Bolt v Gay to light up Berlin

August 14, 2009

boltUsain Bolt versus Tyson Gay is the sort of showdown that would grace any era of athletics and with a bit of luck the world championships in Berlin should give us two takes – in the 100 and 200 metres. 

World championships need a fit Tyson Gay

July 27, 2009

Usain Bolt is undoubtedly the man of the moment in the world of athletics but American Tyson Gay has the fastest times over the 100 and 200 metres this season and goes into next month’s world championships as defending champion over both distances.

Some kind of justice for Washington at last

June 22, 2009

washingtonRetired U.S. sprinter Tyree Washington is finally receiving a gold medal — instead of losing one — because of the doping admissions of others.

Merritt unfazed by Bolt’s 400 metres talk

June 7, 2009

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Jamaican 100 and 200 metres world record holder Usain Bolt’s talk of the running the 400 metres competitively, maybe even in the 2012 London Olympics, is not causing current Games champion LaShawn Merritt a lot of concern.

Restrospective testing gives pause for thought

April 30, 2009

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It has always been an accepted fact that the dope cheats – much better financed and sometimes state sponsored – will always have the march on the testers.

Smith and sport laid the groundwork for Obama’s rise

February 13, 2009

John Carlos and Tommie Smith receive their "Arthur Ashe Courage Awards" at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, REUTERS/Danny MoloshokTommie Smith in retirement is relaxed and friendly. He speaks without rancour of the harsh years after he outraged white America by raising a black-gloved fist and bowing his head on the victory podium at the 1968 Olympics in protest at his country’s treatment of its blacks.

USA Track & Field heeded the call for further change

February 11, 2009

Williams of the U.S. talks to her teammate Edwards after their women's 4 x 100m relay heat at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games A task force delving into the disappointments of the Beijing Olympics urged the U.S. governing body to make sweeping changes to its selection policies for coaches and its management of athletes at Olympic Games and world championships.