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Jul 17, 2015

Dibaba breaks 23-year-old world record in 1,500 meters

MONACO (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba broke the 22-year-old world women’s 1,500 meters record on a sultry night at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday with a time of three minutes 50.07 seconds.

The younger sister of three-times Olympic gold medalist and world 5,000 meters record holder Tirunesh Dibaba, ran the final lap on her own after the pacemaker dropped out.

Jun 11, 2015

Chinese Zhang upstages high jump favorites in Oslo

OSLO (Reuters) – Asian Games silver medalist Zhang Guowei upstaged the favorites to win the men’s high jump at the Bislett Games Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

Zhang cleared 2.36 meters on a cool evening with swirling winds which made conditions difficult for the athletes.

Jun 7, 2015

Olympic champion Felix beaten on a photo finish in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – American Jeneba Tarmoh defeated compatriot and Olympic champion Allyson Felix by the narrowest of margins on Sunday after both athletes clocked the same time over 200metres at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting.

Tarmoh, a member of the Olympic gold medal winning 4×100 meters relay team at the 2012 London Olympics, was eventually awarded first place ahead of Felix and both given times of 22.29 seconds. British teenager Dina Asher-Smith finished third in a personal best one-hundredth of a second behind.

Jun 6, 2015

Athletics – Farah stands by coach unless doping accusations confirmed

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Mo Farah declared on Saturday he would stay with his coach Alberto Salazar unless there was clear evidence that the American was involved in doping.

Salazar was accused of administering banned substances to his athletes in a BBC documentary screened this week. At a news conference on Saturday on the eve of the Birmingham Diamond League meeting 32-year-old Briton Farah said his name had been “dragged through the mud” since the allegations were aired.

Jun 6, 2015

Farah stands by coach unless doping accusations confirmed

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Mo Farah declared on Saturday he would stay with his coach Alberto Salazar unless there was clear evidence that the American was involved in doping. Salazar was accused of administering banned substances to his athletes in a BBC documentary screened this week. At a news conference on Saturday on the eve of the Birmingham Diamond League meeting 32-year-old Briton Farah said his name had been “dragged through the mud” since the allegations were aired. “I am not leaving Alberto for the reason that I haven’t seen any clear evidence,” Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres double at the 2012 London Games, said. “If the allegations are true then I will be the first man to leave him. “I have not done anything but my name has been dragged through the mud. It’s not right, not fair and I am angry. You guys are killing me. It’s not about me it’s about Alberto. “I’m a clean athlete. I’m against drugs 100 percent and believe anyone caught should be banned.” Farah said he had spoken to Salazar on Friday night who had told him the allegations were not true. UK athletics chief executive Niels de Vos said Salazar had assured the governing body he would respond in full to the accusations.

(editing by Justin Palmer)

May 19, 2015

New Zealand fly under the radar as usual

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – In their traditionally under-stated fashion New Zealand have been content to stay in the background before the two-test series against England.

While the hosts’ buildup has been overshadowed by the axing of coach Peter Moores and more controversy over Kevin Pietersen, the Kiwis have quietly gone about their preparations.

May 19, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand fly under the radar as usual

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – In their traditionally under-stated fashion New Zealand have been content to stay in the background before the two-test series against England.

While the hosts’ buildup has been overshadowed by the axing of coach Peter Moores and more controversy over Kevin Pietersen, the Kiwis have quietly gone about their preparations.

Mar 29, 2015

Australia win World Cup in Clarke’s fitting farewell

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Clarke signed off from one-day internationals with 74 as a dominant Australia won their fifth cricket World Cup after crushing New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

New Zealand, playing in their first final after succumbing six times in the semis, suffered a body blow in the opening over from Mitchell Starc when captain Brendon McCullum was bowled without scoring from the third ball he faced.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-Australia win World Cup in Clarke’s fitting farewell

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke signed off from one-day internationals with 74 as a dominant Australia won their fifth cricket World Cup after crushing New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

New Zealand, playing in their first final after succumbing six times in the semis, suffered a body blow in the opening over from Mitchell Starc when captain Brendon McCullum was bowled without scoring from the third ball he faced.

Mar 27, 2015

Underarm incident still resonates before World Cup final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketing Gallipoli came on Feb. 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a one-day match at the MelbourneCricket Ground along the ground. New Zealand, with an All Black at the crease in the form of Brian McKechnie, needed six to tie a World Series one-day final match.

McKechnie blocked the ball and threw his bat away in disgust. His team had lost but the outcry was such that the defeat has resonated in all subsequent games between the two nations, including Sunday’s World Cup at the same venue.

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