National Open Athletic Championship kicks off in Kolkata today

National Open Athletic Championship kicks off in Kolkata today

Kolkata, Sept.16 - The 55th National Open Athletics Championship will begin at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex here today.

India's top athletes will vie for honours at the event.

All eyes would be on sportspersons heading for the Rio Olympics, as also on 19-year old sprinter Dutee Chand of Odisha, who was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July to compete in national and international events after challenging world body of the sport IAAF's policy on hyper-androgenism.

Farah survives last-lap stumble to qualify for 5,000m final at World C'ships

Mo Farah

London, Aug 26 - Double Olympic champion Mo Farah recovered from an apparent stumble on the final bend to qualify for the 5,000m World Championships final in Beijing.

The British sprinter, who retained his 10,000m crown last Saturday, clocked 13 minutes and 19.44 seconds to finish second, the BBC reported.

The 32-year-old is now one race away from becoming the first man to achieve an unprecedented 5,000 and 10,000 double at consecutive world championships at the Bird's Nest Stadium on Saturday.

SA prosecutors launch appeal for murder charges against Oscar Pistorius

London, Aug 18 - South African prosecutors have upped the ante by launching an appeal calling for Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius, who is set to be released on parole, to be convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend.

The double amputee athlete was sentenced to a five-year jail in 2014 after being found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He is due to be released on Friday after serving 10 months of his sentence in jail.

According to the BBC, lawyers for the double-amputee runner have a month to file their response.

Athletes may have to swim in 'raw sewage' at 2016 Rio Olympics

Athletes may have to swim in 'raw sewage' at 2016 Rio Olympics

Washington DC, July 31 - With the recent water sight inspection conducted in Rio de Janeiro, it looks like athletes will be swimming in the swamp of garbage at the 2016 Olympics.

When comprehensive testing of the water at several Olympic sites was conducted, it was reportedly found that the sites were contaminated with alarmingly high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage, reported People magazine.

Commenting on the reports, marine biologists John Griffith said that these water site were only raw sewage nothing else.

No evidence of impropriety found against Mo Farah: UK Athletics

Mo Farah

London, July 31 - A UK Athletics review on the doping claims against Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar on Thursday has found no evidence of impropriety against the British sprinter.

A statement released by UK Athletics said that none of the 'extensive information' supplied to the review panel contained 'any evidence of impropriety' by Farah or gave them reason to 'question the appropriateness of the input' into his preparation given by Salazar's team, the BBC reported.

`Struggling` Bolt `not worried` to face `in-form` Gatlin at World C'ships

Usain Bolt

London, July 24 - Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has insisted that he is 'not worried' to face in-form American sprinter Justin Gatlin at next month's World Championships in Beijing.

The Jamaican, who holds the world record in both 100 metres and 200 metres, said that he was not planning to lose in Beijing despite his struggles with form this year.

Bolt, who will compete in the 100m at the Anniversary Games in London on Friday, insisted that he was not worried to face fellow sprinter Gatlin despite knowing the fact that the latter had been on a winning streak this season.

Gatlin storms to 100 metre win at Diamond League

Justin Gatlin

London, July 18 - American sprinter Justin Gatlin continued his brilliant run at Diamond League as he achieved his 23rd successive win after cruising to 100 metre race in 9.78 seconds in Monaco.

Gatlin, starting in lane number three, blasted out of the blocks and streaked ahead of the field reduced to seven after Trayvon Bromell was disqualified for a false start.

The American followed up his time of 9.75 in Lausanne with an equally impressive display ahead of next month's World Championships, the BBC reported.

Never underestimate Bolt, says Gatlin

Usain Bolt

Johannesburg, July 17 - American sprinter Justin Gatlin believes that Usain Bolt, who is currently suffering from a pelvic injury, should never be underestimated, even for the upcoming World Championships in next month.

The Jamaican would be making a comeback at the London Anniversary Games on July 24-25 while Gatlin will participate in Friday's race in Diamond League.

Gatlin, who is on a string of 26 unbeaten run from August 2013, said that the Olympian should not be ruled out, despite any talk about potential injury, Sport24 reported.

Gatlin runs past Powell, Gay in Diamond League

Gatlin runs past Powell, Gay in Diamond League

London, July 10 : American sprinter Justin Gatlin beats Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay as he ran the joint second-fastest time of 2015 in the 100m race in Diamond League in Lausanne.

Gatlin ran in 9.75 seconds, while Powell and Gay both took 9.92 seconds to complete the race.

Gatlin said that it was always good to face the best, adding that it was like a heavyweight boxing match, the BBC reported.

The 33-year-old, who has served two doping bans, had earlier opted to skip the 100m heat in view of automatic bye into World Championships.

Andy Vernon alleges Mo Farah of 'swearing' post Diamond League win

Mo Farah

London, July 10 - British sprinter Mo Farah, who won the 5,000m race on his track return, has been accused of 'swearing' by his rival Andy Vernon at the Diamond League in Lausanne.

Vernon has called Farah 'disgraceful' for snubbing and allegedly abusing him, the BBC has reported.

Farah was so ecstatic with the win that celebrated wildly, punching his chest and shouting with delight as he completed the race in 13 minutes and 11.77 seconds. Vernon finished 15th with a time of 13:47:97.

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