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Aug 10, 2013

Broken nose shatters Semenova’s discus hopes

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Natalia Semenova’s hopes of reaching the discus final at the world championships were shattered when the Ukrainian suffered a bloodied and broken nose in a freak accident just before Saturday’s qualifying round.

The European championship bronze medallist was accidentally hit in the face by Polish athlete Zaneta Glanc who had mimed a throw while holding the discus as she sat in the athletes area next to the discus circle at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.

Aug 9, 2013

Having a fun time the key for relaxed Ohuruogu

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Olympic 400 metres silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu has been mixing business with pleasure this year as she gears up for the world championships, which start on Saturday.

Having won the world title in 2007 and Olympic gold in 2008, the Briton has earned a reputation as a big-race performer for her uncanny ability to peak at major events but in a slight change this year, her preparation has included a fair bit of travel.

Aug 8, 2013

No pressure on young Jamaicans after doping scandal – Weir

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The recent spate of Jamaican athletes failing dope tests has not left the island’s world championships team feeling under pressure, Olympic 200 metres bronze medallist Warren Weir said on Thursday.

Former world 100 record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic relay silver medallist Sherone Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at June’s national championships and were left out of the Jamaican team for the worlds in Moscow.

Aug 3, 2013

No jumping the gun for Bolt in Moscow

LONDON (Reuters) – That infamous false start is no longer of concern to Usain Bolt as the six-times Olympic gold medalist heads to the world championships in Moscow ready to regain the 100 meters title he lost so ignominiously in 2011.

On that fateful day in Daegu, a stunned stadium watched as the distressed champion pulled off his running vest and looked up to the sky in disbelief after clearly leaving his blocks before the gun sounded to mark the start of the 100 final.

Jul 27, 2013

Relieved Pearson delivers timely return to form

LONDON (Reuters) – The relief was clear on Sally Pearson’s face when the 100 meters hurdles world and Olympic champion crossed the line at the Olympic stadium in London on Saturday for her first Diamond League victory of the season.

Pearson, who powered to the Olympic title on the same track last year, has been struggling with her form since returning in June from a hamstring tear and with the world championships next month the strain had been starting to show.

Jul 26, 2013

Slow-starting Bolt blasts to victory in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Any doubts over Usain Bolt’s form going into next month’s world championships were left trailing in the big Jamaican’s wake when he won the 100 meters at the London Diamond League meeting on Friday.

The world record holder overcame a dreadful start to blast past the field over the second half of the race and win in a season’s best 9.85 seconds, well ahead of American Michael Rodgers (9.98) and Jamaican Nesta Carter (9.99).

Jul 8, 2013

England’s Pietersen divides and conquers

LONDON (Reuters) – Love him or loathe him, Kevin Pietersen’s return from a knee injury in time to face Australia in the Ashes series will have left England supporters breathing a sigh of relief.

The controversial South Africa-born middle-order batsman, who divides opinion off the field with as much ease has he destroys opposition bowlers on it, is the England player the Australians fear the most.

Jul 8, 2013

Cricket-England’s Pietersen divides and conquers

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Love him or loathe him, Kevin Pietersen’s return from a knee injury in time to face Australia in the Ashes series will have left England supporters breathing a sigh of relief.

The controversial South Africa-born middle-order batsman, who divides opinion off the field with as much ease has he destroys opposition bowlers on it, is the England player the Australians fear the most.

Jun 30, 2013

Back to drawing board for Farah’s Moscow rivals

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Mo Farah believes his world championship rivals will have to go back to the drawing board after he blasted his way to victory over 5,000 metres at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

The Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion was shoulder-to-shoulder with Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew, fastest man this year over the distance, on the last lap at Alexander Stadium before launching a blistering final attack for victory with 200 to go.

Jun 30, 2013

Battle-hardened Farah sends timely reminder to rivals

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Mo Farah produced a stunning sprint to take the 5,000 metres in Birmingham on Sunday as a host of London Games winners struggled to find the form that propelled them to victory last year.

Farah was locked in battle with Ethiopian Yenew Alamirew around the final lap of the Diamond League event but the Briton kicked hard over the final 200 metres, bringing the cheering crowd to its feet as he crossed the line in 13 minutes 14.24 seconds.