Athletics

Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 : Ethiopian runner Etenesh Diro ran the last 800 meters of her 3000m steeplechase heat with one shoe on and one shoe off, but she was later given a chance to compete in the final at the Rio Olympics.

As one of the favorites in the women's 3000m steeplechase, Diro was sitting comfortably in first place about two-thirds into her heat on Saturday when disaster struck, reports Xinhua.

She got tangled up with some other competitors and her right shoe came half-off when her heel was clipped by a falling opponent, sending her tumbling to the ground.

Ex-athlete Sunita Godara blasts Shobhaa De for mocking Indian athletes in Rio

Ex-athlete Sunita Godara blasts Shobhaa De for mocking Indian athletes in Rio

New Delhi, Aug 9 : A day after Shobhaa De sparked controversy by mocking the Indian athletes participating at the Rio Olympics, former marathon runner Sunita Godara on Tuesday joined the chorus of those criticising the author for her stinging remark.

"Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity," Shobhaa tweeted on Monday.

This remark attracted widespread criticism, including from 2008 gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, badminton player Jwala Gutta and former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha.

WADA retesting all sampples of Russian Paralympic athletes

WADA retesting all sampples of Russian Paralympic athletes

Moscow, Aug 8 : The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is retesting all doping samples of all Russian athletes, who participated in the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2014, Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday.

WADA's independent commission, chaired by Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, reports Tass.

Want to win a medal at Tokyo Olympics, says Neeraj

Want to win a medal at Tokyo Olympics, says Neeraj

New Delhi, Jul 27 - Disappointed but not disheartened to miss out on a Rio Olympic berth, sensational javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra today said he is looking to put in the hard yards to earn India a medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 18-year-old lad from Panipat created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last Saturday.

After Narsingh Yadav, now Inderjit Singh fails dope test

After Narsingh Yadav, now Inderjit Singh fails dope test

New Delhi, July 26 : A few days after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was caught for doping, another Rio Olympics qualified athlete Inderjeet Singh, a shot putter, has failed the dope test as his 'A' sample returned positive for a banned substance.

Inderjeet is one of those athletes who do not train at the national camps. He normally trains on his own with his personal coach.

He is one of the first track and field athletes who qualified for the Rio Olympics as he made the cut last year itself.

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