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Aug 15, 2013

Athletes add some colour to world championships

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro made a discreet but colourful show of support for Russia’s gay community at the world championships on Thursday.

The 28-year-old painted her nails the colours of the gay pride rainbow flag for the qualifying round of the event and after needing just two jumps to reach the final will get the chance to show off her manicure again.

Aug 15, 2013

Green-Tregaro makes colorful statement on gay law

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro gave some discreet support to the Russian gay community during qualification at the world championships on Thursday by competing with her fingernails painted in the colors of the rainbow flag.

The controversial legislation, which was passed in June, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and has become a political hot potato ahead next year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, when it will apply to athletes and spectators.

Aug 15, 2013

Athletics-Green-Tregaro makes colourful statement on gay law

MOSCOW, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro gave some discreet support to the Russian gay community during qualification at the world championships on Thursday by competing with her fingernails painted in the colours of the rainbow flag.

The controversial legislation, which was passed in June, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and has become a political hot potato ahead next year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, when it will apply to athletes and spectators.

Aug 14, 2013

Moscow feeling fallout from bruising Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Injury is a risk for athletes who regularly push their bodies to the extremes in the never-ending search for faster, higher, stronger performances and post-Olympic 2013 seems to have been a particularly bad year for casualties.

The exertions of competing in last year’s Games have left many battered and bruised, so the world championships in Moscow have been hit by a string of absentees and the event has been at risk of becoming more about who is not competing than who is.

Aug 14, 2013

Moscow missing Olympic battered, bruised and broken

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Injury is a risk for athletes who regularly push their bodies to the extremes in the never-ending search for faster, higher, stronger performances and post-Olympic 2013 seems to have been a particularly bad year for casualties.

The exertions of competing in last year’s Games have left many battered and bruised, so the world championships in Moscow have been hit by a string of absentees and the event has been at risk of becoming more about who is not competing than who is.

Aug 14, 2013

Athletics-Moscow missing Olympic battered, bruised and broken

MOSCOW, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Injury is a risk for athletes who regularly push their bodies to the extremes in the never-ending search for faster, higher, stronger performances and post-Olympic 2013 seems to have been a particularly bad year for casualties.

The exertions of competing in last year’s Games have left many battered and bruised, so the world championships in Moscow have been hit by a string of absentees and the event has been at risk of becoming more about who is not competing than who is.

Aug 13, 2013

Hungry Merritt powers to gold as James fades

MOSCOW (Reuters) – LaShawn Merritt satisfied his hunger for success by regaining the 400 metres title at the world championships on Tuesday with a tactically perfect run as defending champion Kirani James faded badly to finish seventh.

Merritt took the race out from the gun and went hard over the first 200 but, unlike James, the American had plenty left in the tank coming into the home straight to seal victory in a world-leading 43.74 seconds.

Aug 13, 2013

Ukraine’s Melnichenko hangs on for heptathlon gold

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukrainian heptathlete Ganna Melnichenko won her first major title at the world championships on Tuesday ahead of Canadian Brianne Theisen Eaton, who earned a silver medal to hang next to husband Ashton Eaton’s decathlon gold.

With 68 points separating the top two going into the final 800 metres event, Theisen Eaton needed to finish 4.69 seconds ahead of Melnichenko but the Ukrainian shadowed her rival round the two laps to take gold.

Aug 13, 2013

Merritt powers to world 400 gold as James fades

MOSCOW (Reuters) – LaShawn Merritt ran a tactically perfect race to lift the United States back to the top of the 400 meters podium at the world championships on Tuesday as defending champion Kirani James faded badly to finish seventh.

Merritt took the race out from the gun and went hard over the first 200 but, unlike James, the American had plenty left in the tank coming into the home straight to seal victory in a world-leading 43.74 seconds.

Aug 13, 2013

Sleepy Farah wakes up to reach 5,000 final

MOSCOW (Reuters) – New world 10,000 metres champion Mo Farah brushed the sleep from his eyes and forced his tired legs around 15 laps of the track to qualify for the 5,000 final on a warm, sunny Tuesday morning at the Luzhniki.

Luckily Farah, favourite to retain his 5,000 crown and match his distance double from the 2012 London Olympics, was not required to use the blistering finishing speed that won him 10,000 gold on Sunday.