 Los Angeles Games."

Read more at Invincible Sanchez storms to gold

Posted by Darren at 06:43 AM

Shawn Crawford wins 200m in Crowd Disrupted Race

"Shawn Crawford denied fellow American Justin Gatlin an Olympic sprint double as he stormed to victory in the Olympic men's 200 meters to set up a United States clean sweep....

The race, though, was marred by ugly scenes and delayed for five minutes when the packed 75,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium began booing and chanting "Kenteris, Kenteris!" and "Hellas, Hellas!

Costas Kenteris, Greece's 2000 Olympic champion in the event, withdrew from the Games after missing a drugs test in mysterious circumstances the day before the opening ceremony. There was no Greek runner in Thursday's race.""

Read more at Golden Crawford Denies Gatlin Sprint Double

Also read about this story at Shawn Crawford leads U.S. sweep of 200 meters, overcoming teammates Williams, Gatlin to win gold

Posted by Darren at 06:25 AM

Shawn Crawford wins 200m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Shawn Crawford from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bernard Williams from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Justin Gatlin from United States

Marion Jones' presence on relay could have implications after Olympics

"Marion Jones took the baton and sped down the straightaway. By the time she handed it off to 100-meter silver medalist Lauryn Williams, the United States was well on its way to victory in the first round of the 400-meter relay.

It was a quick burst of speed that helped the relay squad to a time of 41.67 seconds Thursday night, matching the mark it set earlier this month that is best in the world this year.

But the race may have implications for the relay squad long after the Olympics. Jones is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and if she is found guilty of using banned drugs it could impact any medal the team might win.

Dwight Phillips led a 1-2 American finish in the men's long jump Thursday. Phillips won gold with a leap of 28 feet, 2 1/4 inches and U.S. teammate John Moffitt won silver with a jump of 27-9 1/2. Joan Lino Martinez of Spain took the bronze medal."

Read more at Jones' presence on relay could have implications after Olympics

Posted by Darren at 06:04 AM

Felix Sanchez wins Men's 400m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Felix Sanchez from Dominican Republic

The winner of the Silver Medal: Danny McFarlane from Jamaica

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Naman Keita from France

Dwight Phillips wins Men's Long Jump Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Dwight Phillips from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: John Moffitt from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Joan Lino Martinez from Spain

Womens Pole Vault Provides Stirring Drama at Olympics

"The women's pole vault provided one of the stirring dramas of the 2004 Olympic track and field competition.

Until the mid 1990s, women's pole vault was not taken very seriously, mainly because the heights being cleared were so far behind the men. But between 1995 and 1999, Australian Emma George broke the women's world record 12 times.

The event was finally added to the Olympics in 2000 in Sydney, but much to the dismay of the partisan crowd, George failed to qualify for the final. The gold medal was won by American Stacy Dragila with a vault of four meters 60 centimeters, three centimeters less than her world record at the time."

Read more at Womens Pole Vault Provides Stirring Drama at Olympics

Posted by Darren at 05:25 AM

August 26, 2004

U.S. teen claims silver in 200 meters

"Allyson Felix took over a spot once occupied by Marion Jones, but she hasn't replaced the queen of track entirely.

Felix, 18, ran her fastest official 200 meters to place second behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell in the Olympic final Wednesday. Despite missing the gold medal, Felix made it clear that, for now, the 200 meters belongs to her."

Read more at U.S. teen claims silver in 200m

Posted by Darren at 11:18 PM

Anju carrying India's last medal hope to final

"Carrying the hopes of an entire nation, ace long jumper Anju Bobby George will seek to grab a slice of Olympic glory and add a medal to India's kitty when she features in the women's long jump final at the Main Olympic stadium tomorrow.

Anju, the last medal hope for India, kept herself on track for a coveted medal by qualifying for the final with a leap of 6.69 m in her very first attempt, making her the first Indian to reach an athletic final in the Olympic Games in 20 years.

The 27-year-old athlete did not exert much and took a safe jump to cross the qualification mark of 6.65 m without much fuss to bring the cheer back in the Indian camp, which has struggled to make a mark in the mega event."

Read more at Anju carrying India's last medal hope to final

Posted by Darren at 09:41 PM

Jana Pittman look to drop hurdles

"Olympic 400m hurdles finalist and world champion Jana Pittman of Australia said on Thursday that she was considering switching to the 400m flat race to ease the pressure on her injured knee.

"It has definitely crossed my mind that next season I wouldn't mind running the 400 flat," Pittman told Sky News Australia after finishing fifth in the medal race at Athens just 17 days after undergoing knee surgery."

Read more at Pittman look to drop hurdles

Posted by Darren at 09:01 PM

Paula Radcliffe leaves it late for 10,000 metres decision

"British marathon flop Paula Radcliffe (news - web sites) is leaving it until the last before deciding whether or not to run in the Olympic 10,000 metres.

The 30-year-old is on the entry list, but may feel she has not recovered mentally from her nightmare run on Sunday when she ran to a standstill after 35 kilometres and broke down in tears.

Physically she is believed to be in perfect shape.

"It's now up to her whether she runs, but she does have the opportunity to pull out at any time before the race," said athletics team leader Max Jones.

"She's been entered this morning but all you are doing is confirming your original selections."

Read more at Radcliffe leave its late for 10,000 metres decision

Posted by Darren at 08:59 PM

Marion Jones placed on 400 relay

"Marion Jones will be part of the U.S. Olympic 400-meter relay team, women's coach Sue Humphrey announced last night.

Jones' participation had been a subject of speculation because she is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. However, she has not been charged with any doping offense and qualified last night for the long jump finals.

The lineup, in order, will be Angela Williams, Jones, 100-meter silver medalist Lauryn Williams and LaTasha Colander. That team ran 41.37 seconds, three-tenths of a second off the world record, in Munich on Aug. 8."

Read more at Jones placed on 400 relay

Posted by Darren at 08:53 PM

Marion Jones jumps into final

"MARION JONES looked serene, immaculate, and collected, as she leapt into the women's Olympic long jump final at the second attempt last night.

Nobody would have thought this was the woman who is the most high profile target of the global anti-doping machine.

Yet the muted ripple of applause which she received when she reached 6.70 metres at the second attempt suggested the crowd's love affair with the triple Olympic champion of Sydney is cooling. This was five centimetres beyond the mandatory qualifying distance, also surpassed by Britain's European and Commonwealth silver medallist, Jade Johnson.

"It went very good," she said afterwards. "It is pretty much anybody's game. My first jump was over seven metres, but it was a foul. I am just so excited. I really can't wait."

She may yet have another shot at gold. "I wanted to be on the track, but it didn't work out this year as planned. "I'm in the long jump final, maybe I'll get a shot in the relay. We'll see."

Her task was made easier by the big-name failures: Niurka Montalvo, the 1999 world champion, two-time former champion Fiona May, and reigning champion Eunice Barber."

Read more at Jones jumps into final

Posted by Darren at 03:53 PM

Derek Miles Advances To Olympic Pole Vault Finals

"Derek Miles of the U.S. Track and Field made his final attempt at the qualifying height of 5.7 meters and is among the 16 male vaulters to qualify for the finals in the pole vault at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Miles, who will jump in the pole vault finals at about 8:45 a.m. on Friday (August 27) morning, made his first two jumps (5.5 meters, 5.6 meters) before passing to the qualifying height of 5.7 meters which he made on his third try.

Both of USA's other vaulters also advanced with Toby Stevenson clearing 5.7 on his first attempt. Tim Mack made the qualifying height on his second try.

Other finalists included the reigning European champion, Alejsander Averbukh of Isreal, who cleared 5.7 on his first attempt. Reigning world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco of Italy, who has struggled much of the year, also advanced. However many of the top vaulters did not move on, including the 2001 world champion Dmitri Markov of Australia. Okkert Brits of RSA, one of the few vaulters to go over six meters, did not advance."

Read more at Miles Advances To Olympic Pole Vault Finals

Posted by Darren at 03:34 PM

Tough lesson for Perdita Felicien in hurdles spill

"When Perdita Felicien walked off the track Tuesday night, her hopes of a gold medal dashed, she forced herself to watch Olympic champion Joanna Hayes run her victory lap draped in the American flag.

It wasn't easy. But the world champion hurdler from Pickering, Ont., said there was a lesson to be learned from her horrific crash in Athens, and that's never to be complacent again. "I said, as hard as it was, 'Look at that,'" said Felicien. "'Remember how it tastes, remember how it feels.'

"I want to feel these feelings. Whenever I get complacent again, I'm going to call upon those moments and those feelings.""

Read more at Tough lesson for Perdita Felicien in hurdles spill | CP

Posted by Darren at 03:33 PM

Veronica Campbell wins Women's 200m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Veronica Campbell from Jamaica

The winner of the Silver Medal: Allyson Felix from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Debbie Ferguson from The Bahamas

Awesome Halkia Stuns Sad Pittman in Hurdles

"Greek sensation Fani Halkia blitzed to gold in the Olympic women's 400 meters hurdles on Wednesday to confirm her meteoric rise in the world elite.

Halkia, a no-hoper last year, raced home in 52.82 seconds to thrash Romania's Ionela Tirlea-Manolache (53.38) and Ukraine's Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova (53.44).

World champion Jana Pittman of Australia, running after a brave battle against injury, faded to fifth while world record holder Yuliya Pechenkina of Russia trailed in last after a wretched run.

The winner, who came from nowhere to run the sixth fastest time in history during the semi-finals, knelt on the ground to kiss the track after her triumph as the crowd bayed their support.

"I felt I would win when I came into the stadium," Halkia said, wearing a blue and white national flag around her shoulders."

Read more at Awesome Halkia Stuns Sad Pittman in Hurdles

Posted by Darren at 06:09 AM

Allen Johnson falls in 100m hurdles

"World high hurdles champion Allen Johnson literally crashed out of the Olympic Games Wednesday when he fell at the ninth flight in the second semi-final.

The 1996 Olympic champion tripped on the ninth hurdle and flew headlong into the 10th. He lay sprawled on the track watching helplessly as his opponents crossed the line.

"It's unfortunate. It happens to the best of us, you just have to move on. It's just one of those breaks," the American said.

"You always have disappointments, Sydney showed that. I just have to take this one and keep going."

Johnson finished fourth at the 2000 Sydney Games"

Read more at American Allen Johnson Crashes Out of Olympics

"Four-time world 110 metres hurdles champion Allen Johnson's bid to regain his Olympic title ended in disaster when he fell for only the second time in his 13 year career.

The 33-year-old, 1996 Olympic champion, clipped several of the hurdles in his second round heat but as he desperately tried to make the first three he went on to hit the penultimate one too hard and dived headlong onto the track.

"It was unfortunate but it happens to the best of us," said the two-time world indoor 60m hurdles champion.

"The Olympics are over for me but I will keep going because I'm the best hurdler in the world."

Johnson said he would be able to handle the disappointment.

"You always have disappointments. Sydney showed me that (he finished fourth losing his Olympic title to Anier Garcia). I've just got to take it and keep going."

Johnson admitted that despite his experience, nerves may have played a part in his downfall."

Johnson's dreams of regaining Olympic title bite the dust

Posted by Darren at 05:56 AM

Hayes takes hurdles title

Joanna Hayes set a new Olympic record of 12.37 seconds to win 100m hurdles gold after the favourite crashed out.
Canada's Perdita Felicien came to grief at the first hurdle and took Russia's Irina Shevchenko with her.

The medal ceremony was delayed after the Russians protested and demanded a re-run. But the appeal was rejected.

Olena Krasovska of Ukraine took silver with a time of 12.45 seconds while America's Melissa Morrison came through for bronze in 12.56.

Felicien had been the pre-race favourite but walked away in tears, flinging her shoes to the ground in anger and frustration.

"The first hurdle came up, I reached for it way too much," she said.

"Before I knew it I was on the ground. I couldn't believe it, there was no coming back. This is going to take four years to sink in."

Source: BBC

Posted by at 05:52 AM

Fani Halkia wins Women's 400m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Fani Halkia from Greece

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ionela Tirlea-Manolache from Romania

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova from Ukraine

Jana Pittman finishes fifth in 400m Hurdles

Australians rose in the early hours of the morning to see comeback kid Jana Pittman race in the 400m hurdles race in Athens. After two weeks of a roller coaster ride of injury and miracle recovery Jana today saw her finish fifth behind Greece's Fani Halkia, Romania's Ionela Tirlea-Manolache and Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova.

Posted by Darren at 05:21 AM

Mexico still loves its Ana Gabriela Guevara - Now she's 'Goddess of Silver'

"Ana Gabriela Guevara may not have won the gold medal her country so yearned for, but the Mexican sprinter's status as a national heroine never has been clearer.

"Goddess of Silver," proclaimed the banner headline on the Web site of leading daily El Universal immediately after the 400-meter final in which Guevara was beaten in the last few meters by Tonique Williams of the Bahamas.

Mexico City's usually jam-packed highways were strangely deserted around the time of the race, which coincided with lunchtime here, as residents crowded around televisions in restaurants, in their offices and in their homes to watch "Anita" in the race of her career."

Read more at REACTION / Mexico still loves its Ana / Now she's 'Goddess of Silver'

Posted by Darren at 04:20 AM

Something for the runner who has everything else - Hicham el Guerrouj

"As soon as Hicham el Guerrouj crossed the finish line Tuesday night at Olympic Stadium, he collapsed on the brick-colored track that became his salvation.

The Moroccan was finally the Olympic 1,500-meter champion, having overcome a furious late charge by rival Bernard Lagat of Kenya. After tasting the bitterness of Olympic failure twice, Guerrouj wanted to extend the moment.

He would not get up.

One by one, his opponents came to him like long-lost friends. Lagat fell to his knees to hug him and hold his head in his hands. Others surrounded the Moroccan, offering pats. The 70,000 fans embraced Guerrouj's feat as he rolled on the track, sobbing.

Four years ago in Sydney, the world-record holder shared tears with his compatriots after being chased down in the final meters to finish second to Noah Ngeny of Kenya."

Read more atSomething for the runner who has everything else

Posted by Darren at 01:16 AM

Radcliffe still undecided on 10,000m

"Paula Radcliffe is still to reveal whether she will run in the 10,000m.

Radcliffe is believed to have made a full physical recovery after dropping out of Sunday's marathon and has intensified her training programme.

She has until Thursday to confirm her entry in Friday's race but Team GB chief Max Jones says she is undecided.

He revealed: "She's gone for a run this morning and it will be a tougher one than yesterday. We'll see how she feels in the next couple of days."

On Monday, in a tearful BBC interview with Steve Cram, Radcliffe insisted she would wait before making a considered decision."

Read more atRadcliffe still undecided

Posted by Darren at 01:06 AM

Yelena Isinbayeva - Russian captures women's pole vault

"Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke the world record in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this year, easily clearing 16 feet, 11/4 inches (4.91 meters) to take the gold medal Tuesday night.

Before her record vault, Isinbayeva celebrated clinching the Olympic title after the final failed attempt by her last remaining competitor, teammate Svetlana Feofanova.

Isinbayeva then cleared the height without touching the bar, bettering her own record of 16 feet, 3/4 inches (4.90) set in London on July 30. The vault also broke by a wide margin the inaugural Olympic record of 15 feet, 1 inch (4.60); the event debuted four years ago in Sydney."

Read more atRussian captures women's pole vault

Posted by Darren at 12:15 AM

August 25, 2004

Athletics: Jones Makes Belated Entry to Olympics

"What a difference a year makes.

Twelve months ago triple Olympic champion Marion Jones was relishing motherhood, enjoying her enforced leisure and looking forward to competing in the Athens Olympics.

Now she will enter the Games on Wednesday almost by the back door after the BALCO laboratory scandal which has sent shockwaves through her sport.

Jones, who won a record five medals in Sydney, has qualified only for the long jump in Athens although she could run one or both relays. The long jump qualifying is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

In sharp contrast to Sydney, where she was the focus of attention after announcing she was trying to go one better than Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis by winning five gold medals, Jones has given no news conferences or interviews.

Her silence is understandable."

Read more atAthletics: Jones Makes Belated Entry to Olympics

Posted by Darren at 11:18 PM

Hicham El Guerrouj wins Men's 1500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bernard Lagat from Kenya

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Rui Silva from Portugal

Roman Sebrie wins Men's Decathlon

The winner of the Gold Medal: Roman Sebrle from Czech Republic

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bryan Clay from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Dmitriy Karpov from Kazakhstan

Tonique Williams-Darling wins Women's 400m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Tonique Williams-Darling from The Bahamas

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ana Guevara from Mexico

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Natalya Antyukh from Russia

Joanna Hayes wins Women's 100m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Joanna Hayes from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Olena Krasovska from Ukraine

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Melissa Morrison from United States

Ezekiel Kemboi wins Men's 3000m Steeplechase Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ezekiel Kemboi from Kenya

The winner of the Silver Medal: Brimin Kipruto from Kenya

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Paul Kipsiele Koech from Kenya

Pappas Out of Decathlon With Foot Injury

"World champion Tom Pappas pulled out of the decathlon Tuesday after injuring his left foot while attempting a pole vault. Pappas ran through his first attempt at 15 feet, 5 inches after limping the last few strides.

He then went off to the side, pulled off his shoe and started to massage the lower part of his foot. Pappas got his foot rewrapped and tried to jog off the injury, but he packed up his poles and left the track after about 20 minutes.

Dr. Ed Ryan of the U.S. Olympic Committee said Pappas had sustained an acute strain of the left foot. Pappas was being treated at the Olympic stadium."

Read more at Pappas Out of Decathlon With Foot Injury

Posted by Darren at 05:43 AM

August 24, 2004

Frankie Fredericks to retire after final 200m

"Veteran sprinter Frankie Fredericks said he would retire from athletics after this week's Olympic 200 meters event in Athens.

The Namibian 36-year-old, who has won four Olympic silver medals in a 20-year sprinting career, was fastest in his first round heat on Tuesday in a time of 20.54 seconds.

"This is it; the end of the 200 is the end of my career," said Fredericks, who failed to qualify for Sunday's 100 meters final.

"I will go home and spend time with my family."

Fredericks, Namibia's only Olympic medallist, finished second at both 100 and 200 meters in Barcelona in 1992 and in Atlanta in 1996, where Donovan Baily and Michael Johnson both set world records in the events.

He missed the Sydney Games in 2000 due to injury."

Read more at Fredericks to quit after final 200

Posted by Darren at 10:21 PM

Kelly Holmes hunts golden double

"Newly-crowned Olympic 800m champion Kelly Holmes is aiming for a historic second gold when the 1500m heats get under way on Tuesday evening.

British middle-distance legends Seb Coe and Steve Ovett both failed to win the two events at the same Olympics.

But Holmes, riding high after storming to a sensational 800m win on Monday night, is in confident mood.

She said: "I still can't believe it. But hopefully I can get some sleep and be awake enough to run at my best."

Holmes' 1500m challenge begins with her first-round heat at 1838 BST.

If she qualifies safely, she then has the advantage of a clear rest day before Thursday's semi-final, which begins at 1830 BST."

Read more at Holmes hunts golden double

Posted by Darren at 10:11 PM

Ethiopia takes gold in women's 5,000

"Ethiopia's Meseret Defar pulled away from Kenya's Isabella Ochichi in the final half-lap Monday to win the Olympic 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 45.65 seconds.

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2003 outdoor world champion at just 18 years old, took the bronze.

"Coming here, I knew I had a chance to win, but I had my doubts," Defar said. "I feel sorry for Dibaba not getting a silver, as we planned, but gold and bronze feels good, too."

With a little more than 1,000 meters left, Defar and Ochichi began distancing themselves comfortably from the pack, the Kenyan leading by about a stride."

Read more at Ethiopia takes gold in women's 5,000

Posted by Darren at 06:12 PM

China's Liu Xiang Hopes for Good Showing in Olympic 110-Meter Hurdles

"China's Liu Xiang is a rising star in the men's 110-meter hurdles. At the Olympics, he will face his idol, American Allen Johnson, the four-time world champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist.

Liu Xiang burst on the track scene in 2002 when he set an Asian and world junior record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.12 seconds. Last year, Chinese sports journalists voted him Male Athlete of the Year. Many consider him China's second most popular athlete after basketball star Yao Ming, who plays for the NBA's Houston Rockets.

This is the first Olympics for Liu and he said he hopes he has a good showing."

Read more at China's Liu Xiang Hopes for Good Showing in Olympic 110-Meter Hurdles

Posted by Darren at 06:09 PM

Jerremy Wariner Leads U.S. Sweep in 400

"Jerremy Wariner is just 20 years old. He just led a U.S. sweep in the 400 meters at the Olympic Games.

So c'mon kid, get excited!

Cool, calm and with a fluid running style all his own, the lean Baylor University student raced to the gold medal Monday night wearing sunglasses, two earrings and a jingling necklace. After crossing the line, he waved a U.S. flag and embraced the teammates who finished right behind him. But there was no massive show of emotion.

That's not his style.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "I have a four-by-four relay I've got to concentrate on. It's going to hit me in a couple of days but I've got to get focused right now."

So it was left to others to marvel at the talent exhibited by Wariner, who outsprinted teammate Otis Harris down the stretch to win in a personal-best 44 seconds flat, the fastest time in the world this year.

"I've never seen a white man run that fast," said Grenada's Alleyne Francique, who was supposed to be Wariner's biggest threat but finished fourth. "It was a blazing race, man. The kid is good.""

Read more at Wariner Leads U.S. Sweep in 400

Posted by Darren at 06:07 PM

We're the new wave, claims American teenage star - Allyson Felix

"America's Allyson Felix eased into the semi-finals of the Olympic Games 200 metres here and declared that her generation is about to drag United States sprinting out of its recent gloom.

The 18-year-old had a comfortable day in the burning sun winning both her races easily with teammate Muna Lee also comfortably through although La Shauntea Moore, who replaced the banned Torri Edwards, struggled in both her heats.

Felix was barely stretched for the second successive race as she rolled off the bend in the lead and was visibly relaxing towards the final 10 metres in front of British rival Abiodun Oyepitan.

The teenager said that she hoped to open up a new chapter for American sprinting which has been mired in recent drug controveries with Kelli White and Torri Edwards both banned and with Marion Jones battling suspicion."

Read more at We're the new wave, claims American teenage star

Posted by Darren at 01:09 PM

Kelly Holmes Wins Sensational Gold Medal

"Britain's Kelly Holmes became Great Britain's first gold medal winner in track and field in Athens when she ran the race of her life to win a dramatic 800m at the Olympic Stadium.

Holmes ran the perfect tactical race, sitting way off the strong pace set by American Jearl Miles Clark, before coming through with reigning champion Maria Mutola at the top of the straight.

The 34-year-old, a bronze medallist in Sydney four years ago, would not be denied gold this time as she finally got the better of training partner Mutola with the line in sight.

However, Moroccan Hasna Benhassie and Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia were putting in renewed efforts on the outside and as Holmes' effort began to take its toll, the line came just in time to give her gold in one minute, 56.38 with five hundredths of a second to spare."


Posted by Darren at 01:08 PM

Ethiopia takes gold, bronze in women's 5,000

"Ethiopia's Meseret Defar pulled away from Kenya's Isabella Ochichi in the final half-lap Monday to win the Olympic 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 45.65 seconds.

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2003 outdoor world champion at just 18 years old, took the bronze.

``Coming here, I knew I had a chance to win, but I had my doubts,'' Defar said. ``I feel sorry for Dibaba not getting a silver, as we planned, but gold and bronze feels good, too.''

With a little more than 1,000 meters left, Defar and Ochichi began distancing themselves comfortably from the pack, the Kenyan leading by about a stride.

Defar, the 2004 world indoor champion in the 3,000, stayed just off Ochichi's right shoulder until unleashing a strong kick with about 200 meters left. Defar steadily stretched her lead to about 15 meters by the end.

``When I attacked,'' Defar said, ``I was sure I was going to win.''"

Read more at Ethiopia takes gold, bronze in women's 5,000

Posted by Darren at 01:07 PM

Meseret Defar wins Women's 5000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Meseret Defar from Ethiopia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Isabella Ochichi from Kenya

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia

Russias Irina Korzhanenko stripped of Shot Put gold medal

"Russias Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her shot put gold medal Monday, the first athlete of theAthens Games to lose an Olympic title because of doping.

Korzhanenko, the first woman to win a gold medal at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol after Wednesdays competition. The backup sample confirmed the initial finding.

The International Olympic Committee executive board expelled Korzhanenko from the games and ordered the Russian Olympic Committee to return the medal.

The gold goes to Cubas Yumileidi Cumba Jay. Germanys Nadine Kleinert moves up to silver, and Russias Svetlana Krivelyova to bronze.

I am surprised because we did everything to avoid such circumstances, said Nikolai Durmanov, head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency."

Read more at C strips gold medal from Russian shot putter

Posted by Darren at 05:07 AM

Robert Fazekas wins Men's Discus

The winner of the Gold Medal: Robert Fazekas from Hungary

The winner of the Silver Medal: Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Zoltan Kovago from Hungary

Francoise Mbango Etone wins Women's Triple Jump

The winner of the Gold Medal: Francoise Mbango Etone from Cameroon

The winner of the Silver Medal: Hrysopiyi Devetzi from Greece

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tatyana Lebedeva from Russia

Kelly Holmes wins Women's 800m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Kelly Holmes from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

The winner of the Silver Medal: Hasna Benhassi from Morocco

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Jolanda Ceplak from Slovenia

Jeremy Warimer wins Men's 400m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Jeremy Warimer from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Otis Harris from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Derrick Dres from United States

Holmes Gets Gold in 800m

Great Britain's Kelly Holmes stormed to a sensational Olympic gold with a perfect piece of 800m running.

Holmes fought past reigning champion Maria Mutola in an epic duel over the last 80 metres to take Britain's first track gold of these Games.

Read more at Holmes takes brilliant gold

Posted by at 04:15 AM

August 23, 2004

Holmes has no help!

Kelly Holmes says there will be no repeat of the controversial team tactics she and Maria Mutola were widely believed to used to help her win a medal at the world championships in Paris last year.

Angry rivals accused Holmes and Mutola, close friends and training partners who share a coach, of aiding each other to ensure the Briton won a silver medal in the 800 metres won by the Mozambican.

Source Guardian Holmes flying solo

Posted by at 10:09 PM

Decathletes' quest for gold starts today

"They're staying just outside the Olympic sports complex, behind the train station where thousands of spectators have been arriving each day for the Summer Games.

Harry Marra, director of the World's Greatest Athlete Decathlon Club, wanted to make life as comfortable as possible for his two U.S. Olympic medal hopefuls, world champion Tom Pappas and former Spartan Paul Terek.

So the club rented a house that's a nine-minute walk from the Olympic Stadium, where the two athletes and teammate Bryan Clay will compete today in the decathlon.

"Tom and Paul are ready to go," Marra said. "You're going to see a different Tom than you did at the Olympic trials, and Paul has been more focused than ever."

Read more at Decathletes' quest for gold starts today

Posted by Darren at 07:03 PM

Athanasia Tsoumeleka wins Woman's 20km Road Walk Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Athanasia Tsoumeleka from Greece

The winner of the Silver Medal: Olimpiada Ivanova from Russia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Jane Saville from Australia

Thomas Dvorak in trouble

"Thomas Dvorak, three times world champion and former world record holder, limped across the line in the 100m, the first discipline of the Olympic decathlon on Monday, and looked unlikely to be able to complete the gruelling two-day test. The 32-year-old Czech managed only 11.53 in the first heat.

His right knee was strapped but it appeared to be his right ankle causing the problems as he removed his shoe and limped heavily away from the arena."

Read more at Thomas Dvorak in trouble

Posted by Darren at 05:24 PM

Moroccans lead field into 1,500 final

"Moroccan duo Hicham El Guerrouj and Adil Kaouch led the way into the Olympic men's 1,500 metres final when they each won one of Saturday's semi-finals.

El Guerrouj, world record holder and four times world champion, is running his way back to form after struggling all season with respiratory problems.

In a steadily-run second semi-final he eased clear to win in three minutes 40.87 seconds with Rui Silva of Portugal, Tim Kiptanui of Kenya, Mulugeta Wendimu of Ethiopia and Kamal Boulahfane joining him in the final.

Kaouch, who used to act as pacemaker for his illustrious compatriot, showed a strong finish to stay clear of Bernard Lagat, the fastest man in the world this year, in winning the first semi-final in 3:35.69."

Read more at Moroccans lead field into 1,500 final

Posted by Darren at 05:23 PM

Paula Radcliffe 'devastated'

"Paula Radcliffe would only say she was "devastated" as she left the Panathinaiko stadium in Athens after pulling out of the Olympic marathon.

The pre-race favourite succumbed to the searing heat at the 36km mark and was later taken to a medical centre where she was put on a saline drip.

A spokesman for the British Olympic Association described her as "emotionally and physically drained".

Radcliffe is expected to hold a news conference later on Monday.

There are suggestions she may yet decide to run in Friday's 10,000m following her defeat, but that is still thought to be unlikely given how drained she was after the race."

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Posted by Darren at 05:22 PM

I was THG whistleblower, admits Gatlin coach

"The coach of new Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has admitted he was the man who sent a syringe of the designer steroid THG (tetrahydrogestrinone) to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The receipt of the syringe from an unknown source in June last year gave drug testers their first hint of the existence of the new substance and kicked off an ongoing international doping scandal.

"I did it. As a coach it seemed the right thing to do at the time and it still does," Trevor Graham told Reuters after Gatlin won the sprint gold in Athens this morning.

"Would I do it again? Yes.""

Read more at I was THG whistleblower, admits Gatlin coach

Posted by Darren at 05:20 PM

Yelling consoles Radcliffe

"Paula Radcliffe's worst fears came true in the searing Athens heat as her Olympic dream ended in tears.

Radcliffe has promised to shed some light on the reasons why her bid for marathon gold went so disastrously wrong on Sunday night. In a way, she has already given the explanation, albeit in an interview a fortnight before the event.

For it was then that she first gave an indication that running uphill on a sweltering Sunday in the middle of the Greek summer might not be to her advantage. She had said: "I am probably the fastest finisher in the field but I think you have to take into account the course and the heat. No game plan is ever set in stone, that can be dangerous if you don't feel right on the day. Hopefully the conditions will be better in the evening."

If the conditions were playing on her mind, seeing the temperature gauge hit 35 degrees at the start of the race at Marathon itself will not have done much for her confidence and once she got under way, Radcliffe probably found the course even worse than she imagined."

Read more at Yelling consoles Radcliffe

Posted by Darren at 05:14 PM

Gatlin Proves to Be Fastest of Them All

"Justin Gatlin shoveled the snow off his track in North Carolina, braving the cold to keep practicing, keep working, keep chasing Olympic gold. He finally caught it Sunday night, outrunning the fastest field in Olympic history to become the youngest 100-meter champion in 36 years.

Gatlin ran a personal best 9.85 seconds, barely holding off Portugal's Francis Obikwelu, defending gold medalist Maurice Greene, outspoken teammate Shawn Crawford and Jamaica's Asafa Powell.

It was the first time in Olympic history that five men broke 10 seconds in a race. Four did it at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Obikwelu finished in 9.86 for silver. Greene took bronze in 9.87 and Crawford was fourth in 9.89.

"I said it was going to be the most exciting race in the world, and it was," said Gatlin, a 22-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native who now lives in Raleigh, N.C. "This is what I train for, that's why I shoveled the snow off North Carolina tracks. That's why I'm here. I'm here to win the gold medal.""

Read more at Gatlin Proves to Be Fastest of Them All

Posted by Darren at 05:04 PM

Olympic champ Stacy Dragila ousted in pole vault

"In a stunning surprise in the pole vault, defending Olympic champion Stacy Dragila failed to make it out of qualifying. The American won when the vault debuted as a womens event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Dragila missed three attempts at 14 feet, 5 1/4 inches. After her third miss, she shook her head in dismay."

Read more at Olympic champ Dragila ousted in pole vault

Posted by Darren at 04:40 PM

Lauryn Williams on fast track after streaking to silver

"Just another day in Athens for the little runner from Rochester.

Not long after sunrise yesterday, Lauryn Williams woke up and had some breakfast. And, with that, the normalcy ended.

Before noon, she was at the Olympic complex working out with Marion Jones and the rest of her U.S. teammates on the 400-meter relay team.

At 3:30 p.m., she appeared live on NBC's "Today" show.

At 5:15 p.m., she was the subject of a news conference at the Main Press Center.

At 9:35 p.m., she was standing before 70,000 spectators at Olympic Stadium to have a silver medal draped about her neck for her performance in the women's 100 meters the previous night."

Read more at Williams on fast track after streaking to silver

Posted by Darren at 04:38 PM

Christian Olsson wins Men's Triple Jump

The winner of the Gold Medal: Christian Olsson from Sweden

The winner of the Silver Medal: Marian Oprea from Romania

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Danila Burkenya from Russia

Medal Contenders:

Posted by Darren at 06:17 AM

Justin Gatlin wins Men's 100m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Justin Gatlin from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Francis Obikwelu from Portugal

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Maurice Greene from United States

Paula Radcliffe's Olympic dream ends

"Paula Radcliffe's golden dream ended in tears as she dramatically dropped out of the Olympic marathon.

The heroine of British athletics had battled to stay in touch with the leaders during the gruelling heat and uphill sections of the course in Athens.

She faltered just yards short of the 36 kilometre mark, struggled to get her rhythm back, then collapsed in tears at the roadside.

The running ace was more than two hours into the event, and was in fourth place when she suddenly stopped.

She was losing ground in the blistering heat after completing around 23 miles of the 26.2 mile event.

Radcliffe was among the front runners from the start of the race with the Briton pounding the tarmac with her familiar "bobbing head" running style."

Read more at Paula Radcliffe's Olympic dream ends

Posted by Darren at 04:12 AM

100m Semifinal Results

Qualifiers from the first Semi final are:
- Shane Crawford
- Justin Gatlin
- Aziz Zakari
- Obadele Thompson

US runners Crawford and Gatlin were winning so convincingly that they arrogantly egged each other on over the last 15 meters of this semifinal.

Qualifiers from the Second Semi Final are:
- Asafa Powell
- Francis Obikwelu
- Maurice Greene
- Kim Collins

All is set for an amazing race later this evening.

Posted by Darren at 04:03 AM

Mizuki Noguchi wins Women's Marathon

"Mizuki Noguchi (mih-ZOO'-kee noh-GOO'-chee) of Japan won the marathon Sunday in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 20 seconds.

Catherine Ndereba (dur-AY'-bah)of Kenya won the silver medal in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 31 seconds. American Deena Kastor got the bronze in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 19 seconds."

Source - Olympics Marathon Update

Posted by Darren at 03:58 AM

American Gail Devers fails again in 100-meter hurdles; unable to finish because of injury

"Gail Devers, the most talented yet star-crossed hurdler of her generation, failed once again in the Olympics as she was struck by injury before the first hurdle. Devers, 37, who has three world championships in the 100-meter hurdles, pulled up short and screamed as she slid under the first hurdle. She sat on the track for about two minutes, rubbing her left leg and grimacing.

Devers hurt her leg in practice a week ago and wore a heavy bandage during three rounds of the 100 meters on Friday and Saturday before being eliminated in the semifinals. She has refused to discuss the injury in detail.

Sunday's shocking development may lead to second guessing about Devers' decision to run in the 100. She took the third U.S. spot in that event when Torri Edwards was suspended for two years for accidentally ingesting a banned stimulant."

Read more at American Gail Devers fails again in 100-meter hurdles; unable to finish because of injury

Posted by Darren at 03:56 AM

Mizuki Nogochi wins Women's Marathon Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Mizuki Nogochi from Japan

The winner of the Silver Medal: Catherine Ndereba from Kenya

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Deena Kastor from United States

World record possible in men's 100 final

"A series of unusually quick times in the men's 100 meters heats have sparked expectations of a possible world record in Sunday's Olympic final.

"It's a very fast track; we're going to have a party tomorrow," defending champion Maurice Greene said after Saturday's second round.

Greene won his heat in 9.93 seconds, an impressive time. But Asafa Powell, the young Jamaican student who has beaten him twice in successive races this year, appeared to concede the race after drawing level with the American at 70 meters.

Powell looked to his left as if to confirm he had Greene's measure, then eased up to let Greene win."

Read more at World record possible in men's 100 final

Posted by Darren at 01:39 AM

U.S. sprinters are putting on a show

"One guy raced a giraffe and a zebra and calls himself "Cheetah Man." He began his Athens Olympics by running with one black shoe and one white. While wearing a white baseball cap. Backward.

Another designs prom dresses and almost went to art school rather than run track. He emerged from obscurity at the U.S. Olympic trials a month ago, and now is known as Cheetah Man's almost-as-fast training partner.

The third has the letters G-O-A-T tattooed on his arm, which modestly stand for Greatest Of All Time. He preps for every race by making ugly faces, and he'll make another if one of his compatriots dethrones him as Olympic champion.

Say hello to your American 100-meter sprint team. Shawn Crawford, Justin Gatlin, Maurice Greene, in that order. Safely through to today's semifinals after a day of sizzling times and loose talk Saturday at the Olympic Stadium.

The trio won the six races they were in, and put up some eye-popping times in the process. Crawford went 9.89 seconds in the second round, Greene did 9.93 and Gatlin had a 9.96.

Prompting Greene, the wise old (30) man of this trio to suggest, "We're gonna have a party tomorrow. Everybody invited."

The American male sprinters are never dull. Whether they are preening, talking trash, or going out and backing up their words with very fast action, they are pure entertainment.

Crawford and Gatlin seemed to get under Greene's skin, Saturday, and maybe some of the other veteran sprinters', as well, with their antics."

Read more at U.S. sprinters are putting on a show

Posted by Darren at 01:29 AM

Korzhanenko fails dope test

"Women's shot put gold medallist Irina Korzhaenko of Russia has failed a drugs test, according to reports.

"I think it was steroids, but that will be announced later," Arne Ljungqvist, president of the IOC's medical commission, told the AFP news agency.

"It's very sad and it tarnishes what was intended to be a very symbolic event," he added.

Russian Olympic team spokesman Gennady Shvets would not confirm the reports but said there was a "problem".

"We are looking into it at the moment," he said.

The shot put competition was held at Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, and was meant to be a showpiece of the Games."

Read more at Korzhanenko fails dope test

Posted by Darren at 01:21 AM

Women Return to Marathon for Historic Race

"The marathon is returning home to its namesake village northeast of Athens, the starting point of a race that ends in the capital at the same marble Panathinaiko Stadium where the first modern games were held 108 years ago. The rest of the 26.2-mile route is now unrecognizable.

And yet one thing has remained unchanged: Greeks' love affair with the long-distance race, which began in 1896 when a farmer named Spyridon Louis pulled away from the 16 other runners to give Greece its first and only victory in the Olympic marathon.

"All Greece is very happy that the Olympics are here, but especially about the marathon," said 87-year-old Yannis Politis, who bragged that he met Louis as a teenager.

The women race at 11 a.m. Sunday; the men compete Aug. 29, finishing just before the closing ceremony.

The marathon commemorates the path of the warrior Phidippides, who is said to have run from the battlefield in Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. with word that the Greeks had defeated the Persians. According to legend, he cried out "We won!" and promptly dropped dead of exhaustion."

Read more at Women Return to Marathon for Historic Race

Posted by Darren at 01:19 AM

August 22, 2004

Race just practice for hurdles

"Gail Devers crouches down in the starting blocks, takes off when the starting gun fires and crosses the finish line just like everyone else who runs the 100, but the 100 isn't Gail Devers' race. Not the way it's Marion Jones' race or will be Lauryn Williams' race someday.

That's one of the reasons why Devers wasn't upset after failing to advance to the women's 100-meter finals at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Devers, who is running in her fifth Olympics, hasn't trained continuously for the 100 meters in the last two years. She planned to after she accepted the spot offered to her after Torri Edwards' failed drug test, but a lingering leg injury stalled Devers' preparation.

A 100-meter loss seems to be Devers' gain for the 100 hurdles.

So why didn't she turn the spot over to -- ahem -- someone else?

Because of the other reason: She needed the practice to make sure she's healthy enough to run the 100-meter hurdles."

Read more at Race just practice for hurdles

Posted by Darren at 11:56 PM

Horror draw for Jana Pittman

"THE luck of the draw hasn't gone Jana Pittman's way.

The Australian is up against the two fastest women in the world this year plus the world record holder in her 400m hurdles Olympic semi-final.

It is a horror draw compared with the second semi-final, where the only serious threat to Pittman - assuming her injured knee continues to hold under the pressure - would have been American Lashinda Demus, the fourth fastest woman in the event this year.

It will be a true test for world champion Pittman, who easily won her heat but recorded only the ninth fastest qualifying time overall when she raced at the Olympics 13 days after undergoing knee surgery."

Read more at Horror draw for Jana

Posted by Darren at 10:23 PM

World's Fastest Men Take Center Stage at Games

"For 10 pulsating seconds, the fastest men on earth take center stage on Sunday at the Olympics to run for the ultimate prize -- the 100 meters gold medal.

"It's a very fast track. We're going to have a party," American defending champion Maurice Greene said after fast times in the heats sparked expectations of a new world record.

In a women's 100 meters final shorn of many of its big names, dashing Belarussian Yuliya Nesterenko produced the race of her life to land the coveted title late on Saturday.

"I believe in God and I believe God saw all my efforts and helped me," said the shell-shocked champion, after a disbelieving lap of honor following her 10.93 seconds of glory.

It was the first time since the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games that an American had not landed the gold. "\

Read more at World's Fastest Men Take Center Stage at Games

Posted by Darren at 05:53 PM

August 21, 2004

Greene among three Americans advancing in 100 meters

"Defending Olympic champion Maurice Greene was among three United States sprinters to move into the second round of the 100 meters after qualifying heats Saturday morning.

Greene won heat eight with a time of 10.18 seconds. Teammates Justin Gatlin and Shawn Crawford also finished first in their heats, Gatlin winning heat three with a time of 10.07 seconds and Crawford following suit in heat four at 10.02 seconds.

"It was about the easiest 100 meter run in my life," Gatlin said. "I've never competed here but, coming here, I had a strong feeling I have been here before. The track, the crowd, the stadium -- they all felt familiar."

For his part, Greene is looking to become the first back-to-back 100-meter gold medalist since American Carl Lewis, who won in 1984 at Los Angeles and in 1988 at the Seoul Games when Canadian Ben Johnson was disqualified."

Read more at Greene among three Americans advancing in 100

Posted by Darren at 10:51 PM

Thrown off track: Webb done; discus-thrower Hill also out

"Some are prepared, some are not.

Alan Webb, America's next great miler, got boxed and beat up in the first round of the 1,500 meters at the Olympic Stadium last night, bloody and banished when it was over.

After his sensational win at the U.S. trials in Sacramento, Calif., Webb said that his first race in Athens would be like any other 1,500-meter race.

Well, it was far from that. And he wasn't the only one to falter.

As Aretha Hill readied herself for her first throw in the discus preliminary, flag-waving Ethiopians were pushing past security guards in a wild celebration that saw them actually roll 10,000-meter gold medalist Kenenisa Bekele up into the stands."

Read more at The Seattle Times: Sports: Thrown off track: Webb done; discus-thrower Hill also out

Posted by Darren at 10:36 PM

Men's 100m Qualifiers

The heats in the Men's 100m Sprint have now been run and those progressing to the next round are:

Shawn Crawford - 10.02
Asafa Powell - 10.06
Justin Gatlin - 10.07
Obadele Thompson - 10.08
Fancis Obikwelu - 10.09
Kim Collins - 10.11
Frank Fredericks - 10.12
Mark Lewis-Francis - 10.13
Jason Gardener - 10.15
Matic Osovnikar - 10.15
Kareem Streete-Thompson - 10.15
Maurice Greene 10.18
Ronald Pognon - 10.18
Aziz Zakari - 10.19
Michael Frafer - 10.20
Leonard Myles-Mills - 10.21
Dwight Thomas - 10.21
Nicconnor Alexander - 10.22
Uchenna Emedolu - 10.22
Churandy Martina - 10.23
Joshua Ross - 10.24
Jaysuma Saidy Ndure - 10.26
Shingo Suetsugu - 10.27
Roland Nemeth - 10.28

Posted by Darren at 07:20 PM

Darren Campbell Out Of 100m

Darren Campbell the 200m Olympic Silver medalist has failed to get past the first roundof the Men's 100m but fellow Brits Mark Lewis-Francis and Jason Gardner have made it through combfortably.

Campbell ran a time of 10.35 in the first heat but only finished fourth meaning he had to wait for the rest to finish before finding out his fate.

In the end he didn't make it , but other 100m favourites Maurice Greene and Frankie Fredericks both won their heats comfortably.

Posted by at 06:49 PM

Haile Gebrselassie passes torch to Kenenisa Bekele in 10,000 meters

"Kenenisa Bekele crossed the finish line, took a few deep breaths and then waited for his mentor. A pained Haile Gebrselassie arrived 22 seconds later and the two Ethiopians hugged -- the old champion giving way to the new.

Sprinting the final lap, Bekele ended Gebrselassie's eight-year reign as Olympic 10,000-meter champion on Friday night, smashing his training partner's Olympic record by more than two seconds.

The two then clasped hands and joined yet another countryman, silver medalist Sileshi Sihine, in a victory lap beneath their green, yellow and red flag.

Bekele finished in 27 minutes, 5.10 seconds. Sihine, about 30 meters behind Bekele, clocked 27:09.39, followed by Zersenay Tadesse of Eritrea in 27:22.57. Gebrselassie, pained by a left Achilles injury in the final track appearance of his magnificent career, finished fifth in 27:27.70.

Read more at Gebrselassie passes torch to Bekele in 10,000 meters

Posted by Darren at 06:46 PM

Golden years are kind to Slovenia sprinter Merlene Ottey

"It's not just that Merlene Ottey is old at 44; it's that she's 44 and an Olympic sprinter.

It's not just she's 44 and sprinting; she ran the second-fastest time yesterday in the first round of qualifying. It's not just that at 44 she has sprinted into the Olympic semifinals in the 100 meters; it's that she's running past women less than half her age, teenagers who were born after she had competed in her second Olympic Games.

Ottey was pleading with reporters here earlier this week to not make age an issue.

But of course, she made age an issue, by being the oldest track and field athlete in the Games, by redefining what's possible for a woman in her mid-40s. As Kim Gevaert, 28, a Belgian sprinter said of Ottey, "She could be, like, my mom. My mom is only a couple of years older, and I don't see my mom out here.""

Read more at Golden years are kind to Slovenia sprinter Ottey

Posted by Darren at 06:39 PM

Jana Pittman about to Run

After a saga of a lead up to Athens Jana Pittman is about to run in her first 400m hurdles heat. Will her injured knee hold up?

Stay tuned for details of her race...

The first start is a false start...

Jana won her first heat - using a normal stride pattern (jumping off both legs).

Her time was 54.83 which was not particularly fast in comparison to the first heat but she laid off in the last 20 meters.

This must have been a real confidence boost to her but the real test will be in the Semi finals on Saturday night Athens time.

Posted by Darren at 04:12 PM

Lauryn Williams Fastest in 100M Preliminary Heat

"A U.S. women's sprinting corps missing some of its biggest names got off to a strong start Friday on the first day of Olympic track competition, with three Americans - including 37-year-old Gail Devers - advancing from their preliminary heats in the 100 meters. Lauryn Williams, the 20-year-old NCAA champion from Miami, was fastest in her heat in 11.16 seconds.

U.S. champion LaTasha Colander slowed at the end but still won her heat in 11.31. And Devers, who won this event at the 1992 and 1996 games, advanced by placing third in her heat in 11.29.

"I feel good. I was just nervous. I shouldn't have watched the race right before mine," Williams said. "Those were fast times. Oh, my goodness! It's very fast and they're only running the first rounds."

Gold-medal favorite Christine Arron of France eased to second place in her heat in 11.14, while Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova - fastest in the world this year at 10.77 - won her heat in 11.16. The best time of the first round was 10.94 by Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus."

Read more at Williams Fastest in 100M Preliminary Heat

Posted by Darren at 03:25 PM

Denise Lewis Eclipsed by Team-Mate - Kelly Sotherton

"Kelly Sotherton heads into the decisive second day of the Olympic heptathlon ready to shove defending champion Denise Lewis off her pedestal.

While Lewis hobbled out of the stadium nursing a sore calf and Achilles and dented pride at a ninth place as scant reward for a punishing first day, Sotherton headed off to prepare for more heroics after securing a sensational second spot behind brilliant world champion Carolina Kruft.

With three events remaining, including her favourite long jump, 27-year-old Sotherton must stand an excellent chance of giving Britain the perfect start to their track and field campaign.

I was a bit disappointed with my 200 metres at the end, said the Birchfield Harrier. But overall I cant complain.

I am 140 points up above my personal best for day one and now we shall have to see whether it is good enough to get me a medal."

Read more at Lewis Eclipsed by Team-Mate

Posted by Darren at 03:21 PM

August 20, 2004

Heptathlon Update

Carolina Kluft leads the Hepathoon after 2 events with Denise Lewis Gold medalist in Sydney lurking far behind in 14th but fellow Brit Kelly Sotherton hold joint second with German Karin Ruckstuhl.

Denise Lewis made a stuttering start to the defence of her Olympic heptathlon title to lie 14th after two events.
The Briton clocked a season's best of 13.40 seconds in the 100m hurdles, but then had a below-par 1.73m in the high jump for a total of 1,923 points.

That left her well adrift of Swedish favourite Caroline Kluft, who cleared 1.91m to lead overall on 2,212 points.

Source BBC Lewis drops off pace

Posted by at 09:28 PM

Ivano Brugnetti wins Men's 20km Walk Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ivano Brugnetti from Italy

The winner of the Silver Medal: Francisco Javier from Spain

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Nathan Deakes from Australia

Posted by Darren at 08:28 PM

Nathan Deakes talks the talk for walk

"Nathan Deakes is quite open about his ambitions in the 20-kilometre road walk, the first event on the first full day of the Athens athletics program.

Deakes wants a medal at minimum, a gold at best. He turned 27 on Tuesday and it would be a belated birthday present.

"I'd love to medal and that means the gold as well. I'm going in with very high expectations and will be disappointed if I come away with no medal."

Deakes' ambitions are based on his third place earlier this year in the World Walking Cup in Germany. Since then, he has had more than a month training at high altitude in St Moritz and then a final stint back at the World Cup venue of Naumburg.

Even Deakes' dodgy hamstrings, which have persistently troubled him for over two years, are getting in tune with the rest of his physiology."

Read more at Deakes talks the talk for walk - Athletics -

Posted by Darren at 03:12 AM

Kenya Ready for Ethiopia Challenge

"Excitement is building up towards to first day of the athletics track programme tomorrow and those in the Kenyan camp are already anxiously waiting for the 10,000m final which takes place at 10.55 pm.

One of Kenya's representatives in the 10,000m Charles Kamathi said here yesterday that they were looking forward to taking the fight to the Ethiopians whose prodigy Kennisa Bekele is being touted at the favourite.

But Kamathi said such talk was presumptuous as Kenya's other 10,000m runners, Moses Mosop and John Korir, stood an equal chance of winning the gold medal.

One gold medal is already being branded Kenya's - the steeplechase.

Since 1968, athletes from Kenya have struck Olympic gold in this event seven out of nine times.

The only time Kenya did not win gold was 1976 and 1980 when the country boycotted the Olympic Games for political reasons.

Kenya's steeplechase trio in Athens, Ezekiel Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto and Paul Koech are expected to arrive here over the next two days.

The failure of 2000 gold medalist Reuben Kosgei to make the Kenyan team does not in any way diminish the country's chances to win the gold.

There is plenty of talent to go round."

Read more at Kenya Ready for Ethiopia Challenge

Posted by Darren at 02:26 AM

Kim Collins 100m - Press Conference

"On his restricted Grand Prix racing in the build-up to Athens 2004:
"I'm fresh, I'm ready. I've raced 5 times this year, normally it is more like a dozen."
"It was the same last year for the World Championships. Last year, Paris was the one that counted. This year, Athens is the one that counts. If you win Athens, you can lose every other race in the season before and after butit does not matter. I'm on a mission to win here in Athens."

On the expected winning time required totake gold atAthens 2004:
"Definitely this year it will take under 10 seconds tobe the Olympic champion. The question of who will do it, we do not know yet. Everyone has been running fast before the Games.I'm saying they are goingto have to do it here in Athens."

On the competition:
"I don't care about the field until they get to the final. Everyone in the final poses a threat, not before. As world champion, every competitor is looking to kill you, literally.There are a lot of games in the heats."

On whether his rivals treat him a serious threat:
"I don't think Maurice GREENE (USA) really does. And not just him, there are a lot of other people too,because they see the winning time in the world championships and think, 'that's not good enough'. But I say, on the day, that is all it took. It does not really matter if you run fast or not. The idea of a race is that you set off together to find a winner. If you take half an hour to win the 100m, hey, you are still the winner."

On being world champion, but not world-record holder:
"Some people say that the world championship winning timewas slow, and that you have to break the world record in order to be considered the best, butI don't want to be the world-record holder, I want to win. I would rather be able to run comfortably and have a long career in track and field than run a ridiculously lowtime and then not be able to compete for the rest of my life."

On why he started sprinting:
"I was told, 'if you run fast, you get girls.' It worked.""

Source - Men's 100m : Kim COLLINS (SKN) Press Conference

Posted by Darren at 12:27 AM

August 19, 2004

Jana Pittman Will Compete

"World champion 400 metres hurdler Jana Pittman has declared she is ready to race at the Athens Olympics after making a has made a miraculous recovery from a knee injury.

Pittman's Games were all but over when she damaged a knee ligament before a Golden League meet on August 6, but she underwent an operation, has received intensive physiotherapy and is now confident her knee is repaired enough to compete."

Read more at Pittman set, Hawke, Huegill on song

Posted by Darren at 11:19 PM

Greek sprinters' motorbike accident faked: legal source

"Initial investigations have revealed that Greek sprinters Kostadinos Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou faked a motorcycle accident after missing a drugs test, a high-ranking legal source said.

Kenteris, the Olympic 200 metres champion from the 2000 Sydney Olympics (news - web sites), and Thanou, a women's 100m silver medallist in those Games, were said to have suffered minor injuries in the mysterious accident which occurred late last Thursday after they had failed to appear for a doping test at the Olympic village.

Greek heroes Kenteris and Thanou withdrew from the games on Wednesday after appearing before an International Olympic Committee (news - web sites) disciplinary hearing.

The probe by a Greek prosecutor had shown that either the accident did not take place at all, or that the athletes deliberately crashed the bike in order to give themselves injuries, the source, a high-ranking official, added."

Read more at Greek sprinters' motorbike accident faked: legal source

Posted by Darren at 11:03 PM

Liu Xiang

Country - China
Sport - Track Field
Event(s) - 110m Hurdles
Birthdate - July 13, 1982
Birthplace - Shanghai, China
Height - 6'2" / 188 cm
Weight - 165 lbs / 74.8 kgs

"Named China's top male athlete in 2003, 22-year-old hurdler Liu Xiang may be China's greatest men's track and field athlete. Going into Athens, Liu, a bronze medalist at the 2003 World Championships, is a medal contender in the 110m hurdles. No Chinese man has won an Olympic track and field medal since Zhu Jianhua earned China's first, a high jump bronze, at the 1984 Los Angeles Games."

Read more at NBCOlympics.com - Athlete Bios - Liu Xiang

Posted by Darren at 02:46 PM

Tom Pappas

Country - United States
Sport - Track Field
Event(s) - Decathlon
Birthdate - September 6, 1976
Birthplace - Azalea, Oregon
Height - 6'5" / 196 cm
Weight - 210 lbs / 95.3 kgs
Residence - Knoxville, Tennessee

"With his victory at the 2003 World Championships, Tom Pappas not only became the only American besides Dan 0'Brien to win a decathlon world title, but also established himself as a leading contender for the gold in Athens. He finished fifth in Sydney. With his Greek heritage, Pappas figures to be a crowd favorite in Athens. Surprisingly, Pappas took second at the 2004 U.S. "

Read more at NBCOlympics.com - Athlete Bios - Tom Pappas

Posted by Darren at 02:45 PM

Thrilling end in shot put

"Adam Nelson came so close.
But the American settled for his second silver medal in the men's shot put.

Ukraine's Yuriy Bilonog (YOOR'-ee BEL'-ih-nawg) got to take the flag-draped victory lap that Nelson thought was his. Nelson took the lead with a throw of 69 feet, five and a-quarter inches on his first throw, then fouled on his last five tosses.

Bilonog matched Nelson's longest toss on his last throw, then Nelson unleashed a mammoth toss. But Nelson fouled, a toe edging outside the circle. He protested, but replays clearly showed the foul."

Read more at Thrilling end in shot put

Posted by Darren at 04:48 AM

Felix Sanchez

Country - Dominican Republic
Sport - Track Field
Event(s) - 400m Hurdles
Birthdate - August 30, 1977
Birthplace - New York, New York
Height - 5'10" / 178 cm
Weight - 161 lbs / 73 kgs

Home away from home
A New Yorker by birth who grew up in Southern California, two-time 400m hurdles world champion Felix Sanchez is the favorite to take home the gold medal in Athens. But "home" will not be the United States but the Dominican Republic, where his parents were born and for which he has competed since 1999. If he succeeds, it will be the Dominican Republic's first gold medal. Pedro J. Nolasco won the Caribbean country's only medal, a bronze in boxing, in 1984."

Read more at NBCOlympics.com - Athlete Bios - Felix Sanchez

Read more about Felix Sanchez at:
- Felix Sanchez - Inspiring a Nation

- Felix Sanchez - IAAF - 'Felix Sanchez (DOM), the double World 400m Hurdles champion and one of the five remaining contenders for the TDK Golden League Jackpot, isone of the big draws for tomorrow nights Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis. '

- Dominican runner Felix Sanchez aims at Olympic gold in Athens - 'Dominican runner Felix Sanchez willseek in Athens the gold medal in the 400-meters hurdle race, trying to remain keep his unbeaten record in the 39 past competitions. Sanchez, who trains and lives in the United States, is Dominican Republic's main Olympic medal hope. The world champion in 2001 and 2003 remains unbeaten in the past three years and, in Athens, he looks forward at winning his 40th race.'

- Felix Sanchez - 'A two-time world champion, and unbeaten since July 2 2001, Felix Sanchez will be the hot favourite to win the 400m hurdles title when the race for gold heats up in Athens. He became the 2001 world champion in Edmonton, and followed up by winning the Golden League crown the next year, winning every race he entered.'

Posted by Darren at 02:30 AM

Marion Jones

Country -United States
Sport - Track Field
Event(s) - Long Jump
Birthdate - October 12, 1975
Birthplace - Los Angeles, California
Height - 5'9" / 175 cm
Weight - 145 lbs / 65.8 kgs
Residence - Chapel Hill, North Carolina"

"Four years ago, American Marion Jones sprinted and jumped her way into Olympic history by winning a record five medals, including three golds, at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Much has changed for the world's most famous female track star since those golden days, including the end of her marriage to shot putter C.J. Hunter, the start of a new relationship with 100m world record-holder Tim Montgomery, and the birth of their son, Tim Montgomery, Jr. In Athens, Jones won't defend her titles in the 100m or 200m. She failed to qualify in the 100m, finishing a surprising fifth at the U.S. Trials. Jones pulled out of the 200m final citing fatigue. Jones did qualify for Athens in the long jump, winning the Trials with her longest jump since 1998, 7.11m (23 feet, 4 inches)"

Source - NBC Athlete Bios - Marion Jones

Get more information on Marion Jones at:
- Marion Jones Time Line - a timeline of Marion Jones' life.

- Marion Jones - Olympics 2004 - 'Jones made history at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She landed three gold medals, winning the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 1,600-meter relay, and two bronze medals, in the long jump and the 400-meter relay. She became the first woman to win five medals at one Olympics.'

- Marion Jones - pictures, photos, wallpapers, posters and desktop themes.

- Marion Jones Pictures

- Marion Jones Profile - USA Track and Field - 'Career Highlights - 2004 Olympic Trials long jump champion; 2000 Olympic 100m, 200m 4x400m champ, bronze medal in LJ and 4x100m; 2-time World 100m champion (97, 99); 2-time World 4x100m champion (97, 01); 2001 World 200m gold medalist; 13-time U.S. Outdoor Champion (4 in LJ, 4 in 100, 5 in 200); 2002 U.S. Champion (100m & 200m); 1999 World LJ bronze medalist; 2002 World Cup 100m gold medalist.'

- Marion Jones Photogallery

Posted by Darren at 02:11 AM

Yuriy Bilonong wins Men's Shot Put

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yuriy Bilonog from Ukraine

The winner of the Silver Medal: Adam Nelson from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Joachim Olsen from Denmark

Posted by Darren at 01:55 AM

Russia's Korzhanenko becomes first woman to win gold medal at ancient site that birthed Olympics

"Russia's Irina Korzhanenko became the first woman to win a gold medal at the ancient site that birthed the Olympics, recording the three longest throws of the competition.

Thousands of spectators sitting on grass knolls surrounding the pit watched Korzhanenko's winning toss of 69 feet, 1 1/4 inches (21.06 meters). The longest in the world this year, it came on the third of her six attempts.

Yumileidi Cumba of Cuba won the silver with a throw of 64-3 1/4 (19.59) on her last attempt, and Nadine Kleinert of Germany took the bronze."

Read more at Russia's Korzhanenko becomes first woman to win gold medal at ancient site that birthed Olympics

Posted by Darren at 01:35 AM

Monique Hennagan - Women's 400m

"While most of the U.S. track and field team trained in Crete, Monique Hennagan came straight to Athens and is living alone in the Olympic Village in a suite that eventually will house 10 athletes.

The 1998 North Carolina graduate would like to finish these Olympics with another place all by herself -- at the top of the women's 400-meter award stand.

Hennagan, 28, picked up a gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Games, but she had to share the stand with her three teammates in the winning 4x400 relay.

After a fourth-place finish at the 2000 U.S. trials, she went to Sydney just hoping to fulfill her relay responsibilities. Now she is aiming to win outright.

"Coming in here, I feel a lot more confident than I did before," she said. "In Sydney, I really didn't have much of a chance. Now I feel like I'm one of the best, and I can compete with the best.""

Read more at Monique Hennagan on track for individual gold

EVENT: women's 400 meters
BORN: May 26, 1976
BIRTHPLACE: Columbia, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Spring Valley (1994)
COLLEGE: North Carolina (1998)
PERSONAL BEST: 49.56 seconds (2004)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-8 1/2, 130
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004 U.S. Olympic trials 400 champion; 2002, '03 U.S. indoor 400 champion; 2000 Olympic 4-by-400 relay gold medalist; 1996 NCAA indoor 400 and outdoor 800 champion

Get more information on Monique Hennagan at:
- Monique Hennagan - 'A national champion while in high school and college, Hennagan earned her first USA senior title at 400m at the 2002 USA Indoor Championships, and she successfully defended her title in 2003 before going on to win a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championshipsstarted running in elementary school because of all the encouragement she got when she regularly beat her boy schoolmates and cousins in footraces...was twice ranked the top high school 400m runner in the nation, and as a senior, clocked the nine fastest times in the nationshe was also an all-state volleyball player and played basketball in high schoolshe won 12 state titles in high school, despite not being able to compete in the state meet as a 9th-grader because she went to a private school...Hennagan was the first North Carolina woman to win an NCAA titleshe earned her degree in psychology and African American studies...has applied with Lutheran Services to be a mentor for children in the foster care system and would eventually like to be more involved in community youth programs...works part-time for UPS, who provides her with health benefits and a steady income as a part of its Athlete Training Assistance Program (ATAP)she is a part-time Human Resources Supervisor and recruiter for hub operations.'

- Monique Hennagan - NBC Bio - 'Monique Hennagan, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 4x400m relay, returns for her second Games in the 400m. Hennagan will attempt to improve her Olympic performance in her individual event; she failed to advance past the second round in Sydney.'

- Monique Hennagan - USC Sports Profile - 'Olympic gold medalist Monique Hennagan returned home to Columbia and is a third year volunteer coach with the South Carolina track and field program. Her primary responsibilities include working with the men's and women's sprinters and middle distance runners.'

Posted by Darren at 01:17 AM

Track and Field Preview

"The Summer Olympic Games get on track today when the track and field competition gets under way in Athens. We've heard about the cloud hanging over these events because of performance enhancing drug use, but there should be an ample supply of highlights.

Here are just a few of some of the things you can watch for:

Local link: Bryan Clay is a serious medal contender is one of America's many rising stars and a gold medal contender in the decathlon on Monday and Tuesday. He also happens to be coached by Kevin Reid, a 1983 Carson High School graduate who has been the head men's track and field coach at Azusa Pacific University the last nine years. Clay has a legitimate shot at taking the gold, although the favorites are reigning world champion Tom Pappas of the U.S. and world record holder Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic. This could turn out to be one of the best competitions in Athens.

High altitude trained: Watch for Mammoth Lakes resident Deena (Drossin) Kastor in the women's marathon on Sunday. Though Kastor was second behind Colleen De Reuck at the U.S. Trials in St. Louis in April, she set the American record of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 16 seconds in 2003. She easily won the women's 10,000 at the Trials last month (31:09.65), but gave up her spot in the event in order to concentrate on the marathon in Athens. She will not come in as one of the favorites, that distinction falls to Great Britain's Paula Radcliffe, but look for Kastor to run with the lead pack.

American star: Don't look for Marion Jones to make a big impact in Athens, although she could add to her haul of three gold medals taken from Sydney in 2000 by winning the long jump. The 4x100 relay is another possibility, although the U.S. coaches may not want to risk using her because of the threat of a drug suspension.

Still flying high: Stacy Dragila, a product of Auburn, Calif., is the defending Olympic women's pole vault champion, but she will be hard pressed to win another gold medal against Russians Yelena Isinbayeva and Svetlana Feofanova. The three have taken turns holding the world record in 2004. Dragila went 15-10 on June 8, then Isinbayeva cleared 15-11 3/4 and Feofanova became the first woman to clear 16 feet on July 4 in a meet in Athens. Isinbayeva took the record again with a 16-0 3/4 clearance in London (and says she has cleared 16-4 3/4 in practice). The record could fall again Tuesday night. Don't count Dragila out, after all, she is still the defending Olympic champion. In the men's pole vault, Americans Toby Stevenson and Tim Mack are gold medal favorites, along with Dmitri Markov, a native of Belarus who now competes for Australia.

Another veteran star: Gail Devers has won two gold medals in the 100 meters, now she is trying to pick up her first gold in the 100 hurdles. At age 37, that would be a tremendous achievement that should cement her place as one of America's all-time greats in the sport. She survived a serious bout with Graves' Disease in 1988 - doctors considered amputating both legs - and came back to win the Olympic 100 in 1992 and '96.

Great race: Alan Webb made a name for himself when he broke Jim Ryun's high school mile record in 2001 and is now looking to take his stardom to a new level in Athens. Look for Webb to make it to the final late Tuesday night. Olympic distance races are normally tactical and won by the runner with the best kick, but look for Webb to break from that tradition. Look for him to make a move with 700 meters to go, just as he did at the Trials. Look for him to still be in the lead with one lap to go - and a pack of stronger kickers in hot pursuit that should include Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, Kenya's Bernard Lagat (formerly of Washington State) and Isaac Songok, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain and Mehdi Baala of France. Can the 21-year-old Virginian hold on? El Guerrouj has four world titles and three world records, but has yet to win Olympic gold. Lagat recently beat El Guerrouj on Aug. 6 with a world best time of 3 minutes, 27.4 seconds in Zurich, Switzerland. Webb ran a personal record 3:32.73 to beat Lagat in Ostrava, Czech Republic, earlier this summer. Webb probably isn't ready to win Olympic gold just yet, but stay tuned, this could be a great race.

Young guns from Texas: Sanya Richards, 19, has all the makings to be a star of Marion Jones-like status in the future, and that could be as soon as the women's 400 meters final on Tuesday. Richards finished second at the Trials and won NCAA indoor title in the 400 this year for Texas. Baylor's Jeremy Wariner, 20, has run the fastest 400 in the world in 2004 (44.37 at the Trials) and now figures to contend for gold. Like Richards, this has been a long year for Wariner, who became the first runner ever to finish as a winner the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in the same year. On the upside, he runs for Baylor's Clyde Hart, who coached world record holder and two-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson.

World's fastest human: There has always been special recognition for the 100-meter champion and America is looking for a sweep of the medals with its trio of Maurice Greene, Shawn Crawford and Justin Gatlin. Asafa Powell of Jamaica beat Greene in back-to-back races leading up to the Olympics, Crawford has clocked the fastest time in the world this year (9.88) and the smooth Gatlin always looks like has plenty left in the tank. All four could hit the wire together in a photo finish Sunday night. Greene is the defending Olympic champion."

Source View of Olympic track and field

Posted by Darren at 01:06 AM

Asafa Powell

"Whisper it quietly if you are within earshot of Maurice Greene, but there is a new favourite for the men's 100m title.

Asafa Powell might be just 21 years old - the same age as British sprint hope Mark Lewis-Francis - but he shows every sign of continuing Jamaica's incredible run of success in Olympic sprints.

Prior to Greene's triumph in Sydney, the last three Olympic 100m finals had been won by men born in Jamaica.

Canada's Donovan Bailey, who took gold in 1996, was born in Manchester, Jamaica; Linford Christie, champion in 1992, in St Andrews, and Ben Johnson, first across the line in 1988, in Falmouth.

The difference, of course, is that Powell still runs for the country of his birth.

Very fast, too...."

Read more at Power to the Powell

Get more Asafa Powell at:
- Asafa Powell does it again! - 6 August 2004 'After his win at tonights Weltklasse meeting in Zurich, the fourth leg of the TDK Golden League series, Powell has not only become interested in the sport but he has now taken over as one of the hottest favourites to succeed Greene as the next 100m Olympic champion.'

- Asafa Powell Bio - NBC's profile of Asafa Powell.

Country - Jamaica
Sport - Track Field
Event(s) - 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay
Birthdate - November 11, 1982
Birthplace - Linstead, Jamaica
Height - 6'2" / 188 cm
Weight - 192 lbs / 87.1 kgs
Residence -Evarton, Jamaica

- Asafa Powell - Olympics 2004 - Hindustan Times profile of Powell - 'Powell remains undefeated this season, clocked 9.91 seconds -- the fastest time ever on British soil -- to win the 100m at the London Grand Prix meet in July.'

- Asafa Powell - Pictures and biography of Asafa Powell.

- Asafa Powell - 'This Year I'm Feeling A Lot More Confident - 'Powell opened his season on June 12 with a personal best 9.99 at a meeting in Spanish Town, but came to the fore two weeks later with his 9.91 win at the Jamaican national championships, breaking Olympian Ray Stewarts 13-year-old national record of 9.96. His effort is the second fastest time in the world this year, But Powell firmly believes that theres plenty left in the tank. It felt fast, he said. I knew it was a nine-something. But I can go faster.'

- Asafa Powell clocks 9.99

- Asafa Powell Pictures

Posted by Darren at 01:01 AM

Two U.S. men qualify at Olympia; history for Heaston

"Two U.S. men advanced to the final of the shot put Wednesday, hoping to make even more history at the ancient site that gave birth to the Olympics 2,780 years ago.

Adam Nelson had the best qualifying throw of 69 feet, 4 3/4 inches and John Godina threw 67-4 1/4. Teammate Reese Hoffa failed to qualify for the final, ending U.S. hopes of a medal sweep.

The shot put is being held at this former religious sanctuary, about 200 miles southwest of Athens, two days before the rest of the track and field competition begins Friday at the Olympic stadium in the nation's capital.

"It's a privilege and honor to compete here," Nelson said. "There's something special about this place. It's a reminder of where it all began.""

Read more at Two U.S. men qualify at Olympia; history for Heaston

Posted by Darren at 12:34 AM

Irina Korzhanenko wins Women's Shot Put

The winner of the Gold Medal: Irina Korzhanenko from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Yumileidi Cumba from Cuba

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Nadine Kleinert from Germany

Posted by Darren at 12:15 AM

August 18, 2004

Athens Olympics Track and Field Events and Results

Athens Olympics Track and Field

athletics.gifTrack and Field events at the Athens Olympics will be held between 18 August and 29th August mainly at the Athens Olympic Stadium.

In Track and Field there is a total of 46 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals up for grabs - 24 of each in men's competition and 22 in women's competition.

Marion Jones was the darling of the 2000 Olympics after winning five medals. This time around, she qualified only in the long jump at the U.S. trials, where doping stories dominated the headlines. Though the United States has a young team, it will battle Russia in the medal count. Allen Johnson goes for another gold in the 110-meter hurdles but faces tough competition against China's Liu Xiang. Gail Devers made her fifth Olympic team, but is going for her first gold medal in the 100 hurdles. The women's pole vault could provide the best competition, with former world record holder Stacy Dragila going against top Russians Yelena Isinbayeva and Svetlana Feofanova - current record holder and the first woman to vault over 16 feet. Felix Sanchez has not lost in the 400 hurdles in two years, while the latest Ethiopian sensation, Kenenisa Bekele, tries for a double in the 5,000 and 10,000.

Track and Field results will be added to this site as they happen - you will find links to each event's results page below as they are added to the site. In the mean time get all the latest Track and Field news in our Track and Field News Archives.

Men's Track and Field Results and Medals

Men's 100m
Men's 200m
Men's 400m
Men's 800m
Men's 1500m
Men's 5000m
Men's 10000m
Men's 110m Hurdles
Men's 400m Hurdles
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
Men's High Jump
Men's Pole Vault
Men's Long Jump
Men's Triple Jump
Men's Shot Put
Men's Discus
Men's Hammer
Men's Javelin
Men's Decathlon
Men's Marathon
Men's 20km Walk
Men's 50km Road Walk

Women's Athletics Results and Medals

Women's 100m
Women's 200m
Women's 400m
Women's 800m
Women's 1,500m
Women's 5,000m
Women's 10,000m
Women's 100m Hurdles
Women's 400m Hurdles
Women's 4 x 100m Relay
Women's 4 x 400m Relay
Women's High Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Women's Long Jump
Women's Triple Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's Discus
Women's Hammer
Women's Javelin
Women's Heptathlon
Womans Marathon Womans 20km Road Walk

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Posted by Darren at 06:05 AM

Shot Put Goes Back to the Cradle

"The Stadium of Ancient Olympia will once again be the stage for sporting excellence 1,600 years after it last hosted an Olympic sporting event. The mens and womens shot put for the Games in Athens will be held in the cradle of the Olympic Games situated some 320 kilometres southwest of Athens.

Mai site of the Games - The stadium was the main site of the Games when they were first held in 776 BC right up to 393 AD when the Games were abolished by decree of Emporer Theodosius. Dating from the 4th century BC, it has a length of 213 metres and a width of 28.5 metres and could hold more than 40,000 people."

Shot Put Goes Back to the Cradle

Posted by Darren at 03:09 AM

Men's 800m Preview

"In the last four decades, few pre-race favourites have actually gone to win the Olympic 800 metres title. With nine runners under 1:44 thus far in 2004, and several winning major races, no Athens entrant can claim the leading role and with it, its accompanying jinx.

2003 World leader Wilfred Bungei of Kenya - IAAF World Ranked number one for the event - arrives in Athens as the year's fastest, and after missing last year's World Championships, is aiming to make his mark.While he posted solid wins in Zurich (1:43.06), Madrid (1:44.72) and the strenuous Kenyan Trials, he was soundly beaten in Rome, showing he is vulnerable.

The winner at the Golden Gala was World record holder Wilson Kipketer, with a then-world leading 1:43.88. The only title missing from the Dane's resume is that of Olympic champion, and with the perfectly executed kick he displayed in Rome, it is a title that is certainly within the 33-year-old's grasp."

Read more at Men's 800m PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 02:02 AM

Womens Javelin Preview

"It is only possible to preview this event by first offering up a major question mark about the fitness of the reigning World and European champion Mirela Manjani, who so far has only thrown 58.92m this year.

But Manjani has a knack of timing her seasons to perfection, and the Greek (formerly Albanian) thrower is bound to gain inspiration from the home crowd. As such the two-time World gold medallist, who also took the silver in 2001, and the Sydney Olympic runner-up spot, should never be discounted.

With this important Greek caveat out the way, Cubas World record holder Osleidis Menndez must be seen as the clear favourite for gold. The 24 year-old who is the IAAF World Ranked number one for this event, has had an impressive year with a best of 68.23m.

There are two blemishes on the Cubans season record. The first, not so serious was her 53.25m to 61.51 third place loss to compatriot Norida Bicet in Havana in June (Bicet has a best in 2004 of 63.32). However, the second flaw, in Linz on 2 August when she lost 65.68 to the 65.91 national record of Czech Nikola Brejchova, is perhaps more significant in terms of the possible distribution of Olympic medals."

Read more at Womens Javelin PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 02:01 AM

Men's Javelin Preview

"This is the most wide open athletics discipline of 2004. You could throw a blanket over worlds top eight this season, who have thrown distances ranging between 87.73 and 86.12.

The days of 90m throwing are a distant memory. World champion Sergey Makarov of Russia, 31, the last man beyond that line (90.11 on 30 May 2003), is currently the IAAF World Rankings number one athlete for the event but his seasons best of 86.19 shows he is way off his usual form (PB 92.61 - 2002).

The event is in the midst of generational change. All the worlds 90m throwers (new spear) on the all-time list are now over 30 years of age (Aki Parviainen the third longest thrower in history with 93.09m and the youngest, will turn 30 on October this year), are either already retired, or injured or well below par this year.

The big question is whether Czech Jan Zelezny, 38, the worlds greatest ever thrower (World record 98.48 set in 1996), can take an unprecedented fourth successive Olympic title (1992/1996/2000). He was also second in 1988, only losing in the last round!

Zelezny, who is also a former three-time World gold medallist, stands eighth on the world list with 86.12 but in such an open competition, the gold medal is certainty not a long shot."

Read more at Mens Javelin Preview

Posted by Darren at 02:00 AM

Womens Hammer Preview

"With eleven of the top 20 of this seasons furthest throws belonging to the double World champion Yipsi Moreno, there is no one to match or who even approaches the consistency in this event of the 23 year-old from Cuba.

Moreno who is the IAAF World Ranked number one in the Event is the outstanding favourite for gold in Athens, and her Area record of 75.18 (25 April) gives a sign that even the World record (76.07 1999, Mihaela Melinte, ROM, not selected) might be threatened given the added motivation of an Olympic final. Moreno currently has a winning streak of 18 competitions (finals only). She was fourth in Sydney 2000.

Standing nearest to the Cuban on the world seasons performance list is the Belarussian Olga Tsander with the 74.72 national record heave (9 July) with which she won her national championships. However, other than her qualification (71.76) the day before, the 28 year-old has not had any other competitions over 70m this season, and this will surely count against her when the pressure is on in Athens."

Read more at Womens Hammer PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 02:00 AM

Mens Hammer Preview

"The IAAF World Rankings number one athlete of the event is Ivan Tikhon of Belarus. The 28 year-old reigning World champion has had a largely faultless year with his six competitions, five of them victories, that have provided four of the top eight marks on the world seasons list.

Tikhon leads the standings with an 84.46 mark set in Minsk on 7 May but do not be misled by the age of that early season effort,t as in the same city on 10 July he threw 83.97, the worlds second longest performance of the year, to win the national championships and confirm his continued good form. His 83.36 (Stayki 26 June) is the fourth best in the world, and his latest win, 82.87 in Stayki on 31 July, shows he remains firmly in the gold medal groove.

So is the gold medal all but decided?

No! As well as two other Belarussian athletes over 82 metres this summer Vadim Devyatovskiy (82.91), and two time Olympic medallist (1992 silver, 200 bronze) Igor Astapkovich (82.23) backing up their countries medal hopes, three other throwers, a Hungarian, a Finn and a Japanese could still cause a shock in Athens."

Read more at Mens Hammer PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 01:59 AM

Womens Discus Preview

"The top-six women in last years World Championships final are also currently the six longest throwers of this summer.

Though the Belarussian Irina Yatchenko, the 2003 World champion, is only 4th in the IAAF World Rankings for the womens Discus, she threw the current world seasons lead of 69.13m in Stayki, Belarus on 31 July. Even at 38 years of age she must be seen as the favourite for Olympic gold on the basis of this competition considering that her series also included 66.55 and 67.32m releases. Only two other throwers this season have launched the Discus past her second best effort.

There have also been just three blemishes to Yatchenkos Olympic credentials in 2004.

Five athletes, comprising the glittering elite of the event beat the Belarussian in an early season meet in Halle, Germany (22 May).

Best on that day was the Greek Anastasia Kelesidou, the 2003 World silver medallist, who threw 67.03m, ahead of Russias 2001 World champion Natalya Sadova (65.71), 1997 World champion Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand (65.13), Vera Pospisilova-Cechlov (64.71), and Germanys Franka Dietzsch, the 1999 World and 1998 European winner (64.13). Yatchenko was sixth, 61.53."

Read more at Womens Discus PREVIEW.

Posted by Darren at 01:58 AM

Men's Discus Preview

"The impending battle between World and Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania and European champion Robert Fazekas of Hungary the top two ranked throwers in the IAAF World Ranking for the event is set to be one of the greatest confrontations of the entire Games of the XXVIII Olympiad , let alone the Athletics events.

Until just over a week ago, the 32 year-old Alekna had held his Hungarian rival in a year long spell which had been first cast when he returned to top form to win the World title in Paris last summer. Alekna had last lost to the 28 years-old Fazekas on 15 August 2003 in Zurich on the eve of the Paris championships, and had kept a perfect score card against his arch-rival this year until they met again last week in Zurich (6 Aug), where Fazekas snatched a surprise 69.77 to 69.22 victory.

The two men are the only 70m throwers of the year and their present form towers above their opponents. If the Athens competition approaches the quality of their 70m tussle that took place in Rthimno, Greece on 23 June (Alekna won 70.97 to 70.83), we could see possibly the greatest battle royal ever in Olympic history. The Olympic final has never seen a throw over 70 metres, and surely that is what it will take to separate these two nimble spinning giants."

Read more at Mens Discus PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 01:57 AM

Women's Shot Put Preview

"It is a dangerous statement to make, especially with the competitivetemperament of Germanys 1996 Olympic champion Astrid Kumbernuss waiting to confound the form book but it is nearly certain that the women's Shot medals will be divided solely between Russia or Belarus in Olympia.

Only three women have so far put beyond 20 metres this summer. Topping the world list in 2004 are the Russians Irina Korzhanenko (20.79m) and Svetlana Krivelyova (20.69), and the Belarussian, Natalya Kharaneko (20.04).

The Russians also top the IAAF World Rankings for the Event - Krivelyova (1st) and Korzhanenko (2nd).

Yumileidi Cumb of Cuba with a 19.97 PB win at the recent IberoAmerican Championships is the fourth best thrower of this summer on the performance list. Former three-time World champion Kumbernuss, who was the bronze medallist in Sydney is the next furthest (19.60), while Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus, stands sixth on the lists with a 19.37 performance from back in May.

Reigning Olympic champion, and 2001 World gold medal winner Yanina Korolchik, who is also from Belarus, has not competed since winning the 2003 national title, while Russias Larisa Peleshenko, who took the silver in Sydney 2000 has retired.

Germanys Nadine Kleinert (19.27), and Olga Rybinkina of Russia (19.12) are the only other athletes in the world this year over 19 metres, such is the sudden and dramatic drop-off from the very top of the worlds elite to those of more moderate international standard."

Mens and Women's Shot Put PREVIEWS - Olympia

Posted by Darren at 01:55 AM

Men's Shot Put Preview

"With the top four competitions of the year 22.54m, 22.35, 22.25 and 21.74 it was one of the greatest upsets when the 23 year-old World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell IAAF World Rankings number one at the event - flopped badly in the Trials (4th 20.56) and failed to make the US Olympic team.

However, such is the strength of American shot putting that it would not be dangerous to wager on a US podium sweep for the first time at the Games since Rome in 1960! In all, the US have won 17 gold, 18 silver and 11 bronze medals at this event in Olympic history, and it looks like nothing will stop them adding to these totals in Athens.

Represented by three-time World champion (bronze medallist Sydney 2000) John Godina (21.71), Adam Nelson, the reigning World and Olympic silver medallist (21.68), and Reese Hoffa (21.67), the US are blessed with the three furthest throwers in the starting line-up.

Yet 28 year-old Andrey Mikhnevich of Belarus is not one to be intimidated by mere statistics. The reigning World champion who had a disappointing World Indoor campaign in Budapest where he finished sixth, continued at a low ebb early this summer with just one competition (20.19 5 June) above 20 metres. Then BANG, on 31 July he unleashed a mighty 21.23 seasons best on home turf in Stayki, Belarus.

The Belarussian, whose personal best is the 21.69 with which he won the World crown last summer in the Stade de France, might just have peaked at the right moment."

Read more at Mens and Women's Shot Put PREVIEWS

Posted by Darren at 01:54 AM

Ana Guavara - 400m

"In the recent years, Guavara has established herself as the one to beat in the 400m and will be hot favourite for the Olympic title in Athens.

The Mexican superstar had to settle for fifth at Sydney 2000, but hinted at her potential with a bronze medal at the World Championships in Edmonton a year later.

A string of impressive wins followed and, by 2003, Guavara finally earned the world title she craved with a spectacular performance in Paris.

She ran 48.90sec to claim gold in the eighth fastest time in history.

Although her Olympic preparations have been hampered by injury, the 27-year-old is now aiming to quench her thirst for success with glory in Athens."

Athletics: Stars to Watch

Posted by Darren at 01:48 AM

Paula Radcliffe injury denied

"British athletics chief Max Jones has moved quickly to deny injury rumours surrounding Paula Radcliffe.

Radcliffe, favourite to take marathon gold on Sunday, reportedly made a visit to the Munich clinic of Dr Hans Muller-Wolfhardt last weekend.

But Jones said: "She certainly does not have a calf injury."

Radcliffe herself said previously: "Everything has gone really well in training. My preparations have gone very successfully."

Radcliffe's agent Sian Masterton said the 30-year-old had been to see the famed doctor a month ago to check on a hernia operation she had last March."

Read more at Radcliffe injury denied

Posted by Darren at 01:34 AM

Stacy Dragila - Women's Pole Vault

"Stacy Dragila can remember her blood pressure rising as swiftly as the ever-changing world-record heights in her event, the women's pole vault. Dragila would attend vaulting clinics and quietly stew as fellow vaulters and coaches denounced her fundamentals.

"They would tear my technique apart," Dragila says. "Sometimes it could be pretty harsh out there. And I'd think, 'You're saying you're doing it perfect. But if your way is so perfect, how come I'm the one with the world records and the gold medal?'"

Dragila, 33, arrived at her indignation justifiably. Dragila is to women's vaulting what Michael Flatley is to Irish dancing. She won gold when the women's vault made its debut in Sydney four years ago. She set seven world records between February 2000 and June 2001. And now she was hearing that her technique was flawed"

Read more at Stepping back to move forward

Posted by Darren at 01:05 AM

Darren Campbell Is 200m Medal Threat - Maurice Greene

"Darren Campbell, the Olympic 200 metres silver medallist in Sydney, can medal again in Athens according to US sprint ace Maurice Greene.

Campbell, along with the other top British sprinters, has failed to produce anything like his best form in the run-up to his third Olympic appearance.

The lowest point came in last months Norwich Union London Grand Prix when himself, Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis all failed to make the 100 metres final.

Their poor performances at Crystal Palace left fans wondering whether their lack of form would see no British sprinter in the Olympic 100m final for the first time since 1976."

Read more at Campbell Is Medal Threat - Greene

Posted by Darren at 12:58 AM

Double blow for Irish

"Irish race walker Jamie Costin is out of the Olympics after being injured in a car accident near Athens.

50K walker Costin was travelling in a car that was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry at Porto Helios about an hour's drive from Athens.

He suffered a broken bone in his back and a broken toe in the accident.

And in a further blow for the Irish team, medal hopeful Gillian O'Sullivan has pulled out of the Games after failing to shake off a knee injury."

Read more at Double blow for Irish

Posted by Darren at 12:45 AM

August 17, 2004

Greek sprint duo to leave hospital

"Greece's suspect sprint duo Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou will check out of hospital in Athens at midday local time (10 a.m. British time) today, their coach has told Reuters."

Greek sprint duo to leave hospital

Posted by Darren at 06:50 PM

Haile Gebrselassie Gone?

Haile Gebrselassie has an injury which could cause him to have to withdraw from the Athens Olympics.

The two-time 10,000m Olympic champion was hoping to collect his third gold medal in the final on Friday night.

But according to his manager, Jos Hermens, his chances of making it to Athens are "not looking brilliant".

"We don't know whether he will miss the Games," said Hermens. Gebrselassie, 31, will leave track athletics behind after Athens and focus on the marathon

Source BBC Gebrselassie 'may pull out'

Posted by at 07:28 AM

Kelly Holmes Warned over 800M Bid

"Kelly Holmes was today warned that the Olympic 800metres final is shaping up to be one of the fastest races over the distance for many years.

The 34-year-old is committed to running the 1,500m and is weighing up whether to also compete in the shorter distance, with a decision due before Friday, so that seedings for Saturdays heats can be made.

American coach JJ Clarks wife Jearl Miles-Clark who he also coaches would be one of the biggest threats to Holmes for a medal in the 800m.

And coach Clark expects the race to be run at a frantic pace.

Only two of the athletes provisionally entered for the race have personal bests quicker than that of Holmes, who has run one minute and 56.21 seconds."

Read more at Holmes Warned over 800M Bid

Posted by Darren at 02:00 AM

Eunice Barber out of heptathlon

"Long jump world champion Eunice Barber of France has pulled out of the heptathlon at the Athens Olympics with a thigh injury and is still doubtful about her chances of competing in the long jump.

"Today I have decided not to take part in the heptathlon and as for the long jump, I'm not sure yet," she told a news conference on Monday.

Barber also won the heptathlon silver medal at the world championships in Paris last year."

Read more at Barber out of heptathlon

Posted by Darren at 01:45 AM

August 16, 2004

Lauryn Williams Has No Problem Running with Marion Jones

"American sprinter Lauryn Williams said on Monday she would have no problem competing on the same team as Marion Jones in the Olympic 4x100 meters relay.

Even if Jones, who is under scrutiny by U.S. anti-doping officials, were eventually charged with an offence and the U.S. runners were stripped of any relay medal they might win, "it's fine with me" that Jones runs, Williams told a news conference.

"The coaches will make the best decision and as long as they feel they have made the best decision and that's who they have on the relay when it's time to run, I'm going to run and I am going to be very proud," Williams said."

Read more at Williams Has No Problem Running with Jones

Posted by Darren at 10:00 PM

Paula Radcliffe Arrives in Athens

"World marathon record-holder Paula Radcliffe has arrived in Athens and checked out the Olympic marathon course for Sundays eagerly awaited race where she is favourite for the gold medal.

Radcliffe and her support team stayed overnight on the outskirts of Marathon where the grueling 26 miles 385 yards race will begin.

We needed to get acquainted with the course where there have been a couple of changes, said Radcliffe."

Read more at Radcliffe Arrives in Athens

Posted by Darren at 09:26 PM

Ethiopia drops Berhane Adere from Olympic team

"Ethiopia's 10,000-meter world champion Berhane Adere was dropped from the Olympic squad because of a lingering injury.

The Ethiopian Federation confirmed Monday that Adere would be replaced by Ejigayehu Dibaba, the African 10,000-meter champion.

Adere has struggled with an Achilles tendon injury since she broke the world indoor 5,000-meter record in Stuttgart, Germany, in January."

Read more at Ethiopia drops Adere from Olympic team

Posted by Darren at 09:05 PM

Tamsyn Lewis - Swapping Pouts for Smiles

"The last time the world got a good look at Tamsyn Lewis, she was pouting from the pages of a men's magazine, wearing next to nothing and looking more like she was preparing for a career in modelling than training to run the 800 metres in Athens.

Yesterday the 26-year-old emerged from the Olympic athletes' village, decorously attired in the official team kit of white, gold and green shirt, stone-coloured shorts and runners, to deny tabloid newspaper suggestions she had been bludging, accuse Australian athletics officials of making her run while injured, and promise a peak performance next week.

"Seb, Daley and I are confident it's all coming together at the right time," Lewis said, referring to English coaches Sebastian Coe and former decathlon gold medallist Daley Thompson, with whom she has spent most of the year training in the Surrey countryside south of London."

Read more at Swapping pouts for smiles - Aussie Update -

Posted by Darren at 03:26 AM

August 15, 2004

Paula Radcliffe media black-out

"Paula Radcliffe will not be giving any interviews before she bids for marathon gold in Athens.

Britain's best hope for an athletics gold medal will instead focus on putting the finishing touches to her preparations for the race.

A media teleconference had been tentatively planned for Monday with Radcliffe, but athletics team leader Max Jones revealed that there would be a media black-out by the Radcliffe camp.

Jones issued a statement which read: "Paula Radcliffe's support team has decided that it is not in the best interests of her final stage of preparation for the Olympic Games to do any media interviews prior to the marathon on 22 August."

Read more at Radcliffe media black-out

Posted by Darren at 06:35 PM

Track star Marion Jones a blip on Olympic radar

"No name was bigger, no medal haul greater than the three Olympic golds and two bronzes won by the personable American at the Sydney Olympics.

On Saturday, though, as the 2004 Games began in Athens, Jones had disappeared from the Olympic radar.

As the television cameras of the opening ceremony zoomed in on the new hopes of the Olympic movement late on Friday, Jones was in Crete training at the United States camp.

Instead of waging another campaign for five golds, she seems likely to compete in only the long jump and perhaps the 400-meter relay in Athens. Unlike in Sydney, she did not qualify for the 100 and 200 meters, her primary events."

Read more at Track star Jones a blip on Olympic radar

Posted by Darren at 10:55 AM

August 14, 2004

Torri Edwards Doping Appeal Scheduled for Monday

"World 100 meters champion Torri Edwards will have her appeal against a two-year doping ban heard by a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal panel Monday.

If the CAS clears Edwards, the American will be eligible to compete in the Athens Olympics, which opened Friday night.

"The hearing will be Monday evening, the composition of the panel will be announced later," CAS secretary-general Matthieu Reeb told Reuters Saturday.

Edwards, who inherited the title when compatriot Kelli White admitted taking a variety of banned drugs, tested positive for the stimulant nikethamide at a meeting in Martinique last April.

She was scheduled to run in the 100 and 200 meters once the Olympic athletics program opens next Friday and would probably have been included in the 4x100 relay team."

Read more at Torri Edwards Doping Appeal Scheduled for Monday

Posted by Darren at 10:53 PM

Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou - Greek sprinters withdrawn from Games

"Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou will be withdrawn from the Olympic Games, a source close to the Greek team says.

The cases of Kenteris, the Olympic 200 metres champion, and Thanou, runner-up in the Sydney Games 100 metres, were being discussed at a meeting of the Greek Olympic Committee.

The two are due to attend an International Olympic Committee disciplinary hearing on Monday to explain why they missed a drugs test this week in Athens."

Read more at Greek sprinters withdrawn from Games

Posted by Darren at 10:51 PM

Jog puts Jana Pittman back on track

"JANA Pittman has jogged for the first time since injuring her knee nine days ago, boosting her spirits and enhancing her Olympic prospects.

Pittman's coach Phil King said the world champion 400m hurdler's recovery was now ahead of schedule and she is firming to take her place at the Athens Olympics."

Read more at Jog puts Jana back on track

Posted by Darren at 10:44 PM

Men's 50km Race Walk Preview

"The recent announcement that Jefferson Perez (ECU) will try and attempt the 20km and 50km Race Walking double in Athens may not have shaken defending Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski's ambitions but still it would make the 50km a lot more interesting should the man from Cuenca recover well enough from his 20km efforts.

The Polish three-time World champion and two-time European champion, already has three Olympic gold medals in his collection yet there is no doubt that the 36-year-old man from Krakow wants another gold in Athens.

Winner of the last two 50km Race Walking Olympic titles in Atlanta and Sydney - he also won the 20km in Australia - Korzeniowski has wisely opted not to attempt the double in Athens, which will mark his last Olympic Games."

Read more at Men's 50km Race Walk PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 10:37 PM

Men's 20km Race Walk - Preview

"Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski of Poland will not take part in the men's 20km Race Walking in Athens in order to concentrate on the 50km event, and so all eyes will be set on one man: Jefferson Perez - the IAAF World Rankings number one for the Road Race Walking category.

The Ecuadorian became a legend in South America following his breathtaking success at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Four years ago in Sydney, Perez came within strides of a second Olympic podium in fourth as Korzeniowski was clocking a new Olympic record ahead of Mexico's Noe Hernandez and Russia's Vladimir Andreyev."

Men's 20km Race Walk - PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 10:36 PM

Womens Marathon Preview

"It would be a mistake to assume that, just because she holds an outstanding World record, Paula Radcliffe will automatically win the Marathon gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games. For the 30-year-old Briton, three times the IAAF World Half-Marathon champion, will also have the course to contend with.

The classic, original Marathon course, starting near the site of the ancient battle of Marathon and finishing at the original 1896 Olympic stadium, has demanding limbs from the start through to the 35km mark. And then there will be the heat - even with a 6pm local time start.

Its right that it should be a tough course, Radcliffe says, visibly excited by the challenge that awaits her."

Read more at Womens Marathon PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 10:35 PM

Men's Marathon Preview

"To say that Paul Tergat is one of the finest distance runners ever is not really a debatable point. Yet while he has raced to five World Cross Country titles and two World Half Marathon crowns in a brilliant international career that stretches back to 1992, an Olympic or World Championship title on the track has eluded the 35-year-old Kenyan.

Tergat, who currently is a lowly ranked22nd in the Road Racing category of the IAAF World Rankings, has a last chance for Olympic glory in Athens, whenon the closing day of the Games the Marathon returns to its birthplace.

He leads the field as the event's World record holder.

Surprisingly, history is not on his, nor his teammates' - Eric Wainaina and Sammy Korir - side, as no Kenyan has ever won an Olympic marathon."

Read more at Men's Marathon PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 10:34 PM

Women's 10,000m Preview

"At last year's World Championships, Berhane Adere and Werknesh Kidane finished 1-2 in the finest women's 10,000m race ever. Aiming for a repeat in Athens, the Ethiopian duo returns, accompanied by two-time Olympic and 2001 World Champion Derartu Tulu. For the defending champion Tulu, who posted a solid 30:51.07 performance in July, a victory here would make her the first African to win three Olympic gold medals.

Sun Yingjie and Xing Huina of China also figured prominently in the Paris race, and both will compete here. Yingjie, who controlled much of the scorching pace in Paris and held on to finish third, will race just five days after her run in the marathon, but Huina, who set a World Junior record in Paris, will race with fresh legs before contesting the 5000 later in the week."

Read more at Women's 10,000m Preview

Posted by Darren at 10:33 PM

Men's 10,000m Preview

"To many, Haile Gebrselassie is already the greatest distance runner of all time. His many achievements include 18 World records and four consecutive World 10,000m titles. But top of the pile are his two Olympic triumphs from 1996 and 2000, races remembered as among the most remarkable ever seen.

Each time, the Ethiopian battled heroically to overcome Kenya's Paul Tergat, putting his name up there alongside Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek and Lasse Viren - the only other athletes to win two Olympic 10,000m titles. Tergat has since moved on to the Marathon, where Geb will join him after Athens. But in attempting to win an unprecedented third gold, he faces an even greater challenge.

That comes from his young compatriot and training partner Kenenisa Bekele, the 22 year-old who is not only a double World Cross Country champion three times over but, in the space of nine days earlier this summer, snatched Geb's 5000m and 10,000m World records - lowering the 10,000m figures to 26:20.31."

Read more at Men's 10,000m PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 10:28 PM

Men's 5000m Preview

"Depending on the decisions of its two main protagonists, the men's 5000m could well be a re-run of last year's World championships final. After initial doubts, Ethiopia's double World record breaker Kenenisa Bekele says he intends to go for golds in both the 10,000m and the 5000m in Athens, but Hicham El Guerrouj is leaving his decision until much nearer the time.

If he bags a much deserved 1500m gold on Tuesday evening, surely the great Moroccan won't be able to resist the temptation of emulating Finland's Paavo Nurmi in going for the impossible double. If he can cruise through the 5000m semis the following night, he will then have three days to recover for the final. After Zurich, however, victory in the 1500m is far from certain.

Bekele's blistering World record (12:37.35) must make him favourite, but as the Paris final showed, winning any distance running a double is a tall order. Bekele was edged into third last year by El Guerrouj and the 18 year-old victor, Eliud Kipchoge. The young Kenyan has shown flying form again this season, especially in Rome, where he won in 12:46.53, this year's second quickest time."

Read more at Men's 5000m PREVIEW

Posted by Darren at 10:28 PM

Pittman due in Athens on Monday

"World 400 metres hurdles champion Jana Pittman will fly to Athens on Monday and has a good chance of making the Olympics a week after knee surgery, an Australian Olympic official said. Pittman tore a cartilage at a meeting in Zurich eight days ago and is being treated in the Italian town of Varese.

The 21-year-old is due to run her first heat on August 21. "She has a very good chance of running," said the Australian Olympic official, who asked not to be named. "A day before her race she will be put to the test when she puts her leg over the first hurdle."

Pittman is waking every two hours at night to ice her knee for 20 minutes in a desperate bid to make the Games."

Read more at Pittman due in Athens on Monday

Posted by Darren at 06:09 PM

Spanish Athletics Athens Olympic team

The Spanish Athletics Olympic team is as follows (including season's bests).

Men (36)
400m: David Canal, 45.06
800m: Antonio Reina, 1:43.89, Manuel Olmedo, 1:45.30, Miguel Quesada, 1:45.61
1500m: Reyes Estvez, 3:35.37, lvaro Fernndez, 3:33.66, Juan Carlos Higuero, 3:34.48
5000m: Carlos Castillejo, 13:19.47, Carlos Garca, 13:16.40, Roberto Garca, 13:16.13
10,000m: Jos Manuel Martnez, 27:48.10
Maratn: Julio Rey, no mark, Jos Ros, 2:07:42, Toni Pea, 2:08:10
110m Hurdles: Felipe Vivancos, 13.49
400m Hurdles: Ivn Rodrguez, 49.08
3000m Steeplechase: Antonio Jimnez, 8:14.30, Luis Miguel Martn, 8:13.55, Eliseo Martn, 8:18.38
High Jump: Javier Bermejo, 2.28
Pole Vault: Javier Gazol, 5.60
Long Jump: Joan Lino Martnez, 8.26, Yago Lamela, 8.06
Shot Put: Manuel Martnez, 21.06
Discus: Mario Pestano, 68.00
Decathlon: David Gmez, 7940
20km walk: Francisco Fernndez, 1:19.19, Juan Manuel Molina, 1:20:29, David Domnguez, 1:21:34
50km walk: Jess ngel Garca 3:48:26, Santiago Prez, 3:52:58, Jos Antonio Gonzlez, 3:49.01
4x400m: David Canal, Antonio Reina, 46.95, Ivn Rodrguez, 46.62, Salvador Rodrguez, 46.38, David Testa, 46.75, Luis Flores, 46.74, Daniel Ruiz, 46.89.

Women (23)
800m: Mayte Martnez, 2:01.39
1500m: Natalia Rodrguez, 4:04.58, Nuria Fernndez, 4:03.98, Iris Fuentes-Pila, 4:04.66
Marathon: Beatriz Ros, 2:30:43, Mara Abel, 2:32.23, Dolores Pulido, 2:36.44
100m Hurdles: Glory Alozie, 12.57, Aliuska Lpez, 12.88
400m Hurdles: Cora Olivero, 55.80
High Jump: Ruth Beitia, 1.96, Marta Menda, 1.95
Pole Vault: Naroa Agirre, 4.47, Dana Cervantes, 4.40
Long Jump: Niurka Montalvo, 6.58
Triple Jump: Carlota Castrejana, 14.35
Shot Put: Irache Quintanal, 17.20
Discus: Alice Matejkova, 58.26
Hammer: Berta Castells, 68.87
Javelin: Mercedes Chilla, 62.32
20km walk: Mara Vasco, 1:27:36, Beatriz Pascual, 1:30.22, Teresa Gargallo, 1:31:45"

Source - IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - Athens Olympic Games 2004

Posted by Darren at 04:57 PM

Slovenian Athletics Olympic Team

The Slovenian Athletics Team for the Athens Olympics is as follows:

Merlene Ottey, 100m 200m, 11.09 and 22.90
Jolanda Ceplak, 800m, 1:57.68
Alenka Bikar, 200m, 22.76
Helena Javornik, 10,000m, 32:31.36
Tina Carman, long jump, 6.18 i
Teja Melink, pole vault, 4.30

Bostjan BuC, steeplechase, 8:18.43
Rozle Prezelj, high jump, 2.31 i
Primoz Kozmus, hammer, 79.34
Miran Vodovnik, shot put, 20.56
Roman Kejzar, marathon, 2:19:28
matic Osovnikar, 100m 200m, 10.32 20.52
Peter Zupanc, javelin, 78.60
Jurij Rovan, pole vault, 5.61
Gregor Cankar, long jump, 7.84
Igor Primc, discus, 62.80
Matija Sestak, 400m, 45.70
Damjan Zlatnar, 100m hurdles, 13.66

Source - IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - Athens Olympic Games 2004

Posted by Darren at 04:52 PM

Cuban Athletics team for Athens Olympics

The Cuban Athletics Team for the Athens Olympics is as follows.

Their events and season bests are specified.

100m: Virgen Benavides * (11.26)
200m: Roxana Teresa Daz * (23.16)
800m: Zulia Ins Calatayud (1:59.24)
Marathon: Mariela Gonzlez * (2:36:51)
100m H: Anay Tejeda* (12.74)
400m H: Daim Perna* (54.84)
TJ: Yusmay Bicet* (14.61)
SP: Yumileidi Cumb (19.97) and Misleidys Gonzlez* (18.73)
DT: Yania Ferrales* (62.88)
HT: Yipsi Moreno (75.18), Yunaika Crawford* (71.75) and Aldenay Vasallo* (67.52)
JT: Osleidys Menndez (68.23), Sonia Bisset (65.93) and Nora Aida Bicet* (63.32)
4x100m: Ana Wiliany Lpez*, Misleidys Lazo*, Dainelky Prez, Benavides, Diaz

400m: Yeimer Lpez* (45.21)
Marathon: Aguelmis Rojas* (2:14:15)
110m H: Anier Octavio Garca (13.34), Yoel Hernndez (13.36) and Yuniel Hernndez* (13.48)
400m H: Yacnier Luis* (48.83)
HJ: Lisvany Arlys Prez* (2.28)
LJ: Ivn Lzaro Pedroso (8.09!), Luis Felipe Melis (8.10!),
TJ: Yoandri Betanzos* (17.18), Yoelbi Luis Quesada (17.13) and David Giralt* (17.12)
DT: Lois Maikel Martnez* (63.38) and Jennifer Frank Casaas (64.20)
JT: Isbel Luaces (81.12)
Note: Athletes making their Olympic debut are marked with an *"

Source - IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - Athens Olympic Games 2004

Posted by Darren at 04:50 PM

Irish runner banned after EPO test

"Irish distance runner Cathal Lombard has been banned for two years after he admitted taking the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) while training for the Athens Olympics opening on Friday.

"The period of ineligibility shall commence from August 10," the Irish Sports Council said in a statement released after a disciplinary panel hearing.

Lombard, 28, a lawyer who qualified for the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in Athens, was provisionally suspended earlier this week when his failed test was announced."

Read more at Irish runner banned after EPO test

Posted by Darren at 04:29 PM

Jana Pittman closer to track return

"Injured Australian athlete Jana Pittman says she is feeling stronger and could probably run today.

The world champion 400 metres hurdler tore the cartilage in her right knee a week ago.

She is currently doing about nine hours of rehabilitation a day and has not yet made a decision on whether she will run her race.

"I've had a few weird dreams in the last few days," she said.

"I had one where I made it to the finish line and it was all fine, rosy and dandy and it was the Olympics and all that sort of stuff, and another where it buckled under me ... and I made it to the finish line."

Read more at Pittman closer to track return

Posted by Darren at 04:18 PM

Jamaican sprinter might compete in Athens

"Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings, who tested positive for a banned substance at his country's national trials, may still compete in the Olympics, a team official was quoted as saying by a newspaper Friday.

Mullings was in Jamaica and will know by next week if he may run in the sprint events, Jamaican track and field manager Lincoln Eatmon said, according to the Gleaner.

"We have until Aug. 17 to make any changes to the team," Eatmon was quoted as saying.

Track officials had said last week that Mullings would not be able to run in the Olympics in Athens, Greece, until the medical panel of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association hears his case. Eatmon could not immediately be reached for further comment."

Read more at Jamaican sprinter might compete in Athens:

Posted by Darren at 04:14 PM

Rivals Go Head to Head on the Greatest Stage of All

"Carl Lewis v Ben Johnson on the track, the United States v Australia in the pool, India v Pakistan on the hockey field -- all classic head-to-head Olympic rivalries that live long in the memories of fans.

Throughout the 28 sports of the Games, long-standing conflicts are settled on the biggest stage of all and no world title or record can match the glory of Olympic gold.

Athens is sure to produce its own unforgettable clashes and, as always, the men's 100 meters is among the most eagerly-awaited showdowns.

The main rivalry in the blue riband event is a relatively new one, between Olympic champion Maurice Greene and Jamaican Asafa Powell.

Powell beat the American twice in the build-up to the Games to become a real threat to Greene's hopes of winning back-to-back gold on the track.

"I think he's a good athlete," says Greene, who feels he has deserved the title of the world's greatest-ever sprinter. "Do I think he's better than me? No.""

Read more at Rivals Go Head to Head on the Greatest Stage of All

Posted by Darren at 07:58 AM

August 13, 2004

Marion Jones on 4x100-meter relay team

"Marion Jones is firmly on the 4x100-meter relay team and, if all goes as planned, she will run all three rounds of the event at the Athens Olympics, the U.S. women's coach said Thursday.

Coach Sue Humphrey said Jones and three other sprinters had separated themselves from the others.

The women's relay squad would be, in order, Angela Williams, Jones, Lauryn Williams and LaTasha Colander.

It's the same team that ran 41.37 seconds in Munich on Sunday"

Read more at Coach: Jones on 4x100-meter relay team

Posted by Darren at 03:06 PM

Holmes Keeps Mum on Olympic Plans

"Kelly Holmes today confirmed she would run the 1,500metres in Athens but she still has not decided whether to double up and also contest the 800m at the Olympic Games.

The 34-year-old is one of Britains genuine medal hopes and she said at the start of the season that the 1,500m was her priority.

However, if Holmes feels in shape both physically and mentally she will also attempt to add an 800m medal to the bronze she won over that distance in Sydney four years ago.

Holmes has decided to keep out of the media spotlight while acclimatising here in Cyprus at the teams Aphrodite Hills base, but a spokesman for Holmes delivered the confirmation that she was going for the 1,500m and had not ruled out racing the 800m as well."

Read more at Holmes Keeps Mum on Olympic Plans.

Posted by Darren at 12:56 AM

Conservative Kuwait sends its first woman to the Olympics

"Dana al-Nassrallah's times in the 100 meters wouldn't win high school titles in most American cities. But the 16-year-old sprinter is an Olympic pioneer -- the first woman from her conservative Muslim emirate to compete in the games.

Some see her trip to Athens as an important start for Kuwaiti women, who have been fighting for a larger role in many spheres of life.

"We need more than one girl, and we need (government) support for women in sports," said Nabeela al-Anjari, a senior member of al-Nassrallah's sports club, which campaigns for women's rights.

The club, Al-Fatat, organized Olympic trials in May for its members and students from around the country. After al-Nassrallah won, it nominated her for a place on the national team, and Kuwait's Olympic committee approved the idea."

Read more at Conservative Kuwait sends its first woman to the Olympics

Posted by Darren at 12:53 AM

Kevin Eastler - Taking big steps - plenty of them

"Kevin Eastler is nearing the end of a four-year plan.

It started with the conclusion of the 2000 U.S. Olympic racewalking trials and continued Tuesday when he left Boston's Logan Airport on a flight bound for Athens, Greece.

The blueprint will conclude on the tip of the Balkan Peninsula sometime on Aug. 20, after he has kept at least one foot on the ground while covering 20 kilometers.

Yet through his pursuits, through that less-than-perfect route to the cradle of the modern Olympic Games, Eastler has been trying to find that delicate balance. As the Farmington native prepares to stride through Athens, he's learning about fatherhood, he's representing his country as an Olympian and as an Air Force captain, and he spent some time in Maine before he departed for the Summer Olympics."

Read more at Taking big steps - plenty of them

Posted by Darren at 12:42 AM

August 12, 2004

Kostas Kenteris - the Greek enigma

"For an Olympic, world and European champion, Kostas Kenteris is an incredibly impenetrable character.

This is a man who, according to his achievements at the big championships, should be one of the biggest names in world sport.

But while Kenteris is a national hero in Greece, his international reputation is less clear-cut.

The dramatic developments in Athens on Thursday night, when Kenteris and his training partner Katerina Thanou first missed a drugs test and were then hospitalised after a road accident, were just the latest in a long line of incidents which have left question-marks hanging over his reputation.

Kenteris was a 400m runner going nowhere until he linked up with controversial coach Christos Tzekos in 1999."

Read more at Kenteris - the Greek enigma

Posted by Darren at 01:44 AM

August 11, 2004

Brenda Taylor Says She Turned Down Drug

"Brenda Taylor is nobody's fool. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in cognitive neuroscience and is headed for law school when her track career ends.

So when the 400-meter hurdler was offered a performance-enhancing drug at the 2003 U.S. championships, she says she just said no.

"They offered me modafinil before the USAs last year, and I think I'm the only person that didn't take it," Taylor said.

Modafinil is the banned stimulant that resulted in sprinter Kelli White's positive drug test at last year's world championships in Paris. White, who won the 100 and 200 at the worlds, later accepted a two-year ban from the sport and admitted using undetectable steroids and the endurance-enhancing drug EPO.

Taylor just smiled and wouldn't answer when asked who offered her the drug, and she didn't say who the others were who took it. But in an interview at the U.S. pre-Olympic training camp she emphasized that she supports the hard line being taken against performance-enhancing drugs in track and field."

Read more at U.S. Hurdler Says She Turned Down Drug

Posted by Darren at 04:47 PM

Fearnley will be hot stuff at Paralympics

""I hope it's hotter than hell.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Paralympian Kurt Fearnley has gone a little mad in the lead-up to the Athens Paralympics, but the Carcoar athlete wants the scorching summer heat of Athens to live up to its reputation.

Fearnley thrives in the heat and isn't concerned that he'll be racing every day from August 19 to August 27.

"The Europeans struggle in the heat, I love racing in the heat. I just seem to struggle in the cold.

No able bodied Olympian would even consider competing in six races including Fearnley's pet event, the 800 metres and then just a few days later, racing in the marathon but Fearnley's confident of a big medal haul.

"There's not one event I'm targetting, every race is a medal opportunity for me."

Read more at Fearnley will be hot stuff at Paralympics

Posted by Darren at 01:50 PM

Four Australian Wheelchair Athletes Qualify for Olympics

"The Australian Wheelchair Track and Road team confirmed its standing as the number one squad in the world with 4 athletes qualifying for the Olympic Wheelchair events in Athens. Louise Sauvage (West Ryde, Sydney), Christie Dawes (Merewether, Newcastle) and Eliza Stankovic (Merewether,Newcastle) will make up a large portion of the field in the 800m Women's Wheelchair final to be conducted in Athens on the 22nd August 2004. While Kurt Fearnley (Merewether, Newcastle) will be Australia's sole competitor in the men's 1500m wheelchair final on the same day.

All four athletes competed in the heats on thursday evening in Atlanta and progressed through to the semi finals which were held earlier tonight.

In the women's first semi final Christie Dawes continued her remarkable improvement at this level placing third with a new personal best time of 1:54.68 gaining automatic qualification through to the final. While in the second Semi Final Louise Sauvage stamped her authority on the event also setting a new personal best time of 1:50.06 and being the fastest qualifier for the final in Athens. Ealier in the day Louise set in a new World record in the 400m with a time of 54.29. While Eliza Stankovic continued the Aussie dominance placing third in the second semi final also setting a new personal best time of 1:50.76. It is the first time Australia has ever had three women contest the Olympic final. "

Read more at Four Aussies Qualify for Olympics

Posted by Darren at 01:49 PM

Doubts for long jump world champion Barbe

"France's long jump world champion Eunice Barber, hampered by thigh problems, will meet French athletics team chiefs on Wednesday to decide her participation in the Athens Olympics. The Sierra Leone-born Barber, who was also heptathlon silver-medallist at the world championships in Paris last year, had been affected by thigh and groin problems since the beginning of July."

Read more at Doubts for long jump world champion Barbe

Posted by Darren at 01:02 PM

Pittman set to resume jogging

"World 400 metres hurdles champion Jana Pittman plans to start jogging again on Friday, just five days after undergoing knee surgery and eight days before her first Olympic qualifying round.

Pittman said she received the news she was hoping for during an examination with a specialist the day after her knee operation in London.

"It was a real quick visit," Pittman said.

"He examined it and said there was no obvious swelling and that everything is on track.

"I'm now off to the team camp so the team doctors and physiotherapist can monitor it.

"I've been given a set of four strengthening exercises to do four times a day, I've got to ice it heaps and I'll meditate for two hours a day.""

Read more at Pittman set to resume jogging.

Posted by Darren at 12:42 PM

Breaux Greer goes for javelin gold despite torn ACL

"Breaux Greer would never let a little thing like a torn knee ligament keep him out of the Athens Olympics.

Especially since he has a decent chance to become the first U.S. javelin thrower in more than a half-century to win a gold medal.

"They're going to have to take me off on a stretcher, probably," he said Tuesday at the U.S. pre-Olympic training camp, "because I'm going to give it everything I have. This would be a good meet for it, right?"

Greer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the one he plants hard to the ground as he lets go of the javelin. It happened on the best throw of his life, his American record 287 feet, 9 inches in Bergen, Norway, on June 11."

Read more at Greer goes for javelin gold despite torn ACL.

Posted by Darren at 12:21 PM

IAAF Sidelines Greek Javelin Thrower

"A Greek javelin thrower cannot compete with the Palestinian Olympic team because she did not meet the qualifying standard, Athletics' world governing board said Tuesday.

Sofia Sakorafa, a 48-year-old former javelin champion, stirred controversy when she became a Palestinian citizen this year and applied at the last minute for a berth on the Olympic team.

IAAF general secretary Istvan Gyulai told The Associated Press that he informed the Palestinians that Sakorafa's recent throws were well below the minimum standards.

Palestinian officials and Sakorafa called a news conference in which they criticized Olympic officials, calling the decision a pretext and questioning the officials' motives."

Read more at IAAF Sidelines Greek Javelin Thrower.

Posted by Darren at 12:17 PM

Miles hopes to vault onto Olympic medal stand

"As a high school freshman in Sacramento, Calif., Miles was a high jumper. One day after he had finished his high-jumping, his coach told him to either go do an extra running workout or learn the pole vault.

"Being a lazy freshman," Miles said, "I learned the pole vault."

Turns out, he was raising the bar for the rest of his life.

The other day at Arkansas State University, where Miles is associate director of Advisement Services, the school had a reception for Miles and former ASU athlete Kellie Suttle, who made the women's U.S. Olympic Pole Vault team."

Read more at Miles hopes to vault onto Olympic medal stand.

Posted by Darren at 11:54 AM

August 10, 2004

Liu Xiang's coach plays down medal chance in Athens

"Sun Haiping, coach of Chinese star hurdler Liu Xiang, has played down Liu's medal chance in the Olympic Games, saying that reaching the top six will be a breakthrough for Chinese track and field.

Sun, making the final preparation in Beijing for next week's run, told reporters that the press has exaggerated Liu's ability to win something from the Olympics.

"Chinese athletes have never won a medal from track and field in the Olympic Games," he said. "And in the straight track (100m and 110m hurdle), it will be harder to win a medal.

"I think it will be a historic achievement for Liu to reach the top six," said the Shanghai coach."

Read more at Liu Xiang's coach plays down medal chance in Athens

Posted by Darren at 10:09 PM

Jefferson Prez to double in Athens

"World champion Race walker Jefferson Prez, the only Olympic medallist from Ecuador, has announced that will compete in both the 20km and 50km in Athens, although the final decision will be made after the 20Km.

The final phase of the preparation, which was done between Guayaquil and Cuenca has been going very well, and I will be travelling to Athens a week prior to the 20Km.
My goal is to win the Olympic title in the 20km. Then I will have seven days to recover for the 50Km. We have set special workouts to recuperate, along with massage therapy and re-hydration, said Prez.

The 20Km will take place on 20 August, and the 50Km on 27 August."

Read more at Prez to double in Athens

Posted by Darren at 10:01 PM

Jana Pittman 'unsure' of gold medal

"JANA PITTMAN has conceded she's not so sure whether she can win Olympic gold.

Pittman has spent her first night at the Australian team hotel in Varese, northern Italy, where she is under the watchful eye of Australian team doctor Tim Barbour.

But it wasn't a peaceful night for the 400m hurdles world champion, who was awake every two hours icing her injured right knee for 20 minutes at a time.

"Last night she woke up every two hours and iced it for 20 minutes," Pittman's coach Phil King said.

"She's very tired this morning."

Read more at Jana 'unsure' of gold .

The upshot is, look for U.S. to do well - Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa

"Two athletes from the United States made literal journeys from Athens to Athens when shot putters Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa qualified for the Olympic team along with John Godina, who in 1997 won a World Championship in ... Athens.

Nelson and Hoffa live and train in Athens, Ga. All three Americans will be medal hopefuls when the shot put competition is held Aug. 18 in Olympia, Greece, site of the ancient Olympics for nearly 1,200 years.

Two days later, the rest of the track and field events commence in the new Olympic Stadium in Athens, 280 miles and a couple millennia removed from the place where men competed for the honor of having a wreath placed on their heads."

Read more at The upshot is, look for U.S. to do well.

Posted by Darren at 09:01 PM

Kenenisa Bekele Olympic Profile - 5,000m and 10,000m

-- Ethiopian, 22, is the new distance king.
-- Set world records in the 5,000 meters (12:37.35) and 10,000 meters (26:20.31) in the space of nine days this summer.
-- Challengers include previous record-holder in those events, countryman Haile Gebrselassie, 31.
-- To run 10,000 meters (6.2 miles) in 26:20, you must average 4:15 per mile.

His schedule
Aug. 20 -- 10,000 final
Aug. 25 -- 5,000 heat
Aug. 28 -- 5,000 final

Source - Track Field / Four to Watch

Posted by Darren at 08:59 PM

Half-million bucks won't give U.S. marathon gold

"Here's a timely debate: Would a boatload of money, as in a half-million bucks, inspire a wispy distance runner to jack up the pace? Maybe better handle the baking sun, steaming temperatures and gritty pollution of Athens?

Or, more to the point, fuel an American marathoner's run for gold at the Summer Games? Not likely.

The guess here is a $500,000 carrot isn't turning any Americans into tireless rabbits on the grueling trek from tiny Marathon to downtown Athens, but whatever puts some giddy-up in the stride of Uncle Sam's distance specialists is to be applauded.

That said, talent and heady preparation -- which it sounds like this group has more of than any in recent memory -- could have an American making noise in the men's and women's Olympic marathon later this month."

Read more at Half-million bucks won't give U.S. marathon gold

Posted by Darren at 08:06 PM

Marion Jones jumps to victory in short tuneup

"Marion Jones won twice yesterday in her first competition in more than three weeks, capturing the long jump and running the second leg for a U.S. 400-meter relay team that had the best time in the world this year.

Jones helped lead the United States to victory in a meet against Germany and France. The meet was used by U.S. coaches mostly as a chance to practice relays before the Athens Games, which begin Friday.

Jones leaped 22 feet, 4-1/2 inches on her last attempt to win the long jump. That was much shorter than the 23-4 she jumped to win at the U.S. Olympic trials in July.

Jones, a three-time champion at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has qualified only to compete in the long jump in Athens. She also hopes to be selected for a relay team, and there's a chance she could take a spot in the 100 if Torri Edwards is banned because of a drug suspension."

Read more at Jones jumps to victory in short tuneup

Posted by Darren at 07:55 PM

Brits told "your not that bad"

The British Athletics performance director has written a letter to all of the Athletics team informing them that they are not as bad as others have suggested.

Britain's Olympic athletics team, branded the worst for nearly 30 years, have been told they are not as bad as some of the sport's biggest names have suggested.
Max Jones, the UK Athletics' performance director, has written to each of the 58 members of the team of 58 in a bid to boost their self-belief.

"We shall have, in Athens, the best prepared British Olympic team in history," Jones wrote. "Lottery funding over the past seven years has enabled UK Athletics to put in place a world-class support structure of which, for example, our medical team is now on par with any in the world.

Source Guardian - Britain's athletics team told to ignore the critics

Posted by at 07:10 PM

US Walkers struggling with Heppner's death

"Al Heppner's body was found at the base of a bridge three days after he finished fifth in the 50-kilometer walk at the U.S. Olympic trials.

His apparent suicide leap stunned the tightknit race-walking community of Chula Vista, Calif., which struggled with the death of one of its most outgoing and popular members.

His teammates knew only one way to try to move on: get back on the road, with hips swiveling, sweat dripping and Athens on their minds.

``It brought normalcy back into our lives,'' John Nunn said. ``It was something that was such a shock to us that the one thing we definitely knew how to do was to train and walk, so we might as well show up and do that.''"

Read more at Walkers struggling with Heppner's death

Posted by Darren at 02:20 PM

Jana Pittman in Italy for treatment

"World 400 metres hurdles champion Jana Pittman is in Italy in a last-ditch bid to recover from a knee surgery in time for the Athens Olympics.

Pittman, Australia's best hope for athletics gold until she tore a cartilage at a meeting in Zurich last week, will seek treatment in the northern town of Varese before deciding whether to come to Athens.

"She will spend the next 10 days undergoing rehabilitation and basically the medical staff, her coach and Jana will make a decision as to whether she feels she is up to running here," Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Tancred said.

"She is a very, very determined person and I think she would probably want to run on one leg if we would let her."

Read more at Pittman in Italy for treatment

Posted by Darren at 02:19 PM

U.S. a triple jump contender again

"Kenta Bell has jumped at least 57 feet in 10 consecutive meets. Melvin Lister uncorked a 58-footer at the U.S. Olympic trials. Walter Davis might be the most athletically gifted of the three.

The United States is back in the triple jump, a competition that at its best, "may be the most beautiful event on the track," Bell said.

"The triple jump is just a power ballet," Bell said, borrowing a phrase used by U.S. gold medalist Kenny Harrison in 1996. "You hit the ground and boom, you're gone. For that one brief second, you defy gravity. Then, just when everybody else thinks you're about to come down, you find a way to suspend yourself just a little bit longer.

"Then, when you touch down, you're gone again, even higher and farther than the one before.""

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Posted by Darren at 01:45 PM

18 Indian Athletes in Olympic Athletics Team

"A total of 18 Indian athletes, including 14 women, will take part in track and field events of the Athens Olympics that begin this week, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) secretary Lalit Bhanot announced Monday.

Bhanot said long jumper Amritpal Singh too had qualified for the Olympics, but he was not selected due to his poor performances during the National Inter State Athletics Championships at Chennai and National Athletics Circuit at Bangalore last month....

Qualified athletes:
Anju Bobby George (long jump, best effort 6.83 metres), Neelam J. Singh (discus, 61.92 metres), Seema Antil (discus, 64.64 metres), J.J. Shobha (heptathlon, 6,211 points), Vikas Gowda (discus, 64.35 metres), Bahadur Singh (shot put, 20.40 metres), K.M. Binu (400 m, 45.56 seconds), Harwant Kaur (discus, 62.61 metres), Bobby Aloysius (high jump, 1.91 metres), Anil Kumar (discus, 64.37 metres), Soma Biswas (heptathlon, 6,162 points), Saraswati Saha (200 metres, 23.07 seconds), women's 4x400 metres relay (Manjit Kaur, Chitra K. Soman, Rajwinder Kaur, K.M. Beenamol, S. Geetha and Sagardeep Kaur)."

Read more at 18 Indian athletes for Athens Olympics

Posted by Darren at 01:15 PM

Carolina Kluft - Heptathlon

"If any doubts remained over the pedigree of the 21-year-old Swede, they were erased when she became only the third heptathlete to break the 7,000-points barrier on her way to the world title in Paris last year.

Britain's Olympic champion Denise Lewis and former world champion Eunice Barber of France have been made to look decidedly past their best since Kluft burst onto the scene.

In 2002 she became world junior champion and, weeks later, senior European champion, and the following year she took the world titles both indoors and outdoors.

With stunning speed and fantastic strength, Kluft excels in the sprints as well as the long jump and high jump.

That tends to ensure a strong start to any competition - but this is an athlete who is only getting better."

Read more at Athletics: Stars to Watch

Posted by Darren at 01:51 AM

Felix Sanchez - 400m Hurdles

"The 26-year-old is hoping to finally convert his domination of the 400m hurdles into an elusive Olympic gold medal.

Since the last Games in Sydney, where he exited in the semi-finals, Sanchez has come of age.

His blistering 47.49sec run at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton earned him gold and the Dominican Republic its first ever medal at the event.

He soared to greater heights in 2002 with a nine-race unbeaten record and became the first Latin American to win the Golden League jackpot, as well as being given third place in the Athlete Of The Year awards.

The New York-born athlete continued to impress the following year, becoming the first man since the legendary Ed Moses to retain the world title, and will be looking to cap that success with a medal at this summer's Olympics."

Read more at Athletics - Stars to Watch

Posted by Darren at 01:48 AM

August 09, 2004

Icy night helps Jana Pittman's knee repair

"Jana Pittman spent the night icing her knee in a desperate bid to be fit for the Olympic 400m hurdles which start in Athens on August 21.

Pittman's coach Phil King said the world champion was encouraged by the lack of swelling around the injury and a positive report back from her London surgeon this morning.

"She saw the doctor at 7am this morning and everything looked good," King said.

"He advised Jana that under normal circumstances it would take six weeks but athletes tend to be a little more in tune with their bodies.

"He's confident the recovery will go quickly for Jana."

King said her knee joint now had to adjust after having a piece of the patella tendon removed in weekend surgery and then she would undergo careful monitoring and physiotherapy over the next few days.

"We're very, very encourage by the minimal amount of swelling," he said.

"It's a credit to Jana. She's been up icing it and keeping it elevated all night.""

Read more at Icy night helps Jana's knee repair.

Posted by Darren at 11:32 PM

Jana Pittman plans Olympic comeback after knee surgery

"World 400 metres hurdle champion Jana Pittman has been given fresh hope of competing in the Athens Olympics after undergoing successful knee surgery in London.

Twenty-four hours earlier the 21-year-old athlete had been in tears after tearing cartilage in her right knee during a warm-up for a track meet in Zurich. After undergoing surgery she says she now has a better than evens chance of lining up for her heats in just twelve days time. Pittman told reporters after the operation she plans to resume training immediately."

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Posted by Darren at 06:13 PM

Turkish athletic star Sureyya tried to fix doping test

"Turkish world 1500m silver medallist Sureyya Ayhan tried to submit a sample of someone else's urine in a doping test last month, the country's top sports official announced on Saturday.

The admission from Turkey's director of sport Mehmet Atalay came after newspapers and TV stations reported that Ayhan had pulled out of the Athens Olympics because she had tried to 'fix' the doping test and not due to injury.

Ayhan, the reigning European women's 1,500m champion, withdrew from the Games on Friday, saying she had torn a hamstring.

But the reports said the real reason was that she had been caught trying to deceive officials in a test carried out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on July 25."

Read more at Turkish athletic star Sureyya tried to fix doping test

Posted by Darren at 03:34 PM

Carrie Tollefson Added to US Athletics Team

"Carrie Tollefson has been added to the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meters after her two challengers gave up their attempts to meet a qualifying standard for the Athens Games.

Tollefson won the 1,500 at the U.S. Olympic trials three weeks ago in Sacramento, Calif., but did not make the team then because her time wasn't fast enough.

Tollefson, who lives in Dawson, Minn., has since run fast enough twice, but her spot in Athens wasn't assured until Amy Rudolph and Jen Toomey gave up their attempts to run the distance in 4 minutes, 5.3 seconds, which is the top standard in the event.

If either of them had done so, they would have bumped Tollefson, who met a slower standard but held the advantage because she won the event at the trials.

Monday is the deadline for athletes to meet qualifying standards for Athens."

Continue reading Tollefson added to U.S. Olympic track team

Posted by Darren at 03:33 PM

Pittman's Olympic hopes rise

"World 400m hurdles champion Jana Pittman has been given a 60 per cent chance of competing at the Olympic Games after undergoing knee surgery.

"We're back in the mix," Pittman's coach Phil King said.

"It was nowhere near as bad as first interpreted."

Pittman flew to London for a second medical opinion after she tore cartilage in her right knee during the warm-up for her final pre-Olympic race in Zurich on Friday night.

King said the London surgeon discovered a lot of the damage displayed in a MRI scan was from past wear and the tear to her lateral meniscus was only slight.

Pittman, who was given a general anaesthetic, had surgery on the knee in London on Monday when the surgeon shaved the tear out of the cartilage.

"The news is all very good," King said."

Continue reading Pittman's Olympic hopes rise .

Posted by Darren at 11:33 AM

Hicham El Guerrouj - 1500m and 5000m

"The 29-year-old Moroccan distance runner will be looking to cap his career with the Olympic title that has so far eluded him.

As winner of the last four world titles at 1500m he should already have claimed the biggest prize, but a fall in the 1996 Olympic final was followed by surprise defeat to Noah Ngeny in Sydney.

Last year, El Guerrouj made the step up to 5,000m - taking a silver at the Worlds - and he plans to compete in both the 1500m and the 5,000m in Athens.

His speed may have lessened slightly but El Guerrouj is still the strongest runner out there, and even one Olympic gold would cement his status as a legend of the sport."

Athletics - Stars to Watch

Posted by Darren at 01:45 AM

August 08, 2004

Jana Pittman may make Athens

"Pittman beat American Sandra Glover to win her world title in 2003
World 400 metres hurdles champion Jana Pittman could appear in Athens, despite tearing cartilage in her knee.

The Australian sustained the injury in her warm-up at the Zurich Golden League meeting.

Pittman said the damage to the lateral meniscus in her left knee appeared to be less serious than an initial diagnosis had suggested.

"There's a chance they may be able to go in there and put a few stitches in and I might run in Athens," she said.

She added: "It's gone from being a one percent to maybe a 20 or 30 % risk so you've just got to wait and see but a possibility is better than nothing."

Earlier, a devastated Pittman said she would not compete."

Read more at Pittman 'may make Athens'.

Posted by Darren at 11:13 PM

Maurice Greene Sees Red Again

"Jamaica's rising star Asafa Powell beat reigning Olympic champion Maurice Greene for the second time in eight days in a thrilling 100m race here at the Golden League meeting on Friday.

With the Athens Olympics a week away, there was a confidence-boosting victory for Maria Mutola in the 800m but Hicham El Guerrouj's prospects dimmed as he was beaten by Kenya's Bernard Lagat in one of the fastest 1,500m races in history.

Powell, 21, underlined his intention to challenge 30-year-old Greene for the gold in Athens as he held off the American to win in a time of 9.93 with Greene one hundredth of a second behind."

Read more at Greene sees red again.

Posted by Darren at 10:47 PM

Pittman vows to collect gold in 2008

"The only thing holding the shattered pieces of Jana Pittman's life together is the dream of winning Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008.

Pittman vowed today to collect her gold medal in China in another four years and warned it was almost pointless for any other athlete to bother turning up to contest the 400m hurdles.

''I now have an incentive - more than anybody else in the world - to come out and run fast in Beijing,'' she said.

''If one of the other athletes got injured and they were the favourite two weeks before the Olympics, I would never want to race them again, because that can only make the right kind of person very hungry and angry for future years.''

In all seriousness, Pittman said she would have given up her legs or even her life to win Olympic gold in Athens.

So competing in Beijing would be more then about winning gold but about fulfilling her life ambition."

Read more at Pittman vows to collect gold in 2008.

Posted by Darren at 09:53 PM

Jana Pittman - Sorry Australia, I've let you down

"Jana Pittman last night apologised to a nation for injuring her knee, which has almost certainly killed off her Olympic dream.

The 21-year-old 400 metres hurdles world champion said: "I want to say sorry to all of Australia because I think I have let them down."

The world champion hurdler will make a last-minute dash to London for a second medical opinion in case there's any hope she can cling to her Olympic dream.

Pittman tore the lateral meniscus in her right knee in an accident during the warm-up for the 400m hurdles at the Zurich Golden League, her last competition before the Games.

She was rushed to hospital for X-rays and an MRI scan of her knee, which revealed the damage.

She said: "I promised so many people that I would win gold but I really think its over now, at least for this Olympics."

Read more at Sorry, Australia, I've let you down - Athletics - .

Posted by Darren at 09:52 PM

Ana Guevara Olympic Profile - 400m

-- Reigning world champion at 400 meters.
-- Would be the first Mexican woman to win Olympic gold in track and field.
-- Born in Nogales and lives in Hermosillo.
-- Focused on basketball into her late teens.

Her schedule
Aug. 21 -- 400 heat
Aug. 22 -- 400 semi
Aug. 24 -- 400 final
Aug. 27 -- 4x400 heat
Aug. 28 -- 4x400 final

Source - Track Field / Four to Watch

Posted by Darren at 08:55 PM

Gail Devers Olympic Profile - 100m Hurdles

-- Two-time 100-meter gold medalist is in her fifth Olympics.
-- Still needs Olympic hurdles gold to go with three world titles.
-- Five-foot-3, 121-pounder is 37.
-- Could turn up in 100 meters if Torri Edwards is disqualified.

Her schedule
Aug. 22 -- 100 hurdles heats
Aug. 23 -- 100 hurdles semi
Aug. 24 -- 100 hurdles final
Aug. 26 -- 4x100 heat
Aug. 27 -- 4x100 final

Note: The extent of Devers' participation in the relay is uncertain. "

Source - Track Field / Four to Watch

Posted by Darren at 08:53 PM

Cathal Lombard test positive

"Athletics has been dogged by the drugs issue in recent months
Irish distance runner Cathal Lombard is set to miss the Olympics after testing positive for blood-boosting drug EPO.

Lombard had qualified to compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m in Athens.

"The Irish sports council have come across an EPO positive for Cathal Lombard," said Irish Olympic press attach Jack McGouran.

"He will be given 24 hours to come up with a response and if he doesn't do that he will not be in the Irish Olympic team."

Athletics Ireland said that a further statement would be made following the athlete's formal response to the alleged offence."

Read more at Lombard tests positive

Posted by Darren at 06:14 PM

August 07, 2004

Tom Pappas Profile - Decathlon

"Tom Pappas

-- Greek heritage and 2003 world championship set up Oregon native as top Wheaties-box contender

-- Finished second to Bryan Clay in U.S. trials

-- Father, Nick, once set a land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats

-- Wrestling ring in the basement kept Pappas and his two brothers busy as children.

Aug. 23 -- 100 (9:15 a.m. Athens), long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 (9:20 p.m.)
Aug. 24 -- 100 hurdles (9:35 a.m.), discus, pole vault, javelin, 1,500 (11:05 p.m.)"

Read more at Track Field / Four to Watch.

Posted by Darren at 08:48 PM

Kelly Holmes Undecided about 1500m

"Kelly Holmes has vowed not to let Friday's 1500m defeat to Wioletta Janowska influence her decision whether to run the distance in Athens.

Holmes is being urged to compete in both the metric mile and 800m, but the 34-year-old said she has yet to make up her mind.

"Both races are wide open," Holmes said following her second defeat in four weeks to Janowska over the distance.

"My plan is to continue training and prepare for both races."

Holmes added: "The 800m is before the 1500m and that makes the decision harder. If the 1500m was first life would be easier."

Read more at Defeated Holmes 'undecided'.

Posted by Darren at 08:17 PM

Yipsi Moreno - Hammer Throw

"Yipsi Moreno of Cuba showed she is in fine form for the Olympics after winning gold in the hammer throw Friday at the Iberoamerican Games.

Moreno, the two-time world champion, hasn't lost in 19 consecutive meets dating back to June of last year. She hurled the hammer 233 feet, 2 inches on her first throw to win it. Berta Castells of Spain took silver (213-1) and Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina (209-1) was third.

"I felt well throughout the whole competition although I didn't feel that motivated," Moreno said. "Now my top objective is to win the gold in Athens, although I don't rule out beating the world record in the specialty.""

Read more at SI.com - More Sports - Moreno wins at Iberoamerican Games - Friday August 6, 2004 7:03PM

Posted by Darren at 06:36 PM

What is a Gold Medal Worth?

" All roads lead to Athens, Greece next week when the 25th Olympic Games kick off in its historical home.

10,500 athletes from 202 countries and territories will be represented.

Like the other participants, African athletes will be hoping that their physical prowess will be enough to win medals for their countries.

So far, South Africa has the highest medal tally among African nations since it first took part in the games in 1908.

South Africans have won a total of 19 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze medals so far despite the fact that they were kicked out of the International Olympic Committee after the 1960 games.

They were readmitted in 1992 in time for the Barcelona games."

Read more at What is an Olympic gold medal worth?.

Posted by Darren at 06:31 PM

Indian Men's Relay Team Fail to Qualify for Olympics

"The Indian athletics contingent received its first jolt three weeks before the Athens Olympics on Thursday as the men's 4x400 m relay team failed to qualify for the Games.

India, who were ranked 15th earlier, slipped to 18th in the latest list released by the International Association of Athletics Federations."

Read more at Men's relay team fails to qualify for Athens Olympics .

Posted by Darren at 09:42 AM

Perdita Felicien captures gold in Golden League

"Canadian Perdita Felicien extended her winning streak to six races Friday by winning the women's 100 metre hurdles at the Zurich Golden League meeting.

The native of Pickering, Ont., posted a winning time of 12.52 seconds in the last warmup prior to the Olympics. It was the second gold medal for Felicien in this year's Golden League.

Two weeks ago in Paris, the Canadian finished first in a time of 12.60.

Melissa Morrison of the U.S. placed second in 12.60, while Spain's Glory Alozie finished third in 12.64."

Read more at Perdita Felicien captures gold in Golden League

Posted by Darren at 09:29 AM

Turkey's Sureyya Ayhan Withdraws from Athens Olympics

"European 1,500-meter champion Sureyya Ayhan, Turkey's best hope for a gold medal at the Athens Olympics, withdrew from the games due to injury, the country's athletics federation said Friday.

Ayhan, who won the European title in 2002 and finished second at last year's World Championships, injured a tendon during training in Germany, federation chief Huseyin Yildirim said.

"I am so upset that I could cry," Yildirim said. "She is an athlete that could have brought us a gold.""

Source - Turkey's middle-distance hope Ayhan withdraws from Games -

Posted by Darren at 09:24 AM

IAAF wants 2 year Ban for Torri Edwards

"The IAAF, track and field's governing body, has ruled that American track star Torri Edwards should not be allowed to compete at the upcoming Olympic Games, according to a report.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the IAAF's review panel said Edwards should receive a two-year suspension for using a banned stimulant.

According to a statement from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Edward's case is now with the American Arbitration Association. That panel must rule before an official announcement on the sprinter's status is made.

Edwards tested positive for a banned stimulant at a meet in Fort-de-France, Martinique, in April. Under international rules, sanctions for stimulant use range anywhere from a warning to a two-year ban."

Read more at CBC Sports: IAAF wants 2-year ban for Edwards

Posted by Darren at 09:21 AM

Chris Tomlinson - 'I can Win a Medal'

"Chris Tomlinson says he can boost the under-pressure British athletics squad by taking a surprise Olympic long jump medal in Athens.

"Dwight Phillips is head and shoulders above everybody, but the other guys haven't scared me this year," he said.

"I want to go there and enjoy the Olympic experience, but there is more to it to that.

"If I jump to my personal best or jump an 8.28m windy then I'm going to be in there with a shout."

Tomlinson was a controversial pick for the GB team, having only jumped the 'B' qualifying standard this year.

But he is determined to make the most of his last-gasp opportunity."

Read more at I can win medal - Tomlinson.

Posted by Darren at 09:08 AM

Deena Kastor - US Marathon Runner

"Twenty years ago, a slight figure wearing a white painter's cap emerged from the tunnel at the Coliseum in Los Angeles to a burst of roars and applause.

Joan Benoit was the winner of the first Olympic women's marathon. Since then, however, Americans have had little to cheer about.

Athens might be different. Deena Kastor represents the country's best hope for a marathon medal since Benoit's 1984 victory.

"I couldn't have prepared myself any better," Kastor said as she and the other two U.S. women marathoners relaxed Friday at a seaside resort in Crete, where the U.S. track and field team has set up its pre-Olympic training camp.

"She made a mistake. She didn't drink enough fluids early in the race," De Reuck said. "She won't make that mistake again."

The loss only fueled Kastor's preparations for Athens."

Read more at Kastor Leads U.S. Marathon Resurgence.

Posted by Darren at 08:55 AM

Powell Beats Greene Again

Asafa Powell defeated reigning Olympic champion Maurice Greene over 100 metres for the second time in seven days at Friday's Zurich Golden League meeting.

Powell had a fantastic start and narrowly held off the challenge from his rival to win in 9.93 seconds.

American Greene also lost to rising Jamaican star Powell in the London Super Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace last week.

Powell Beats Greene Again

Posted by Darren at 08:48 AM

Jana Pittman to Miss Olympics - Injury

"Pittman beat American Sandra Glover to win her world title in 2003
World 400 metres hurdles champion Jana Pittman will miss the Olympics after tearing cartilage in her knee.

The Australian pulled out of Friday's Golden League meeting in Zurich after sustaining the injury during warm-up.

The 21-year-old is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear but she is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three months."

Source - Pittman to miss Olympics

Get more news on this story at Pittman in doubt for Athens.

Posted by Darren at 08:41 AM

August 06, 2004

Indias medal hope Anju fears the F word

"Long-jumper Anju Bobby George fears the word 'foul' more than she does her rivals as she heads to Athens seeking India's maiden Olympic medal in track and field.

The 27-year-old took the nation by storm last year by winning a bronze at the World Championships in Paris. It was India's first medal at the premier event and raised hopes of an encore at the Olympics.

Unsettled by sub-standard facilities at home, Anju and her husband-coach Bobby George flew to Europe this summer to train and participate in meets there.

Anju looks in good touch, but she fouls a lot, George said.

She needs to make at least four legitimate jumps out of six. We are working on it. Hopefully all should be well by the time she takes the pit in Athens on August 26."

Read more Indias medal hope Anju fears the F word

Posted by Darren at 11:02 AM

Jana Pittman Eyes Debbie Flintoff-King's Record

"DEBBIE Flintoff-King will arrive in town only hours before tomorrow morning's Golden League meeting and Jana Pittman has the perfect welcome gift planned: she's going to break her mentor's 16-year-old national record.

Flintoff-King and her three children will join her husband, Pittman's coach Phil King, for the final phase of the Olympic preparation, with Pittman excited about having the 1988 Seoul Olympic champion back in her corner.

"Debbie arrives today so I would really like to break her record in front of her," Pittman said.

Pittman would have liked to have already added the record to her name and made a mess of an attempt on Sunday in Heusden, Belgium, when she and King were convinced Flintoff-King's time of 53.17sec -- which she ran to win the Olympic gold medal -- would be broken."

Read more of Jana eyes mentor's record .

Posted by Darren at 10:59 AM

Tactics will determine Josiah Ng Onn Lam's Success in Athens

"SHEER brute power wont guarantee Josiah Ng Onn Lam success in either the Keirin or the 200 metre Sprint at the Olympics.

And neither would the lack of it prove his undoing. Thus it goes without saying that the Malaysian could end up with both gold medals, or likewise, he could be eliminated in the early stages of both events.

Records, if they mean anything, prove that Josiah has his place among the top three Keirin riders in the world,which means it wouldn't be surprising to see him pick up at least the bronze in his pet event.

But as cruel as the sport can get, it would be down to sheer tactical awareness and focus each time he lines up against five other riders from how they position themselves behind the pacer for the opening laps, until the break and until the point they cross the finish line."

Read more at Tactics will determine Josiahs fate .

Posted by Darren at 10:58 AM

Jana Pittman Cuts Hair for Gold Medal

"JANA Pittman has lopped her hair in pursuit of Olympic gold.

Gone also are the teeth braces and when she races the belly-button ring, earrings, watch, bracelet -- anything that might add the slightest weight and slow her down by a fraction of a millisecond when she's competing.

It was with a heavy heart that Australia's track and field golden girl cut her locks, which reached halfway down her back.

"I made the ultimate sacrifice yesterday and went and cut my hair off, which was shattering," she said.

"I loved it long, I really did, but it was also really heavy."

Read more at Hair today, gold tomorrow for Jana.

Posted by Darren at 10:45 AM

Denise Lewis makes Final preparations for an Athens Medal

"Britain's only defending Olympic athletics champion is fit to fight for her crown. Simon Turnbull talks to her in Paphos

Denise Lewis was not short of something to while away the morning as she settled into Team GB's pre-Olympic training camp here on the west coast of Cyprus yesterday. On the four-and-half-hour flight from Manchester the previous night she had a 1,000-piece jigsaw packed amongst her luggage.

"I usually bring one to keep me occupied," the reigning Olympic heptathlon champion said. "This one's of white tigers in a jungle - one big one in the middle and lots of smaller ones around. It looks really difficult.""

Read more at Lewis puts final pieces together in medal jigsaw.

Posted by Darren at 10:45 AM

Marion Jones Trying to Earn Place on 400m relay Team

Marion Jones is in the unfamiliar position of trying to earn a spot on the U.S. 400-meter relay team at the Athens Olympics.

Read about it at: Jones Trying to Earn Spot on Relay Team

Posted by Darren at 10:39 AM

August 05, 2004

Kostas Kederis is Confident for Athens

"Greece's Kostas Kederis says he is in great shape and ready to defend his Olympic 200m title in Athens.

Kederis was forced to pull out of the Paris world championships last year with a leg injury but claims to now be back to full fitness.

He said: "I feel wonderful. I have fully recovered from all my injuries."

Source - Kederis in confident mood

Posted by Darren at 01:25 PM

Carmen Zamfir Banned for Two Years

Romanian Olympic 100m hurdler Carmen Zamfir has been banned for two years for failing a drug test.

She had been cleared just a day earlier by the national Olympic committee after a second test proved negative.

But Zamfir, who had very small traces of stanozolol in an initial urine test, was banned by the Romanian Athletics Federation on Wednesday.

Hurdler Zamfir banned

Posted by Darren at 01:14 PM

August 03, 2004

Gary Reed Sets Canadian 800m Record

"Gary Reed left little doubt on Saturday that he's in Olympic form.

The Victoria native set a Canadian record when he won the men's 800-metres at the Heusden IAAF Grand II meet in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

Reed clocked one minute, 44.92 seconds in the victory. The previous record was 1:45.05 set by Achraf Tadili at the Pan Am Games last summer in the Dominican Republic.

Joeri Jansen of Belgium was second in 1:45.11, while American Khadevis Robinson was third in 1:45.16.

Reed, a member of Canada's world championship team last year, guaranteed his spot in the 800 metres for the Athens Games at the Canadian Olympic track and field trials on July 11."

Continue reading Reed sets Canadian record in 800-metres.

Posted by Darren at 11:59 PM

Finland's Athletics Team

Finland have announced a squad of 24 in their Athletics team for the Athens Olympics.

Finnish Athletics Olympic team

Men (15)
Janne Holmn marathon 2:12:10 (in 2003)
Jussi Utriainen marathon 2:13:10 (in 2002)
Oskari Frsn high jump 2.27m
Matti Mononen pole vault 5.65m
Arsi Harju shot put 19.48m
Tepa Reinikainen shot put 20.50m
Ville Tiisanoja shot put 20.90m
Jani Lehtinen 50km walk 3:59:31
Olli-Pekka Karjalainen hammer 83.30m
David Sderberg hammer 75.56m
Esko Mikkola javelin 84.27m
Matti Nrhi javelin 86.61m
Tero Pitkmki 84.64m
(reserve Aki Parviainen javelin 78.81m)
Jaakko Ojaniemi decathlon 7746p

Women (9)
Johanna Manninen 100m 11.36, 200m 23.49
Kirsi Mykknen 400m 52.27
Kirsi Valasti 5000m 15:10.52
Heli Koivula-Kruger long jump 6.65m, triple jump 14.27m
Sini Pyry hammer 69.16m
Paula Huhtaniemi javelin 62.63m
Mikaela Ingberg javelin 62.53m
Taina Kolkkala javelin 61.46m
Tiia Hautala heptathlon 6076p

Provisional athletes - results needed before Aug 9
Wilson Kirwa 800m 1:46.50
Vesa Rantanen pole vault 5.65
Mikko Latvala pole vault 5.65
Tommi Evil long jump 8.05
Johan Meriluoto triple jump 16.55

Johanna Risku 1500m 4:06.50
Hanna Korell 100m hurdles 13.05
Merja Korpela hammer 67.50

Source - IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - Athens Olympic Games 2004

Posted by Darren at 11:54 PM

Athletics Have Global Reach

"Look through the leading names at the Athens Olympics and you get a clear idea of the global sweep of athletics, the Games primary sport.

Kenenisa Bekele, latest and potentially greatest distance runner from Africas oldest independent nation Ethiopia, has set world records in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

Cubans have made the early pace in two of the womens strength events where they have supplanted the eastern Europeans. Osleidys Menendez holds the five leading marks in the javelin, Yipsi Moreno the top two in the hammer.

Russian Denis Nizhegorodov is the new world record holder for the mens 50km walk. Russia, one of the traditional powers of race walking along with Mexico, Spain and Italy, also dominate the 20km event.

A Caribbean resurgence in mens sprinting is exemplified by Jamaican Asafa Powell, first person under 10 seconds for the 100m this year, and his 17-year-old compatriot Usain Bolt, the first man to duck under 20 seconds for the 200m.

Two of the brighter gold medal prospects hail from Sweden the bubbly heptathlete Carolina Kluft and triple jumper Christian Olsson.

Then there are the Americans, who continue to dominate the medals table despite the lack of interest in their sport in the US outside Olympic years.

Only soccer commands such a spread of talent throughout the world as athletics, reflecting the appeal of a sport based on the fundamental pursuits of running, throwing and jumping."

Continue reading Athletics shows it has global reach.

Posted by Darren at 11:17 PM

Dwight Phillips Favorite in Olympic Long Jump

"American long jumper Dwight Phillips underlined his status as favourite for this month's Olympic Games with the world's best leap in four years at an IAAF Grand Prix meeting on Monday.

World champion Phillips, a good bet for gold at the Athens Games starting on August 13, jumped 8.60 metres, bettering his previous best for the season set in May in Mexico by a huge 16 centimetres.

The American, undefeated in 2004, landed six centimetres short of the meeting record of 8.66 metres set by Cuba's Ivan Pedroso in 1995.

Sudan's Yamile Aldama, a serious contender for Olympic gold in the women's triple jump, comfortably won her event with a meeting record of 15.28 metres.

American Coby Miller completed a double in the men's sprints, clocking 10.15 seconds to beat a relatively weak field in the 100 metres before winning a close battle with compatriot Bernard Williams in the 200m with a time of 20.20 seconds."

Continue reading SI.com - Long jumper sounds Olympic warning in Austria.

Posted by Darren at 11:14 PM

Musa Ahmed and Roblet Muhudin Rivalry

"Using every ounce of energy he had left, Musa Ahmed leaned over the finish line to try to edge his weeklong rival, Roblet Muhudin.

Ahmed then glanced up at the scoreboard, saw that victory in the 1,500 meters had eluded him by a mere four-hundredths of a second and fell to his knees, head down.

No more than five seconds later, Muhudin walked over to Ahmed, pulled him to his feet, and the two walked off the track with their arms around each other.

Such was the respect the two 12-year-old distance runners have forged for each other as they highlighted the Midget Boys (11-12) age group at this week's USA National Junior Olympic Track Field Championships at Hayward Field."

Read more at Muhudin claims edge in budding rivalry.

Posted by Darren at 08:29 AM

August 02, 2004

Britain Misses Opportunity with Yamile Aldama

"Cuba-born triple jumper Yamile Aldama today told UK Athletics they have thrown away an near-certain Olympic medal by not helping her become a British citizen.

The London-based athlete, who has a British husband, will represent Sudan in Athens after the African nation granted her nationality in January.

Although Aldama is happy with how the Sudanese have treated her, she still has not come to terms with losing her battle to claim a UK passport.

Three years ago she moved from her La Habana home with Scottish husband Andrew Dodds currently serving a 15-year sentence for drug offences and now lives in east London with their son Amil.

Aldama, the number one triple jumper in the world last summer with a massive leap of 15.29 metres, fell foul of the Home Offices three-year residency rule."

Continue reading Britain Missed An Opportunity.

Posted by Darren at 11:41 PM

Pittman second in Belgium

"Australia's Jana Pittman has finished second in the 400 metres hurdles behind American Sandra Glover at the IAAF Grand Prix II meet in Heusden, Belgium.

Glover won in a time of 53.40 seconds, with Pittman clocking 53.43.

Fellow Australian Lauren Hewitt finished sixth in the women's 200 metres, while sprinter Patrick Johnson placed sixth in the men's 100 metre event.

Another Australian, Paul Burgess, finished third in the pole vault.

Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj achieved a confidence-boosting pre-Olympics win in the 1,500 metre event.

The 28-year-old posted a time of 3 minutes and 29.18 seconds to better the season's previous best of 3:29.21, set by Kenyan Bernard Lagat in Paris last week."

Continue Reading Pittman second in Belgium

Posted by Darren at 06:54 PM

Tatiana Lebedeva jumps 22cm further than Marion Jones

"Russian long jumper-triple jumper Tatiana Lebedeva underlined her intention to win both events at the Athens Olympics by producing the best long jump in the world for two years.

Lebedeva leaped to 7.33m at the Russian championships on Saturday 22cm further than Marion Jones jumped to win the event at the US Olympic trials last month.

In a high-quality competition, Irina Simagina was second with a best jump of 7.27m and Tatyana Kotova was third in 6.93m. "

Continue Reading Lebedeva jumps 22cm further than Jones at the Russian championships.

Posted by Darren at 06:48 PM

Bulgarian Athletics Olympic Team


Born 02.08.1970 in Sofia. �AC �Levski�. Coach Miladin Parvanov (2.15 HJ). PB 5.70 (1998) & 5.70i (1998). Made 5.75 at Ostrava�s� square on 12 June 2003. Balkan champion four times. Single. Other pb: HJ 190; 110 m h 14.62. Best result in 2004: 565 outdoors and 5.73 indoors.

Born 14.11.1980 in Plovdiv. �Trakia 96 Plovdiv. Coach Angel Lafchiev. Pb 5.70 (2003 & 2004) and 5.51 ind (2003). Balkan champion indoors 2003. Single.

Born 15.06.1979 in Troyan. �CSKA�. Coach Lilyana Moneva Videva � 183 HJ). 1st at WCj in Annecy �98 (8.14). Third at EC Budapest �98. 11th at Oly �00 Sydney. 1st ECi �00. 3d at Eci �02. 7th at WCi �03. Pb 8.30 (2000) & 8.27 indoors (2002). Other pbs 100 m 10.58 (99). Sb 8.20. Single. His sister Petya Dacheva has 13.26 at TJ (2003). SB in 2004 � 8.20.

Born 11.12.1974 in Botevgrad. �Lokomotiv� Plovdiv. Coach Atanas Atanasov (8.31 record in 1984). His father Atanas Atanasov (what a coincidence!) was Bulgarian record holder at 800 m (1:48.6) and 1500 m (3:40.6) from 1972 and Balkan champion 1968 &69 at 1500. Pb 8.31 (2003) /equaled his coach�s best/. Other pbs: 100m 10.56 (2003); 200 21.34 (98); 400 47.42 (97); TJ 15.40 (02); HJ 200 (98). Married, with a son � Aleksandar. SB in 2004 � 8.14.

Born 09.09.1979 in Pleven. �Lokomotiv� Plovdiv. Coach Stoyko Tsonov (17.02 TJ �96). Second WCj �98 in Annecy. 8th at EC U23 in Amsterdam 2001. Pbs 17.02 (2003) & 17.12w (2003); LJ 795 (2003). Single. His younger brother Atanas Rusenov (1981) was Balkan Junior Champion at LJ in 2000 and has pb 8.06 (2004). SB in 2004 � 16.80.

Born 21.05.1982 in Sliven. �ASC Sliven�. Coach Atanas Ivanov (219 HJ). Fourth at EC U23 at TJ. Pb 17.16 (2004)& LJ 749 (2003). Single.

Born 25.12.1979 in Dobrich. First coach � Vasil Donev, now coached by Ivan Petrov. Third at CE in Plovdiv 2004 with 19.46. Two days later for the first time he putted the shot over 20 m � 20.02m. Not married.


IVET LALOVA (100 & 200m)
Born 18 May 1984 in Sofiya. �Levski� Sofiya. Coach Konstantin Milanov. Her father Miroslav Lalov was national sprinter with 10.4 at sixties. Double European Junior Champion in Tampere at 100 & 200 m. Sensational break of national record at 100 m in Plovdiv with 10.77 (seventh in the world for all time). Best at 200 m 22.51(plus 22.36 windy) also in 2004. Single.

MONIKA GACHEVSKA (100m / 200m)
Born in Pleven on 30 January 1974. First coach Penko Kozarski. Since 1993 coached by Khristo Stoyanov. Twice Balkan champion at 200 m. National champion at 100 m (3 times) and at 200 m (6 times). Participant at 200 m at Olympic games Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000. Pbs: At 100 m 11.30 (1996), at 200 m 22.73 (2004) and at 400 m 53.20 (2004). And indoors: 60 m 7.42 (1998) & 200 m 23.43 (1999).

Born 29.07.1982 in Sliven. �Akademik Sofiya�. Coach Khristo Stoyanov. Pbs: 100 11.56, 200 23.22 (22.95w) 2004; 400 51.20 (2004); 400 h 56.33 (2004). Single. Balkan champion at 400 m for 2004.

career CV to follow later

Born 27.01.1970 in Botevgrad. �Elit Vratsa�. Coach � her husband Iliyan Pishtikov (with son Christian) born 1995. Twice first at WCj (�86 & �88) at hepthathlon. Disqualified (dope offence for sydnocarp) at EC multiple in Helmond 1989 when made world junior record at Hep (6534). Returned 1992 with national Hep record (6658). Fifth Oly �92 at Hep. Fourth at WC�93 at Hep. Double European Champion at 100 m hurdles 1994 & 1998. Second at WC �97 100 m h. Fifth at WC �99 (100 h) and fourth at WC �01 with the time equal with the bronz medalist. Eight at EC �02 (100 h). Pbs: 200 m 23.10 &23.06w; 800 m 2:07.90; 100 m h 12.36; 400 m h 59.07; HJ 188; LJ 664; SP 15.50; JT 49.18; Hep 6658. Second at GP overall 1994. SB in 2004 � 13.23.

Born 13.06.1974 in Ruse. �Elit Vratsa�. Coach Georgi Dimitrov. Has made 1.93 at 15y 8m 11d in Dobrich on 24.02.1990. Second ECj �91 at HJ. Fifth at EC �98. Fourth ECi 2000. Ninth at Oly �00. At WCi �01 third. Fourth at WC Edmonton 2001. Pb 204 (2000) & 202i (2002). Other pbs: TJ 12.51; LJ 6.17i (1990). Her older sister Kremena was inaugural Bulgarian TJ recordholder with 12.11i (1990). Married with a daughter Neapola. SB in 2004 � 2.01.

Born 08.03.1972 in Plovdiv. �Trakia 96 Plovdiv�. Coached by Iva Prandzheva (6.90i LJ& 15.18 TJ). Was in bulgarian female football team in 1991-93 � central defender. The furst bularian over 4.00 m at PV. National recordholder outdoors 4.45 (2003) & indoors 4.40 (2001&03). 20th at WCi �99. Fifth at WCi �01. Sixth at WCi �03. Devorced (ex-husband Desislav Kolev (2.18 HJ �88). Best in 2004 � 4.40 (and 4.46 on market square).

Born 07.08.1976 in Pleven. �Bononia Vidin�. Coach Valeri Tsvetkov (Bulgarian recordholder at HJ 2.19 �79). Pb 14.52 (2004). Other pbs: LJ 6.39 (�04) & HJ 179. Single.

Born 27.04.1972 in Mezdra. �AC Levski�. Coach Kharalampi Georgiev. Bulgarian recordholder at HT 65.35 (�00). Pb at SP 18.38 (2003). Other pb: DT 54.02 (�95). Married � her husband was at the time national wrestling competitor. SB in 2004 � 16.75.

Born in Kazanlak on 14 March 1962. First coach was Sofiya Peeva. From 1977 to 1997 coached by Peter Rakhmanliev. Since 2000 coached herself. Khristova also is coaching the best Bulgarian discus thrower at the moment Encho Shterev (57.79). World champion in Tokio 1991. Second at OG in Barcelona and third at OG in Seoul 1988 at discus throwing. Third at WC in Roma 1987. European champion in Athens 1982 and winner of silver medal four years later at EC in Stuttgart 1986. Ten times Bulgarian champion at discus throwing. Has 14 contests with result of 70 m and more. Four times bate Bulgarian discus record. Pb: 73.22 (1987) � still remains Bulgarian national record holder. Married, with one son.

Born in Sofiya on 03 January 1972. Her mother Mariya Chorbova was third at SP at EC indoors in Prague 1967. Balkan champion in 1999 & 2000. Bulgarian record holder with 63.22 from 2000. Coached by Delcho Karamarinov (the son of Dobromir Karamarinov). Best in 2004 � 62.32. Threw also 62.30 at CE in Plovdiv. Single.

Born in Gabrovo on 14 June 1972. Coached by her father Minyo Minev. Bulgarian record holder at 5 km (22:39) 10 km (46:04) & 20 km (1:32:11) at road. Twelfth at WC 2001 in Edmonton. Married, with one daughter. Best in 2004 � 1:43:28.


Posted by Darren at 12:10 AM

August 01, 2004

Margaret Okayo Set for Athens Marathon

"After her victory in the 79th Tour of Castelbuono last week, London marathon champion Margaret Okayo now says she is all set for the next month Olympic games in Athens.

Okayo has won most of the major marathons in the last three years. She won New York (2001 and 2003), Boston (2002) and London (2004).

She forms the Kenyan Olympic marathon team, together with world champion, Catherine Ndereba and Alice Chelagat.

Okayo says the field in Athens will be the strongest ever paraded but she will be going for a medal.

She believes the people to beat will be Ndereba and Britains Paula Radcliffe.

"I did very good training work in St. Moritz," Okayo said. She says Castelbuono is going to be her last race before Athens. "This is my last race, I am now going to train in Brescia, in Italy before leaving to Athens.""

Continue reading Okayo ready to challenge Athens course.

Posted by Darren at 11:27 PM

Asafa Powell now Favorite for 100m in Athens

"Maurice Greene no longer looks like the clear-cut favorite for the 100-meter gold medal in Athens. Asafa Powell, a 21-year-old Jamaican, has joined him as the men to beat.

Powell, undefeated this season, clocked 9.91 seconds -- the fastest time ever on British soil -- to win the 100 at Friday night's London Grand Prix meet.

Greene, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, three-time world champion and former world record-holder, finished second in 9.97. Another American, Leonard Scott, was third in 10.04."

Source - Powell becomes a favorite in 100.

Posted by Darren at 12:37 PM

Jana Pittman Faces Rivals for Gold Medal

"JANA PITTMAN will come face to face with several of her main rivals for Olympic gold when she races in Huesden, Belgium tonight.

Three weeks to the day before Pittman lines up for the first heat of the 400 metres hurdles in Athens, she will test herself against the second and third placegetters from the recent US trials.

Angela Taylor, who ran second in 53.36sec, and Lashinda Demus, who was third in 53.43sec, have both run faster than Pittman this year.

Pittman's last effort over the 400m hurdles was on July 4 in Crete when she clocked 53.52sec. Her coach, Phil King, said yesterday that Demus in particular would be a strong contender at the Olympics."

Continue reading The Australian: Pittman tunes up against US pair.

Posted by Darren at 12:25 PM

July 31, 2004

Dvorak In Doubt for Athens

Czech decathlete Tomas Dvorak could be forced to withdraw from the Olympics due to an Achilles tendon problem.

The former world record holder took bronze in the Atlanta Games in 1996 and was sixth in Sydney four years ago.

"It's hurting. I need time to treat it and that's something I don't have a lot of," Dvorak told Czech newspaper Sport.

Read more at Dvorak doubt for Athens.

Posted by Darren at 05:28 PM

US Track Team - Could win 30 Medals

"Drug scandals have dominated the Athens build-up, but in the background a great US team has formed. Now the new generation are tipped for a 30-medal haul

Years of laughably inaccurate predictions have given rise to an American phenomenon known as the Sports Illustrated curse (which deems that those anointed for greatness in the magazine's pages are doomed to flop). Yet failure has not blunted SI's predilection for forecasting, not least when it comes to the subject of US prospects on the global stage.

So it must have been with trepidation that US track and field athletes opened the latest issue and discovered they are about to embark on an enormously successful trip to Athens, winning a total of 30 medals, including 11 golds. "This is a strong team, with 28 members who have won world or Olympic individual titles," the magazine declared by way of explanation."

Read more at Olympic success sneaks up on America.

Posted by Darren at 03:32 PM

British Athletics Farewell

"Britain's athletes offered a packed south London stadium a genuinely encouraging farewell at the Norwich Union Grand Prix here last night in the kind of sultry heat they will soon be encountering in Athens.

Less than a fortnight before the Olympics get under way, and on an evening which ended with Team GB members waving a symbolic goodbye from the back of that endangered species, the London Routemaster bus, as fireworks flashed from the roof of the Jubilee Stand, several home talents offered evidence that they will rumble on to Greece as much in expectation as hope.

The most notable performers were Chris Rawlinson, Kelly Holmes, Phillips Idowu, Chris Lambert, Jade Johnson and Lee McConnell, respective winners in the 400m hurdles, 1500m, triple jump, 200m, long jump and 400m."

Read more at Rawlinson and Holmes raise medal hopes.

Posted by Darren at 01:16 PM

Merlene Ottey - To compete at her 7th Consecutive Olympics

"It was on July 28, 1980, that Merlene Ottey settled into her starting blocks in the Lenin Stadium for her first Olympic race. It was two days after Steve Ovett had beaten Sebastian Coe in the 800m final, four days before their epic rematch in the 1500m final in Moscow.

Running from lane seven, Ottey surged to victory in the sixth heat of the women's 200m, clocking 22.70s.

Margaret Thatcher was one year into her reign as Prime Minister. Bjorn Borg was the Wimbledon champion. And television viewers were gripped by the question of who had shot J.R.

All of which lends historical perspective to the feat Ottey, now 44, will achieve in Athens next month when she competes in her seventh successive Olympic Games.

"People always say that after a certain age you cannot do certain things, so I set my own goals," Ottey said. "I want to see how fast I can run at 44. For me the most important motive is that I can still run and that I can still run fast."

Read more at Ottey defies ageists to make it seven in a row.

Posted by Darren at 12:26 PM

Haile Gebrselassie will switch to Marathons

"Olympic 10,000 meters champion Haile Gebrselassie will run his last track race at next month's Athens Games before stepping up to the marathon permanently.

Gebrselassie has won two Olympic gold medals in the 10,000m and four world titles as well as setting 18 world records.

His duel with fellow-Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who broke his world 5,000 and 10,000m records this year, is expected to be one of the highlights of the Games.

"(He) will run his last 10,000 meters championship race at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games," Gebrselassie's manager Jos Hermens said."

Read more at CNN.com - Gebrselassieswitching to marathon - Jul 29, 2004.

Posted by Darren at 12:15 PM

Jana Pittman on Track for Gold Medal

"Jana Pittman, who returns to the 400 metres hurdles at a meeting in the Belgian town of Heusden-Zolder on Saturday night, is poised to step up to Olympic Games shape.

Pittman will have just one other race before the Games - a clash with this year's world fastest, Sheena Johnson of the USA, and most of her major Olympic rivals at Zurich's Weltklasse meeting next Friday - and her coach, Phil King, says she is already in similar shape to when she won the gold medal at last year's world championships.

"Jana is going really, really well," King said from her base in Switzerland on Thursday. "She has had a very good training block. She has done some really good specific sessions. She has freshened up a bit.

"Jana would be very much expecting to take the next step."

Pittman has already returned to her Paris form in one aspect. After weighing as much as 75 kilograms when she ballooned out with weight work and inappropriate diet earlier this year, she is at her world championships racing weight of 68.5kg."

Read more at Pittman's campaign taking shape: coach - Athletics - .

Posted by Darren at 10:58 AM

Time running out to qualify for Noraseela Khalid

"Hurdler Noraseela Khalid, who is now training in Germany, still has a chance of making the cut for the Athens Olympic Games from Aug 13-29.

The qualifying period for athletics ends on Aug 9 and Noraseela will be competing in two more competitions in a week - on Sunday and on Aug 8 - to earn a berth to the Games.

Noraseela, who has been training at the Leipzig Training Centre in Germany since April, has to beat the Category B qualifying mark of 56.25 in the womens 400m hurdles to make the cut.

Noraseela, who trains under German coach Idriss Gonschinska in Leipzig, holds the national record of 56.63, which she did in a competition in Germany in May.

Noraseela will compete in two meets in Germany and we hope she will be able to surpass the mark to win a place in the Olympic Games, said National Sports Council (NSC) athletics liaison officer Ibni Busu yesterday. The pressure will be on her to make it as time is running out for her."

Read more at Only two meets left for Noraseela to earn Olympic spot.

Posted by Darren at 10:26 AM

Asafa Powell defeats Maurice Greene in 100m

"Jamaican Asafa Powell handed Olympic 100 metres champion Maurice Greene his second defeat in eight days on Friday with an emphatic victory at the London grand prix.

Running in a field worthy of next month's Athens Olympics final Powell clocked 9.91 seconds on the Crystal Palace track ahead of Greene who finished second in 9.97.

Greene, who won the US title this month, was also beaten into second place at the Paris Golden League meeting last Friday at the start of his pre-Olympic European campaign."

Read more at Olympic champion Greene beaten again

Posted by Darren at 10:14 AM

Palestine's Sana Abu Bkheet

The Daily Star has an interesting article about Sana Abu Bkheet, a Palestinian teenager who has been selected for the Athens Olympics who is currently in training in Gaza. It would be a training regime that is in stark contrast to that of many teams like the US, Australia, Britain who are currently in training camps with amazing facilities, support staff and resources.

"When we spoke, Sana had just finished several "laps" around her "track:" a small sandy lot just outside of the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah that winds its way around greenhouses and partially built tin-roof houses. It is littered with stray copper wires, refuse and thorny wild bushes.

No more than 2 kilometers north of us was the Jewish settlement of Nezarim, a hotspot for frequent exchange of gunfire between trigger-happy Israeli Army snipers and Palestinian resistance fighters. Israeli bullets have too often found their way into a young child's head around these parts.

This was Sana's domain. A far cry, of course, from the multi-million dollar stadium where she will be competing in Athens next month.

Olympic rules allow teams whose members fail to meet the qualifying times to enter two of their best athletes in any competition. Sana was chosen for the 800-meter run. While her chances of winning are slim by her own admission - her best time being a full 30 seconds off the Olympic qualifying time - Abu Bkheet says she's honored to simply be representing Palestine.

Sana is the very picture of determination, and it is clear where she gets her tenacity from. Her mother, Amina, is by her side at every training session, and for almost every event she competes in. With her husband sick and out of a job, Amina holds the house together. She actively encouraged her daughter to continue despite the quizzical looks she received running through the winding roads of her refugee camp." Read more at The Daily Star .

Posted by Darren at 10:09 AM

100m Competition hots up.

Asafa Powell ran the hundred metres in 9.91 seconds (the fastest time ever run in Great Britain) beating Maurice Greene who ran 9.97 in second while world champion Kim Collins could only manage fifth at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix.

"My start was shaky and although I collected myself, Asafa just ran a great race," Greene told BBC Sport.

"But this won't do anything to my confidence - it doesn't matter what happens here, it's all about what happens in Athens."

British Olympic hopefuls Mark Lewis-Francis, Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener did not qualify for the final

Source/Full Grand Prix Results BBC Powell shocks Greene

Posted by at 08:53 AM

July 30, 2004

Craig Mottram to take on Ethiopians in 5000m

"Craig Mottram and Benita Johnson will test their Olympic ambitions in London tonight.

Mottram will be up against the great Ethiopian pair Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele in the men's 5000, his Olympic distance. It will be Gebrselassie's farewell track race in London.

Johnson's main Athens objective is the 10,000 metres. She will race over 5000 tonight, measuring the speed with which she is returning to form after a leg injury."

Read more at Mottram to take mark against Ethiopian duo

Posted by Darren at 11:24 PM

El Guerrouj Goes for Gold

"Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj, the undisputed king of middle distance running, is worried that Olympic gold might elude him again in Athens.

He lost a Golden League 1,500m in Rome earlier this month and only squeaked home a few days later in another race at Lausanne.

I am like a crystal. Very hard, but at the same time very fragile, said the holder of world records over 1,500m and the mile.

He has won 83 of 87 races over 1,500m and the mile since 1996, has four straight world 1,500m titles 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 and is a three-time World Athlete of the Year.

But the Olympics have been a nightmare for the 29-year-old."

Read more at El Guerrouj chasing elusive Olympic gold

Posted by Darren at 11:20 PM

Melissa Morrison Eyes Medals

"Melissa Morrison, the Olympic hurdler from Kannapolis, has it all figured out.

She's going to run in her second Olympic Games in August. She's getting married in Charlotte in October.

So what would be the perfect accessory for a bride?

"I've been telling everyone that if I win any kind of medal in Athens that I'm going to wear it while walking down the aisle in my wedding dress," she said, laughing.

She's kidding, right?

"Yes, I'm kidding," Morrison said. "But I really might break it out at the reception."

Such is the power of an Olympic medal. Morrison, a graduate of A.L. Brown High and Appalachian State, knows this well. She already has one."

Read more at Morrison pursuing wedding accessory.

Posted by Darren at 11:45 AM

India's Amritpal Singh in doubt for Athens

"The Sports Ministry has dropped long-jumper Amritpal Singh from the contingent for the Athens Olympics.

According to a top ministry official, he has been dropped from the list sent by the IOA because he is carrying an injury and his performance is sub-par.

"We have decided to drop a long-jumper (Amritpal) as he is injured and his performance has not been up to the mark," said RK Mishra, joint secretary, Sports Ministry.

However, Secretary, Athletic Federation of India, Lalit Bhanot said: "He has recuperated fully from his injury and his inclusion will be decided during the selection committee meeting on Aug 9. As of now, he has qualified.""

Read more at Amritpal dropped from Athens squad.

Posted by Darren at 11:43 AM

Steve Backley to retire from Javelin

"British javelin thrower Steve Backley, a three-time Olympic medalist and former world-record holder, said Thursday he will retire after next month's Athens Games.

Backley, 35, won silver medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and bronze at the 1992 games. He also won silver medals at the 1995 and 1997 world championships.

Backley is a four-time European champion and three-time Commonwealth Games winner."

Read more at British javelin thrower Backley to retire.

Posted by Darren at 12:17 AM

July 29, 2004

We Love CoolRunning!

Thanks to Cool Running is an independent website for runners by runners.

They've been kind enough to link up to us and send a few running enthusiasts our way in the past week or so so we thought it was time we said thanks and sent a few of you back.

If running is your thing then Cool Running is the site for you! They have a great range of links and resources on a wide range of topics that will help the beginner right through to running enthusiast.

Posted by Darren at 09:38 PM

Radcliffe remains focused on marathon

Paula Radcliffe insists the Athens Olympics represent the chance to complete some "unfinished business".
Britain's brightest Olympic hope goes for gold in the marathon, aiming to make up for the agony of missing out on an Olympic medal four years ago.

"As an athlete, I feel there is unfinished business," she told BBC Radio Five Live.

"I'm a stronger person now and have more confidence - and that is the big factor the marathon has brought me."

Radcliffe is also entered in the 10,000m, offering the chance to make up for an agonising fourth-place finish in that event four years ago.

Source: Radcliffe remains focused

Posted by at 05:44 PM

Lorraine Fenton out of Athens Olympics - Injury

" Lorraine Fenton, the 2000 Olympic silver medallist in the women's 400 metres, has withdrawn from Jamaica's Olympic team because of a hamstring injury, officials said Wednesday.

The 31-year-old, among Jamaica's most consistent athletes in the past four years, was one of her country's best medal hopes. She was the silver medallist at the World Championships in France in 2003.

The injury has kept her out of competition much of the year, and she was unable to compete in Jamaica's national trials in June."

Source - Jamaica's Fenton to miss Olympics

Posted by Darren at 03:49 PM

Yelena Isinbayeva Breaks Pole Vault World Record

"Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 4.89 metres to retake the world record in women's pole vault on Saturday at an athletics meet in Birmingham, England.

Isinbayeva broke the record of 4.88 m, set by fellow Russian Svetlana Feofanova just three weeks earlier. It was the fourth world record set in the women's pole vault this summer and Isinbayeva's second.

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 4.89 metres to set a new world record in women's pole vault. (AP Photo/David Davies)

"At the beginning it was difficult," Isinbayeva told the IAAF. "It was cold and the wind was blowing the pole away. I don't know how I managed to keep my concentration.""

Read more at CBC: Russia's Isinbayeva reclaims women's pole vault record

Posted by Darren at 03:42 PM

Manjula Kumara Wijesekera Qualifies for Olympics High Jump

"Twenty-year-old soldier, Manjula Kumara Wijesekera set a new Sri Lanka record and qualified to compete at Athens Olympic Games at the 82nd Sri Lanka National Championships concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo here last evening.

Wijesekera cleared an impressive 2.27m to win the men's high jump. It not only bettered his own Sri Lanka mark of 2.25m, established during the Colombo Grand Prix last month, but also was ahead of Olympic 'B' qualification mark of 2.27m.

A soldier who is attached to the Electrical and Mechanical division of the Sri Lanka Army, Wijesekera would now become the fifth Sri Lankan athlete to qualify for the Olympics after Susanthika Jayasinghe (women's 100m), Damayanthi Darsha (women's 400m), Rohan Pradeep Kumara Fernando (men's 400m) and Anuruddha Indrajith Cooray (men's marathon)"

Source - IAAF: Wijesekera sets national record to earn Olympic berth

Posted by Darren at 12:37 PM

Djabir Said Guerni - Algerian Flag Bearer

"World 800m champion Djabir Said Guerni has been selected by the Algerian Olympic Committee to be the countrys flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens.

Said Guerni will lead a delegation of 59 athletes, of which 18 will compete in Track and Field events.

Bronze medallist at the Sydney's olympic Games, the 27-year-old who has been training for the past two weeks in Algiers has flown to Great Britain today in order to take part in Londons IAAF Super Grand Prix next Friday. "

Read more at IAAF: Djabir Said Guerni to be Algerias flag bearer in Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:35 PM

Maurice Greene Tuning Start for Olympics

"Just weeks before the start of the Athens Olympics, defending 100-meter champion Maurice Greene is still tinkering with his start.

Greene will try to perfect his form at the Norwich Union meet in Crystal Palace on Friday, a race that might be his final Olympic tuneup.

Recovered from a broken left leg in 2002 and a host of injuries during his comeback, Greene said he is ready to reclaim his place as the world's top sprinter, including regaining his world record."

Source - Greene Confident Ahead of Olympic Tuneup

Posted by Darren at 12:09 PM

July 28, 2004

Jane Saville - Walking

Sports Illustrated has a good article on Jane Saville who was disqualified in the 20km walk in Sydney just moments before entering into the Olympic Stadium to claim her Gold medal.

'Descending the tunnel leading on to the track, the 25-year-old was given her third and final warning for failing to make continuous contact with the ground, leading to immediate disqualification.

The Sydney walker threw her arms up in horror and collapsed in tears. Asked later by reporters what she needed, Saville said: "A gun to shoot myself."

Disqualified again at the 2001 Edmonton world championships, Saville regrouped to win gold at the following year's Manchester Commonwealth Games.

In the Olympic team for next month's Athens Games, Saville will compete alongside her sister Natalie in the 20 km walk and says she has drawn positives from her Sydney setback.'

Posted by Darren at 10:47 PM

Marion Jones withdraws from London Grand Prix

"Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion Marion Jones has withdrawn from this weekends Norwich Union London Grand Prix.

Jones, who will only compete in the long jump at next months Olympic Games in the event in which she was third four years ago, made the announcement in the United States tonight.

Meeting organisers Fast Track understand that Jones, who has been under tremendous pressure off the track with the investigation into the BALCO drugs scandal, wishes to prepare for Athens in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives." Source - Jones Withdraws from Crystal Palace Date.

Posted by Darren at 11:02 AM

Anju George - India's Queen of the Runway

"At next month's Olympics, Anju George could become the first Indian to win an Olympic track and field medal. Leading Indian sports writer Rohit Brijnath finds out what makes Anju so focused on her dream.

The fourth-ranked women's long jumper on planet Earth is a well-grounded young woman who has spent a lifetime attempting to defy gravity. In a month's time, this Kerala girl with an award-winning giggle will stand on top of a runway in Athens and prepare to fly in front of a watching world." Source - India's queen of the runway

Posted by Darren at 10:53 AM

Marathon Route Complete

The reconstruction of the Olympic marathon route has been completed less than three weeks before the start of the Athens Games.

"We have won," said Greek public works minister George Souflias.

Read more at Athens marathon route ready.

Posted by Darren at 10:39 AM

Marathon ready to run

The Marathon route that was run at the first modern games in 1896 is ready to run early after panic it would not be done in time for the 2004 Olympics.

The reconstruction of the Olympic marathon route has been completed less than three weeks before the start of the Athens Games.
"We have won," said Greek public works minister George Souflias.

"We are winners because the marathon route is the symbol of the Olympic Games in Athens. With delivery of this project we have won the first big bet."

Source BBC Athens marathon route ready

Posted by at 02:35 AM

July 27, 2004

Long Distance Coaching

"To help in his athletes' training, Arkansas track and field coach John McDonnell makes long-distance telephone calls. Very long distance.

McDonnell calls London every day to help former Razorback runners Alistair Cragg and Daniel Lincoln prepare for the 2004 Olympics in Athens next month.

Giving them training assignments each day has made his summer busier than usual, but it is something he doesn't mind. After all, he has done it before.

``I talk to them everyday,'' he said. ``Matter of fact, I have to call them this afternoon.''

McDonnell, who has coached 23 athletes-turned-Olympians since he arrived at Arkansas in 1972, has four more Razorbacks competing in this year's summer games."

ESPN: McDonnell uses telephone to help athletes train

Posted by Darren at 01:43 PM

Kenya's Runners Preparing well

"The Olympic athletics team manager Eustace Njeru yesterday said he is impressed by the discipline and commitment displayed by the runners at the camp.

Njeru said the runners had made his work easy as he does not need to chase them around. "They are displaying maturity and seem all focused," he added.

He said even those taking part in the Grand Prix circuit have been able to control the races by themselves. "We do not need to tell them where to go and where not to go," he said.

He said every runner seems to know which race is good for him or her and they seem quite aware of the fact that too many races are counter-productive." Source - allAfrica.com: Kenya: Olympic Games: Manager Happy With Runners at the Camp

Posted by Darren at 11:42 AM

Allen Johnson - 'Athletics is Cleaner than Ever'

"Olympic and world champion hurdler Allen Johnson believes "athletics is cleaner than it's ever been," despite widespread allegations of drug use against U.S. track and field athletes.

"I want to go on record saying that it's a misperception that there's a problem with athletics, or track and field as we call it in the United States," Johnson, a four-time world champion and the 1996 Olympic champion in the 110-meter hurdles, said Monday on the eve of the DN Galan meet. "The sport was the dirtiest when nobody was talking about it. Now that everybody is talking about doping, athletics is cleaner than it's ever been."" Source - Champ Hurdler Says Track Cleaner Than Ever

Posted by Darren at 11:30 AM

Patrick Johnson Loses Appeal

"Australian sprinter Patrick Johnson has lost his appeal against his non-selection for the 100 metres and 200 metres at the Athens Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Sydney decided that the selection criteria used to pick his rival, Joshua Ross, was legal and just.

Johnson will still compete in Athens, having qualified for the 100 metres relay team."

Johnson loses Olympic appeal - Athens Olympics 2004 - ABC Sport

Posted by Darren at 11:26 AM

Patrick Johnson Loses Appeal

"Australian sprinter Patrick Johnson has lost his appeal against his non-selection for the 100 metres and 200 metres at the Athens Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Sydney decided that the selection criteria used to pick his rival, Joshua Ross, was legal and just.

Johnson will still compete in Athens, having qualified for the 100 metres relay team."

Johnson loses Olympic appeal - Athens Olympics 2004 - ABC Sport

Posted by Darren at 11:25 AM

'Britain may not Medal in Athletes' - Olympic Chief

"Athletics chief David Moorcroft has admitted Great Britain could come home from the Athens Olympics without a single track and field medal.

He said four medals would be a success, and admitted his job is on the line if British athletes under-perform.

Moorcroft, chief executive of UK Athletics, said the team was in a transitional phase.

He also told BBC Five Live the sport was "cleaner now than ever before" despite a series of drug scandals." Source - Moorcroft in medals warning

Posted by Darren at 12:01 AM

July 26, 2004

Kim Collins Clocks 10.10 in Athens warm up

"World champion Kim Collins led from start to finish as he cruised to an easy victory in the 100 meters at the Norwich Union International meet on Sunday, while Yelena Isinbayeva set another world record in the pole vault.

Collins clocked 10.10 seconds in cool, overcast and breezy conditions at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, central England. After congratulating his fellow racers, the St. Kitts and Nevis runner walked the length of the stadium waving to fans and signing autographs.

"It was an important race to win mainly because everyone wants to win their pre-Olympic competitions and lay down a marker," Collins said. "I have restricted my racing this year because I want to come fresh and ready when it really counts. I have been training hard and I really expected to win. I anticipated a fast time, but right now the time does not really matter."" Source - Collins rolls, Isinbayeva sets mark at Norwich

Posted by Darren at 11:46 PM

Jana Pittman reveals Olympic Secrets - Ice Baths, Meditation...

"JANA PITTMAN yesterday lifted the veil of secrecy on a clandestine Olympic preparation designed to peak with a 400m hurdles victory in Athens next month.

The 2003 world champion revealed ice baths, meditation and sleeping in a skin suit were part of a relentless drive for gold medal glory under coach Phil King, whose wife Debbie Flintoff-King blazed to victory in the 400m hurdles in Seoul in 1988.

Pittman has also received video of her main rivals taken by an unlikely ally - men's dual 400m hurdle world champion Felix Sanchez - at the US trials two weeks ago.

Pittman, 21, admitted using Friday night's 400m flat outing at the Golden League meeting - where she finished a strong fourth - merely as a preparation event."

Read more at FOX SPORTS | Jana reveals Athens secret.

Posted by Darren at 11:59 AM

Kelly Holmes Wins 800m Lead up Race

'Kelly Holmes beat European champion Jolanda Ceplak in the 800m at the Norwich Union International.

It was the first defeat of the season for Ceplak, who has recorded the fastest time of the year.

Holmes forged ahead with 200m to go and then pulled away down the home straight to win in two minutes and 0.46 seconds.

The Briton's impressive performance in Birmingham increases the chances of running both the 800m and 1500m in next month's Olympics in Athens.'

Read more at Holmes shows great form

Posted by Darren at 11:58 AM

Kelly Holmes beats European champion Jolanda Ceplak

Kelly Holmes beat European champion Jolanda Ceplak at a warm up event 19 days before the athens olympics.

It was the first defeat of the season for Ceplak, who has also recorded the fastest time of the year.

Holmes forged ahead with 200m to go and then pulled away down the home straight to win by 10m in 2:00.46.

Holmes' impressive performance increases the chances she will run both the 800m and 1500m in the Olympics next month in Athens.

Brits involved included newly selected Malachi Davis wearing a British vest for the first time and Christian Malcolm.

Full Results

Posted by at 04:43 AM

July 25, 2004

Olympic Walking

Just found this interesting article about walking at the Olympicis.

"Nunn, a graduate of Harrison High in Evansville, Ind., qualified for the Athens Olympics in one of the games' most unusual disciplines, the 20-kilometer walk. As with any other world-class athlete, his achievement was an outgrowth of talent and training.

Still, racewalkers such as Nunn look peculiar to those who have never seen them before. They swing hips and pump arms, going so fast that onlookers might wonder why they don't just run.

Racewalking has been part of the Olympics since the unofficial Athens Games of 1906.

Respect comes grudgingly. During the 2000 Sydney Olympics, NBC broadcaster Bob Costas said a contest to see who can walk the fastest is like one to see who can whisper the loudest." Read more of this article at Walk this way.

Posted by Darren at 09:53 PM

Kim Collins warns 'Cheating is Natural'

"World and Commonwealth champion Kim Collins believes it is human nature to try and cheat your way to success, but expects a clean 100 metres final at the Olympics this summer.

The build up to the Athens Games continues to be overshadowed by the subject of drug abuse, with Marion Jones the latest high-profile name to come under the spotlight following claims by her former husband she used a number of illegal substances during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The allegations have been strongly denied by the American sprinter.

St Kitts Nevis star Collins, who won his first major title in Manchester two years ago before claiming the world crown in Paris, is one of the favourites for 100m gold in Athens.

And the 28-year-old, who will run at the Norwich Union International in Birmingham later today, conceded you will never be able to stop people from trying to use illegal methods to win medals.

We cant control what people do, said Collins on BBC Radio Five Lives Sportsweek programme.

In the future, with technology, people could create something which is undetectable, maybe have some shoes which are unfair to the competition we cant stop that.

But as the authorities get smarter, so does the criminal.

He added: There is nothing I can do about it. You want to come and compete, have a good clean sport, but there are other things that come into play." Read more at Cheating Is Natural Warns Collins.

Posted by Darren at 09:49 PM

Perdita Felicien Wins Gold Medal in Athens Lead Up Event

"Canada's Perdita Felicien claimed gold Friday in the women's 100-metre hurdles at the Golden League track and field meet in Paris.

Felicien beat a field loaded with Olympic medal hopefuls, finishing the race in 12.60 seconds.

Linda Ferga-Khodadin of France finished second 0.18 seconds off of Felicien's pace. American Jenny Adams finished third. Spain's Glory Alozie and Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis-London rounded out the top five.

Felicien, the reigning world champion, Adams, Alozie and Ennis-London are all considered to be medal contenders in next month's Olympic Games in Athens." Read more of this article at CBC.ca: Felicien golden in Paris Golden League

Posted by Darren at 04:35 PM

Freeman Gives Jana Pittman some Advice

"Athletics great Cathy Freeman has a message for her Olympic heir apparent, Jana Pittman: forget everything you think you know about pressure because you haven't experienced anything yet.

Freeman said she would talk to Pittman when she entered the athletes' village in Athens in her mentoring role next month.

Much of the pressure that was heaped on Freeman in Sydney now sits on the shoulders of the 400 metres hurdler, given that she is regarded as Australia's best athletics gold medal hope. Freeman said she was keen to help Pitman deal with it.

"She's about to experience real Olympic pressure," Freeman said. "It's not like anything she will have experienced before. It's not like world championship pressure or the same pressure from any other major meet. It's completely different; it has a feel all of its own." Read more at Jana under pump: Freeman - Athens2004 - www.theage.com.au.

Posted by Darren at 03:35 PM

Jana Pittman Set for Athens

"Jana Pittman was happy to hide outside the placings as her intense training winds down and her Olympic countdown builds up.

Pittman finished fourth in the 400 metres at the Golden League athletics meeting in Paris on Friday night at the end of what she described as the hardest training period of her life.

In that three-week training block, Australia's 400 metres hurdles world champion has not competed in her pet event, but, according to coach Phil King, is in much better shape than she was before she won the world title last August." Read More at Pittman in top shape - Athens2004 - www.theage.com.au

Posted by Darren at 10:38 AM

Edwards may complete at Olympics

World 100 metre champion Torri Edwards could still run at the Olympics despite being found to have taken a glucose tablet that contained a banned stimulant.


Posted by at 09:34 AM

July 24, 2004

Soma Biswas Qualifies for Olympics in Heptathlon

"It's sheer hard work, feels coach Kuntal Roy. It's simply determination, says Soma Biswas, who qualified for the Athens Olympics in Chennai on Tuesday.

Back home and training at the SAI Eastern Centre, Biswas said an Olympic medal isn't what she can actually lay her hands on, but surely, she would like to improve upon her performance.

Biswas picked up 6162 points in Chennai, winning six of the seven events in heptathlon, barring the high-jump, but she feels her total is way below the Olympic medal zone.

"Realistically, I plan to cross the 6200 mark. If I can do that, I will probably be among the top 10 or 15," Biswas told Hindustan Times." Read more at the HindustanTimes: 6200, not medal, Somas target

Posted by Darren at 08:29 PM

Francis Obikwelu beats Maurice Greene

"Maurice Greene was upset in the 100 meters at the Gaz de France track meet Friday, finishing second to Francis Obikwelu of Portugal.

Obikewelu posted a winning time of 10.06 seconds, easily beating Greene, the defending Olympic champion who finished in 10.14.

Running just three weeks before the Olympics in Athens, Greene wanted to race in Paris as a tuneup for defending his gold medal. At the U.S. trials earlier this month, Greene made it to Athens after winning the 100. "

Source - Obikwelu Wins 100 Meters at Gaz De France

Posted by Darren at 12:49 PM

Derartu Tulu Will Compete in Athens - 10,000m

"Reigning Olympic 10,000m champion Derartu Tulu, who also took the Games title in 1992, has been added to the women's 10,000m squad for next month's Athens Olympics, the Ethiopian Athletics Federation has confirmed.

Tulu, who had been omitted from a list of 25 Athletes issued by the Federation last week, is now in line to make her fourth appearance at the Games and has a fighting chance to become the first African to win three Olympic Gold medals.

The 32-year old is given a starting role in the 10,000m team alongside World 10,000m champion Berhane Adere and silver medallist Werknesh Kidane, with Ejigayehou Dibaba dropping down to the reserve spot." Source - Tulu is back in Olympic contention

Posted by Darren at 12:27 PM

Italian Athletics Olympic Team

Italy has announced its Athletics Team for the Athens Olympics.

It is made up of 37 athletes from all over Italy.

'Some notableathletes such as Manuela Levorato, Gertrud Bacher andElisabetta Perrone are still required to prove their fitness, and may be added to the squad at the beginning of August. '

The Italian Athletics Olympic Team is as follows:

Men (23)

100, 4x100
Simone COLLIO Fiamme Gialle 10.20

200, 4x100
Andrew HOWE Aeronautica 20.28
Marco TORRIERI Aeronautica 20.52

Maurizio CHECCUCCI Fiamme Oro 10.38
Massimiliano DONATI Fiamme Gialle 10.46
Koura KABA FANTONI Fiamme Gialle 10.28
Luca VERDECCHIA Fiamme Oro 10.41

Andrea LONGO Fiamme Oro 1:44.42

Giuseppe MAFFEI Lib. Cento Torri 8:23.48

High Jump
Alto Nicola CIOTTI Carabinieri 2,30
Alessandro TALOTTI Carabinieri 2,30

Pole Vault
Asta Giuseppe GIBILISCO Fiamme Gialle 5,60

Long Jump
Nicola TRENTIN Fiamme Azzurre 8,16

Triple Jump
Fabrizio DONATO Fiamme Gialle 16,90

Nicola VIZZONI Fiamme Gialle 76,95

20km Walk
Ivano BRUGNETTI Fiamme Gialle 1h19:43
Alessandro GANDELLINI Fiamme Oro 1h21:06
Marco GIUNGI Fiamme Gialle 1h21:43

50km Walk
Marcia Km 50 Giovanni DE BENEDICTIS Carabinieri 3h50:50

Stefano BALDINI Corradini Rubiera 2h08:37
Daniele CAIMMI Fiamme Gialle
Alberico DI CECCO Carabinieri 2h09:29

Paolo CASARSA Forestale 8.056

Women (14)

Benedetta CECCARELLI Fondiaria Sai 55.14
Monika NIEDERSTAETTER Forestale 55.52

Long Jump
Fiona MAY Lib. Cento Torri 6,62

Triple Jump
Simona LA MANTIA Fiamme Gialle 14,49
Magdelin MARTINEZ Atletica 2000 15,03

Ester BALASSINI Fiamme Gialle 71,28
Clarissa CLARETTI Aeronautica 69,40

Giavellotto Claudia COSLOVICH Fondiaria Sai 62,66
Elisabetta MARIN Cus Trieste 61,77

20Km Walk
Rossella GIORDANO Fiamme Azzurre 1h27:49
Elisa RIGAUDO Fiamme Gialle 1h30:28

Rosaria CONSOLE Fiamme Gialle 2h29:22
Ornella FERRARA PBM B. Masciago 2h27:49
Bruna GENOVESE Forestale 2h29:03

Source - IAAF: Italian Olympic Team

Posted by Darren at 12:26 PM

Greek Athletics Team Announced

Greece have announced their Athletics Team for the Athens Olympics. It has 63 athletes - the biggest ever team for Greece in its history of attending the Games.

The Greek Athletics Team is as follows:


100m -Georgios THEODORIDIS, Christoforos CHOIDIS

200m -Konstantinos KENTERIS, Anastassios GOUSSIS, Panayotis SARRIS

400m -Anastassios GOUSSIS, Stylianos DIMOTSIOS

800m -Panayotis STROUBAKOS

1500m -Panayotis STROUBAKOS

Marathon -Nikolaos POLLIAS

110mh - Dimitrios PIETRIS

400mh - Periklis IAKOVAKIS

20km walk -Eleftherios THANOPOULOS

50km walk -Georgios ARGYROPOULOS, Spyridon KASTANIS, Theodoros STAMATOPOULOS

4X400m -Periklis IAKOVAKIS, Anastassios GOUSSIS, Panayotis SARRIS, Stylianos DIMOTSIOS, Georgios DOUPIS, Dimitrios GRAVALOS

Decathlon - Prodromos KORKIZOGLOU

Pole Vault - Marios EVAGGELOU

Long Jump -Louis TSATOUMAS, Dimitrios FILINDRAS, Dimitrios SERELIS

Triple Jump - Christos MELETOGLOU

Discus Throw - Savvas PANAVOGLOU

Hammer Throw - Alexandros PAPADIMITRIOU


100m -Ekaterini THANOU

200m -Olga KAIDATZI

400m - Chrisa GOUDENOUDI

1500m -Konstantina EFENTAKI

5000m - Chrisostomia IAKOVOU

Marathon - Georgia AMBATZIDOU

100mh - Flora REDOUMI

400mh - Fani HALKIA

20km walk - Athanassia TSOUMELEKA, Athina PAPAYIANNI, Christina KOKOTOU

4x100m - Ekaterini THANOU, Georgia KOKLONI, Marina VASSARMIDOU, Efrosini PATSOU, Maria KARASTAMATI

4x400m - Chrisa GOUDENOUDI, Olga KAIDATZI, Fani HALKIA, Dimitra DOVA, Chariklia BOUDA, Georgia KOUMNAKI

Heptathlon - Argyro STRATAKI

High Jump - Niki MITROPOULOU

Pole Vault - Georgia TSILIGGIRI, Afroditi SKAFIDA

Long Jump - Niki XANTHOU, Ioanna KAFETZI, Stella PILATOU

Triple Jump - Chrisopigi DEVETZI, Athanassia PERRA, Olga VASDEKI

Shot Put - Kalliopi OUZOUNI, Irene TERZOGLOU

Discus Throw - Ekaterini VOGOLI, Anastassia KELESIDOU, Stella TSIKOUNA

Hammer Throw - Alexandra PAPAGEORGIOU, Stella PAPADOPOULOU, Evdokia TSAMOGLOU

Javelin Throw - Mirela MANJANI, Angeliki TSIOLAKOUDI, Savva LIKA

Source - IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - Athens Olympic Games 2004

Posted by Darren at 12:21 PM

Tullett Ready for Olympic Prep

British runner, Hayley Tullett and World 1,500 metres bronze-medallist will start a busy weekend tonight when she runs in the Paris IAAF Golden League meeting.


Posted by at 10:05 AM

July 23, 2004

Jana Pittman Runs Prepares by Removing Hurdles

'"JANA PITTMAN will stare down the track tonight and there won't be a hurdle in sight.

Australia's great hope will begin her final pre-Olympic competition phase by taking on world leader Tonique Williams-Darling over 400m without the barriers at the Golden League meeting in Paris.

The flat race is designed to springboard Pittman into her last two 400m hurdles races before she goes to Athens intent on turning her world title last year into a gold medal."' Source - The Australian: Pittman goes flat out to find her stride [July 23, 2004]

Posted by Darren at 04:13 PM

Marion Jones Used Drugs - Ex Husband Alledges

'"Track and field superstar Marion Jones was using banned performance-enhancing drugs when she won five medals, three of them gold, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, her ex-husband has told federal investigators probing the BALCO steroids scandal.

C.J. Hunter, a former shot-put champion and admitted steroid user who was divorced from Jones in 2002, said his ex-wife had had human growth hormone and a steroid-like substance known as "the clear" with her at the Sydney Games. At times, Hunter said, he personally injected Jones with banned substances. He also reported seeing Jones inject herself with drugs at the residence they shared in Australia, according to investigators' memos obtained by The Chronicle." ' Source - Ex-husband told feds Jones used banned substances during 2000 Olympics:

Posted by Darren at 02:10 PM

July 22, 2004

Mark Lewis-Francis Looks for Double Gold

'Mark Lewis-Francis believes he will return from the Athens Olympics with two medals.

The 21-year-old has set his sights on a top-three finish in the individual 100m and is tipping the British 4x100m relay squad to beat the USA to gold.

"The team has a really good chance of gold and we showed last year that we are almost the equal of the Americans," said the Wolverhampton sprinter.' Source Lewis-Francis eyes double.

Posted by Darren at 05:55 PM

Olympic Shotput History

The International Association of Athletics Federation has a good history of men's and women's Shot Put.

'Olympia will play host to an important piece of sporting history when the Athletics celebrations of the XXVIII Olympic Games of the modern era whose centre is the Greek capital Athens, commence on Wednesday 18 August 2004.

The qualification and finals for both the men�s and women�s Olympic Shot Put competitions will take place on that day in the original Olympic stadium.'

Read More at:
- A Snap SHOT of Olympic History - Women
- A snap SHOT of Olympic history - Men

Posted by Darren at 05:48 PM

Athens Olympics Marathon Route Will be Ready

'The Athens Olympics marathon route, one of the most criticised projects of next month's Games, will be ready for athletes next week after huge delays, Greece's Public Works Minister said on Thursday.

Major renovation work on the historic 42-km ancient marathon route - one of the highlights of the Athens Games - will be unveiled on Tuesday, George Souflias told reporters.

He said the troubled road widening project, originally due for completion last year, would be delivered within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deadline.'

Read more at Olympics marathon will be ready.

Posted by Darren at 12:51 PM

John Capel and Coby Miller Make 'Relay Pool' in Athens

'World 200-meter champion John Capel and Louisville native Coby Miller were among 12 sprinters placed in the relay pool for the Athens Olympics by USA Track & Field early Monday.

Capel, who failed to qualify for the U.S. team in the 100 or 200 at the Olympic Trials, was one of three named to the men's 400-meter relay pool.

Miller, a 2000 Olympian in both the 100 and 200, also made the 4x100 pool. He finished fourth in the 100 at the trials with a time of 9.99 seconds.

Miller was a state champion at Louisville High in football and track. He played football one year at East Central Community College and was a track All-American at Meridian CC before attending Auburn.' Read More at Capel, Miller make U.S. relay pool

Posted by Darren at 09:57 AM

July 21, 2004

Kenenisa Bekele's Double Gold Dream

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele is hoping for double Gold Medals in the Athens Olympics in the 5000m and 10,000m races.

'Kenenisa Bekele�s 2004 year of World record success seems like a dream to the 22 year-old a dream and he simply does not want to wake up.

Four years ago, a young Bekele was only in his second year of serious running and watched from a television set in Addis Ababa Haile Gebrselassie dramatically snatching victory from Kenyan Paul Tergat in the final strides of the Olympic men's 10,000m final in Sydney. "I still find it amazing that Haile [Gebrselassie] beat Tergat in Sydney," he recalls....

And it is his wonderful form and unbeaten record that now spans twenty races of all types that has convinced him and the Ethiopian Athletics Federation that he should go for both the 5000 and 10,000m gold medals in Athens. ' Source - Bekele to double in Athens? This time there is no prevarication - Interview

Posted by Darren at 09:41 PM

July 20, 2004

American Runs for Britain at Olympics

'American Malachi Davis was named to the British Olympic team Tuesday, just two weeks after receiving his British passport.

Davis was given provisional spots in both the 400 meters and 1,600-meter relay for his adopted country.

Davis is from Sacramento, Calif., but his mother was born in England. He decided to try for a place on the British team after figuring he had little chance to make the American squad for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics.' Read More at American runner added to British Olympic team

Read more of the same story at Los Angeles runner in Britain Olympic Team.

Posted by Darren at 11:28 PM

Jana Pittman Driven by Destiny

'Jumping obstacles at full speed is not everyone's idea of fun but for Australia's Jana Pittman it has fast become an obsession.

Pittman started out as a runner who had no interest in circling a track trying to skim the top of hurdles.

But she was persuaded by a former coach to try the event when she was still a teenager and, although she fell flat on her face the first time, she was hooked straight away.

With her long legs and slender build, Pittman proved to be perfectly built for hurdling and her progress in the event has been astounding.

She became world junior champion, won the Commonwealth Games title as a teenager then won the senior title last year at her first attempt. Now, at 21, she is the favourite to win the women's 400 metres hurdles at the Athens Olympics next month.' Read More at Hurdler Pittman driven by her destiny

Posted by Darren at 11:28 PM

Brazil's Olympic Athletics Team Announced

Brazil has announced their Athletics Team for the Athens Olympics as follows:

Vicente Lenilson de Lima, 100m/4x100m
Andr� Domingos da Silva, 100m/4x100m
Jarbas Mascarenhas J�nior, 100m/4x100m
Bas�lio Em�dio de Moraes J�nior, 200m/4x100m
Claudio Roberto Souza, 200m/4x100m
Edson Luciano Ribeiro, 4x100m
Anderson Jorge Oliveira dos Santos, 400m
Osmar Barbosa dos Santos, 800m
Hudson Santos de Souza, 1500m
Redel�n Melo dos Santos, 110m H
Matheus Inoc�ncio, 110m H
Marcio Sim�o de Souza, 110m H
Jess� Farias de Lima, High Jump
Jadel Greg�rio, Triple Jump/ Long Jump
Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, Marathon
Andr� Luiz Ramos, Marathon
R�mulo Wagner da Silva, Marathon
Jos� Alessandro Bernardo Baggio, 20 km walk
Sergio Vieira Galdino, 50 km walk
M�rio Jos� dos Santos J�nior, 50 km walk

Rosemar Maria Coelho Neto, 100m/4x100m
Lucimar Aparecida de Moura, 200m/4x100m
K�tia Regina de Jesus Santos, 4x100m
Luciana Alves dos Santos, 4x100m
Thatiana Regina Ign�cio, 4x100m
Geisa Aparecida Muniz Coutinho, 400m/4x400m
Maria Laura Almir�o, 400 m/4x400m
Josiane da Silva Tito, 4x400m
Lucimar Teodoro, 4x400m
Magn�lia Figueiredo, 4x400m
Luciana de Paula Mendes, 800m
Ma�la Machado,100m H
Keila da Silva Costa, Long Jump
Elis�ngela Adriano, Shot/Discus
Marcia Narloch, marathon
Marlene Fortunato, marathon
Alessandra Picagevicz, 20 km walk

Source - Brazilian team for Athens is announced

Posted by Darren at 08:52 PM

Torri Edwards and Marion Jones make US Team

Torri Edwards and Marion Jones have been named in the preliminary US Olympics team despite ongoing investigations into doping allegations.

'Edwards, who faces a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) hearing later on Monday, is set to compete in the 100m and 200m.

Three-time gold medallist Jones, still under scrutiny by USADA despite never failing a doping test, qualified in just one event - the long jump.

The final roster for the American team will be announced on 9 August.' Read More at Edwards named in US squad

Posted by Darren at 11:13 AM

July 19, 2004

Jarred Rome - Discuss

'Saving his best for last, discus thrower Jarred Rome of Marysville unloosed a final toss of 215 feet, 9 inches on Sunday, good enough for first place at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials and earning him a spot on the American team at the upcoming Summer Games in Athens, Greece.'

Read More at Rome to Athens

Posted by Darren at 08:11 PM

Kevin Eastler Qualifies for Athens 20,000m Walk

'An exhausted Kevin Eastler had no problem settling for a third-place finish in the 20,000-meter racewalk at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday.

The United States Air Force captain from Farmington was a shoe-in to make the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team anyway. All he had to do was finish the race with a decent time and a plane ticket to Athens was waiting for him at the airline counter.

Although he decided to lay low for this event, he still snatched third place with a time of 1:28:39. Tim Seaman was the No. 1 guy with a time of 1:25:40, while John Nunn played second fiddle to Seaman at 1:26:23.'

Read More at Racewalker Eastler qualifies for Athens.

Posted by Darren at 09:52 AM

Iraq's Ala' Hikmat al-Qaysi to Run at Olympics

Iraq's Ala' Hikmat al-Qaysi has received an invitation to run at Olympics. She is the only female athlete to represent Iraq in Athens.

'The hype and glory of next month's Olympics in Athens seem far away as Ala' Hikmat al-Qaysi, a young Iraqi sprinter, strides onto the dirt track of Kashafa Stadium, her long, braided ponytail bouncing behind her....

That power is what makes her, at 19, the only woman on Iraq's Olympic team, placing her on a road to Greece as bumpy as the track where she trained. Her participation in the Summer Games -- granted through invitation rather than by her qualifying times -- is another mark of the country's slow recovery from Saddam Hussein and decades of wars.

Full of symbolism, too, are the obstacles in her way. Like her country, she is short on equipment and must contend with a disorganized post-war Iraqi bureaucracy and the daily possibility of violence in the streets.' Read More at Iraq's lone female Olympian perseveres.

Posted by Darren at 09:52 AM

July 18, 2004

Melvin Lister - Triple Jump

Interesting article on US Triple Jumper, Melvin Lister at Lister lands in Olympics on final triple jump try. Here's a taster...

'Lister, who until this week hadn't triple jumped as far as 55 feet in four years, moved from fourth to first on his final attempt at the U.S. Olympics Trials. The distance was 58 feet, 4 inches for a trials record.

"I've never pulled out anything that dramatic before," he acknowledged.

The top three make the Olympic team. Lister knocked off his training partner, Tim Rusan, who had held third place.

"I told him sorry," said Lister, 26, who installs car radios in Fayetteville, Ark. "I didn't want to stay home. Somebody had to stay home."

Walter Davis was second at 57-101/4 and Kenta Bell third at 57-81/4. Rusan was fourth at 57 feet. Lister's best was 56-103/4 until the last round.'

Lister lands in Olympics on final triple jump try

Posted by Darren at 09:26 PM

Bryan Clay Beats Tom Pappas in Decathlon

The US may have a new Decathlon star in Bryan Clay who beat Tom Pappas at the US trials this week.

'Bryan Clay had three personal bests Saturday to upset the reigning world champion Pappas at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Clay, 24, with decathlon bests in the discus (170 feet, 11 inches), pole vault (16-8 3/4) and javelin (224-3), compiled 8,660 points - 178 more than his previous top score.

Pappas was second with 8,517 to earn a berth in Athens, but he was 267 points off his best, set at last year's U.S. championships.' Read More at Clay Upsets Pappas to Win Trials Decathlon.

Posted by Darren at 02:53 PM

Bronwyn Thompson Wins Long Jump in Athens Preparation

'Australian Bronwyn Thompson proved her Olympic preparations were back on track when she leapt a season-best 6.8 metres to win the long jump at the IAAF Madrid Super Grand Prix.

Thompson's effort was almost 20 centimetres ahead of her closest rival, second-placed Anju George of India who jumped 6.62m.

Thompson scraped into the Olympic team when she recorded a qualifying jump of 6.72m in Melbourne in February which was just enough to secure her a ticket to Athens.' Read More at Australian wins long jump title.

Posted by Darren at 12:24 PM

Breaux Greer - Javelin

Breaux Greer could be one to watch for the Gold Medal in Javelin in Athens.

'Breaux Greer could have been a stud of a baseball player. He once threw a fastball 98 mph, drawing scouts to ogle him while he was in high school.

Instead, Greer decided to focus on throwing a different object: the javelin. Now he is one of the best in the world and headed to his second Olympics with a shot at getting a medal. Greer won the U.S. track and field trials on his first throw of 270 feet, 4 inches Saturday, despite competing with a torn ligament in his left knee.'Read More at - Greer wins javelin, aims for world record in Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:24 PM

Marion Jones Pulls Out of 200 Final

Marion Jones has withdrawn from the 200m final at the US Trials in order to focus upon her Long Jumping and possible 4 x 100 relay in Athens.

'A person close to Jones said the triple gold medallist from the 2000 Olympics wanted to concentrate on the long jump at next month's Athens Games after already booking her place in that event.

"There is no injury," the source told Reuters. "She decided to pull out of the 200 because she wants to focus on the long jump in Athens and be a member of the U.S. 4x100 relay team."' Source Jones Pulls Out of 200 Final at U.S. Trials

Posted by Darren at 11:43 AM

July 16, 2004

Marion Jones Qualifies for Athens

Marion Jones has qualified for the Athens Olympics in the Long Jump.

'Five-medal Sydney Olympic star Jones jumped 7.11 metres, the second-longest leap in the world this year, to book an Athens trip.

She had finishing fifth in the 100m final last weekend, failing to earn a chance to defend her title.

Jones' winning leap, aided by a 1.8m/sec tailwind, was the longest by an American since her own 7.13m effort at the 1998 Grand Prix final in Moscow.

The only longer leap in 2004 was 7.16m by Jamaica's Elva Goulbourne.' Source - Jones leaps into Athens Olympics

Posted by Darren at 01:38 PM

Britain's new sprint sensation

Britain has a new Athlete heading for the Olympics next month, who though very few have heard of her, seems to be in top form.

Ohuruogu is the previously unheard-of student who gate-crashed the British team for the Olympics by knocking an incredible three seconds off her personal best in the space of a few months.

On Sunday she won the 400m at the Olympic trials in spectacular fashion, running over a second faster than she had ever done before

Winning at 50.98secs makes Christine Ohuruogu's name (that's o-ho-roo-goo) one to look out for.

Source: Britians new Spinting sensation

Posted by at 12:34 AM

July 15, 2004

The Rise of Jeff Smoke

We all love the story of a nobody rising through the ranks quickly to an elite level of achievement. Jeff Smoke's story is one of those. Three years ago he'd never considered kayaking as an option - today he's in the US Olympic Kayaking team.

'That's why he was surprised that, when he decided to take up kayaking three years ago, it came so naturally to him. Now, with less than half the experience of other competitors, Smoke is on his way to Athens, Greece as a member of the U.S. Olympic Sprint Kayaking team.

He will compete for a gold medal in the two-man 1000-meter sprint kayak. Sprint kayaking is a straight race done in flat, calm water, as opposed to slalom kayaking, which is done in a zigzag pattern in rapids.

Smoke said he's excelled at kayaking because he's always been athletic. Once he shunned the sport as a kid, he turned to triathlons. He won two national triathlon championships, one at the age of 10, the other at 19.'

After just two years kayaking, Jeff Smoke qualified for the U.S. Olympic team.

Posted by Darren at 11:09 AM

Jana Pittman Inspired by Sheena Johnson's Fast Time

Australia's Jana Pittman is not concerned by the fast time of Sheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles at the US Olympic Trials - rather she is using it as an inspiration to push harder in her own hurdling.

'Johnson's 400 metres hurdles time of 52.95 seconds this week was more than a quarter of a second faster than world champion Pittman's best time of 53.22 and ahead of her season-best 53.52 set in Greece earlier this month.

But rather than doubting her own claims to the event's Olympic gold medal in Athens, Pittman has welcomed the challenge presented by Johnson. "We're training for the Olympics and we need someone to come out and run fast and it's probably a good thing, it gives you a kick up the backside to make sure that you're on the right track," Pittman said from her base in Switzerland.' Read More at Pittman welcomes Johnson's challenge

Posted by Darren at 11:09 AM

The Marion Jones Saga

The plight of Marion Jones is one that is causing much talk around Athletics circles. It looks increasingly as though she won't qualify for the Athens Olympics.

'Jones, who won an unprecedented five medals at the 2000 Sydney Games and had talked of trying to match that haul in Athens, could go home empty-handed - if she goes to the Summer Games at all.

She won the 100 four years ago. This time she didn't qualify. She won the 200 four years ago. She'll try to qualify in that event starting Friday, but her stamina is in question after she seemed to fade toward the end of the 100.

And she was a bronze medalist in the long jump in 2000. On Monday night, Jones could do no better than seventh in the Trials' qualifying round - in an event in which only one other American has reached the Olympic qualifying standard this year.' Read More at - Jones' struggles evoke sympathy from other runners

Posted by Darren at 11:09 AM

July 14, 2004

Marion Jones 7th in Long Jump

'Two days after she failed to make the team in the 100, Marion Jones was a stunning seventh in the long-jump qualifying at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Her best effort Monday of 6.39 meters, or 20 feet 11� inches, was more than a foot shorter than what she jumped a decade ago at high school.

Ola Sesay led the qualifiers at 6.63 meters. The top 12 advanced to the finals, to be held Thursday.

Jones's first jump was her best, followed by marks of 6.34 and 6.31. The odds still favor Jones's making the Athens team in the long jump because she is one of only two U.S. jumpers who have met the Olympic qualifying standard of 6.70 meters.

Grace Upshaw, the other U.S. jumper who has met the Olympic standard, was second on Monday at 6.54. Source - Marion Jones struggles in the long jump

Posted by Darren at 04:37 PM

July 13, 2004

British Athletes Selected

Darren Campbell has been selected for the 200m at the Athens Olympics in 31 days time.

Campbell had qualified for the 100m at the Olympic trials in Manchester at the weekend but withdrew from the 200m final with hamstring and rib injuries.

But the 200m silver medallist from Sydney four years ago was chosen to compete in both distances as part of a 47-strong British team on Tuesday.

More athletes could be picked next week if they meet the qualifying standard.

Team GB:
100m: D Campbell (Sale), J Gardener (Wessex & Bath), M Lewis-Francis (Birchfield).
200m: D Campbell (Sale), C Lambert (Belgrave), C Malcolm (Cardiff).

Source/Full List of British Athletes going to Athens

Posted by at 07:55 PM

Michelle Collins Withdraws from US Olympic Trials

'Former world indoor 200m champion Michelle Collins, who faces a lifetime ban for a doping offense, has withdrawn from the U.S. Olympic trials with a leg injury, her coach said Monday.

"She is not running," Olympic men's coach George Williams, who is also Collins's personal coach, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"She called today from Texas to say she had hurt herself at the warm-up track (at the Olympic trials) and had left," Williams said.

Collins had been considered one of the favourites to make the U.S. team in the women's 400.' Source Collins out of U.S. Olympic trials

Posted by Darren at 09:04 AM

Tim Montgomery out of Olympics

'Men's 100-meter world record holder, Tim Montgomery of the United States has failed to qualify for the track event in next month's Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Montgomery, considered a strong contender to make the Olympic team, finished a distant seventh Sunday at the U.S. track and field Olympic trials in California.' Source

Posted by Darren at 09:02 AM

UK Athletics team 'weak'

Becasue we british don't like to raise each other spirits!

The latest from the UK Athletics chief. Jones said winning six athletics medals again would be a "fantastic feat".

and was joined by Colin Jackson:

Former hurdler Colin Jackson has already sparked controversy by suggesting the British men's athletics team may find it difficult to pick up a medal.

Jones said he hoped younger talents would stake their claim in Athens.

"We've had the retirements of Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson, and we've yet to replace that calibre of athlete," he said.

Steve Cram joins in with: There's not too much to shout about, particularly on the men's side, and it's obvious this will be a difficult Games with medals few and far between, though predicts three Olympic medals.

Source: GB team 'weaker' for Athens
Source: Team GB needs element of surprise

Posted by at 06:11 AM

Denise Lewis Fit

Denise Lewis looks to be fit to take part in the Heptathlon at the Athens Olympics.

Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis is expected to be fit to defend her title despite limping out of the British trials at the weekend.
She suffered a foot injury during the long jump, but UK Athletics performance director Max Jones said there was not a major cause for alarm.

Source BBC Lewis injury fears allayed

Posted by at 05:29 AM

July 12, 2004

Nils Schumann Will not Compete in Athens

'Germany's 800m Olympic gold medallist Nils Schumann will not defend his title in Athens.

Schumann told journalists on Saturday at Brunswick that an Achilles tendon injury would prevent him from defending the title he won in Sydney four years ago.

It is the second major blow to German athletics in a week with women's Long Jump champion Heike Dreschsler having announced that she will be unable to defend her title in Athens.' Source - Schumann out of Olympics

Posted by Darren at 12:03 PM

Alan Webb prepares for Athens

Alan Webb has had a roller-coaster of a ride in his lead up to Athens, with surprise wins, injuries and flat patches. His last few months since returning from appendix surgery show some promising hints as to what might be to come in Athens....

'Since returning from the surgery, Webb has improved rapidly, surprising perhaps everyone but himself. He won the Home Depot Invitational 1500 in May with a time of 3 minutes, 35.71 seconds, fast enough to qualify for the Olympics as long as he can finish in the top three at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento July 15-18.

Then Webb traveled to Europe, and shocked the international racing world by winning the 1500 Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic with a time of 3:32.73, the fastest 1500 time that had been posted up to that point in 2004.

He followed up that win with a victory in the Prefontaine Classic Mile in Eugene, Ore., the same event in which he set the prep record three years earlier. '

Read More at Resurgent Webb seeks to make mark in Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:03 PM

Christian Cantwell out of Shotput

One shock result out of the US Track and Field Trials this week was that Christian Cantwell will not compete in Athens. Cantell has thrown the four best throws in the world this year, but failed to perform at his best in the trials - fouling five of his six throws.

'``I picked a bad day to have a bad day,'' Cantwell said.

Adam Nelson, the silver medalist at the 2000 Olympics, won at 71 feet. Reese Hoffa was second at 69-4 1/4 to earn his first Olympic berth.

John Godina finished third at 69-2 to earn his third trip to the Olympics. He won the bronze medal in 2000 and the silver in 1996.' Read More at Cantwell shut out of Olympic spot

Posted by Darren at 12:03 PM

UK Athletics Olympic Trials

The IAAF has a good coverage of the UK Olympic Trials currently being held in Manchester. They have results and details on a wide range of events at the trials.

'Jason Gardener�s �roller coaster� year swept to a new high at the Norwich Union Olympic Trials and AAA championships in Manchester this evening when he took the men�s 100m title by one hundredth of a second from World bronze medallist Darren Campbell, and all but guaranteed his place on the plane for Athens.' Read More at UK Olympic Trials - World champion Gardener heads to Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:03 PM

Tim Benjamin Qualifies for Athens

Tim Benjamin has ensured a place in the British Athens Olympics Team by winning the AAAs 400m title.

'Daniel Caines led a highly competitive race coming off the bend but Wales' Benjamin pushed him into second to cross the line in 45.58 seconds.' Source - Benjamin denies Davis

Posted by Darren at 12:01 PM

Tim Montgomery in 100m US Trials Final

The World's Fastest man, Tim Montgomery, has reached the finals in the 100 meter event at the US Olympic Athletics Trials - but only just.

Hanging over Montgomery's head is a life time ban from the sport for suspected steroid use.

'Running in a semifinal heat won by reigning Olympic champion Maurice Greene, Montgomery came from far behind to claim fourth place by 0.009 of a second. The top four from each semifinal reached the final later Sunday.

After crossing the finish line, Montgomery waited for the times to flash on a giant scoreboard. He smiled when his fourth-place finish appeared, then exchanged a high-five and a hug with John Capel, who was second in the heat.' Read More at Source - Tim Montgomery reaches 100-meter final at Olympic tria

Posted by Darren at 12:01 PM

Ejegayehu Dibaba Runs 10,000m Fast

'Ethiopia�s Ejegayehu Dibaba set the second fastest time of the season for the women�s 10,000m when clocking 30:43.39 in the �Meeting Internacional Ciudad de Baracaldo� held yesterday (10 July). Only Britain�s Paula Radcliffe has been able to run faster this year with a 30:17.15 performance in Gateshead (27 June).' Read More at Ejegayehu Dibaba runs 30:43.39 in Baracaldo

Posted by Darren at 12:01 PM

July 11, 2004

Marion Jones Fails to Qualify for 100m

Marion Jones has Failed to Qualify for the 100 meters in the Athens Olympics.

'Perhaps it was the stress of fighting doping allegations. Maybe it was the physical and emotional strains of motherhood. Or perhaps time, and a new generation of sprinters, are finally catching up with her.

Marion Jones failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters Saturday night, losing out on a chance to defend her gold medal in her signature event at the Athens Games.

Jones started quickly but seemed to struggle as the race progressed and finished fifth in the final at the U.S. Olympic trials. The top three finishers automatically make the team.

Jones, who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, still can make the Olympic team if she qualifies in the 200 meters or long jump. Or she could be picked for a relay team.

The defeat comes at a difficult time for perhaps the biggest U.S. Olympic star. She is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, although she has repeatedly denied using drugs and has not been charged by USADA.'

Posted by Darren at 12:22 PM

July 10, 2004

Jeff Hartwig Disqualified in Pole Vault Qualification

Jeff Hartwig, American Pole Vault Record holder was disqualified yesterday from qualifying for the US Olympic team yesterday for taking too much time taking his final jump.

'"I'm more angry than disappointed," he said. "I wasn't given a fair chance. I found myself explaining the rules to people who are supposed to know them."

The Americans are strong in the vault, but their depth was depleted, as not only Hartwig but Olympic silver medalist Lawrence Johnson didn't get through qualifying.' Source - Track & field trials: Hartwig out in pole vault controversy

Posted by Darren at 09:49 PM

Marion Jones - Second in 100 meters

Marion Jones has a big few weeks in the media defending herself from drug allegations - perhaps the pressure is effecting her performance at the US Athletics Trials this week.

'The three-time Olympic champion finished second in her quarterfinal heat of the women's 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday night, good enough to advance to today's semifinal but far from her dominating form of past years.

Jones began her bid for a spot on the U.S. squad for the Athens Games by finishing behind LaTasha Colander in the opening-round heat. Jones, who dominated the event in the late 1990s and is the reigning Olympic champion, finished in 11.38 seconds - seventh fastest among the 24 competitors.' Source - Jones second in 100

Posted by Darren at 09:38 PM

John Capel Focused on Gold in Athens

' World 200-meter champion John Capel will look up from the starting blocks of Saturday's opening round of the U.S. Olympic Trials 100 meters and see far beyond the finish line.

"My focus really is getting a chance to run the 200 in Athens," Capel said in an interview. "I don't think about much else."

The 25-year-old speedster has never experienced Olympic gold even though he won the 2000 Olympic Trials 200 meters final in a star-crossed race that left 100 meters world record holder Maurice Greene and 200 meters record holder Michael Johnson lame.

He flinched in the starting blocks of the Sydney final and figured a false start would be called. But officials let the race go and Capel was left regrouping as Greece's Konstandinos Kederis roared to victory.

The roar would be even bigger if native son Kederis wins in Athens.' Read More at - Athens Gold Is Capel's Focus

Posted by Darren at 10:53 AM

Christian Cantwell - Shotput

The World's four best Shot Putters are competing for just three places at the Athens Olympics currently at the US Track and Field Trials.

'"That's a curse for us in this country I guess," said John Godina, a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist. "The good news there is ... I think this is our best chance to get a true sweep at the Olympic Games with all three medals."

Along with Godina, Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa will try for an Olympic spot. Just which three have a chance to sweep at the games will be determined during the final Saturday....

The youngest of the bunch at 23, Cantwell is undefeated in his last 14 competitions. His improvement has been extraordinary. At the last Olympic trials in 2000, Cantwell arrived just after his freshman year at Missouri.
Read More - Cantwell leads world class shot put field at trials

Posted by Darren at 10:48 AM

Eunice Barber Injury

French World Champion in the long jump, Eunice Barber, will struggle recover from a a right inner thigh injury that she suffered in training before the Athens Olympics. The injury is said to need three weeks rest which leave her only a further three weeks to prepare for the Athens Olympics.

'"Early diagnosis were that it was a relatively harmless injury but after a second scan the inflammation reduced and we found that the injury was more serious," said the 29-year-old Sierra Leone-born athlete.' Found at - Fitness race for long jump champ

Posted by Darren at 10:22 AM

British Team Weaker for Athens

British Athletics head, Max Jones, has admitted that the team they are sending to Athens this year is unlikely to do as well as they did in Sydney at the last Olympics.

'"We are not as strong as we were in Sydney in terms of pushing for gold medals," Jones, performance director for UK Athletics, told BBC Five Live.

He said prospects were weaker after the retirements of triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and hurdler Colin Jackson.' From - GB team 'weaker' for Athens

Posted by Darren at 09:43 AM

July 09, 2004

Marla Runyan Hopes for Gold

Marla Runyan is gearing up for the US Track and Field Olympic Trials which start on Friday.

'Since crashing the Olympic party in 2000, the 35-year-old Eugene resident has emerged as one of the top female distance runners in the United States despite being legally blind as a result of Stargardt's disease, a form of macular degeneration.

Runyan has won the last three U.S. outdoor 5,000-meter titles, she's finished in the top five in both the New York and Boston marathons, and she set the American indoor record in the 5,000.

And now she's back at the Trials, which begin Friday and run through July 18, in Sacramento, where Runyan will compete in the 5,000 and possibly the 1,500.' Source - Runyan's New Role: Eugene distance runner is favored in the 5,000

Posted by Darren at 12:58 PM

Irish Olympic Athletics Team Announced

Ireland have announced their track and field (atheletics) team of 13 Athletes for the Athens Olympics. They are:

Derval O'Rourke 100m Hurdles
Sonia O'Sullivan 5000m
Marie Davenport 10,000m
Gillian O'Sullivan 20km Walk
Olive Loughnane 20km Walk

Paul Brizzel 200m
James Nolan 1500m
Cathal Lombard 5000m
Alistair Cragg 5000m
Mark Carroll 5000m
Cathal Lombard 10,000m
Robert Heffernan 20km Walk
Jamie Costin 50km Walk
Adrian O'Dwyer High Jump

Get More Details at - IAAF - Irish team for Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:57 PM

Australian Olympic Athletics Team Announced

Australia has announced their Track and Field (Athletics) team for the Athens Olympics. The team will number 37-50 depending upon qualification for relay events.

The Australian Track and Field Athletes are:

Joshua Ross (100m/4x100m relay), Adam Miller (200m), Clinton
Hill (400m/4x400m relay), Casey Vincent (400m/4x400m relay), Kris McCarthy (800m), Craig Mottram (5000m), Peter Nowill (3000m steeplechase), Luke Adams (20km walk), Nathan Deakes (20/50km walk), Sisay Bezabeh,�Nick Harrison, Lee Troop (marathon). Adam Basil, Paul Di Bella, Patrick Johnson, Andrew McManus, Adam Miller, Joshua Ross (4x100 relay), Patrick Dwyer, David Geddes, Mark Ormrod, John Steffensen (4x400m relay), Paul Burgess, Steve Hooker, Dmitri Markov (pole vault), Andrew Murphy (triple jump), Justin Anlezark (shot Put),�Stuart Rendell (hammer throw), Oliver Dziubak, William Hamlyn-Harris (javelin).

Lauren Hewitt (200m), Tamsyn Lewis (800m), Sarah Jamieson
(1500m), Benita Johnson, Haley McGregor (10000m), Jana Pittman (400m hurdles/4x400m relay)), Jane Saville, Natalie Saville, Cheryl Webb (20km walk), Kerryn McCann (marathon), Katerina Dressler, Rosemary Hayward, Rebecca Irwin, Renee Robson, Annabelle Smith (4x400m relay), Petrina Price (high jump), Kym Howe (pole vault), Bronwyn Thompson (long jump), Bronwyn Eagles, Brooke Krueger, Debbie Sosimenko (hammer throw), Kylie Wheeler (heptathlon).�

Get more details at - IAAF - Australian Olympic team announced

Posted by Darren at 12:57 PM

Polish Olympic Athletics Team Announced

Poland have tentatively announced their Track and Field (Athletics) team for the Athens Olympics. More athletes can be added to the following list subject to their performance up until 20 July.

The Polish Track and Field Team for the Athens Olympics is:

1500m: Lidia Chojecka
100m H: Aurelia Trywianska
400m H: Malgorzata Pskit
Marathon: Grazyna Syrek, Ma�gorzata Sobanska, Monika Drybulska
PV: Monika Pyrek, Anna Rogowska
SP: Krystyna Zabawska
DT: Wioletta Potepa, Joanna Wisniewska
HT: Kamila Skolimowska
Heptathlon: Magdalena Szczepanska
20 km Walk: Sylwia Korzeniowska
4x400m: Monika Bejnar, Grazyna Prokopek, Zuzanna Radecka, Anna Pacholak, Anna Jesien, Marta Chrust

100m: Lukasz Chyla
marathon: Michal Bartoszak, Grzegorz Gajdus, Waldemar Glinka
3000m st: Jakub Czaja, Radoslaw Poplawski, Jan Zakrzewski
110m H: Tomasz Scigaczewski
HJ: Grzegorz Spos�b, Robert Wolski
PV: Adam Kolasa
SP: Tomsz Majewski
HT: Szymon Zi�lkowski
20 km Walk: Beniamin Kucinski
50 km Walk: Robert Korzeniowski, Roman Magdziarczyk, Grzegorz Sudol
4x100m: Zbigniew Tulin, Lukasz Chyla, Marcin Jedrusinski, Marcin Urbas, Michal Bielczyk, Przemys�aw Rogowski
4x400m: Marcin Marciniszyn, Piotr Klimczak, Rafa� Wieruszewski, Artur Gasiewski, Piotr Kedzia, Robert Mackowiak

Get more details at - IAAF - Polish team for Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:57 PM

July 08, 2004

Felix Sanchez v Chris Rawlinson in 400m Hurdles

'World 400 metres hurdles champion Felix Sanchez has predicted British number one Chris Rawlinson has just as good a chance as anyone of winning a medal at the Olympics.

Sanchez believes Rawlinson can gain a podium place in Athens next month if he can maintain the form he has already displayed � regardless of a recent fall-out between the two close friends.

The pair temporarily fell out after the Olympic favourite claimed his rival had been disrespectful to him after the Bergen Golden League meeting last month.
Read More at - Sanchez Tips Rawlinson for Olympic Medal

Posted by Darren at 12:45 PM

US Track and Field Team Young Guns

US track and field news has been dominated recently by drug allegations and probes - this has hidden from view an emerging group of US Athletes who are set to take the Athens Olympics by storm. They are ready to go at this week's US Olympic Trials for Track and Field Athletics events.

'Sprinter Lauryn Williams, miler Alan Webb, a trio of women in the 400 meters and pair of rising stars in the women's 400 hurdles are part of the 22-and-under crowd poised to make a run at the U.S. team.'

Source - Young talent looks to make Athens lineup, maybe even medal

Posted by Darren at 12:42 PM

IAAF Will Not Suspend Until Hard Evidence Found

The IAAF will not suspend athletes facing drug allegations until there is hard evidence of failing drug tests. This opens the way for four American Athletes facing life time bans to compete at the Athens Olympics if their hearings do not end before this time.

'USA Track & Field said Tuesday that Tim Montgomery � the 100-meter world-record holder � and five others facing doping charges would be allowed to compete at the U.S. Olympic trials beginning Friday in Sacramento

"We have no problem with that," Gyulai said. "Whether or not they can compete in the trials, we leave it in the hands of USA Track & Field."

Montgomery and sprinters Christye Gaines, Michelle Collins and Alvin Harrison have been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency they face lifetime bans in the BALCO steroid investigation. All are contesting the allegations.

None of the four failed a drug test. USADA is acting based on "non-analytical positives," evidence gathered in the federal probe of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.' Source - IAAF won't bar U.S. athletes from Olympics

Posted by Darren at 12:41 PM

July 07, 2004

US Athletic Trials Give Benefit of the Doubt

US athletes currently under investigation for drug charges will be able to compete at the US Olympic Track and Field trials.

'"The law of the United States is quite clear," USATF chief executive officer Craig Masback said. "It says unless someone has received a full due-process hearing and found to be ineligible, they must be allowed to compete."

That means world 100-meter record holder Montgomery, sprinters Chryste Gaines and Michelle Collins, twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison and distance runner Regina Jacobs are free to enter the U.S. trials.

Montgomery and Gaines are entered in the 100, Collins and the two Harrisons in the 400 and Jacobs in the 1,500 at the trials, held at Cal State-Sacramento.'

Source - Innocent until proven guilty being used at U.S. trials

Posted by Darren at 03:09 PM

July 06, 2004

Mike Powell gives US Athletics Predictions

Current World Record Holder in the Long Jump, Mike Powell, has written an interesting column entitled Olympic trials on trial where he takes a look at the lead up to Athens. He covers topics such as the drug controversies surrounding some in the US team but also gives some tips of which up and coming stars to watch out for in track and field events.

The Olympic trials are where athletes begin their road to stardom. Here are several to keep your eye on:

Shawn Crawford and John Capel will challenge Maurice Greene in the 100 meters.

Lauryn Williams and Muna Lee have the talent to challenge Marion Jones in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters.

Sheena Johnson has the second fastest time in the world this year in the 400 meter hurdles.

Larry Wade will give Allen Johnson all the he can handle in the men's 110 meter hurdles.

Alan Webb is starting to live up to the hype that surrounded him in high school and may be the one to put American distance running back on the map.

Shot putter Christian Cantwell comes into the trials with the best throw in the world.'

Posted by Darren at 04:13 PM

Javelin Carnival - Finland

The World Famous Javelin Carnival took place today in Pihtipudas, Finland. Never heard of it? Neither had we - but it seems that the competition was hot as throwers warm up for the Athens Olympics.

'With 1999 World champion and 2001 silver medallist Aki Parviainen, the second longest thrower of all-time, injured and not expected to compete earlier than the national championships at the end of this month, up has stood 28 year-old Matti N�rhi to fill his shoes. His throw of 86.61m to win this year�s carnival is the sixth longest in the world this summer, and gains him automatic selection for the Finnish team for Athens.

In today�s competition three other men also exceeded 82m, reviving hopes for possible Olympic success in a year in which the world�s Javelin elite have yet to sparkle - 87.73m is the current world season�s best.'Source - Impressive throwing in Javelin carnival

Posted by Darren at 03:53 PM

Kenenisa Bekele Struggles with Injury

'WORLD 10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele has withdrawn from the Athletissima meeting after picking up an Achilles tendon injury, organisers said today.

Bekele, the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m, was entered in the shorter distance at the IAAF Super Grand Prix event in Lausanne tomorrow.

The meeting was to be the 22-year-old Ethiopian's last appearance before next month's Olympic Games in Athens, where he is due to run the 10,000 metres.

Bekele set the 5000m world record in Hengelo on May 31 and then lowered the 10,000m best in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic eight days later.

Bekele's compatriot Haile Gebrselassie had previously held the records.' Bekele injured for Lausanne

Posted by Darren at 03:39 PM

July 05, 2004

Pole Vault World Record

Svetlana Feofanova has broken the Women's Pole Vault World record in the lead up to the Athens Olympics. The competition in Athens is going to be hot in this event.

'Svetlana Feofanova broke the world record in the women's pole vault Sunday night, clearing 16 feet to better the mark set a week earlier by a Russian compatriot.

Feofanova's left knee rubbed the bar as she went up, and though the bar wobbled, it stayed on. Feofanova celebrated with a back flip in the landing area, then took a victory lap around the nearly empty stadium.

Feofanova's record, on her second attempt at that height, broke the mark of 15-11} set on June 27 by Yelena Isinbayeva in Gateshead, England.

Feofanova, Isinbayeva and American Stacy Dragila have been taking turns breaking world indoor and outdoor marks in the pole vault the last couple of years -- and all three will be vying for medals at the Athens Olympics in August.
Source - Track and Field News Wire

Posted by Darren at 12:43 PM

Dean Macey Aims for Gold

26 year old Dean Macey has battled injury over the past few years but is still hoping for a Gold Medal in the Athens Olympics in the Decathlon.

'The 26-year-old has had to battle with injuries since he burst onto the global stage with silver success at the 1999 World Championships in Seville.

He grimaced his way to world bronze in 2001 in Edmonton, but career-saving surgery on a hamstring problem, plus a serious Achilles injury, have kept Macey stranded on the sidelines ever since.

Now the Canvey Islander faces his biggest test yet as he bids to bounce back from the wilderness with gold in Greece.

It's a big ask, but Macey is an ironman with a massive incentive.'Source - Going for Gold: Dean Macey

Posted by Darren at 12:30 PM

Kelly Holmes: Going for Gold is Lonely

Kelly Holmes reflects upon the loneliness of distance running in the lead up to the Athens Olympics.

'Life on the athletics circuit means she has little time to return home to Kent but then Holmes' name has become synonymous with sacrifice, dedication and determination.

"I have to keep my head down and focus on the Olympics as the ultimate," Holmes told BBC Sport.

"You do miss your family and your friends but because I've only got a couple of years left in the sport I have to give 100% now.

"What I do has become a lonely existence but it means a lot to me to get my performances right.

"So if I'm away I just have to focus on trying to be the best athlete I can."'

Source - Going for Gold: Kelly Holmes

Posted by Darren at 12:30 PM

Lee Troop Aims for Top 5 in Athens Olympics

Australian Marathon runner Lee Troop is hoping for a top 5 position in the Athens Olympics marathon.

'LEADING Australian men's marathon runner Lee Troop has set his sights on a top-five finish at the Athens Olympics after cruising to victory yesterday in the Gold Coast half-marathon.

In his last race before leaving for Switzerland to prepare for the Games, Troop led from beginning to end to finish in a quick 1hr02min54sec - barely two minutes off his personal best.

Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Kerryn McCann won the women's half in 1:11.08 and said she was confident of a top-10 finish in Athens.

Australia's other men's marathon hope for Athens, Nick Harrison, turned in a disappointing time of 1:10.13 to finish a distant 21st.'

Source - Troop aims high for Athens

Posted by Darren at 12:30 PM

Shirvington, Johnson and Grigorieva Miss Boat to Athens

This year's Australian Olympic Athletics team will look different to normal with some of it's biggest names absent from competition.

'At the top of the list could be out-of-form sprinters Matt Shirvington and Patrick Johnson. Joshua Ross is the only 100m runner in the country with a chance of running in the Olympics' blue riband event.

At best, Shirvington and Johnson can only run in the relay in Athens, but Australia's 4x100m team is not yet qualified.

Also likely to miss will be pole-vaulting glamour couple Tatiana Grigorieva and Viktor Chistiakov.

Grigorieva, the silver medallist from Sydney four years ago, had her last chance to qualify in Spain at the weekend but failed to clear 4.15 metres in three attempts. She needed to post a 4.40m clearing to join Kym Howe in the event in Athens.

Grigorieva's absence means none of the three Australian medallists in Sydney will compete in Athens with Cathy Freeman and Jai Taurima retired.' Source - Shirvo, Johnson will miss team

Posted by Darren at 10:45 AM

Mark Lewis-Francis Goes for Gold

The BBC has an interesting lead up story to Mark Lewis-Francis who is aiming for a Gold Medal at this year's Athens Olympics in the 100 meters.

'This is a big year for the 21-year-old. Four years ago he turned down the chance to go to the Sydney Olympics, heading instead to Chile to take gold in the World Juniors.

The assumption was clear: by 2004, he would be ready to convert his enormous latent potential into Olympic gold.

Reality, as it turned out, was rather more complicated. Lewis-Francis is still waiting for his first international senior medal, despite having beaten every top sprinter at least once.' Source - Going for gold: Mark Lewis-Francis

See also:

Lewis-Francis targets glory
Mark's 10-second heartbreak

Posted by Darren at 10:38 AM

Kelly Holmes Running Well

British Athlete Kelly Holmes looks set to do well at the Olympics in Athens after easily beating the 800m qualifying time last night in Spain. With the times she is producing she looks set to be on track for a Gold Medal in Athens.

'Holmes, continuing her preparations for Athens next month where her main target will be the 1500 metres title, stormed to victory in a time of one minute 58.71 seconds.

Last year's World Championship 800m silver medallist easily bettered the two-minute qualifying time and became the first Briton to do so this summer.

Holmes finished ahead of Morocco's Hasna Benhassi, who clocked 1:59.21, and Russia's Natalya Tsyganova, who finished in 2:00.09sec.' Source - Holmes and dry for Olympics

Posted by Darren at 10:11 AM

July 04, 2004

Nike Predicament over Marion Jones

Nike is in a tough spot as it decides how prominently to place Marion Jones in its advertising whilst she is under investigation for drug violations.

'Jones, who won an unprecedented five track medals at the 2000 Olympics, is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, with the Athens Games to open in six weeks.

Nike featured Jones earlier this year as it rolled out its Olympic ad campaign as part of its "Speed" theme to highlight the performances of its top athletes. But the campaign has moved on to Serena Williams, who will be followed by ads featuring Lance Armstrong as he bids for a record sixth straight Tour de France title.' - Source - Jones' situation puts Nike in tough spot

Posted by Darren at 09:37 PM

Colleen De Reuck - Well Rounded Woman

US Marathon Runner Colleen De Reuck will be the oldest American woman to run an olympic Marathon at the Athens Olympics.

'The petite, blond housewife qualified at the trials on April 3 in St. Louis, clocking a record 2:28:25. Yet there she was in the kitchen of her Boulder, Colo., home, whipping together a tuna noodle casserole as she talked about training schedules and her upcoming, arduous 26.2-mile trek from Marathon to downtown Athens.

De Reuck puts in a day that pampered, spoiled athletes would never abide. Already she had mowed the yard; done the grocery shopping; kept a physical therapy appointment; drove 9-year-old daughter Tasmin to her dental checkup; and�walked Shaka, the family's black Labrador retriever, and a neighbor's dog, only to end up bathing both after a side trip in a muddy creek.

And with the Athens trip atop her agenda, De Reuck squeezed in a two-hour run and managed a weight-lifting session.' Read more at - Well-rounded woman: Colleen De Reuck juggles busy home life with Olympic preparations

Posted by Darren at 09:23 PM

Russian Athletics Olympic Team

IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - Athens Olympic Games 2004:
"Russian Olympic team

Andrei Epishin

Oleg Sergeev

400m and 4x400m
Anton Galkin
Andrei Rudnitzskiy
Dmitriy Forshev
Oleg Mishukov
Ruslan Mazshenko
Dmitruy Larin

Yuriy Borzakovskiy
Ramil Aritkulov
Dmitriy Bogdanov

Aleksandr Krivchonkov

5000m and 10,000m

Leonid Shevtsov
Grigoriy Andreev
Dmitriy Burmakin

110m Hurdles
Igor Peremota
Evgeniy Pechonkin
Sergei Chepiga

400m Hurdles
Boris Gorban
Mikhail Lipskiy

3000m Steeple
Pavel Potapovitch
Roman Usov

20km walk
Vladimir Porvatkin
Vladimir Andreev
Victor Buraev

50km walk
Aleksei Voevodin
Yuriy Andronov
Denis Nizhegorodov

High jump
Yaroslav Ribakov
Petr Braiko.
As we mentioned there are several vacant places in the team. One of them is the mens high jump. There are two contenders Aleksei Dmitrik and former world champion Vyacheslav Voronin

Pole vault
Vadim Strogaltv
Igor Pavlov
Pavel Gerasimov

Long jump
Vitaliy Shkurlatov
Kirill Sosunov
Two contenders for the third place Ruslan Gataullin and Evgeniy Tretiyak

Triple jump
Danil Burkenya
Victor Guzshinskiy
Vitaliy Moskalenko

Shot put
Ivan Yushkov
Pavel Sofiyn
Pavel Chumachenko

Discus throw
Dmitriy Shevchenko
Aleksand Borichevskiy
The third place is still vacant

Hammer throw
Ilya Konovalov
Sergei Kirmasov
Yuriy Voronkin

Javelin throw
Sergei Makarov
Aleksandr Ivanov
The third place is still vacant

Lev Lobodin
Aleksandr Pogorelov
Nickolai Averyanov

100m and 4x100 relay
Julia Tabakova
Irina Khabarova
Larisa Kruglova
Olga Fedorova
Olga Khalandireva
Marya Bolikova

Elena Bolson
Tatyana Levina
Ekaterina Kondratyeva

400m and 4x400 relay
Natalya Nazarova
Natalya Antukh
Olesya Zikina
Olesya Krasnomovetz
Tatyana Firova
Olga Kotlyarova
Natalya Ivanova

Tatyana Andrianova
Natalya Khruzsheleva
Olga Paspopova
Svetlana Cherkasova

Olga Egorova
Natalya Evdokimova
Tatyana Tomashova

Gulnara Samitova
Elena Zadorozhnaya
Lilya Shobukhova

Ludmila Grigorieva
Alla Zshilyaeva
Galina Bogomolova

Svetlana Zakharova
Ludmila Petrova
Albina Ivanova

100m Hurdles
Irina Shevchenko
Marya Koroteeva
Natalya Kresova

400m Hurdles
Julya Pechonkina
Ekaterina Bikert
Ekaterina Bakhvalova

20km walk
Elena Nikolaeva
Julya Voevodina
Olympiada Ivanova

High jump
Elena Slesarenko
Anna Chicherova
There are three contenders for the third place Olga Kaliturina, Victorya Seregina and Tatyana Novoseltzseva

Pole vault
Yelena Isinbayeva
Svetlana Feofanova
Alla Ivanova

Long jump
Tatyana Lebedeva
Irina Simagina
Tatyana Kotova

Tripla jump
Tatyana Lebedeva
Anna Pyatykh
Victorya Gurova

Shot put
Irina Korzhanenko
Svetlana Kriveleva
Olga Ryabinkina

Discus throw
Natalya Sadova
Olga Chernayvskaya
Oksana Esipchuk

Hammer throw
Olga Kuzenkova
Elena Konevtseva
Tatyana Lisenko

Javelin throw
Valerya Zabruskova
Ekaterina Ivakina
Oksana Yarigina

Elena Prokhorova
Svetlana Sokolova
Tatyana Gordeeva

The official list will be submitted on the 9th of August

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF


Posted by Darren at 12:07 AM

Chinese Olympic Athletics Team

Chinese Olympic team to Athens 2004

Season's best shown after the event

Chen Haijian 100m 10.43
Yang Yaozu 200m 20.67
Dou Zhaobo 1500m 3:45.70

Li Zhuhong marathon 2:11:43
Zhu Ronghua marathon 2:13:11
Han Gang marathon 2:14:57

Liu Xiang 110m hurdles 13.06
Shi Dongpeng 110m hurdles 13.50

Liu Yang high jump 2.27m
Liu Feiliang pole vault 5.56m
Zhou Can long jump 8.11m
Li Yanxi triple jump 17.09m

Wu Tao discus 63.62m
Li Rongxiang javelin 83.32m

Qi Haifeng decathlon 7960p

Zhu Hongjun 20km walk 1:20:10
Liu Yunfeng 20km walk 1:20:06
Han Yucheng 20km walk 1:19:30, 50km walk 3:39:10
Yu Chaohong 50km walk 3:42:28
Alatangadasu 50km walk 3:45:41

Li Xuemei 100m 11.32
Bu Fanfang 400m 52.99
Sun Yingjie 5000m 15:26.43, 10000m 31:50.90
Xing Huina 5000m 15:23.20, 10000m 32:48.28

Zhang Shujing marathon 2:29:53
Zhou Chunxiu marathon 2:23:28
Li Helan marathon 2:28:17

Su Yiping 100m hurdles 13.15
Huang Xiaoxiao 400m hurdles 56.18

Jing Xuezhu high jump 1.94m
Gao Shuying pole vault 4.45m
Zhao Yingying pole vault 4.40m
Guan Yingnan long jump 6.75m
Wang Lina long jump 6.72m
Liang Shuyan long jump 6.71m
Huang Qiuyan triple jump 14.51m
Zhang Hao triple jump 13.80m

Li Meiju shot put 18.89m
Li Fengfeng shot put 17.23m
Zhang Xiaoyu shot put 18.00m
Song Aimin discus 64.90m
Li Yanfeng discus 64.34m
Huang Qun discus 64.42m
Gu Yuan hammer 72.36m
Zhang Wenxiu hammer 72.42m
Liu Yinghui hammer 68.83m
Xue Juan javelin 60.90m
Ma Ning javelin 58.96m

Shen Shengfei heptathlon 6033p

Song Hongjuan 20km walk 1:26:46
Jiang Jing 20km walk 1:27:34
Wang Liping 20km walk 1:28:58


Posted by Darren at 12:02 AM

July 03, 2004

New Zealand Athletics Team

The New Zealand Track and Field Team continues to be announced in the lead up to the Athens Olympics. The NZ team so far is:

Valerie Adams (Auckland)���������������� Shot Put
Craig Barrett (Waikato BOP)�������������50km Walk
Beatrice Faumuina (Auckland)��������� Discus
Melina Hamilton (Canterbury)���������� Pole Vault
John Henwood (Auckland)���������������� 10,000m
Kimberley Smith (USA)��������������������� 5,000m
Dale Warrander (North)�������������������� Marathon
Jonathon Wyatt (Wellington)������������ Marathon

Source - New Zealand - Olympic team so far

Posted by Darren at 11:03 PM

Aeolos Kenteris Aiming for Golden Repeat

Aeolos Kenteris says that winning a Gold medal in the 200m on the track at the Olympics will be as difficult this time around as it was in Sydney.

'Kenteris was one of the biggest surprises of the 2000 Sydney Games, winning the 200 meters to become the first Greek man to win an Olympic medal in a running event since 1896.

He did not run again until June 2001. Two months after that, he won the world title. But he has competed sparingly since, and dropped out of the 2003 world championships because of a lingering thigh injury.

His last 200 in a major meet was a year ago, and he chose to run the 100 at the recent Greek national championships that debuted the rebuilt Olympic stadium.' Source - Kenteris hopes for health, Olympic repeat

Posted by Darren at 10:51 PM

Jana Pittman Wins in Lead up Race

Australian Jana Pittman has won an important lead up race to the Athens Olympics against rival Yuliya Pechonkina.

'WORLD champion Jana Pittman has taken first blood in her pre-Olympic battle with arch rival Yuliya Pechonkina, winning the 400m hurdles at the Golden League athletics meeting in Rome overnight.' - Source - Pittman takes first blood

Posted by Darren at 10:38 PM

Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj Beaten

'Morocco's four-time 1500m world champion Hicham El Guerrouj was beaten for the first time over the distance since the 2000 Sydney Olympics here after coming eighth in the Golden League meeting.

Bahrain's Rachid Ramzi, who had been Moroccan till 2002, won the race in a world best time of the year of 3min 30.25sec, meaning El Guerrouj's 29-race unbeaten run came to an end.' - Source - Athletics: Moroccan El Guerrouj beaten for first time since Olympics

Posted by Darren at 08:41 PM

July 01, 2004

Owor Qualifies for Olympics

24-year-old distance runner Paskar Owor who was part of Uganda's Olympic team in Sydney 2000 becomes the third athlete to make the track and field squad travelling to Athens when he hit the Olympic qualification mark for the 800m in a meet in the French city of Strasbourg Monday.

Source - Athletics - Owor Qualifies for Olympics

Posted by at 10:24 AM

Fraser takes a step closer to Olympics

DONNA Fraser has one foot on a plane to Athens after a racking up a seasons best time in Gateshead.

The 31-year-old ran inside the Olympic A qualifying standard of 51.30 seconds to finish fourth in the 400m at the Norwich Union Super Grand Prix.

Source - Athletics - Fraser takes a step closer to Olympics

Posted by at 10:21 AM

June 30, 2004

Jerome Young DQ'd From Sydney Olympics

JUNE 29, 2004 (ATR) - U.S. sprinter Jerome Young should not have been allowed to compete at the Sydney Olympics. The long-awaited ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport concludes that a positive drug test for nandralone prior to Sydney was sufficient grounds to exclude him, despite other tests which showed negative results.

Source - Athletics - Jerome Young DQ'd From Sydney Olympics

Posted by at 08:05 AM

June 29, 2004

Tatiana's Olympic hopes in tatters as time ticks away

Tatiana Grigorieva broke down in tears as the realisation hit she would almost certainly miss the Athens Olympics.

The pin-up star of the Sydney 2000 team failed in her penultimate attempt to make the Olympic squad.

Grigorieva cleared just 4.10 metres at the British Grand Prix at Gateshead, well below the Olympic A qualifying height of 4.40m needed before July 5 to book herself a place in the Australian team for Athens.

Source - Athletics - Tatiana's Olympic hopes in tatters as time ticks away

Posted by at 10:34 AM

Masai added to Kenya Olympics team

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- Kenya's world cross country women's short course champion Edith Masai will compete at the Olympics after changing her mind about running in Athens.

Masai, the world 5000 metres bronze medallist, had initially declined selection saying she was tired and needed a break.

Source - Athletics - Masai added to Kenya Olympics team

Posted by at 09:33 AM

June 28, 2004

Marion Jones beaten by Tatyana Lebedeva in Long Jump

Triple Jump Olympic Champion, Marion Jones, has been beaten in a Grand Prix event in the lead up to the Athens Olympic Games by Russian Tatyana Lebedeva (word indoor long and triple jump champion).

It is no wonder that Jones was feeling the pressure after weeks of drug controversy surrounding her.Source - Jones Eclipsed by Lebedeva in Long Jump

Posted by Darren at 10:54 PM

Kenyan Runners Set Race Limits

Kenyan Runners competing at the Athens Olympic Games have been told they are limited to be able to run in only limited events.

'Kenyan runners selected for the Athens Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Sunday athletes selected for the 10,000 metres would be allowed to race once only.

Those selected for the 3,000 metres steeplechase and 5,000 metres can race twice while runners competing in events between 400 and 1,500 metres will have a maximum of three races.'Source - Kenyan Olympic runners set race limits

Posted by Darren at 10:44 PM

June 27, 2004

I almost quit the Olympics - Denise Lewis

British Olympic Gold Medalist Denise Lewis has taken another positive step forwards towards the Athens Olympics.

'British athletics' sole gold medallist in Sydney four years ago confesses that there have been moments, even in recent months, when she contemplated calling time on her bid to repeat the feat in Greece.

Mind and body laid low by a niggling foot injury, the resolve which took her to glory Down Under and back into top-level competition in 2003 after motherhood was tested like never before.

But North East fans will see a confident, invigorated and excited Lewis in this afternoon's star-studded Norwich Union British Grand Prix.

Precaution dictates that she will only compete in the long jump rather than also expose the aforementioned foot to the stress of the 100 metre hurdles.

Source - I almost quit Olympics

Posted by Darren at 10:14 PM

Reuben Kosgei Fails in Bid to Qualify for Olympics

Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion, Reuben Kosgei, has failed in his bid to defend his title in Athens this year.

'Kosgei, who suffered a serious ankle injury, dropped out of contention on the final day of the trials for a place in the national team.

Paul Kipsiele Koech, despite finishing the trial out of top 10,was named into the Olympic squad as he recorded the world's best time of 8:05:31 at the Seville Grand Prix meeting in Spain early this month.

Olympic 1,500m champion Noah Ngeny, 25, who has been plagued byinjuries, also failed on Friday to qualify for the Athens Games. Enditem' - Source - Kenyan Olympic champion dropped out of Olympics

Posted by Darren at 10:08 PM

June 26, 2004

Tatiana Grigorieva Tries to Qualify One More Time

Tatiana Grigorieva, Sydney Olympics Silver medalist, will make one last attempt at making the Australian team for the Athens Olympics in her event - the Pole Vault.

'Time is fast running out for the glamour girl of pole vaulting to clear the required 4.40 metres to qualify for the Athens Games so she will give it another shot at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead, north of London, on Sunday.

Grigorieva's best attempt has been 4.30m set in February, which only rates as a B qualifying standard and means she cannot be selected in the Australian team unless she adds 10 centimetres to that height.'

Source - Tatiana gives it one more go (June 26, 2004)

Posted by Darren at 07:05 PM

Jana Pittman Withdraws from Olympic Opening

'JANA Pittman has pulled out of the Olympic opening ceremony in her single-minded pursuit of gold. The 400m hurdles world champion said she would love to experience the ceremony but fears it could disrupt her campaign.'Source - Pittman pulls out of Olympic opening

Posted by Darren at 06:59 PM

Kenya Olympic Trials - Fierce Competitions

'Athletics Kenya has decided that only the top two athletes in each race will be assured of tickets for the Olympics, making the trials a must-win event for the runners. The third slot will be decided by the AK coaching committee.

Today, the world's fastest 10,000 metres runner this year, Jane Wanjiku, leads a strong field blending experience and and promising youth in the only final of the day at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Wanjiku, based in Japan, clocked 31 minutes 04.34 seconds last April at an international meeting in Japan, a time which has proved elusive for many top athletes.

Other young athletes include Alice Timbilil and Lucy Wangui.

Sally Barsosio leads the old guard that also includes Susan Chepkemei, Selina Kosgei and the world's most durable athlete Leah Malot.
- Source - Kenya: Fierce Contest Expected for Olympics Slots

Posted by Darren at 06:08 PM

June 24, 2004

Kim Collins predicts Caribbean Sweep of Sprint Medals

100m world champion, Kim Collins, believes that he and three other Caribbean Athletes could have a clean sweep of sprint medals at the Athens Olympic Games.

'The St Kitts & Nevis star won gold in Paris last year ahead of world junior champion Darrel Brown of Trinidad.

Trinidad's Ato Boldon and 17-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt should also be at the Olympics - and Collins says the quartet can dominate the medal podium.

"It's just a matter of giving us a chance to shine," he said: "We're doing that now. It's still possible."'

Source - Collins targets clean sweep

Posted by Darren at 09:13 PM

Tim Montgomery Faces Lifetime Ban

US Anti Doping Agency is asking for a lifetime ban for two US Athletes who are facing charges of drug illegal drug usage in the lead up to the Athens Olympics.

'The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to seek a lifetime suspension against 100 metres world record holder Tim Montgomery for alleged drug violations, The Associated Press has learned....

Another track star, Michelle Collins, the 2003 world indoor champion at 200 metres and potential medalist at this summer's Athens Games, also was told USADA will seek to bar her for life, according to her lawyer.

Montgomery is the boyfriend of three-time Olympic champion Marion Jones, and they have a son who is nearly one year old. Collins is a former training partner of Jones, who is being investigated for possible doping by USADA but has not been formally notified she is the target of a probe.'

Source - Sprinter facing lifetime ban

Posted by Darren at 08:50 PM

June 21, 2004

The Confident Maurice Greene

This article from the NY Times gives some insight into the confidence of Maurice Greene, reigning 100m Olympic champion, in the lead up to the Athens Olympics - despite the focus on drugs in the US Olympic Athletics Team.

'The track and field world has been the stage recently for a most unpleasant whodunit, in which lawyers, spokesmen and various officials have taken leading roles in discovering or protecting the guilty parties, if any. In the meantime, a pall of suspicion and unanswered questions lingers over the sport.

"I'm going to do what I have to do to take away the dark cloud over the sport, even if I have to do it all by myself,'' Greene said Saturday before the Prefontaine Classic, a tuneup meet for the Olympic trials, which begin July 9. Green, who finished second to Shawn Crawford in the 100 Saturday, then rolled up his right sleeve to reveal a tattoo of a lion with the letters G.O.A.T. in its mane. They stand for Greatest of All Time.' Source - Scandal Overshadowing Athletes' Actual Feats

Posted by Darren at 01:41 PM

June 20, 2004

Ashia Hansen Out of Olympics

British triple jumper, Ashia Hansen, is out of the Olypics after injuring her knee during competition in Poland.

'The 32-year-old Commonwealth and European champion, who had been a medal prospect for Athens, has damaged tendons in her kneecap and will fly home today to undergo surgery.

The operation will rule her out for the rest of the season, but the Birchfield Harrier, who has battled back from injury before, has stated her intent to return to action next year.

Hansen was lying in sixth place when she collapsed in agony in the sandpit clutching her left knee on her second jump. After receiving treatment, the Birchfield Harrier was carried away in severe discomfort.' = Source - Dream is over.

Posted by Darren at 07:48 PM

Montgomery responds to USADA notice of doping inquiry

Tim Montgomery this week told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of his innocence int he face of possible drug charges.

'"The truth will prevail," he said.

His lawyer said Montgomery will continue to fight for the chance "to fulfill his dreams and participate in the 2004 Olympics."

Montgomery, record holder in the 100 meters, is one of four U.S. athletes formally notified on June 7 that the USADA is pursuing possible drug charges against them.'

Source - Montgomery responds to USADA notice of doping inquiry

Posted by Darren at 12:10 PM

Marion Jones 5th in Olympic Lead Up

Recent Drug scandals may be taking their toll on Marion Jones in the lead up to US Olympic trials in July as she finished fifth in a recent 100m race.

'Jones finished fifth behind winner Inger Miller in the women's 100 meters at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet on Saturday, but consoled herself with a win in the long jump.

"It kind of balanced out the day," she said.

Jones' long-jump mark in the meet's final event was 22 feet, 9 inches - 8 1/2 inches farther than her previous best this season.

The 100-meter effort, though, was anything but encouraging for her final race before the U.S. Olympic trials, which begin July 9 in Sacramento.

Posted by Darren at 12:02 PM

June 19, 2004

Marion Jones is Focused despite Steroids investigations

'MARION JONES believes lingering questions about the BALCO steroids investigation won't take a toll on her track career."All the things going on off the track have made me even more focused," said Jones during a tele-conference today....

Jones said she has never accepted, taken or even been offered any performance-enhancing drugs. She seems tired of having to defend herself.'

Drugs probe 'focuses' Jones

Posted by Darren at 02:15 PM

Marathon Route in Athens - Under Construction

The Washington Post today reports that it is still a Mad Dash to the Finish for Athens in their preparations for the Olympics - especially when it comes to the Marathon route...

'Athletes have been running the mostly uphill route from this village to Athens for about 2,500 years, ever since a swift soldier named Phidippides legged the 26.2 miles to deliver news of a military victory over the Persians. But with just three months to go until the Olympic Games return to Greece, the ancient path is hardly fit for the world's best modern-day marathoners.

Hundreds of dump trucks, excavators, cement mixers and laborers with old-fashioned pickaxes are working double shifts to widen the racecourse along a narrow highway, but are far behind schedule. About half the route remains under construction. In Marathon, the starting line is nowhere to be seen; even the local work crews say they aren't sure where it's supposed to go.

Posted by Darren at 01:56 PM

May 08, 2004

Athens Olympics Athletics (Track and Field) Events and Results

Athens Olympics Athletics

athletics.gifAthletics (Track and Field) events at the Athens Olympics will be held between 18 August and 29th August mainly at the Athens Olympic Stadium.

In Athletics there is a total of 46 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals up for grabs - 24 of each in men's competition and 22 in women's competition.

Marion Jones was the darling of the 2000 Olympics after winning five medals. This time around, she qualified only in the long jump at the U.S. trials, where doping stories dominated the headlines. Though the United States has a young team, it will battle Russia in the medal count. Allen Johnson goes for another gold in the 110-meter hurdles but faces tough competition against China's Liu Xiang. Gail Devers made her fifth Olympic team, but is going for her first gold medal in the 100 hurdles. The women's pole vault could provide the best competition, with former world record holder Stacy Dragila going against top Russians Yelena Isinbayeva and Svetlana Feofanova - current record holder and the first woman to vault over 16 feet. Felix Sanchez has not lost in the 400 hurdles in two years, while the latest Ethiopian sensation, Kenenisa Bekele, tries for a double in the 5,000 and 10,000.

Results will be added to this site as they happen - you will find links to each event's results page below as they are added to the site. In the mean time get all the latest Track and Field news in our Athletics News Archives.

Men's Athletics Results and Medals

Men's 100m
Men's 200m
Men's 400m
Men's 800m
Men's 1500m
Men's 5000m
Men's 10000m
Men's 110m Hurdles
Men's 400m Hurdles
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
Men's High Jump
Men's Pole Vault
Men's Long Jump
Men's Triple Jump
Men's Shot Put
Men's Discus
Men's Hammer
Men's Javelin
Men's Decathlon
Men's Marathon
Men's 20km Walk
Men's 50km Road Walk

Women's Athletics Results and Medals

Women's 100m
Women's 200m
Women's 400m
Women's 800m
Women's 1,500m
Women's 5,000m
Women's 10,000m
Women's 100m Hurdles
Women's 400m Hurdles
Women's 4 x 100m Relay
Women's 4 x 400m Relay
Women's High Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Women's Long Jump
Women's Triple Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's Discus
Women's Hammer
Women's Javelin
Women's Heptathlon
Womans Marathon Womans 20km Road Walk

Related Olympic Athletics (Track and Field) Links

BBC: Athletics NBC: Track and Field Athens News Agency: Athletics CBC: Athletics Fox Sports: Athletics Athletics Stars to Watch USA Track and Field Olympic Track and Field Links American Track and Field World Track and Field - Athens Olympics
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