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May 10, 2015

Gebrselassie retires from competitive running

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Haile Gebrselassie, considered one of athletics’ greatest distance runners, said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running.

The Ethiopian’s long-time manager at first said it was not the end of Gebrselassie’s career, but later issued a press release saying the runner had retired from athletics.

May 10, 2015

Manager denies Gebrselassie retiring

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Haile Gebrselassie, considered one of athletics’ greatest distance runners, said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running but the Ethiopian’s long-time manager said it was not the end of Gebrselassie’s career.

“No, he’s not retiring; he will be in Glasgow in October,” Jos Hermens said in a text message to Reuters.

Apr 8, 2015

Bolt and Gatlin look headed for May clash

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – A mouthwatering showdown between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin could be a month away as the two rival sprinters are set to compete at next month’s IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

Gatlin’s participation in the May 2-3 event was confirmed on Wednesday in a text message to Reuters by the sprinter’s manager a day after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said Bolt will also compete in Nassau.

Mar 21, 2015

Tyson Gay signs up with sprint guru Smith in LA

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Former double world champion Tyson Gay has signed up to work with sprint guru John Smith in Los Angeles, his new coach told Reuters on Friday.

Gay, who last summer completed a one-year ban for a 2013 positive doping test and had been mentored by Lance Brauman for years, began working with Smith’s sprint group this week.

Oct 31, 2014

Kenya’s Mutai goes for New York hat-trick

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – A doping scandal threatened to overshadow Geoffrey Mutai’s run at a New York City Marathon hat-trick and Wilson Kipsang’s bid for an eye-popping bonus after their compatriot Rita Jeptoo failed a drugs test.

The two Kenyans are among the headliners for Sunday’s race but were suddenly sharing the spotlight with Jeptoo on Friday after Athletics Kenya said the winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons the last two years failed a doping test

Sep 25, 2014

Eugene to bid for IAAF world championships

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Eugene, Oregon will bid for the 2019 IAAF world athletics championships, seeking to become the first U.S. city to host the biennial event, officials said on Thursday.

Barcelona and Doha are also bidding for the championships, which attract the world’s top athletes and thousands of spectators.

Jul 21, 2014

Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely

RALEIGH North Carolina (Reuters) – Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website on Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now unlikely to race against Justin Gatlin this year.

The six times Olympic gold medalist added the Aug 17 “Mano a Mano” 100m on Copacabana Beach to three previously announced races in what he said was his finalised schedule for 2014.

Jul 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur intensifies as it heads for North Carolina

, July 3 (Reuters) – The first hurricane of the
Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday with winds forecast
to exceed 100 mph (160 km per hour) as it reaches North Carolina
coast, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their July Fourth
holiday plans amid evacuation orders.

Hurricane Arthur was about 110 miles (175 km)
south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with current
maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour),
U.S. forecasters said.

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July 4 holiday

By Colleen Jenkins and Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Arthur threatened to douse some July 4 holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials ordered evacuations of some low-lying coastal areas, closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds.

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season (link.reuters.com/baw32w) was close to reaching hurricane strength, forecasters said on Wednesday, leaving some businesses worried about taking a financial hit.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July Fourth holiday

By Colleen Jenkins and Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Arthur was expected to reach hurricane strength by Thursday, dousing some July Fourth holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds.

Tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches were issued along North Carolina’s coast after the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season strengthened overnight, U.S. forecasters said on Wednesday.