Athletics

Usain Bolt claims almost 'impossible' to beat him at his 'best'

Usain Bolt claims almost 'impossible' to beat him at his 'best'

Johannesburg, Apr 18 : Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has claimed that when he is at his best then it's definitely almost impossible to beat him, insisting that he wants to break his own 200-metre world record and do it by running under 19 seconds.

Bolt set the record of 19.19 seconds in 2009, and also set the 100 record of 9.58 in the same year. He said that breaking his own 200-metre record is one of his biggest goals, adding that it is actually to run under 19 seconds.

Olympic champ Liu Xiang calls curtains on illustrious career

Liu Xiang

London, Apr 08 - Liu Xiang, China's Olympic gold-medalist hurdler, has announced his retirement from professional sport on account of persistent injury.

Xiang became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic gold medal in track by bagging the top prize in the 110m hurdles in Athens in 2004.

Additionally, the Chinese top track and field star held the world record in 2006 with a time of 12.88 seconds, and subsequently went on to add a world title next year.

'Sprint-King' Bolt to race in Diamond League meet at New York

Usain Bolt

Johannesburg, Mar 26 - Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will compete in the New York Diamond League on June 13, organisers have confirmed on Wednesday.

The Jamaican sprint superstar set his first 100 metres world record by clocking 9.72 seconds at Icahn Stadium on May 31, 2008.

Bolt, who is the current 100 and 200-metres record-holder, said that no one could ever forget their first world record, adding that he would never forget the crowd in New York that night, Sport24 reported.

Sports Ministry seeks detailed report over well-being of differently-abled athletes

Sports Ministry seeks detailed report over well-being of differently-abled athle

New Delhi, Mar 22 : Minister of State for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a detailed report from the Paralympic Committee of India on the organisation of the National Para-Athletic Games after differently- abled athletes complained of inadequate facilities at the buliding they were housed in.

Court accepts prosecutors' appeal against Pistorius' 'negligent-killing' verdict

Oscar Pistorius

Wellington, Mar 14 - Disgraced Paralympics athlete Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have failed in their attempt to stop prosecutors from seeking a murder verdict against the double amputee for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day in 2013.

An application by Pistorius' defense lawyers to challenge the appeal by prosecutors, who have appealed the double amputee athlete's negligent killing conviction and want him convicted of the more serious charge of murder for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in a bathroom in his home, was dismissed by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Pistorius and ex-mafia boss Krejcir are football mates in prison

Oscar Pistorius

London, Mar 12 - Convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been videotaped playing football with a former mafia boss in a Pretoria-based prison.

According to reports, the video showcases Pistorius and Radovan Krejcir taking turns in a penalty shoot-out session in an exercise yard at Kgosi Mampuru prison.

Currently, the double amputee athlete is serving a five-year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

Convicted Pistorius living off 'tinned food' over 'fear of being poisoned' by inmates

Oscar Pistorius

London, Mar 07 - Convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been surviving off tinned food after he refused to consume prison food over fear of being poisoned by other inmates.

The double amputee athlete, who is serving a five-year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, is consuming a diet of tinned spicy vegetables, which he purchases from the on-site shop at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, the Independent reported.

Convicted Pistorius' lawyers step up to fight appeal ruling

Oscar Pistorius

London, Feb 25 - In a bid to challenge prosecutors' arguments that Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder, the Paralympic runner's lawyers have reportedly launched a legal appeal against them.

According to the BBC, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in December that prosecutors could appeal Pistorius' murder conviction charges.

In October, Masipa had convicted Pistorius of the lesser charge of culpable homicide and sentenced him to a five-year prison term, acquitting him of Steenkamp's murder.

Lolo Jones wants ban on 'unholy' '50 Shades'

Lolo Jones

Washington, Feb 18 - U. S. Olympian Lolo Jones has branded ' Fifty Shades of Grey' as an abomination, saying that it should be ban ned for glamorizing unholy sex.

The 32-year-old self-proclaimed virgin, who's also a devout Evangelical Christian took to Twitter and wrote, "Funny how some people think there's nothing wrong with 50 shades of Grey. God didn't create sex for that purpose,' TMZ. com reported.

Watch another movie, she added, saying that the explicit film makes portrayed that sex for pleasure was the answer to emotional pain.

Russian athletics chief Balakhnichev quits over doping allegations

Russian athletics chief Balakhnichev quits over doping allegations

London, Feb 18 : Russian athletics federation chief Valentin Balakhnichev has resigned in the wake of allegations of widespread doping by country's competitors and corruption in the sport.

In December, a German TV documentary claimed that as many as 99 percent of Russian athletes were guilty of doping, adding that Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests.

Last month, Russia's anti-doping agency had banned five walkers, including three Olympic champions.



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