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    Please use this thread to post news related to athletics and other sports other than cricket I am requesting the MODs to make this thread sticky.
     
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    Vijender becomes world No. 2​


    NEW DELHI: Vijender Singh who won the Bronze Medal at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 has achieved the second ranking in the World in 75kg with a tally of 1700 points, announced International Boxing Association (AIBA). Correa Bayeux Emilio of Cuba with an aggregate of 2500 points is ranked one. Blanco Parro Alfonso of Venezuela with a tally of 1300 points is ranked third while Artayev Bakhtiyar of Kazakhstan is ranked four with a tally of 1250 points. In the 48kg, Thokchom Nanao Singh has been ranked fifth with a tally of 1400 pts while Olympic champion Zou Shiming of China is ranked one with 2500 points.

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    Berlin unveils a new look for the IAAF​


    Berlin, Germany - The IAAF is delighted to launch a new logo and competition brand system, foretelling a bright future for athletics, at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Berlin. In an effort to make athletics the number one sport for individuals in a changing world, the IAAF aims to deliver a consistent set of values which are at the centre of all its activities and provide leadership for the sport which are symbolised in the new brand visuals, with its unique new IAAF typeface. But the brand revamp does not only introduce a new IAAF logo but a consistent and recognisable look for all IAAF uses, and especially our system of competitions.

    These designs not only help to symbolise the prestige, high performance, global and heroic values of IAAF athletics but also aim to position each IAAF project. “I am very pleased to welcome this new IAAF brand,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack. “The creative designs have been produced in response to detailed market research, and the IAAF logo has been modernised. The values of athletics remain in the well established victory figure while the swoosh track effect reinforces the sport’s universal appeal. The combined effect is modern and clean and will build a clear and recognizable global personality for athletics.”

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    Semenya left stranded by storm; She or He?​


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    When Usain Bolt is no longer the main topic of conversation at the World Championships, you know something dramatic must have happened. There had been whispers circulating about South African 800m prodigy Caster Semenya ever since she ran a spectacular 1 minute 56.72 seconds in a low-key meet on 26 July. Not only was it the fastest time in the world this year by more than a second, it meant she had improved her personal best by seven seconds in less than nine months. And, she said afterwards, she could have run even quicker had it not been for a strong wind on the back straight.

    For once, the tittle-tattle was not the usual sort about performance-enhancing substances. This was more basic and a whole lot nastier: was the 'she' actually a 'he'? It wasn't just the rapid time. Semenya has a well-muscled physique. She also has a dusting of facial hair. Mix those three things together and ugly rumours spread like wildfire. What no-one quite expected was the way the story would suddenly develop with the 800m final just hours away.

    Earlier in the week, it had been the stuff of bar-room banter. The favourite quote was from Semenya's coach Michael Seme, who had told reporters: "I can give you the telephone numbers of her room-mates in Berlin. They have already seen her naked in the showers and she has nothing to hide." Seme also recounted how, when Semenya recently tried to use the women's toilets at a petrol station in Cape Town, the attendants tried to direct her to the gents instead. "Caster just laughed and asked if they would like her to take off her pants to show them she was a woman," said Seme. "We understand that people will ask questions because she looks like a man. It's a natural reaction and it's only human to be curious."

    So far, so amusing - but the atmosphere began to change when Semenya charged through her heat and semi-final in such dominant fashion that she was suddenly the red-hot favourite for gold. What had been a story known only to athletics aficionados suddenly had legs. Questions started being asked of athletics' ruling body, the IAAF. The jokes started getting more unpleasant. The 'c' word - cheat - rose to the surface. Cynics recalled the famous case of German high jumper Dora Ratjen, who competed at the Olympics here in Berlin in 1936 but was later revealed to be a chap named Hermann. The comparison was ridiculous - Ratjen was forced to conceal his gender by the Nazi government and had been born and raised a man - and the reaction from the South African team indignant.

    'She is a female," insisted general manager Molatelo Malehopo. "We are completely sure about that. We would not have entered her into the female competition if we had any doubts." Then, with just three hours to go until the final, news broke in Berlin that the IAAF had asked Semenya to take a gender test. The story fizzed round the Olympiastadion. What did the test involve? When would the results be known? Would Semenya even be allowed to run? Gradually the prevailing mood shifted. Why was this coming out now? In the case of a doping test, the media are not notified unless both 'A' and 'B' samples have tested positive. Until then there is silence. Yet here a cloud of official suspicion was being allowed to gather before anything had been proved.

    That any woman would be confronted with such serious accusation in front of a worldwide audience of millions struck many as callous. That it was an 18-year-old from Limpopo province at her first major senior championships seemed cruel in the extreme. Semenya was on the warm-up track while inside the gossip flew round the adjacent main stadium. "The timing has caught us out," admitted an IAAF spokesman as the eight finalists were called together. As Semenya emerged onto the track from the pre-race call-room, the photographers' long lenses swung in unison and locked on her face. She looked implausibly calm under her neat corn-rows. On the blocks she waited for the television camera to come in close on her and then mimed brushing something from her shoulders. That there were two British girls in the final - Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro, both with a chance of a medal -had almost been forgotten.

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    All hail the Berlin comeback kids​


    Almost exactly a year after missing out on Olympic gold by just five centimetres, Idowu proved himself a true champion in Berlin on Tuesday night(18-08-09). Behind again to Portugal's Nelson Evora, the man who destroyed his hopes in Beijing and out-jumped him at the last Worlds in Osaka, he produced a lifetime best when he needed it most to finally fulfill a talent that has sometimes threatened to go unrealised. "It's been a long time coming," he admitted afterwards, relief smeared across his pierced face, before bursting into a big dopey-eyed grin. "Calm down, Mum..." While he was referring to his own personal journey, he might just as easily have been describing that of his country. Eight barren years have gone by since a British male last won a World Championship gold.

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    watching bolt 200m now,bolt!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    good to read that vijender became the new world no 2,
    i expected a lot from him and he seems to be fulfilling the expectations and notlet publicity get the better of him
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    Awesome Bolt breaks 200m record ​


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    Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt claimed yet another world record as he recorded a stunning victory in the 200m final at the World Championships. Bolt set a time of 19.19 seconds to demolish the previous record of 19.30 he set in winning Olympic gold last summer in Beijing. The 22-year-old finished well clear of the field, with silver medallist Alonso Edward finishing in 19.81. Wallace Spearmon of the United States took bronze. Bolt, who also smashed the 100m record in Berlin on Sunday, is now the first man to hold the 100 and 200m World and Olympic titles at the same time. After a nervy opening which saw Frenchman David Alerte false start, Bolt streaked off the blocks and took the lead within 20m.

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    250 dollars and babu-ism stop Saina​


    India's star badminton player will be missing at the China Open next month. Officials say Saina Nehwal has nobody to blame but herself. Her letter, confirming that she wanted to participate in the tournament, reached them a day after the deadline for entries. But Saina points out that her coach and she were wrapped up in the World Championships in Hyderabad. The World Number 7 explains, "When we got to know about it, it was already delayed by one day. They did not accept our entry as we are late by one day. We tried two to three times, but we could not succeed, they are also very strict."

    So why didn't officials just call Saina? After all, this is a big international tournament. The Badminton Federation of India concedes it should have probably entered world number 6 Saina anyway. All it would have lost was the entry fee of 250 dollars. The Federation defends its stand: "I have investigated the matter and found out that the federation is not at fault...we cannot send in entries for Super Series without a written consent of a player," says V K Verma- President, Badminton Federation of India. So the result is that Saina will sit out the same tournament where she sparkled last year, beating the then world champion.

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    You can capture a country by sending your army. But they will never respect your flag and your national anthem. Only Sports has the power to make people respect your national flag and national anthem.
     
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    Bolt gets third gold as Jamaica take relay​


    BERLIN: Superstar Usain Bolt replicated his Olympic gold medal tally at the world championships on Saturday when Jamaica won the men's 4x100 metres relay title. The quartet, with 100m and 200m world champion Bolt running the penultimate leg, timed a championship record of 37.31 seconds while Trinidad and Tobago took silver in a national record of 37.62sec and Great Britain the bronze in 38.02sec. The only difference for Bolt, who shattered the 100m and 200m world marks in devastating style earlier this week, was that unlike Beijing his team failed to break the world record. Jamaica's American rivals failed to make a major final for the second successive year, this time being disqualified having won Friday's heat.

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    Isinbayeva breaks world record ​


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    Russian Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record in the women's pole vault at the Weltklasse Golden League. Isinbayeva atoned for her Berlin flop by clearing 5.06 metres to beat her previous record set at last year's Beijing Olympics by one centimetre.

    Isinbayeva, winner of the previous two world championship and Olympic Games titles, was still smarting from her failure in Berlin where she failed to clear the bar and left the field in tears.

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    Vijender, Sushil, Marykom awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna ​


    New Delhi: Olympics Bronze medalists boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar, and Indian women boxer and four time world champion MC Marykom were awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on Saturday at the national capital. For the first time in the history of national sports awards, three sportspersons were individually bestowed India’s highest sporting honour, which comes with an enhanced cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh and a newly-designed statuette.

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    Jwala, Diju create history, win GP Gold title in Taipei​


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    NEW DELHI: Shuttlers Jwala Gutta and V Diju on Sunday created history by becoming the first Indian mixed doubles pair to win a Grand Prix Gold in Chinese Taipei. The world number seven Indian pair prevailed 24-22 21-18 over the Indonesian duo of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa to achieve the historic feat in Taipei city.

    In the first game, the Indian pair opened up a 15-9 but the Indonesian combo staged a comeback to reduce the gap to 15-14. But Jwala and Diju quickly got their act together and prevailed in long rallies to go one up. The Indonesians started off well in the second game and were leading at 13-9 but this time it was turn Indians' turn to claw back at make it 15-15. Jwala and Diju then grabbed the lead and sealed the issue in their favour. "It is a great feeling. I am extremely happy but to be honest, I still can't believe that we have won. The feeling is yet to sink in. Our team has already left and we are all alone here," Jwala told PTI after the match. "May be after we go back home, we will realise that we have won," added Jwala, who is turning 26 on September 7. "It wasn't an easy match. It was a quality match and there were long rallies and we didn't give away any silly point. we had to work hard for it." Jwala-Diju had become the first India mixed doubles pair to reach the quarterfinal of the World Badminton Championship in Hyderabad early this month.

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    Subrata shines, India retain Nehru Cup​


    NEW DELHI: Subrata Paul's heroics lit up the dramatic summit clash as defending champions India tamed Syria 5-4 to win the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Monday. Paul conjured up a special performance, saving as many as three penalty shots to script the win after the match had been stretched to penalty shootout following the 1-1 deadlock at the end of the regulation time. For India, Climax Lawrence, Sunil Chhetri, Steven Dias, Anwar Ali and Surkumar Singh scored in the shootout while Renedy Singh and Meharajuddin Wadoo missed the target.

    For Syria, Raja Rafe, Mosab Balhous, Abdul Fatah Alaga and Abdul Razak Al Hussain found the target while the shots taken by Hamzeh Al Attouni, Wael Ayan and Ahmad Haj Muhammad were saved by Paul. India pocketed $40,000 for their successfil title defence, while Syria went richer by $20,000. The vociferous crowd, which also included Bollywood actor Salman Khan, had filled the 20,000 capacity Ambedkar Stadium and they ran into the pitch after Pual saved the last penalty of the Syrians.

    India had almost won the match without going to the penalty shootout after second half substitute Renedy Singh struck in the 114th minute only to see Syrian midfielder Weal Ayan equalise from a header in the last minute of the extra time (120th). The second consecutive top finish in the tournament also marked a hat-trick of titles in just over two years by India, under coach Bob Houghton.

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    Fisichella makes Ferrari switch ​


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    Giancarlo Fisichella will drive for Ferrari for the rest of the 2009 Formula 1 season before taking a new role as their reserve driver in 2010. The Italian, 36, will replace Luca Badoer as stand-in for the injured Felipe Massa for the final five races. "It has always been an ambition," said Fisichella, who has been released from his contract with Force India. Force India are yet to name a replacement for Fisichella with reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi the favourite. Fisichella, who formerly raced for Minardi, Jordan, Benetton, Renault and Sauber, will begin his Ferrari career on home soil at the Italian Grand Prix on 13 September.

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