Sally Pearson: Former Olympic champion retires owing to injury

Media playback is not supported on this device Australia’s Olympic 2012 gold medallist and reigning world champion hurdler Sally Pearson has retired owing to persistent injuries. It means Pearson, who won 100m hurdles gold in London, will not defend her world title in Doha in October. She says six injuries in the past year mean she has “major doubts” her […]

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Australia’s accidental track star

Catriona Bisset is Australia's accidental star. She didn't mean to be here now as the woman to break a national record that has stood for 43 years. It was not part of the plan. In fact, her plans have all been torn up, she doesn't know what comes next or how far she can go. She just knows she feels […]

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Athletes should not trust supplement labels, says ex WADA boss

Former WADA chairman David Howman has described companies that sell off-the-shelf sports supplements as modern snake oil salesman, warning athletes they should not trust the labels on the products. Speaking in the wake of Australian swimmer Shayna Jack’s positive test to the banned substance Ligandrol, Howman said supplements sold over the counter were a huge risk for athletes. "I am […]

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Semenya threatens to skip world champs

Olympic champion Caster Semenya says she would not defend her world title in Doha in September if she could not run in the 800 metres because of new testosterone regulations imposed by the sport's governing body. "If I am not running 800 metres, I'm not running in the world championships," the 28-year-old South African said after winning her favourite event […]

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Gabriele Grunewald: #Bravelikegabe runner hailed as inspiration in cancer battle

“Thank you for showing me what bravery looks like.” That message of appreciation was sent by American marathon runner Kara Goucher on Sunday to her compatriot and fellow distance runner Gabriele Grunewald. Britain’s world marathon record-holder Paula Radcliffe also tweeted Grunewald, thanking her for the lives she has “enriched by courage and love”. The emotional messages came as Grunewald, who […]

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IAAF to seek reversion of Semenya ruling

The International Association of Athletics Federations says it will seek a swift reversion of a Swiss court ruling in favour of double Olympic champion Caster Semenya. Semenya has appealed a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision that supported the IAAF's rule that XY chromosome athletes with differences in sexual development, like Semenya, can only race in distances from 400m […]

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