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Mar 11, 2012

Lagat defends 3,000 metres title with closing kick

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Crafty American Bernard Lagat sprinted home to defend his world indoor 3,000 metres title as British challenger Mo Farah finished out of the medals on Sunday.

Lagat, as he often does in championship events, bided his time until the closing lap, then powered to victory over Kenyans Augustine Choge and Edwin Soi, with Farah finishing fourth.

Mar 10, 2012

Eaton breaks world indoor heptathlon record

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Minutes after smashing his own heptathlon world record for the third time in two years on Saturday, American Ashton Eaton was aiming for even more glory.

A U.S. sweep of the decathlon medals at the 2012 London Olympics is a possibility, Eaton said after totaling 6,645 points in the seven-event heptathlon at the world indoor championships.

Mar 10, 2012

Athletics-Eaton breaks world indoor heptathlon record

ISTANBUL, March 10 (Reuters) – Minutes after smashing
his own heptathlon world record for the third time in two years
on Saturday, American Ashton Eaton was aiming for even more
glory.

A U.S. sweep of the decathlon medals at the 2012 London
Olympics is a possibility, Eaton said after totalling 6,645
points in the seven-event heptathlon at the world indoor
championships.

Mar 9, 2012

Sound system causes havoc for athletes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A baffling sound system attached to the starter’s gun left sprinters and hurdlers bewildered, angry and even eliminated at the world indoor championships on Friday.

“It was pretty nerve racking,” said British sprinter Dwain Chambers. “You could hardly hear anything from the speaker, which made it very difficult.”

Mar 8, 2012

After fast run outdoors, Pearson ventures inside

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – World 100 meters hurdles champion Sally Pearson will be venturing into foreign territory when she competes in the world indoor championships on Friday.

The Australian will hurdle indoors for only the second time in her career when she vies for the world 60 meters hurdles title.

Mar 8, 2012

Athletics-After fast run outdoors, Pearson ventures inside

ISTANBUL, March 8 (Reuters) – World 100 metres hurdles
champion Sally Pearson will be venturing into foreign territory
when she competes in the world indoor championships on Friday.

The Australian will hurdle indoors for only the second time
in her career when she vies for the world 60 metres hurdles
title.

Mar 8, 2012

Liu hopes new technique will make him faster

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Healthy and confident with a new technique, former Olympic and world hurdles champion Liu Xiang predicted on Thursday the London Olympics year will bring his fastest times ever.

“I hope to run faster than I ever have, both indoors and out,” the 2004 Olympic champion said in a brief interview after a news conference to launch the world indoor championships starting on Friday.

Mar 8, 2012

Athletics-Liu hopes new technique will make him even faster

ISTANBUL, March 8 (Reuters) – Healthy and confident
with a new technique, former Olympic and world hurdles champion
Liu Xiang predicted on Thursday the London Olympics year will
bring his fastest times ever.

“I hope to run faster than I ever have, both indoors and
out,” the 2004 Olympic champion said in a brief interview after
a news conference to launch the world indoor championships
starting on Friday.

Jan 14, 2012

Bolt eyes February opener

SALVO, North Carolina (Reuters) – The world will not need to wait long to get a glimpse at triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s fitness for his highly anticipated 2012 season.

Healthy and on a new nutrition program, Bolt plans to launch his run-up to defending his 100 and 200 metres titles at the 2012 London Games with tune-up races in Jamaica next month, the world’s fastest man told Reuters.

Jan 14, 2012

Athletics-Bolt eyes February opener

SALVO, North Carolina, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The world
will not need to wait long to get a glimpse at triple Olympic
champion Usain Bolt’s fitness for his highly anticipated 2012
season.

Healthy and on a new nutrition program, Bolt plans to launch
his run-up to defending his 100 and 200 metres titles at the
2012 London Games with tune-up races in Jamaica next month, the
world’s fastest man told Reuters.