May 132017
 
Thompson blazes to year?s fastest 100m

SHANGHAI: Olympic champion Elaine Thompson clocked the fastest 100m of the season at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday to bolster her claim as sprint favourite for this year’s world championships. One week after posting 2017’s quickest 200m at the Diamond League season-opener in Doha, the Jamaican powered away from the pack for a convincing win in 10.78sec. Among the field events, former crystal meth addict Luvo Manyonga leapt to a Diamond League record 8.61m in his final attempt to win the long jump in brilliant style. A little earlier, Thompson had crossed the line well ahead of America’s Tori Bowie (11.04sec), whom the Jamaican also relegated to silver at last year’s Rio Olympics. Thompson, 24, achieved a rare sprint double in Rio, becoming the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win both the 100m and 200m in the same games, but is yet to win an individual world gold. In the long jump, Manyonga, the Olympic silver medallist who became addicted to crystal methamphetamine and was suspended in 2012, led even before his giant final leap. Kenya’s 800m world record-holder David Rudisha, however, was less thrilled with his 2017 Diamond League debut. The two-time world and Olympic champion managed just fourth place in Shanghai, citing early-season rust, but vowed to sharpen up. Olympic champion Omar McLeod joined Thompson as a Jamaican winner with victory in the men’s 110m hurdles, just holding off hard-charging Spaniard Orlando Ortega in a repeat of the Rio Games one-two finish. And Jamaica’s [Read More…]

May 052017
 
Marathon runners target two-hour barrier

Three elite runners backed by a small army of scientists will on Saturday attempt an audacious assault on the boundaries of the possible by trying to run a marathon in less than two hours. Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa and Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese will aim to complete the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometres) in 1hr … Click for detailed story

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