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SA’S TRACK AND FIELD TOP TEN RANKINGS

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A number of South African athletes shone at championship events in recent weeks, cementing their places at the top of the national Track and Field rankings in various disciplines. Middle-distance runner Caster Semenya set two South African Season Bests at the IAAF World Championships in London, England last month, clocking the fastest times of the year to earn gold and ...

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FOXES SHOOT AN AIR BALL

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FANCIED National Basketball League runners-up Foxes have pulled out of next month’s AfroBasket Club Championship qualifiers. By Tinashe Kusema The Zone VI club games, slated for October 19-26 in Botswana, are set to attract the top four teams from the hosts, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe which will be represented by Harare City Hornets and Southern Mavericks. While Hornets ...

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KIRYU FIRST JAPANESE TO BREAK TEN SECONDS

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Yoshihide Kiryu on Saturday smashed a national 100-metre record in a time of 9.98 seconds to become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier. The 21-year-old, a member of Japan’s silver medal-winning men’s 4×100 relay team at the Rio Olympics, shattered the previous record by 0.02 secs at an intercollegiate meet in Fukui, central Japan. The Toyo University student ...

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FARAH WINS FOURTH GREAT NORTH RUN

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Britain’s Mo Farah won the Great North Run for a record-breaking fourth successive year on Sunday. Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the race to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds. The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North ...

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ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION SEEKS TRACK, FIELD EVENTS SPONSORSHIP

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National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) president Tendai Tagara has said they are engaging Old Mutual to bankroll track and field events to lure back athletes who appear to shun these events due to lack of incentives. BY KENNETH NYANGANI Tagara made the remarks ahead of the Old Mutual Westgate Half Marathon slated for this Sunday in Harare. There has ...

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WESTGATE HALF MARATHON ON THIS SUNDAY

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  The Prestigious Old Mutual Westgate Half Marathon race is set for this Sunday in Harare, with sponsors pouring in $28 000. BY KENNETH NYANGANI The race, named after Old Mutual’s Premier shopping mall located west of Harare (Westgate Shopping Mall), is expected to attract more than the 1 200 runners who participated in last year’s race. Old Mutual, the ...

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CASTER CRUISES, SILVER FOR WAYDE

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It was just two hundredths of a second that ultimately prevented Wayde van Niekerk from pulling off what was last achieved 22 years ago – a remarkable 400-200m World Championships double. Half way down the home straight it looked like he had done it, but Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev surged ahead to take the gold in 20.09 seconds and Van Niekerk ...

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I’M MY OWN MAN, INSISTS VAN NIEKERK

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Wayde van Niekerk says he is building his own “image and brand” and doesn’t want to be tagged as the successor to track and field legends Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson. The 25-year-old South African 400 metres world record holder just missed out on emulating Johnson’s feat of the 200/400m world championship double, which the American achieved in the 1995 ...

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BOOING JUSTIN GATLIN ‘DISRESPECTFUL’ SAYS SPRINTER’S FATHER

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Gatlin, 35, clocked 9.92 seconds as he beat second-placed compatriot Christian Coleman and legendary Jamaican Usain Bolt, who was third. THE father of world 100m champion Justin Gatlin says the booing of his son is “disrespectful to the sport”. American Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, was booed before and after Saturday’s World Championship final at London Stadium, and ...

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WAYDE CRUISES TO 400m GOLD

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Half of Wayde van Niekerk’s battle has been won and South Africa have another World Championships gold medal. By Karien Jonckheere The world record holder successfully defended his 400m title, building up an impressive lead down the final straight in London and eventually easing off across the line to win in 43.98. But Van Niekerk immediately went into recovery mode ...

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