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Runner Competes at 34 Weeks Pregnant

Alysia Montano comes in last, doesn't care

(Newser) - What do you do when you've been the national champion for the past four years in the 800-meter race ... but you're 34 weeks pregnant during this year's US Track and Field Championships? Well, if you're Alysia Montano, you go ahead and run, of course. Montano didn'... More »

Perfect Bolt Claims 3 Golds

Jamaica sweeps sprinting events at World Athletics Championship in Moscow

(Newser) - Usain Bolt is perfect again. And with three gold medals in Moscow, the Jamaican great became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships. The 4x100-meter relay gold today erased the memories of the 100 title he missed out on in South Korea two years ago... More »

Physicists Unravel Mystery of Usain Bolt's Speed

He uses astonishing power and energy to overcome drag

(Newser) - Usain Bolt is a big guy as far as sprinters go, and his 6-foot-5 frame doesn't exactly make him a model of aerodynamic perfection. But as his time of 9.58 seconds in a 100-meter race in 2009 proves, he is the fastest human on the planet. Even... More »

Track and Field Might Be Doomed as a Sport

Critics: After more positive drugs tests, why should we trust anyone?

(Newser) - News that two of the world's top runners— American Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell—have tested positive for banned substances isn't just bad news for the sport. It might be fatal news for the sport, at least in the US, writes Philip Hersh at the Chicago ... More »

US Sprinter Tyson Gay Tests Positive for Drugs

Pulls out of world meet after banned substance turns up

(Newser) - American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. Gay wouldn't reveal the substance in a phone conversation from Amsterdam today, but he said he was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency... More »

Lolo Jones' Jokey Video Sparks a Brawl

Rant about $741 bobsled paycheck doesn't go over well

(Newser) - Track-star-turned-bobsledder Lolo Jones is doing some speedy damage control after she made a Vine video this week snarking about a measly paycheck of $741.84 from her new sport. "Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it," she says, reports the Christian Science Monitor . Then,... More »

Oscar Pistorius: 'Adrenaline Freak'

Michael Sokolove recalls a fearful man

(Newser) - Following Oscar Pistorius' murder charge , a journalist who profiled him last year for the New York Times reflects on the runner. "He was far nicer" and had "better manners" than many American athletes, Michael Sokolove writes for the Times . But he was still a source of "worry"... More »

Pistorius Shot Girlfriend Through Bathroom Door: Reports

Runner in tears after murder charge

(Newser) - Covering his face, South African runner Oscar Pistorius arrived at a Pretoria court today via police car, the BBC reports. After being charged with one count of murder , he was in tears; prosecutors are making a case that the crime was premeditated, the AP notes. The court pushed Pistorius' bail... More »

'Blade Runner' Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Murder

Said to have mistaken her for robber, but police not so sure

(Newser) - Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in his home, Sky News reports. The South African sprinter, a 26-year-old double amputee known as the "Blade Runner," may have taken his girlfriend for a burglar when she arrived... More »

Whiny Pistorius Apologizes for Outburst

Complained opponents' prosthetics too long, in first-ever Paralympic loss

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius, one of the most acclaimed Paralympic athletes of all time, suffered a stunning defeat yesterday in the T43/44 200 meters, his first-ever loss in that distance at the Paralympics, reports the Telegraph . Brazil’s Alan Oliveira won with a time of 21.45 seconds, earning accusations from Pistorius... More »

US Women Win 4x400 Relay; Felix Snags Third Gold

Jamaica sets world record in 4x100 relay

(Newser) - Allyson Felix won her third gold medal of the London Olympics, giving the United States a 20-meter lead after the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay and then watching teammate Sanya Richards-Ross bring home the victory today. The US runners finished in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds for the country'... More »

US Runner Finishes Race on Broken Leg

Manteo Mitchell keeps men's 4x400 gold hopes alive

(Newser) - The US made it to the men's 4x400-meter relay finals with the help of a runner who deserves a gold medal for pain endurance. Manteo Mitchell was 200 meters into the race's first leg when a bone in his leg snapped. He managed to finish the rest of... More »

Olympic Bottle-Tosser Pleads Not Guilty

Happened to be sitting next to judo's bronze medalist. Oops.

(Newser) - An Olympic spectator accused of hurling a plastic bottle onto the stadium track seconds before the men's 100-meter final pleaded not guilty today to creating a public nuisance. Ashley Gill-Webb spoke only to deny the charge and confirm his personal details during a brief appearance at Stratford Magistrates Court.... More »

Bolt Runs 9.63 to Win Gold in 100-Meter Dash

'Blade Runner' Pistorius fails to make final in 400 meters

(Newser) - Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his second straight Olympic gold medal in the men's 100 meters today, crossing the line in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds. Bolt joined Carl Lewis as only the second man to go back-to-back in track's biggest race. Bolt's training partner and fellow... More »

'Blade Runner' Aims for History

Oscar Pistorius is the first amputee to compete

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius made Olympic history simply by competing in a 400-meter heat today, and he earned a chance to make some more tomorrow. The 25-year-old South African became the first amputee to compete in an Olympic race, reports the Washington Post . Pistorius, who uses a pair of carbon fiber prosthetic... More »

Runner Speaks Out After Dead-Heat Controversy

Jeneba Tarmoh thinks 100-meter results should have been handled better

(Newser) - Jeneba Tarmoh is heartbroken over the "dead heat" controversy that kept her from a spot on the Olympic 100-meter team , she tells the New York Times . Tarmoh felt cheated after being unofficially declared the third-place winner, then not learning that the result had been changed to a tie with... More »

Runner Makes Disastrous Attempt at Hurdles

Student athlete runs chest-first into hurdles, finishes race

(Newser) - There are sports bloopers, and then there's this: One young athlete who apparently struggled to clear the first two hurdles in a 110-meter race ended up instead deciding to barrel through the remaining barriers during the recent Chinese University Games. In this video picked up by the Telegraph , the... More »

'Bladerunner' Pistorius to Race in Olympics

As part of South Africa's 4x400 relay team, and in the 400m race

(Newser) - The London Olympics have yet to begin, but Oscar Pistorius has already entered the record books. The double amputee has been selected as a member of South Africa's 4x400 relay team, making him the first amputee track athlete ever to compete at the Games. And in a big surprise... More »

Olympic Runner Quits After Confusing Photo Finish

Jeneba Tarmoh had tied Allyson Felix in 100-meter dash

(Newser) - A US Olympic runner who said she felt "in her heart of hearts" that she belonged on the 100-meter team has withdrawn rather than race again, ABC News reports. Jeneba Tarmoh tied fellow American Allyson Felix in a 100-meter dash on June 23, but a day later, with only... More »

Track Star: Staying a Virgin Tougher Than Olympics

Lolo Jones is waiting until marriage

(Newser) - HBO's Real Sports puts the focus on US track Olympian Lolo Jones tonight, and the teaser it released today is certainly doing the trick of drawing attention. In it, the 29-year-old explains that she intends to remain a virgin until marriage because it's a "gift I want... More »

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