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World Track Bans Trans Athletes From Competition

Another set of rules is expected to keep Caster Semenya on the sidelines

(Newser) - Track and field banned transgender athletes from international competition Thursday, while adopting new regulations that could keep Caster Semenya and other athletes with differences in sex development from competing. In a pair of decisions expected to stoke outrage, the World Athletics Council adopted the same rules as swimming did last...

She Ran Crazy Fast. But Was It Too Fast?

Some questioned how Tobi Amusan shaved 0.08 seconds off 100-meter hurdles record

(Newser) - That Tobi Amusan of Nigeria won the women’s 100-meter hurdles Sunday at the world track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., wasn't a big shock. The 25-year-old has won big in the event at other games and finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics last year. That she set...

18-Year-Old Topples Track Record From 1965

Gary Martin ran a 3:57.98 mile

(Newser) - If 18-year-old Pennsylvania high school student Gary Martin had recorded his stunning 3:57.98 mile in the 1950s, he would have been the fastest man in the world. The result at the Catholic League championships Saturday was 15 seconds short of the current world record but was still enough...

Young Sprinter's Comeback Inspires Champion Boxer Dad
7-Year-Old's Victory
in Race Goes Viral

7-Year-Old's Victory in Race Goes Viral

Talaya Crawford ran out of her shoe, retrieved it, then resumed running

(Newser) - Talaya Crawford may be the daughter of champion boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford, but she established herself as an athlete in her own right Saturday during a 200-meter track race in Nebraska. The 7-year-old finished first in the pack—but it was what happened at the start of the race...

Most Decorated US Runner Is Making This Her Last Season

It 'isn't about the time on the clock, it's simply about joy,' Allyson Felix says

(Newser) - Allyson Felix, who closed the Tokyo Games last year with more Olympic medals than any US track and field athlete in history, says she'll retire after the 2022 season. "This season isn't about the time on the clock, it's simply about joy," Felix said in...

3-Time Olympian Deon Lendore Dies in Car Accident

Volunteer Texas A&M coach was on his way home from practice

(Newser) - Texas A&M track star turned coach and three-time Olympian Deon Lendore died Monday in a head-on collision. The 29-year-old's car drifted across the center line and sideswiped another vehicle before crossing the center line again and crashing into an SUV, KXAN reports. He was driving home from practice...

Sha'Carri Richardson: 'I'm Not Done'

She finished last in return to 100 meters

(Newser) - Sha'Carri Richardson had a very disappointing weekend at the Prefontaine Classic—but the 21-year-old sprinter says she is far from finished. Richardson, who won the 100 meters at the US Olympic trials in June but was disqualified due to marijuana use , finished in last place in a field of...

A Member of 'Track Royalty' Dead at 26
Man Born Into
'Track Royalty'
Dead at 26

Man Born Into 'Track Royalty' Dead at 26

Death of Carl Lewis' godson Cameron Burrell reported at parking garage

(Newser) - A former NCAA track star who was the godson of US track and field legend Carl Lewis has died. Cameron Burrell, a former University of Houston sprinter who won NCAA championships in the 100-meter race in 2018 and in the 4x100-meter relay in 2017 and 2018, died Monday at age...

She Just Medaled in Her 5th Straight Summer Games

Allyson Felix collects 10th medal, most of any female track star in history

(Newser) - US track star Allyson Felix earned some serious bragging rights on Friday when she won the bronze in the 400 meters. The medal is the 10th in her career, making the 35-year-old the most decorated female track athlete not just in the US but in any country, reports NPR . It...

Track Star Who Wowed US Tests Positive for Marijuana
Before Her First Olympics,
a Positive Test for Pot

Before Her First Olympics, a Positive Test for Pot

It's now not clear if 21-year-old sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson will compete in Tokyo Games

(Newser) - A breakout track star set to head to her first Olympics is now in competition limbo after she tested positive for marijuana. In news first reported by the Gleaner in Jamaica, US sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson has had her win at last month's 100-meter race at the US Olympic...

Sydney McLaughlin Beats Hurdles Record by Plenty

Dalilah Muhammad promises the two will have 'a battle in Tokyo'

(Newser) - In the course of 51.90 seconds Sunday at the US Olympic track trials, Sydney McLaughlin won the women's 400-meter hurdles, set a world record, and positioned herself as the favorite in the Tokyo Olympics. The 21-year-old's time was 51.90 seconds, topping Dalilah Muhammad's previous record...

Teen Beat 2 Usain Bolt Records. Now He's Bound for Olympics

Meet 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, who's headed to Tokyo for 200-meter competition

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Erriyon Knighton became the youngest male to make the US Olympic track and field team in nearly 60 years, and he also now has two big record-busters under his belt to boot. The Athletic reports that on Sunday, the 17-year-old came in third place in the finals...

Runner Who Blamed Burrito Won't Be in US Olympic Trials

US authorities do U-turn in Shelby Houlihan case

(Newser) - US authorities, under pressure from world anti-doping authorities, have done a U-turn on allowing runner Shelby Houlihan to compete in Olympic trials starting Friday. USA Track and Field had initially said it would allow the 28-year-old, who blames a burrito for a positive anabolic steroids test, to compete for a...

High School Track Meet Has Surprise Winner
Runner Overtaken by
Dog at High School Meet

Runner Overtaken by Dog at High School Meet

Holly jumped onto the track and sprinted to finish line at Utah sporting event

(Newser) - A high school track meet in Utah notched a relay time over the weekend just short of a Usain Bolt record—but the victor was on four legs, not two. During a 4x200 Grizzly Invitational race Saturday that Logan High School runners seemed set to win, senior Gracie Laney was...

Ruling Finds Prostheses Make Runner Unfairly Tall

Blake Leeper sees an effort to keep disabled athletes out of Olympics

(Newser) - Blake Leeper has been running in top events, including the Paralympics, with the help of prostheses for five years. He was working toward making the next US Olympic team, to compete against able-bodied runners. But Leeper, 31, hit a major obstacle Monday, when the top sports court in the world...

Nike Nailed It With These Shoes—and That's a Problem

The Vaporfly is helping marathon runners break records

(Newser) - Some shoes aren't just good, they're too good—which has World Athletics seeking a response to Nike's Vaporfly sneakers, Quartz reports. The governing body of track and field knows these shoes are helping runners set marathon records, but what to do? The Times of London reports a...

'Fastest Girl in America' Calls Out Nike
Star Runner
Calls Out Nike
in Damning

Star Runner Calls Out Nike in Damning Op-Ed

Mary Cain says company's track and field program is physically and emotionally abusive

(Newser) - "I was the fastest girl in America," Mary Cain recalls in a video op-ed for the New York Times . But her message isn't one of fond recollection. Cain, now 23, delivers a devastating critique of Nike, whose training program she joined as a teenager . Her dream at...

Athletes With 'Courage' Talked. Now, a Coaching Legend Banned

Alberto Salazar booted from track and field for 4 years over Nike-bankrolled doping experiments

(Newser) - Alberto Salazar was so excited in 2011 about the performance-enhancing supplement L-carnitine that he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong. "Lance, call me asap!" Salazar wrote. "We have tested it, and it's amazing." Salazar was prepping to infuse the supplement into his...

American Sprinter Breaks Usain Bolt's Medal Record

Allyson Felix wins first gold as a mom

(Newser) - American sprinter Allyson Felix smashed another record at the track and field World Championships on Sunday—and she did so just 10 months after giving birth. The 33-year-old won gold with the mixed-gender 4x400m relay team Sunday, giving her a record 12 World Championship gold medals, one more than Usain...

Behind the Fastest Woman on Earth, Empty Seats

IAAF catching flak for turnout at track world championships in Doha

(Newser) - The women's 100-meter final is called "one of the marquee events" of the world track championships taking place right now in Doha, Qatar, per the AP . Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in the event Sunday night, making her the fastest woman on Earth. At 32, she's the oldest...

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