Famed New Zealand Olympic middle-distance runner Peter Snell has died in Dallas at age 80, the New Zealand Herald reported on Saturday. The newspaper reported sports historian and friend Ron Palenski confirmed Snell had died at his Texas home on Thursday after years of heart problems. Palenski said Snell`s wife Miki had telephoned him to share the news. Snell, considered New Zealand`s greatest athlete, won three Olympic gold medals. He took the 800 metres at the 1960 Rome Games and won both the 800 and 1,500 metres at the 1964 Tokyo Games. He is the only man since 1920 to have won both events at the same Olympics. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Snell was "a legend, here and around the world. Our thoughts are with Sir Peter`s wife Miki and their family." ?Under the guidance of famed coach Arthur Lydiard, Snell became one of the most dominant middle-distance runners in history. He set world records in the mile and 800 metres and also won dual gold at the 1962 Commonwealth … [Read more...] about New Zealand Olympic legend Peter Snell dies aged 80
The story so far: On December 9, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced a decision to ban Russia from global sporting competitions for a period of four years. The 12-member WADA executive committee voted unanimously to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) “non-compliant” with global anti-doping rules. The move was a ratification of the findings by the independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) which had recommended that Russia be banned. The anti-doping watchdog’s decision is expected to affect Russia the most at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics where the nation’s flag, name and anthem will not be allowed.What triggered the ban?It dates back to the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when an independent commission set up by WADA found a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics. Barely weeks before the Games, whistle-blower reports alleged that Russia ran one of the most … [Read more...] about What does the doping ban mean for Russia?
Email By Jennetta Quinn-Bates Updated December 15, 2019 09:49:43 Photo: Nicky Hayes is passing on his skills to the next generation of skateboarders. (ABC News: Jennetta Quinn-Bates) Related Story: Top Indigenous skater delighted to see first ramp open in remote community Related Story: Skateboarding ramps up kids' confidence in remote towns Map: Santa Teresa 0872 After years of professional skateboarding, a youth worker in a remote Aboriginal community is turning his attention to coaching and encouraging children from Central Australia to dream of the Olympic stage. Key points:Nicky Hayes is a trailblazing Indigenous skaterHe will take children from Santa Teresa to Brisbane next year to compete in their first skateboarding competitionMr Hayes hopes he can inspire local children to compete in the Olympics Eastern Arrernte man and traditional owner Nicky Hayes was the first skateboarder in the Northern Territory to be accredited by the Australian Skateboarding … [Read more...] about Skateboarder Nicky Hayes passing on skills to NT’s potential future Olympians
The 400m freestyle star, who sparked debate over drugs in swimming at the world titles with his protest of Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, said he was “disappointed” a teammate had tested positive to a banned substance. It comes after Jack wrote an in-depth response to Ligandrol being found in her system — a drug known for its bulking and cutting properties, mainly used by bodybuilders. She maintains she has no idea how she tested positive. Both Jack’s A and B samples returned positive readings with the second positive test being confirmed on July 19 — more than a week before the story broke. It’s why Jack was suddenly pulled out of the World Championships, despite initially claiming it was because of “personal reasons”. Horton, who has become the face of swimming’s fight against doping, spoke to the Seven Network, saying he had not shifted his stance against drugs in sport. “I was disappointed to learn late yesterday that a fellow … [Read more...] about Shayna Jack releases in-depth statement surrounding positive test, Mack Horton responds
Video PlayerClose NAIROBI, Dec.14 (Xinhua) -- There will be no romance as Africa 10,000m silver medalist Leonard Barsoton and Stanley Kebenei fight for honors at the Kolkata 25km road race in India on Sunday. Barsoton, who will be running for Kenya, will face a stiff challenge from Kebenei, who has since traded his Kenyan passport for American. "My preparation is good. Last year I did not race because of a career-threatening injury. I had Achilles heel, but I have recovered well," said Barsoton on Friday. With the Olympics coming in 2020 in Tokyo, Barsoton feels it is important to build on his endurance and stamina and the race in Kolkata will provide the perfect ground to gauge his preparedness before venturing into the World Athletics cross country series. "I am, planning to do cross country in the future. But now I am focused on running a marathon. I am optimistic about running a full marathon in the future. The longest distance I have done is 30 kilometers. So I fancy my chances … [Read more...] about Barsoton, Kebenei to duel for glory at Kolkata 25km road race in India