Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine hit out at SA team selection for world championships
Sprint stars Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine have come out strongly against Athletics South Africa’s selection of the team for the world championships in London next month. ASA introduced qualifying standards that were tougher than those set by the sport’s world governing body‚ the IAAF. ASA named a team of 24 on Friday‚ including only six IAAF qualifiers and omitting 13 others‚ most of them Olympians.
Namibian sprint legend Frankie Fredericks is suspended
Former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation. Fredericks is being investigated by the athletics integrity unit over payments received from Papa Massata Diack, son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, on the day Rio won a vote to host the 2016 Olympics.
SA claim two medals at U18 Champs
The South African team opened their campaign in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, securing top spot in the medals table after the first day of competition at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. Competing in wet conditions, sprinters Tshenolo Lemao and Retshidisitswe Mlenga earned gold and silver respectively in the Boys 100m final. The duo scooped the nation's first ever medals in a world championship event over the short-sprint distance, with Lemao clocking 10.57, holding off Mlenga by just 0.04.
Mo Farah ‘sick’ of doping allegations
British Olympic champion Mo Farah is ‘sick’ of his name being dragged into doping controversies, the 34-year-old said after winning the 3 000 metres at the Anniversary Games in London on Sunday. Russian hackers leaked documents last week showing Farah was suspected of doping in 2015 before being cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2016.
Wayde Van Niekerk wins first serious 400m race in Lausanne
Wayde van Niekerk cruised to victory in his first serious 400m race in Lausanne on Thursday night as he grabbed his second world lead. The Olympic champion even slowed before crossing the line‚ but he still stopped the clock on 43.62sec‚ a record for this Diamond League meet and a time faster than any active athlete in the world.
IAAF fear Fancy Bears will cause more damage ahead of the London 2017 World Athletics Championships
The IAAF fear the Fancy Bears will leak more potentially damaging information in the lead-up to London 2017 after Mo Farah was caught up in the latest attack. The Russian cyber-espionage group hacked the IAAF servers in April and, yesterday, it leaked athlete biological information on its website. In it, Britain’s four-time Olympic champion was flagged up in November 2015 as being suspected of doping before being cleared six months later.
Athletics – Semenya may be forced to undertake hormone therapy
Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion, may be banned from competing at future Games unless she undergoes hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or even surgery in the wake of a landmark study into athletes with raised testosterone levels which has just been published. The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body, commissioned research which has produced the most conclusive evidence yet that female athletes with very high levels of naturally occurring testosterone receive significant performance-enhancing benefits in competition.
ATHLETICS – Wayde Van Niekerk Sets 200m Record In Kingston
Supersport.co.za is reporting that sprint sensation Wayde van Niekerk delivered another superb performance on Saturday evening to smash the national 200m record at a meeting in Kingston, Jamaica. The versatile speedster, who holds the 400m world record of 43.03, took the half-lap win at the Racers Grand Prix in 19.84 to break the two-year-old mark of 19.87 held by Anaso Jobodwana. Van Niekerk shattered his personal best of 19.90, which he set when he won the SA title in Potchefstroom in April, by 0.06. He finished well ahead of Commonwealth champion Rasheed Dwyer who grabbed second spot in 20.11.
ATHLETICS – Henricho Bruintjies Bursts Back Into Form
Sport24.co.za is reporting that sprinter Henricho Bruintjies was the best of an eight-member South African contingent at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Turku, Finland on Tuesday evening. Bruintjies took second place in the men's 100m event in a season's best 10.06, equalling the second fastest time of his career, while countryman Emile Erasmus grabbed third spot in 10.13. The race was won by Turkish speedster Ramil Guliyev in 10.02.
Unhappy Usain Bolt: I really don’t have a problem with Nesta Carter
Athletics icon Usain Bolt has stated that it's 'rough' to lose one of his Olympic gold medallists after relay teammate Nesta Carter, 31, was found guilty of doping during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. However, the 100m and 200m world record holder Bolt added that he does not have a problem with Carter, who also won gold with the Jamaican team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. "It's rough that I have to give back one of my medals. I'm not happy, but it's just one of those things that happen in life," Bolt told Reuters. "I think I've still accomplished a lot - it hasn't changed what I have done throughout my career. "I have worked hard and pushed and done things that no-one has done before." "I'm not going to despise anybody for anything. Nesta and I are still friends," Bolt told The Gleaner. "We came up through the ranks in high school, so we're still friends, and I really don't have a problem with Nesta," the 30-year-old added. The loss of the 4X100m medal leaves Bolt, who is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time, with eight Olympic gold medals.
Usain Bolt stripped of gold as Nesta Carter tests positive for banned substance
Usain Bolt will be boasting one less gold medal in his wall of fame with the Jamaican stripped of the Olympic gold he won in the 4x100m final in Beijing, in 2008. The 30-year-old's teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance, thus resulting in Bolt having to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that came up trumps in China nine years ago. The 31-year-old's sample was one of 454 retested by the the International International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine - as per the BBC. Bolt, who thought he had completed an unmatched 'triple triple' in Brazil last year, will now see his tally fall to eight - he dominated the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Beijing, London and Rio. Russia's Tatiana Lebedeva will also have to hand in her Beijing long jump and triple jump silver medals after dehydrochlormethyltestosterone was detected in one of her samples.
United Sates Olympic Committee’s bid for Los Angeles is only for 2024
According to documents made public on Wednesday, the United States Olympic Committee's support of a Los Angeles bid for the Summer Games apparently doesn't extend beyond 2024. It was announced by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach during a meeting in 2016 that the international body could break with tradition and choose two Olympic hosts when it gathers to vote in September in Lima on the 2024 host city. Reports indicate that LA is up against Paris and Budapest in the race for the 2024 Games and if one of those cities gets the nod, the idea of awarding Los Angeles the 2028 Games instead wouldn't fly. "The USOC board does not foresee pursuing any bid other than for the 2024 Games," minutes released from a USOC board meeting in December said. According to the minutes, discussion of the matter led to "general agreement that the LA 2024 bid is specifically configured and calculated for 2024 rather than 2028 activation". [caption id="attachment_580957" align="alignnone" width="800"] Bach during a meeting in Lusanne, Switzerland[/caption] Reuters has it that the comments appear to indicate that the USOC is not interested in pursuing a bid for any upcoming Winter Games after Salt Lake City, Utah, Lake Placid, New York, and Reno, Nevada, showed interest. However, Los Angeles, which has already organised the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984, was put forward by the USOC as a potential 2024 host after an original bid by Boston foundered. The southern California group is reportedly trying to bring the Games to Los Angeles which said this week that the Olympics would pump $11-billion into the local economy.
Paralympic 100m champion Scott Reardon ecstatic about meeting Usain Bolt
Australian Paralympic leg amputee sprinter Scott Reardon is set to meet the fastest human ever timed, Usain Bolt at the inaugural Nitro Athletics Melbourne next month. Reardon is expected to get some tips from the Jamaican sprinter, who is the current 100m and 200m Olympic champion, ahead of July's 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships in London. "It's not everyday you get to meet the fastest man in the world, so it's pretty exciting to be in the same competition as him," Reardon said on SMH.com.au. "I'm looking forward to chatting with him and spending a decent amount of time with him throughout the week." Reardon won Gold in the Men's 100m T42 at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, before that he had scopped silver at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. The 26-year-old is gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive world championship title in London.
Luvo Manyonga’s coach wants the long jumper to have fun in 2017
South African Olympic long jumper Luvo Manyonga's coach Neil Cornelius reveals that he is excited when it comes to the job. 2017 will be no different for the Cape Town-born jumper who came within one centimetre of clinching an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. However, Manyonga found a new lease on life at the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria last year and did the unthinkable when he jumped 8.37m only to be denied the gold medal by US sensation Jeff Henderson through a 8.38m leap. According to his coach, Manyonga just wants to jump, but his confidence scares his coach Cornelius sometimes. Cornelius and South Africa’s big-name jumper have already resumed their training programme with the pair hoping for another fairy-tale year. “We won’t limit him because his excitement drives him to compete,” said Cornelius. “There is no pressure on him to win a medal at a major event. All we want is just to see him jump and have some fun.” [caption id="attachment_580846" align="alignnone" width="800"] Manyonga claimed silver in Brazil last year[/caption] The pair's goal for 2017 is to qualify and secure a podium-finish at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London, England in August. Although the coach is happy after producing an Olympic silver medallist, he is determined to help his star athlete get to another level in the event. “Luvo is someone, who strives to get better all the time. We are hoping to build on the distance from the Olympic Games,” adds the coach. “Competition is tough out there, but Luvo believes in his ability.”