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Aug 18, 2013

Bolt is the best in the world, ever: official

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, already enshrined as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, became the most successful athlete in world championship history when he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4×100 meters relay on Sunday.

Bolt followed up the 100 and 200m double with his third gold in the final event, taking his all-time tally to eight. That matches American trio Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix but the Jamaican moved ahead by virtue of his two silvers from 2007.

Aug 18, 2013

Talk of boycotts, politics fight performances for airtime

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yelena Isinbayeva’s silhouette was the image used to sell the world athletics championships to the Russian public and the pole vault queen certainly made an indelible impression on the 14th edition of the event that concluded on Sunday.

On the eve of a threatened retirement and struggling for form she somehow won her third world title to bring the then-slumbering championships to life and finally extract some noise from the disappointingly small Luzhniki Stadium crowd.

Aug 17, 2013

Bolt needs a worthy challenge to remain top draw

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt is undoubtedly the biggest name in world sport but unless someone emerges who is able to realistically challenge his hegemony then even the majestic Jamaican might begin to lose some of his stardust.

Bolt completed another sprint double when he added the world 200 meters title to the 100 he took last Sunday but his victory left something of a hollow feeling, achieved as it was with him easing up in the last 15 meters.

Aug 17, 2013

Bolt completes sprint double with ease

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt completed yet another crushing sprint double on Saturday and hardly needed to extend himself to achieve it as he took his third successive world 200 meters title in the year’s fastest time of 19.66 seconds – easing down.

Fellow Jamaican Warren Weir improved on his Olympic bronze by taking silver in a personal best 19.79 from lane eight while Curtis Mitchell won bronze for the United States in 20.04, just preventing another Jamaican podium sweep as he beat Nickel Ashmeade by a hundredth of a second.

Aug 17, 2013

Departing Diack’s dream is athletics for all

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Lamine Diack, the 80-year-old head of world athletics, says his number one aim before standing down in two years’ time is to ensure his sport is available to every child, in every school in the world.

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Reuters on Saturday, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) looked back not only at his 14 years in charge but at his own days as a champion long jumper in his native Senegal.

Aug 17, 2013

Athletics-Departing Diack’s dream is athletics for all

MOSCOW, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Lamine Diack, the 80-year-old head of world athletics, says his number one aim before standing down in two years’ time is to ensure his sport is available to every child, in every school in the world.

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Reuters on Saturday, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) looked back not only at his 14 years in charge but at his own days as a champion long jumper in his native Senegal.

Aug 16, 2013

Brain training turns Fraser-Pryce into double champion

MOSCOW (Reuters) – With Olympic and world championship 100 meters golds to her name Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce knew she had fast legs but to make the move up to 200m the Jamaican said she had to train her mind, as well as her body.

The change of focus began to show progress when she took silver in the longer sprint at last year’s Olympics, having added a second 100m title to her Beijing breakthrough, and paid a full dividend on Friday when she won the 200m world title having won the 100m earlier in the week,

Aug 16, 2013

Bolt leads Jamaican assault on 200 meter final

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt led three Jamaicans into the final of the men’s 200 meters on Friday as the world record holder seeks a third successive world title at his favorite distance.

Bolt’s team mates Warren Weir, bronze medalist in last year’s Olympics and the next-fastest in the field this season, and Nickel Ashmeade, fresh from his fifth place in the 100 meters final, went through to Saturday’s final (1605GMT) as Jamaica bid to match their London Olympics podium sweep.

Aug 16, 2013

Under-fire Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva said on Friday she is opposed to sexual discrimination, and that her English comments in support of her country’s anti-gay propaganda law may have been misconstrued.

“English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday,” she said in a statement.

Aug 16, 2013

Athletics-Under-fire Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood

MOSCOW, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva said on Friday she is opposed to sexual discrimination, and that her English comments in support of her country’s anti-gay propaganda law may have been misconstrued.

“English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday,” she said in a statement.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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