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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.

Aug 16, 2013

Bolt blocks out the pain to advance in 200m

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt stretched, stifled a yawn and, almost apologetically, extracted his giant frame from his blocks before strolling through his heat as he began his bid for a third successive world 200 meters title on Friday.

Bolt, never a fan of morning action and slightly tentative after dropping a starting block on his foot earlier in the week, was in the last of seven first round heats and duly won it in 20.66 seconds without ever getting out of second gear.

Aug 15, 2013

Controversial Isinbayeva back in the spotlight

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yelena Isinbayeva was not competing on Thursday but Russia’s newly-crowned pole vault queen remained firmly in the world championships limelight as she ignited fresh debate over her country’s anti-gay propaganda law.

Isinbayeva entranced her adoring crowd again during a tearful medal ceremony and is popular throughout the world but she will have lost some admirers after voicing her support for the new law and condemning Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro for painting rainbows on her nails in support of gay rights.

Aug 14, 2013

Heffernan walks the walk after talking the talk

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Robert Heffernan said he wanted to create a “Rocky scenario” by beating the Russians in their own back yard and the Irish journeyman duly matched Sylvester Stallone’s most outlandish plotline to win the 50km walk world gold on Wednesday.

True, world and Olympic champion Sergey Kirdyapkin was missing after a late withdrawal but the “Ivan Drago” role memorably played by Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV, sat comfortably on the shoulders of Mikhail Ryzhov.

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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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