Showing posts from August, 2006

Gatlin's drug mess

How the mighty have fallen. I've not been very happy since the news broke that the World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin and Marion Jones returned positive tests and Gatlin now faces life ban.

I've been really upset because these two lovelies were my favourites sprinters. I almost wished it was not true. Was there a systematic doping going on in the USATF or could some knuckle head be at large sabotaging top athletes with drugs?

Well, Gatlin,24, has bravely decided to own up and accepted the punishment and heard he has been banned for up to eight years and theUnited States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) has set the maximum suspension, but the actual length of it will be determined by an arbitration panel.

The ban came into effect on 15 August, and is set to run until 24 July, 2014, unless it is overturned or reduced at the arbitration hearing.

Do you think there is a systematic doping in US athletics? Have your say.



The Confederation of African Athletics has announced the team to represent the continent at the 10th IAAF World Cup holding from 16-17 September 2006 in Athens, Greece.

Africa selects World Cup team


Asafa hits 9.77 again?

I 've been wondering if Asafa has a thing with the number 977. Three times now the speedy Jamaican has equalled the world record for the men's 100m at 9.77 seconds.He did that today at the IAAF Golden league in Zurich.

The first was on 14 June of last year at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, before he equalled the feat on 11 June of this year in Gateshead, England, just one month after American Justin Gatlin equalled the mark in Doha, Qatar.

The 23-year-old confessed that he'd “just have to dip when I get to the finish line,” And me thinks thats is a good decision, I am tired of 9.77. Just a dip down to 9.75 would be nice, wouldn't it Asafa.


Lamine the Doctor

IAAF President Lamine Diack has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Beijing Sports University by Professor Hua Yang, President of the University and Chairman of the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee.

After receiving the award, Dr Diack spoke of his delight at receiving this honour on behalf of the entire World Athletics Family. “Although I am extremely proud of being held in high esteem by an academic community known for its commitment to excellence."I am fully aware that the aim of their acknowledgement, reaches far beyond the boundaries of personal recognition.
"It is an encouragement to remain deeply rooted in the pursuit of human well being through sport and the values and ideals it enshrines in the minds of young people all over the world."

Kikaya gives Congo historic gold

Congo's star quartermiler Gary Kikaya has transformed his form on the IAAF World Athletics tour to win the men's 400m in Mauritius. Kikaya, the fastest African this season, became the first athlete from the Democratic Republic of Congo to win a medal at the Africa Championships when he won the 400m in 45.03 seconds. The University of Tennessee alumni has the fifth-fastest time in the world this year in the 400m and is ranked fifth in the world by the IAAF. The 28-year-old holds four Congolese national records, topping the country's list in the indoor and outdoor 200m and 400m. He also tied his own national record, finishing the 400m in 44.53 seconds on his way to a second-place finish at the IAAF Super GP in Stockholm on July 25th. South African Paul Gorris took the silver medal in 45.50 seconds and Zimbabwean Young Talkmore Nyongani settled for the bronze medal in 45.60 seconds.

AthleticsAFRICA: Umbrella knocks athletes down

AFRICA backing Diack for re-election

The African Athletics Confederation (AAC)Council has adopted a resolution supporting the re-election of Senegalese Lamine Diack as IAAF President at next year's elections.

The elections are scheduled to hold during the IAAF Congress in Osaka, Japan on 22-23 August 2007.

The AAC Council issued a statement after it's meeting in Port Louis, Mauritius on the eve of the 2006 edition of the African Athletics Championships, that reads:

"Taking into account the forthcoming IAAF elections in 2007 and noting with satisfaction the excellent work accomplished by IAAF President Lamine Diack, we are urging Mr. Lamine Diack to stand for re-election for another term in order to continue serving the development of athletics around the world."


Umbrella knocks athletes down

Watch highlights of Day 3 of the African championships, as officials umbrella knocks two athletes unconscious during the womens 10,000m event. Also, African record holder and defending champion Olusoji Fasuba wins the 100m in 10.37 seconds and Kenya's Paul Kipsiele Koech takes the 3000m steeplechase.

Video by AthleticsAfrica. Music by Cyber Dread and Images courtesy MBC TV, Mauritius.


High wind robs Gaisah of record

Ghana's World Indoor and Commonwealth Games Long Jump champion, Ignisious Gaisah could have broken the African record in Mauritius yesterday, bar an excessive following wind.

Gaisah leapt to a massive distance of 8.51m (+3.7) at the final round to snatch the gold medal from South Africa's Khotso Mokoena who had led briefly up to that point with 8.45m.

Algeria Issam Nima was third with 8.37m.

The African record set in 1997 by Senegalese Cheikh Toure stands at 8.46m.


AthleticsAFRICA - Gebrselassie aids floods victims

The UN at this point is very busy managing the crisis in the middle East, But there is also a humanitarian crisis in Africa.
In the eastern Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa, more than 191 people have been killed and several thousands others were displaced and others reported missing in the Addis Ketema, Genfele, Coca Cola and other neighbouring areas.

As the people cries for help, the President Girma Wolde-Giorgis commiserate with the victims families and sends his condolences. One man though, has risen up to help.

He's none othe than the Ethiopia’s former two-time Olympic and four-time World 10,000m champion Haile Gebrselassie. Haile has donated a total of ETB 150,000 (USD 17,000) to assist victims of massive floods in the Eastern Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa, according to the IAAF.
Around 200 have already died and 300 others are still missing after the Dechatu River burst its banks and flooded Dire Dawa town on Saturday night. The death toll is expected to rise as police intensifies rescu…

AthleticsAFRICA is off to Mauritius

Top African track and field athletes are expected to converge at the beautiful city of Bambous, in Mauritius for the week-long 15th Africa senior athletics championships 2006 commencing on Wednesday 9th August.
The lovely Island in the southern part of Africa is hosting the 15th edition of the African prime athletics event showcasing the creme de la cream of world track and field.
About 49 African countries are participating in 20 events at the Germain-Comarmond stadium in Bambous in order to select the continent's team to the at the 10th IAAF World Cup in Athletics holding in Athens, Greece from the 16th -17th September.
AthleticsAfrica.Com will bring you indepth and extensive coverage from our reporters in Mauritius. Stay with us.