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Aug 7, 2013

U.S. runner Symmonds attacks Russia’s anti-gay law

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Multiple American 800m champion Nick Symmonds has become the first competitor at the world athletics championships to criticize Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law but maintains he will say no more out of respect for the host nation.

Symmonds, fifth in last year’s Olympic 800m final and a medal prospect in Moscow next week, wrote in his blog for Runner’s World magazine that he “disagreed” with the controversial new legislation, which outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and has become a political hot potato for next year’s Sochi winter Olympics, when it will apply to athletes and spectators.

Aug 7, 2013

Athletics-U.S. runner Symmonds attacks Russia’s anti-gay law

MOSCOW, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Multiple American 800m champion Nick Symmonds has become the first competitor at the world athletics championships to criticise Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law but maintains he will say no more out of respect for the host nation.

Symmonds, fifth in last year’s Olympic 800m final and a medal prospect in Moscow next week, wrote in his blog for Runner’s World magazine that he “disagreed” with the controversial new legislation, which outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and has become a political hot potato for next year’s Sochi winter Olympics, when it will apply to athletes and spectators.

Aug 3, 2013

Bolt on board for worlds hit by withdrawals

LONDON (Reuters) – A year after athletics was at the heart of London 2012 the sport’s biennial world championships is in danger of losing its luster after a series of doping and injury withdrawals have robbed the Moscow event of much of its stardust.

True, Usain Bolt is still on board flying the flag and will ensure massive interest but after Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell were ruled out through doping violations and reigning 100m champion Yohan Blake pulled out injured, it seems only a repeat of his false start in Daegu two years ago can prevent the Jamaican taking the title.

Jul 27, 2013

Flying Farah fine tunes for Moscow

LONDON (Reuters) – Mo Farah delivered another devastating display of his power, confidence and versatility as he crushed the field to win the Diamond League 3,000 metres on an emotional return to the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Two weeks after becoming the sixth-fastest man of all time over 1,500 metres and two before he bids for another 5,000/10,000 double at the Moscow world championships, Farah turned on the after-burners with 500 metres to go to triumph in seven minutes 36.85 seconds.

Jul 26, 2013

Bolt delivers on return to London

LONDON (Reuters) – Usain Bolt returned to the scene of his triple Olympic glory and duly delivered for 60,000 camera-flashing fans as he overcame a slow start to win the 100 meters and give the London Anniversary Games the Friday finale it demanded.

Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko did briefly threaten to steal the Diamond League show when he went close to beating Javier Sotomayor’s 20-year-old world record but when he brushed the bar, all eyes quickly turned back to London’s favorite Jamaican.

Jul 26, 2013

London fans revel in Olympic memories

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s athletics fans were out in force again on Friday as 60,000 filled the Olympic Stadium for a Diamond League meeting that doubled up as London’s “Anniversary Games” with Usain Bolt filling his accustomed role as star billing.

Just under 12 months ago the Jamaican thrilled the fans with his second successive triple Olympic gold medal sweep, including the second-fastest 100 meters ever run at 9.63 seconds, and he was due to race over the same distance in the final race of the night at 20.48GMT on Friday.

Jul 26, 2013

Athletics-London fans revel in Olympic memories

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s athletics fans were out in force again on Friday as 60,000 filled the Olympic Stadium for a Diamond League meeting that doubled up as London’s “Anniversary Games” with Usain Bolt filling his accustomed role as star billing.

Just under 12 months ago the Jamaican thrilled the fans with his second successive triple Olympic gold medal sweep, including the second-fastest 100 metres ever run at 9.63 seconds, and he was due to race over the same distance in the final race of the night at 20.48GMT on Friday.

Jul 25, 2013

Bolt wants to inspire fans weary of doping

LONDON (Reuters) – Usain Bolt will again fly the flag for drug-free athletics at this weekend’s London Diamond League meeting after a news conference where the multi-titled Jamaican was bombarded with questions about the sport’s latest doping scandals.

Any hopes Bolt had that his appearance in London would be a celebration of his Olympic glories in the same stadium 12 months ago were dispelled by the first question he faced on Thursday.

Jul 19, 2013

Australia reeling after decision review shambles

LONDON (Reuters) – Australia again committed Decision Review Suicide at Lord’s on Friday as their continual failure to master the referral system precipitated a first-innings implosion that left them staring at defeat in the second Ashes test.

The tourists had promised to learn from their mistakes in the first test last week, when ill-advised DRS (decision review system) referrals cost them dear in a 14-run defeat, yet they again gambled away their get-out-of-jail cards early in a chaotic and probably fatal second session.

Jul 19, 2013

Cricket-Australia reeling after decision review shambles

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Australia again committed Decision Review Suicide at Lord’s on Friday as their continual failure to master the referral system precipitated a first-innings implosion that left them staring at defeat in the second Ashes test.

The tourists had promised to learn from their mistakes in the first test last week, when ill-advised DRS (decision review system) referrals cost them dear in a 14-run defeat, yet they again gambled away their get-out-of-jail cards early in a chaotic and probably fatal second session.

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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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