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Runner Takes Gold With Head-First Dive

Shaunae Miller took the 400 meters by .07 seconds

(Newser) - It took a head-first dive by Shaunae Miller at the finish line to beat Allyson Felix, denying her a record fifth Olympic gold medal. Miller, the 22-year-old from the Bahamas, stayed even with Felix for 398 meters, then sprawled, dove, and crashed across the line to edge Felix by .07... More »

'Traitor' Russian Athlete Will Compete as Neutral at Olympics

Long-jumper Darya Klishina was exempted from the ban on Russia's track-and-field team

(Newser) - Out of the entire banned Russian track-and-field team, it appears only 25-year-old long-jumper Darya Klishina will be allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics. And the Guardian reports that's made her a top target for frustrated Russian sports fans. The Russian team was banned over a doping scandal . But... More »

Teen Trips, and Javelin Impales His Eye Socket

His coach calls it a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - An 18-year-old track-and-field star impaled his face on his own javelin Friday in what his coach calls a "freak accident," BuzzFeed reports. According to KATU , Parker Kennedy was participating in a USA Track and Field event in Portland, Ore. “He was warming up and had just thrown... More »

Russian Track Team Banned From Olympics

Doping scandal results in bad news for the nation

(Newser) - In what the New York Times calls "an extraordinary punishment that might be without precedent in Olympics history," the Russian track and field team has been banned from competition at the Summer Olympics. Seven months ago, the World Anti-Doping Agency published a scathing report accusing Russia of a... More »

Russia's Doping a 'State-Sanctioned Regime'

Authors say country could be banned from next year's Rio Olympics

(Newser) - Russian athletes should be banned from the Rio Olympics and future track and field competitions, say authors of a scathing new report on the country's systematic doping program . The report, the result of a 10-month investigation from an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says top athletes, coaches,... More »

Big Win for Female Runner Born With High Testosterone

Court suspends the IAAF's regulations for 2 years

(Newser) - "I was humiliated for something that I can’t be blamed for." Humiliated, but no longer penalized, at least for now. Sprinter Dutee Chand, 19, will not be barred from competition following today's interim ruling by a sports appeals court, which found there wasn't sufficient evidence... More »

Racewalking Revered in Russia, Riddled With Doping

Sport is taken very seriously in Russia, where racers are often booted

(Newser) - In Russia, Viktor Chegin is called "the father of all the victories," plans have been made to erect a "living memorial" to him, and he's been bestowed with the "Chevalier of the Order of Glory of Mordovia" honor. But Chegin isn't a war hero... More »

Why a Teen Track Champ Faints After Most Races

Sam Peterman has a medical condition, but keeps on running

(Newser) - Sam Peterman has won two sectional titles in high-school track races this season. She also collapses into her father's arms after nearly every race, because the 15-year-old—who's described as unassuming, quiet, and easy to smile—has a condition that screws up the relationship between her brain and... More »

This Teen Runner May Be the Best Ever, Someday

Magazine profile: 18-year-old Mary Cain on a long road to greatness

(Newser) - Her name is Mary Cain, she's 18, and she might someday be the best female runner in American history. A profile in the New York Times Magazine charts Cain's path from high school phenom—if a middle-distance record exists in that age group, she's probably broken it—... More »

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 »

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