Jakarta. Indonesia's star sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri doesn't know how to slow down. The sprinter broke personal, national and Southeast Asian records while finishing third in the 100-meter sprint at the Seiko Golden Osaka Grand Prix on Sunday, also earning himself a place in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Zohri ran the Grand Prix final in a time of 10.03 seconds, benefiting from a tailwind of 1.7 meters per second at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium. The 2020 Olympics qualification time is 10.05 seconds, with an allowance for a tailwind no faster than 2 meters per second – the same requirement for official record in track athletics. Zohri, already the fastest man in Southeast Asia, slashed his previous record of 10.13 seconds made in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar, last month. In Osaka, the 18-year-old showed he was up to the … [Read more...] about Godspeed! Lalu Zohri Goes to 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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(Editors' note: Language in paragraph 21 that some readers may find offensive)By Christian RadnedgeLONDON: Crawling under barbed wire, carrying Atlas stones and climbing up ropes may not have been exactly what Pierre De Coubertin had in mind when he envisaged the modern Olympics, but obstacle course racing (OCR) could be the next event to shake up the Games.The International Olympic Committee has been trying to attract a younger audience in recent years in an attempt to keep up with the changing landscape of sports participation.Skateboarding and sport climbing are on the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, while breakdancing is set to make its debut on the hallowed stage of the Games at Paris in 2024.Many have reacted with scepticism to the changing face of the Games, but not Joe De Sena, founder of the Spartan Race, one of many obstacle course race series attracting millions of participants a year.De Sena has been a big part of the movement to get OCR recognised as an Olympic sport, … [Read more...] about Obstacle course racing scaling its way to Olympic inclusion
Sport Two athletes who competed in the London 2012 Olympics tested positive for anabolic steroids following retests of their seven-year-old samples, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. 10 May 2019 06:05PM Bookmark BERLIN: Two athletes who competed in the London 2012 Olympics tested positive for anabolic steroids following retests of their seven-year-old samples, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.Armenian weightlifter Meline Daluzyan, who competed in the women's 69kg event, tested positive for steroid turinabol while Latvian long jumber Ineta Radevica, who finished fourth, found to have used another steroid, oxandrolone.Both athletes, who have retired, face doping bans from their respective federations for the use of prohibited substances.The IOC stores and regularly re-tests samples from past Games with methods that did not exist at the time or looking for substances that were not known, as part of what it says are efforts to protect clean … [Read more...] about Two athletes positive for steroids in London 2012 retests
DOHA: After two-time Olympic 800mchampion Caster Semenya lost her legal challenge, the IAAF's controversial rule regulating testosterone levels for women athletes will come into effect next Wednesday (May 8).AFP assesses which athletes it governs, and for which competitions.Season over for athletes concerned by ruling?Almost. The rule introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations compels female runners in certain categories to cap their testosterone levels at five nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) of blood for fully six months before competing.The IAAF has made an exception for the world championships in Doha that start on September 27, with athletes who adhere to the rule from May 8 allowed to take part.But athletes who have not anticipated this week's verdict from the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will arrive in Doha without the benefit of any official warm-up races.The IAAF told AFP that the exception made for the world championships "does not … [Read more...] about What effect will athletics’ gender ruling have?
Sport Champion Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson has minor lingering effects from a stroke, but has made an excellent overall recovery and is urging others to be aware of the symptoms that could indicate they are enduring a similar episode. 03 May 2019 04:55AM Bookmark REUTERS: Champion Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson has minor lingering effects from a stroke, but has made an excellent overall recovery and is urging others to be aware of the symptoms that could indicate they are enduring a similar episode.Johnson, who has remained physically active since retiring from the track in 2000, had the stroke last September, showing that being physically fit is no guarantee of avoiding the condition.The 51-year-old American is now partnering with the American Stroke Association on a stroke prevention education campaign.Doctors credit Johnson's recovery partly to the fact that he sought medical help immediately upon experiencing some discomfort after a "normal" exercise session, … [Read more...] about Olympic great Johnson embarks on stroke education campaign