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SA's Evans to represent Africa & Oceania on IAU Council

Athletics South Africa President, James Evans / Photo: ASA

Athletics South Africa President, James Evans, has been re-elected for a further four-year term as the Area Representative for Africa and Oceania on the Executive Council of the International Association of Ultra runners (IAU)

Keitany breaks African record, Kipsang impresses at 2012 London Marathon

Prince Harry with Mary Keitany & Wilson Kipsang / Photo: Reuters

Kenyans Mary Keitany and Wilson Kipsang destroyed two of the best fields ever assembled to win the 2012 Virgin London Marathon titles by impressive margins, the former retaining her crown from 12 months ago.

Nigeria: Local athletes storm Nsukka for AFN/NDDC Golden League

Harry Chukwudike

Nigerian athletes descend on Nsukka for the 2nd AFN/NDDC Golden League 2012, which holds on Saturday April 21 at the University of Nigeria (UNN) Sports Complex, with Olympic qualifications on their mind

London 2012: South Africa unveil team Ambassadors at 100 days-to-go Olympic launch

SA Athletes / Photo Credit: Wessel OOSTHUIZEN / South African Sports Picture Agency

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) today hosted the celebration of the important 100 days-to-go landmark for the much anticipated 2012 Olympics Games in London.

Sugut, Tola defend titles in Vienna, Gebrselassie beat Radcliffe in OMV Champions Race

Henry Sugut winning Vienna City Marathon/Photo Credit: VCM/Jean-Pierre Durand

Kenyan Henry Sugut won the 29th edition of the Vienna City Marathon, clocking an Austrian all-comer record of 2:06:58 while Ethiopian Fate Tola defends her title. Haile Gebrselassie beats Paula Radcliffe in the OMV Champions Race

Mokoka hits Olympics 10K standard, Kalmer with 32nd national title in Port Elizabeth

Stephen Mokoka / Photo credit: Cuan Walker

South African distance runner, Stephen Mokoka, set his first Olympic qualifying time in the men's 10,000 metres race on the opening day of the SA Senior Athletics Championships in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Rudisha seeks third successive Samsung Diamond League trophy

David Rudisha at Melbourne Meet 2011 / Photo: Athletics Australia

Kenya's 800m World record holder and World champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, has become the latest global superstar of the sport to commit himself to the 2012 Samsung Diamond League.

Nigeria's Obiekwe heads to 116th Boston Marathon 2012

Nigeria’s Esther Obiekwe, "The Running Banker"

Nigeria’s Esther Obiekwe, also known as "the Running Banker", is the sole Nigerian representative at the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday April 16, 2012.

Zimbabwe’s Muzhingi takes 2012 Two Oceans ultra marathon crown

The 2012 Two Oceans Marathon mosaic

Three-times Comrades marathon winner, Stephen Muzhingi from Zimbabwe wins the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town on Saturday, along with the R250,000 prize money.

Kenyan Yegon and more elite runners added to Vienna City Marathon field

Kenya's Gilbert Yegon Photo Credit: Photorun.net

Kenyan Gilbert Yegon hopes Vienna’s recent tradition of no second time winners will continue and play in his favour. The Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Race.

Omaka, Bamidele dominate 1st AFN-NDDC Golden League, Port-Harcourt

Nigeria’s 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) champion, Josephine Omaka/Photo credit: Mark Ouma

Nigeria’s 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) champion, Josephine Omaka (CDA) and Bamidele Taiwo (Immigration Track Club) were the bright sparks at the 1st AFN/NDDC Golden League Meeting held at the Adokie Amesiamaka Stadium in Port-Harcourt last weekend.

South Africa names 33 juniors for Windhoek Southern Regionals

SA junior jumper at AJC Botswana 2011 / Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/Press Photo

Athletics South Africa announces a junior team of 33 athletes to compete at the CAA Southern Region Junior Championships holding in Windhoek, Namibia on April 28 - 29, 2012.

Nigeria: Top athletes storm Port-Harcourt for AFN Golden League

Harry Chukwudike leads at the Nigerian U-18 championships / Photo: Sunny Oke Oluku

Top local athletes have arrived in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state for the first leg of the 2012 Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League meeting holding at the Adokie Amesiamaka Stadium this weekend.

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London 2012: Nigerian athletes to get N1.5M for each Gold medal

Nigeria Athletes in training for the last Olympics / Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Nigeria athletes, who will be taking part in this summer's Olympic Games, have received a boost from Cowbell Milk as mouth watering cash prizes of up to 1.5m Naira (10,000 USD) will be given to Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in London.

Kosgei set to impress in marathon, seeks PB in Hannover

Reuben Kosgei in Vienna 2009 / Photo Credit: PhotoRun.Net

Kenya’s Olympic Steeplechase Champion from Sydney 2000, Reuben Kosgei, intends to finally make a major impact in the marathon starting with the TUI Hannover Marathon on May 6, 2012.

Mzazi and Ramolefi miss London 2012 A-standard in Stellenbosch

James Evans, President of Athletics South Africa

Gauteng North Gladwin Mzazi wins men’s 5000m, Ruben Ramolefi easily won the men's 3000m, but both missed the A qualifying standard for the London Olympics, whilst Pierre de Villiers set a new SA record in the men's 3000m walk, at the first Yellow Pages meeting of the series in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.

Onyali backs Team Nigeria to shine at London 2012 Olympics

L-R: Passing the Baton - African sprint champion Blessing Okagbare receives a cheque from former African queen, Mary Onyali, at the All-Nigeria Championships in Calabar last year.

Atlanta 1996 200m bronze medalist, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi has backed the Nigerian track and field team to excel at this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, United Kingdom.

Kenya retains African team crown in Cape Town - Africa Cross-Country Championships wrap

Kenyan cross country women's team

Kenya retained the team title with individual victories in junior women’s 6km, senior women’s 8km and senior men’s 12km at the 2nd CAA Africa Cross Country Championships held at in Cape Town, South Africa today.

Makwalakwale wins 2012 Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km

William Makwalakwale wins the 2012 Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km.

William Makwalakwale win the 2012 Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km in two hours 51 minutes five seconds on Saturday, leaving over 6 000 runners strung out around the dam in his wake.

Oscar Pistorius hits London 2012 Olympic qualifying mark again

Oscar Pistorius /Photo: LOCOG

South Africa double-amputee athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has again run inside the 400 metres qualifying time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this time 45.20 at a provincial championships for Gauteng North.

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