Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge fires warning to Athletics star Mo Farah

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has fired a warning to Mohamed Farah ahead of this year’s London Marathon.

Kenyan athletics star Kipchoge won the event in 2015 and 2016, and the 33-year-old will compete again in 2018.

According to BBC Sport, Farah has run two London Marathons but April's race will be his first since switching focus from a track career in which he won four Olympic and six world titles over 5,000m and 10,000m.

“He's a tough and respectable athlete. I think he will be successful immediately,” Kipchoge told BBC Sport.

"I'll be taking Mo Farah very seriously. He's a very high profile person and I can say I'm respecting him and treating him with total seriousness. He'll be a big challenge."

Farah, 34, pulled out as planned at the halfway mark in the 2013 London Marathon and the British star finished eighth in two hours, eight minutes, 21 seconds, in 2014.

Kipchoge won a world title over 5,000m on the track in 2003.

He believes Farah's pedigree as a six-time world champion will lead to a smooth transition now that road events are a focus.

"It does take time to make that switch but I'm sure Mo will be successful. It won't take long. Mo Farah is serious. I believe if you plan and prepare well, winning and success can come."

Mo Farah


Nathan Lyon: Australia can expose the ‘cracks under the surface’ in Ashes

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon believes his team can expose the “cracks under the surface” of England in the first Ashes Test, which begins later this week.

Australia and England will face off in the first Test starting at the Gabba on Thursday, with the Brisbane venue traditionally a nightmare venue for the tourists.

In the 2013-14 Ashes, Mitchell Johnson tore into England’s batting line-up to set the tone for a 5-0 whitewash in favour of the Aussies, and Lyon believes the survivors of that tour still have some hang-ups the hosts can exploit.

"There's some cracks underneath the surface with the fellas who've come out here," said Lyon, one of only three Australians remaining from that 2013-14 series.

"Alastair Cook, he faced Mitchell Johnson out here. Joe Root got dropped last time he was out here.

"So there are some cracks under the surface that we can hopefully ruffle the surface and crack them right open again and put them under pressure.

“Our job as the Australian cricket team out here is to put these guys under pressure and make them feel as uncomfortable as possible."

Johnson may no longer be active for the Australian team, but the way he intimidated the English - along with the support role played by the likes of Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris - has set a template the hosts would like to put into place for 2017-18.

"The impact that he had, that transcended the cricket field," fast bowler Pat Cummins said.

"It put fear in them, when they were sitting around waiting to bat, in between games they were thinking about him, how they were going to face him.

"The ones that stick out to me are the Gabba and seeing a couple of their bowlers - Stuey Broad and Anderson - from our point of view they looked like they didn't want to be out there.

“They didn't want to bat. They'd try and swerve away from the balls before he'd kind of even released them. Hopefully we can create that kind of anxiety in them."

Nathan Lyon


World 800m champion Bosse ‘brutally assaulted’

World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse sustained "multiple facial fractures" after a vicious late-night attack in the southwest Gironde region of France last weekend.

Bosse, 25, said on his Facebook page on Wednesday that he was the "victim of a violent attack" while on holiday and had been "brutally assaulted by three individuals".

He said he had suffered "unspeakable psychological damage" as a result of the incident and had been forced to put an early end to his season.




Olympic runner found dead in pool

Police in Arizona say Olympic middle-distance runner David Torrence has died after being pulled from a swimming pool at a condominium complex.

Police say the 31-year-old Torrence, who represented Peru at the 2016 Summer Olympics, came to Scottsdale a few weeks ago to train.

Staff members at the Centre Court Condominiums in Scottsdale called 911 about 07:30 on Monday after seeing a man at the bottom of the pool.

City firefighters say Torrence was pronounced dead at the scene.




Caster Semenya smashes women’s 600m world record

South Africa’s Caster Semenya brought her glittering season to an end Sunday by smashing the world record in the rarely-run 600 metres.

The 26-year-old, Olympic gold medallist and three times world champion over 800m, clocked a stunning 1min 21.77sec over the unusual distance at the ISTAF meet in the German capital.

She took 0.86sec off the previous best set by Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot in 1997.

Caster Semenya


Semenya, Manyonga fly SA flag in Zurich

Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga were in top form on Thursday evening, adding IAAF Diamond League series crowns to the respective world titles they recently won in London.

Middle-distance runner Semenya and long jumper Manyonga both won their specialist disciplines at the first of two finals in the Diamond League series in Zurich, Switzerland.

Luvo Manyonga of South Africa celebrates winning the men's Long Jump final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 05 August 2017. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL


Russian triple jumper banned for doping


Russian triple jumper Anna Pystykh was on Friday handed a four year doping ban and stripped of her 2007 world championship bronze medal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced.

The now 36-year-old Russian finished fourth in the triple jump in Osaka but inherited third after the disqualification of Chrysopiyi Devetzi of Greece, also for doping.

The 2007 bronze medal could now go to Slovenian Marija Sestak, who originally finished fifth.

Pystykh's positive result for anabolic steroids at the 2007 world championships was revealed in a retest of samples.




Sports minister hails Team SA on World Champs

Sports minister Thulas Nxesi has lauded the South African athletics team after their stellar performances at the IAAF World Championships in London.

The SA squad earned the nation's best ever medal haul at a world championships, finishing third and scooping a total of six podium places.

Wayde Van Niekerk


Race walker Diniz becomes oldest world champion at 39

Yohann Diniz produced an astonishing solo tour de force to become the oldest man ever to become a world athletics champion at the age of 39 as he won the 50 kilometre walk title on Sunday.

The French world record holder, one of the great figures of race walking, produced the second fastest walk in history, 3 hours 33 minutes 12 seconds — a time only he has bettered — with arguably the performance of the entire World Championships.




Caster grabs gold in woman’s 800m final

Caster Semenya cruised to an historic victory in London last night as she took the 800m gold for her second medal of the world championships.

Her closest rivals Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and American Ajee’ Wilson unleashedan early blitz, but the famous Semenya kick over the final 200m was still too much forthem.

The 26-year-old clocked a 1min 55.16sec South African record, also the fastest time inthe world this year.

Caster Semenya


Semenya still in the Hunt for double-medal haul at World Champs

Caster Semenya stayed in the hunt for a double-medal haul at the IAAF World Championships on Friday evening, booking her place in Sunday's final in London, England.

After securing bronze in the 1 500m event a few days earlier, she remained the firm favourite for the two-lap title after progressing as the fastest qualifier (1:58.90) in the penultimate round.




Wayde Van Niekerk wins silver in 200m final at World Champs

Wayde van Niekerk finished second in the 200m at the world championships in London on Thursday night, adding a silver medal to the 400m gold he won on Tuesday night.

Wayde Van Niekerk


Caster Semenya safely into 800m semi-finals

South Africa's Caster Semenya advanced easily to the semi-finals of the 800m after winning her first round heat at the IAAF World Championships on Thursday.

Semenya, a bronze medallist in the 1500m in London as she attempted an audacious double, clocked 2min 01.33sec.

Caster Semenya


Wayde van Niekerk qualifies for 200m final but only as fastest loser

Wayde van Niekerk qualified for the 200m final at the world championships, but he had to do it as a fastest qualifier in the semifinals in London on Wednesday night.

Van Niekerk ended third in his heat as he clocked 20.28, the seventh-best time overall.

The fastest is American Isiah Young in 20.12.

But the other South African in the field, Akani Simbine, was unable to make it, ending seventh in his semifinal in 20.62.




Wayde van Niekerk wins 400m World Champs in style

South African Wayde van Niekerk got his bid for the 200/400m double off to a flying start when he defended his one-lap title on Tuesday.

Van Niekerk, who also set the world record when winning Olympic gold in Rio last year, was in imperious form, running a devastating final bend to finish in 43.98 seconds, easing up a full 15 metres from the line.

Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas claimed silver in 44.41sec, with Sudan-born Qatari Abdalelah Haroun taking bronze (44.48).


    Wayde van Niekerk (R) of South Africa and LaShawn Merritt of the US in action during the men's 400m semi finals at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 06 August 2017. EPA/IAN LANGSDON


Semenya not concerned with gender testing rubbish

South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, has played down efforts by track and field's governing body to change rules on naturally occurring testosterone in female athletes.

Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals.

“Those are the things, the issues, that I don't focus on. It's not my business. It's their business,” says Semenya. "Those are the writings that I've being seeing since 2009.”