Athletics

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia secures Rio Olympics berth

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia secures Rio Olympics berth

New Delhi, May 29 - Indian discus thrower Seema Antil Punia has qualified for the upcoming Rio Olympics after winning gold at the Young Thrower's Classic in California on Sunday.

The 32-year-old registered a throw of 62.62 metres to surpass the Olympic qualification mark of 61 metres.

The attempt was also enough to outclass 2008 women's Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton, who bagged silver with a throw of 60.50 metres in the event.

Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles for 60m dash bronze

Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles

Doha: Long jumper Mayookha Johny fetched India a gold medal while sprinter Dutee Chand settled for a bronze after shattering national record in 60m dash in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships here.

Mayookha controlled the long jump competition from the very outset and finished on top of the podium with a leap of 6.35m, an effort that propelled her to India's first Asian indoor title in the event.

Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam took the silver with a 6.30m jump while Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan finished third with an effort of
6.22m.

Oscar Pistorius' manslaughter conviction upgraded to murder

Oscar Pistorius

Wellington, Dec. 03 - Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals overturned his previous conviction for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Earlier in October, the double-amputee athlete was released on parole and placed under house arrest after serving less than a year in prison. However, Pistorius will now be handed a new sentence.

Russian President Putin orders internal probe into doping scandal

Vladimir Putin

London, Nov. 12 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country must do everything to get rid of doping, ordering an internal inquiry into mounting allegations of rampant doping scandal in athletics in the country.

Putin urged the sport officials to cooperate with anti-doping and international athletics authorities, Sport24 reported.

The 63-year-old also asserted that those who break the rules are individually responsible for it and the athletes who have never touched doping should not suffer.

Mo Farah to miss World Indoor Championship to focus on Rio

Mo Farah

London, Nov. 12 - British sprinter Mo Farah will miss next year's World Indoor Championships in order to focus on defending his Olympic title at Rio in Brazil.

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