Head to Head Women’s 800m - Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting 1 in Ruimsig, Johannesburg

The Athletics South Africa Track & Field season steals the spotlight in March when it takes off with the Athletix Grand Prix Series in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Paarl.

The first of three meetings will take place at Ruimsig Stadium, Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 March. The women’s 800m is one of many bouts to look out for on the day.

Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda looks to be the race favourite with an 800m best of 1:58.63 which she ran in Monaco in 2014. Nanyondo is the Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medallist from 2014 and with a best of 53.72sec in the 400m, Nanyondo has the fastest half lap time on the field.

Halimah Nakaayi has experienced both the World Championships (2017) and the Olympic Games (2016) and will have learned how to handle pressure situations. Her 1:59.78 is the second fastest 800m time in the field and her 53.02 PB for the 400m shows that there is good speed in her legs, even though that time was run at home in Kampala, Uganda at altitude.

Gena Löfstrand the former Sou…

South Africa: Weekend Athletics action Round-up

Some of South Africa's fastest men have fired warnings ahead of the ASA Senior T&F Champs + Combined Events Champs at Tuks Stadium next month, storming to fast times in Tshwane as the various ASA Provincial Track and Field championships got under way at the weekend.

At the high-altitude AGN Championships held in the capital city, 20-year-old Olympic sprinter Clarence Munyai stole the show on Saturday's second and final day of competition, clocking 10.10 in the 100m semi-finals to chop 0.10 off his Personal Best.

Munyai, however, did not take up his lane in the afternoon to run in the final.

Former World Championships 200m bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana went on to win the 100m final in 10.07, with the benefit of a +3.3 m/s tailwind, ahead of Henricho Bruintjies (10.15) and Thembo Monareng (10.18).

World 800m champion Caster Semenya turned out in the 400m sprint event, storming to a convincing victory in 52.45 as she sharpened up for the Athletix Grand Prix series next mon…

Road To The Final - Monaco Diamond League Headlines

The Road To The Final reached its decisive phase in many disciplines this Friday July 21, as the IAAF Diamond League completed its 11th stage of the season at the Herculis Meeting in Monaco.

Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Manangoi wins, Kiprop misses out on Final

Elijah Motonei Manangoi won a thrilling 1500m in Monaco, overtaking Timothy Cheruiyot on the home straight to come in at 3:28.80. Victory saw Manangoi finish top of the qualification standings.
Three time Diamond Trophy winner and current holder Asbel Kiprop, meanwhile, finished only 11th, meaning he did not secure a place in the top 12 of the qualification standings, and will not be able to defend his title at the Final.

Ibargüen rallies, takes revenge on Rojas

For much of the women's triple jump, it looked like Venezuelan pretender Yulimar Rojas was going to inflict a second defeat this season on Colombian legend Caterine Ibargüen.
The Diamond Trophy holder and Olympic champion rallied in the final round, howe…

Video Highlights: IAAF Diamond League Monaco Press Conference with Wayde van Niekerk

Catch up on what Kendra Harrison, Wayde Van Niekerk, Maria Lasitskene, Thomas Röhler and Renaud Lavillenie had to say at Thursday's press conference ahead of the 11th IAAF Diamond League meeting of the summer in Monaco.

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Road To The Final - Rabat Diamond League Headlines

The Road To The Final reached Africa this weekend as the world's top athletes descended on Rabat for the Meeting International Mohammed VI.

The action saw many stars book their place in the Final, while others picked up enough points to raise their hopes of securing a qualifying place.

Here's a summary of the top headlines:

Protsenko qualifies, Tamberi fights back

Andriy Protsenko put in a consummate display of jumping to secure victory in Rabat, but the night belonged to Gianmarco Tamberi.

After returning from injury just weeks ago, Tamberi's second Diamond League appearance of the season marked a brilliant return to form in which he finished joint second, picking up seven points, and moving him closer to a qualifying position.

"I needed these points, I need to reach the Final", he said.

Ibargüen returns to top of the standings

Diamond Trophy holder Caterine Ibargüen has dominated the IAAF Diamond League for the last four seasons, which meant that defeat to Yuli…

Road To The Final - London Diamond League Headlines

Hellen Obiri from Kenya won the Women's Mile at the 2017 Müller Anniversary Games in London on Sunday, setting a meeting record of 4:16.56, and breaking her national record.

Kenya's Winny Chebet was third while there was a Polish record of 4:19.55 for Angelika Cichoka in fourth.

In the men’s 800m, Botswana's Nijel Amos leapt to the top of the world leaderboard as he brought back memories of the 2012 Olympic final where he chased world record-setting David Rudisha to the line for a world U20 record of 1:41.73.

He wasn’t quite that quick this afternoon, but Amos adopted Rudisha-like tactics as he followed pacemaker Bram Som through half way in 49.58 and held off the field into the home straight to win in 1:43.18, his quickest time since 2015.
Many of the world's top athletes secured their place in the IAAF Diamond League Final at the end of the season by picking up crucial points at London's Müller Anniversary Games.

Here's a summary of the top headlines.


Road To The Final - Lausanne Diamond League Headlines

It was a thrilling night of IAAF Diamond League action at Athletissima in Lausanne on Thursday evening.

A number of athletes secured qualification for the Final, and records were tumbling left, right and centre.

Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Wayde van Niekerk eases to record

South African Wayde van Niekerk made his first Diamond League appearance of the season in Lausanne, and he made quite a splash, easing over the line in 43.62 and smashing the 400m Diamond League record.
The win gives him eight points and brings him to 9th place in the rankings, meaning a spot in the top eight and a place in the Final is within touching distance.

Kendricks and Wojciechowski deliver thrilling finale
The men's pole vault was the last event to finish in Lausanne, as Sam Kendricks, Pawel Wojciechowski and Renaud Lavillenie went the full distance in a brilliant battle.
After Lavillenie had bowed out at 5.87m, Kendricks and Wojciechowski both cleared 5.93m.
Kendricks took victory, bu…

Road To The Final - Paris Diamond League Headlines

The 2017 IAAF Diamond League season reached Paris on Saturday, as the world's top athletes had another chance to pick up valuable points on the Road To The Final.

It proved to be a night of upsets and decisive moments at the Stade Charlety. Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Thompson back in the running

Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson had drifted down the qualification standings in the women's 100m over the last few weeks.

She eased to victory in 10.91 in Paris to take her tally to 16 points. Though she is now second, and still yet to officially qualify, Thompson's passage to the Final now looks a lot smoother than it did before tonight.

Kendricks beats Lavillenie again
Sam Kendricks had twice beaten Renaud Lavillenie in this season's Diamond League before this evening, and he extended his streak, winning again after he cleared 5.82m.

Seven time Diamond Trophy winner Lavillenie couldn't use his home advantage, and is still without a win in this year's…

Upsets expected at 2017 Athletics South Africa Senior Championships in Potchefstroom

While South Africa's top sprinters are expected to steal the show and experienced campaigners are favoured to dominate other disciplines, a number of junior prospects and resurgent stars are aiming to cause upsets at the ASA Senior and Combined Events Championships in Potchefstroom on Friday and Saturday. 

With the likes of national 100m record holder Akani Simbine, SA 200m record holder Anaso Jobodwana, world 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk and defending 100m champion Henricho Bruintjies tipped to battle it out for the short-sprint titles, they will need to hold off a new generation of determined teenage speedsters.

Defending national 200m champion Clarence Munyai broke the SA Junior half-lap mark in Tshwane last month, clocking 20.10 seconds, while training partner Gift Leotlela shattered the Under-20 100m record with a 10.12 performance on the fast Tuks track.

After covering the 100m dash in 9.95 earlier this season to join a growing list of local sub-10 sprinters, 21-year-…

Top SA sprinters to clash at the 2017 South African Championships in Potchefstroom this weekend

South Africa's growing list of world-class sprinters will lead the charge in Potchefstroom this weekend, as a number of elite stars target double titles at the ASA Senior Championships on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April 2017.

In-form Olympic finalist Akani Simbine will turn out as the favourite for the Men's 100m and 200m crowns, after he was confirmed in the Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) entry lists released on Tuesday.

Simbine, who has clocked impressive times of 9.92 and 19.95 in the short sprints this season, will line up against 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk (Athletics Free State), World Championships 200m bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana (KwaZulu-Natal Athletics) and national Junior 100m record holder Tlotliso Gift Leotlela (AGN) in both events.

Two other AGN speedsters, former national 100m record holder Henricho Bruintjies and the latest SA athlete to dip under 10 seconds, Thando Roto, will focus on the short dash, while Western Province Athletics (WPA) …