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Ahoure upsets Jeter and Fraser-Pryce, Dibaba miss World record in Birmingham

Côte d'Ivoire's Murielle Ahoure / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Côte d'Ivoire's Murielle Ahoure upsets the favourites Carmelita Jeter (USA) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) to win the women's 60 metres with an All-Comers record and personal best 6.99 seconds while Genzebe Dibaba narrowly miss out on 1500m World record today at the British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Athletics South Africa sets March & April dates for Permit Meets

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has confirmed that one province and two clubs have stepped forward to host Permit Meetings during the months of March and April 2013.

Ethiopian Gebrselassie targets hattrick at Vienna Marathon

Haile Gebrselassie winning in Vienna in 2012 / Photo Credit: Photorun.net / Jean-Pierre Durand

Ethiopian distance-running legend Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest athletes of all time, will attempt to win for the third time in the Austrian capital when he competes in the half marathon staged parallel to the Vienna City Marathon on April 14th.

Unknown Runner film seek more funds, launch improved iOS app

The Unknown Runner montage image / Photo: A Cow Say Moo

The Unknown Runner documentary is about a Kenyan athlete, Geoffrey Kipsang and the road he had to take to make his debut on the marathon of Berlin and the film project is now looking for a final round of funding to finish the post-production.

Namibia: Kaanjuka, Engelbrecht, Nghipandulwa, Mayova shine in Windhoek

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka in action at a meet in Namibia / Photo Credit: Namibia Sport

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka, Charlene Engelbrecht, Daniel Nghipandulwa and Globine Mayova took double honours at the second leg of Bank Windhoek Grand Prix meet at the Independence Stadium on Saturday.

Athletics Namibia raises the bar as elite athletes battle in Windhoek

Namibia's Hitjiverue Kaanjuka in action/ Photo: Namibia Sport

Athletics Namibia increases its prize money for the second leg of Bank Windhoek Grand Prix Series as a record number of Namibia's elite athletes battle inside Windhoek's Independence Stadium on Saturday January 12, 2013.

Kenyan Felix Limo retires from international athletics

Photo Credit: Ramon Smits / Flickr.com/people/14189176@N08

The well-known Kenyan distance runner Felix Limo announced his international retirement on Thursday, after a top-level career that spanned more than a decade.

Merga and Kibet triumph at 38th Bozen/Bolzano Run

Imane Merga on the way to winning BoClassic ahead of Mo Farah in 2010

Ethiopia’s Imane Merga, the 2011 Cross-Country World champion and Kenya’s Sylvia Kibet celebrated their second victory at the Bozen/Bolzano’s New Year’s Eve run on Monday as the duel between Kenya and Ethiopia ended in a tie.

Longosiwa and Merga set for new year eve's face-off in Bozen/Bolzano

Thomas Longosiwa at the London Olympics 2012/ Photo: Cameron Spencer

Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa (Kenya) to face World Champion Imane Merga (Ethiopia) at the 38th edition of the international New Year's Eve Run BOclassic in Bozen/Bolzano.

Tunisia: Lablak and Kimayo win maiden Marathon-Des-Oliviers-Sfax

Kenyan Ednah Kimayo receives the women's race winner plaque at 2012 Sfax Marathon / Photo: Babatunde Eludini/AthleticsAfrica

Moroccan athlete Khalid Lablak and Kenyan Ednah Kimaiyo were the top winners in Sunday’s maiden edition of the International Oliver Trees Marathon (Marathon-Des-Oliviers-Sfax) in Sfax city, Tunisia.

First international marathon race underway in Sfax City

A cross-section of local volunteers at Sfax Marathon / Photo: Babatunde Eludini/ATAF.co

The maiden edition of the International Oliver Trees Marathon (Marathon-Des-Oliviers-Sfax) gets underway in the beautiful city of Sfax, Tunisia this weekend. The first international Marathon to be held in the region.

Namibia: Bank Windhoek Athletics series kicks off in Oshakati

Namibian Athletes Hitjiverue Kaanjuka in action / Photo credit: Namibia Sport

More than 200 athletes are registered to take part in the first leg of the prestigious Bank Windhoek Grand Prix Series scheduled to take place at the Oshakati Stadium on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

Eko 2012: Uko and Imhoaperamhe take sprint titles at Nigeria National Sports Festival

Athletes jostle for positions in the men's 5000m at Eko 2012/ Photo: LOC

Ondo state's Peace Uko and Nicholas Imhoaperamhe from Rivers state last night won the 100m women and men titles respectively at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival (EKO 2012) inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Imane Merga, Sylvia Kibet sign up for BOclassic New Year Run

Pictured from left: Mo Farah & Imane Merga on the finish line in 2010  (Foto: BOclassic/Remo Mosna)

World Cross Country champion Imane Merga from Ethopia and vice world champion Sylvia Kibet from Kenya are the first big names to be presented for the 38th edition of the international New Year's Eve Run BOclassic in Bozen/Bolzano.

Botswana takes Spirit of World Plan awards for Africa

Botswana's pride - Amantle Montsho & Isaac Makwala / Photo Credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Botswana is the African beneficiary of the Spirit of World Plan Awards that was created to acknowledge outstanding initiatives that have exemplify the achievements of the Athletics’ World Plan in each of the six continental Areas of the IAAF.

Fredericks wins second term as Athletics Namibia President

Frank Fredericks, President of Athletics Namibia / Photo Credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Frank Fredericks will serve as president of Athletics Namibia (AN) for another term following an elective congress held at the Etuna Guesthouse Conference Centre in Ongwediva on Saturday November 17, 2012

Road to Rio 2016: SASCOC charges SA Coaches to look Beyond London

More than 900 attendees at the National SASCOC Coaches conference/Photo Credit: Linly De Beer

More than 900 delegates from national, provincial and state federations and unions attended the 2nd annual National SASCOC coaching framework conference, which ended today at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg from all sport codes, including a large group of athletics coaches.

Ethiopian big guns return for 2012 Obudu Mountain Race in Nigeria

Ethiopian Abebe Dinkesa on his way to winning the Obudu Mountain Race in 2010/ Photo: LOC

Ethiopians Abebe Dinkesa, Habtamu Fikadu, Hunegnaw Mesfin and Genet Yalew, all former champions, confirm their participations in the 8th Obudu International Mountain Race 2012 which holds at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Cross-River State, Nigeria on Saturday November 17.

Bank Windhoek lifts Athletics Namibia with N$300,000 cash injection

(L-R) Athletics Namibia President, Frank Fredericks, Bank Windhoek's MD Christo de Vries & others during the presentation/ Photo: AN

Bank Windhoek reaffirms its commitment towards Athletics Namibia, with a sponsorship of N$300 000 for the 2012/2013 season on Tuesday.

Chumba extends Kenya's winning streak in Eindhoven with course record

Dickson Chumba (KEN) winning at 2012 De Lage Landen marathon Eindhoven/Photo: Marathon Eindhoven Studio CLICK

Kenya's Dickson Chumba set a new course record to win the 2012 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven in a personal best of 2:05:46 and Ethiopia's Aberume Mekuria took the women's race in a personal best of 2:27:20 on Sunday.

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