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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Runner Who Missed Drug Tests Wins 100 at Worlds

Christian Coleman of the US becomes the sixth-fastest man in history

(Newser) - Christian Coleman of the US won the world championship gold medal in the men's 100 meters Saturday in Qatar, three weeks after avoiding a ban for missed drug tests, the AP reports. Coleman started well and extended his lead down the stretch to win in 9.76 seconds. Defending... More »

Top Female Runners Fight a New Battle

Allyson Felix is among those fighting the loss of corporate sponsorships over pregnancy

(Newser) - For decades, the message to women in track and field was crystal clear: get pregnant, lose sponsorship money. A rebellion led by some of the sport's top runners, Allyson Felix, Kara Goucher and Alysia Montano, is helping to change that, the AP reports. Two months after the US women'... More »

After Court Overturns Ruling, Semenya Won't Defend Title

Athlete has pledged to stop taking testosterone-suppressing drugs

(Newser) - Caster Semenya won't defend her title in the 800 meters at the world championships this fall after a Swiss court overturned a temporary ruling that allowed her to compete in international events without taking testosterone-suppressing drugs. Semenya is locked in a court battle with the IAAF, track and field'... More »

University of Georgia Runner Impales Himself on Javelin

Bulldogs sprinter expected to make full recovery

(Newser) - A University of Georgia sprinter is expected to make a full recovery after a deeply unfortunate accident during training Tuesday. Police say freshman runner Elijah Godwin, 19, was running backwards sprints when he accidentally impaled himself below his shoulder blade on a javelin that had been left sticking out of... More »

Court: Olympic Champ Needs to Lower Her Testosterone

Court sides with IAAF on rule affecting DSD athletes

(Newser) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport says a new policy that will require South African track star Caster Semenya to lower her testosterone levels before competing internationally is both "discriminatory" and "necessary." The CAS acknowledged some unfairness to athletes with a DSD (difference in sex development) designation—... More »

Parents of Teen Killed by Hammer Throw Sue NCAA

They allege negligence in teen's death

(Newser) - The NCAA is being sued by the parents of a suburban Chicago Christian college freshman who was struck and killed in 2017 by an errant hammer throw at a track and field meet. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Wheaton College student Ethan Roser in US District... More »

College Freshman Killed During Hammer Throw Event

Ethan Roser was volunteering at track and field competition at Wheaton College

(Newser) - A track and field event ended in tragedy Saturday afternoon in Illinois. A 19-year-old freshman volunteering at a competition held at Wheaton College was accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw event. WCPO reports the "hammer" is actually a metal ball that's attached to a grip... More »

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 »

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