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Stiff battle for supremacy in Cape Town - Africa Cross-Country Championships Preview

African Cross Country Championships 2011 in Cape Town/ Photo: African Athletics

Top African distance running nations, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and host South Africa will jostle for honours tomorrow at the 2nd CAA Africa Cross Country Championships, at Keurboom Park in Cape Town.

Haile Gebrselassie set for Vienna return to chase Radcliffe

Haile Gebrselassie in Vienna / Photo credit: PhotoRun.Net

Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie will return to the Vienna City Marathon,an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on April 15th to chase down Paula Radcliffe over Half Marathon.

Olympic family mourns General Adefope

Major General Henry Edmund Olufemi Adefope (Rtd)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed deep sadness over the death of former IOC member from Nigeria, Major General Henry Edmund Olufemi Adefope (Rtd), who died in Lagos on Sunday March 11, aged 84.

Kenyan Obiri upsets Ethiopia Defar's golden cart in Istanbul

Hellen Onsando Obiri poses after winning in Istanbul 2012/ Photo: PACE Sports Management

Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri stunned four-time champion, Meseret Defar in the women's 3000m at the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 in Istanbul, denying the Ethiopian a fifth straight title in 8:37.16.

Jelimo bounces back with Istanbul gold and Kenyan record

Pamela Jelimo winning in Istanbul/ Photo: IAAF/Getty

Kenya's reigning Olympic 800m champion, Pamela Jelimo, put three years of pain behind her to win her country's first women's Gold medal at the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 in Istanbul on Sunday.

Ethiopian legend Abebe Bikila named in 2012 IAAF Hall of Fame

Ethiopia legend Abebe Bikila / Photo: RBG FIT CLUB

Ethiopia legend Abebe Bikila has been named in the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall of Fame announced on the eve of the 14th edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, Istanbul 2012 today.

Semenya lauds Mutola's impact

Caster Semenya in Bellville on Saturday/Photo credit: Shaun Roy / Gallo Images

Former world 800m champion Caster Semenya says she has improved both her racing tactics and technique since joining new coach Maria Mutola after she won the women's 400m race at the second Interprovincial meet in Bellville on Saturday.

Kaanjuka, Mayova shine at Namibian Athletics Championships in Windhoek

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka / Photo Copyrights: Namibia Sport

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka and Globine Mayova were the stars of the show as they both won the sprint doubles at the Bank Windhoek National Senior Athletics Championships over the weekend.

Potgieter erases SA triple jump mark at Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Germiston

Charlene Potgieter in Action / Photo credit: Charlene Potgieter page

Charlene Potgieter broke the South Africa record in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 13.61m at the first Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Germiston on Saturday which also saw one World Indoor Championships qualifier and athletes qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

IOC's Rogge & UN's Ban-ki-Moon set for weekend visit to OYDC in Lusaka

IOC logo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a joint visit to the Olympic Youth Development Centre and other community sports projects this upcoming weekend in Lusaka, Zambia.

Diamond returns with win over Herunga at Khomas Regionals

Hitjiverue Kaanjuka leads men's 100m / Photo: Namibia Sport

Returning sprinter Merlyn Diamond wins the women's 100m as the Khomas Athletics Region held its final preparation trials on Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, ahead of this weekend’s National Athletics Championships.

Kipchoge, Defar, Dibaba, Aman and Chepseba impress in Birmingham - Aviva Grand Prix wrap

Defar leads Obiri and Burka during the 3000m yesterday/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge destroyed Briton Mohammed (Mo) Farah on home turf, World leads and stadium records from Ethiopians Meseret Defar, Genzebe Dibaba and Mohammed Aman highlights African performances at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix meet in Birmingham on Saturday.

Flu stops Cheruiyot from Birmingham Grand Prix showdown

Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot at the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships

Kenya's double world 5000 and 10,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot and Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, has had to withdraw from this Saturday’s Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham after coming down with a bout of flu.

Moroccans Akkaoui, Selsouli and Iguider shine in Lievin

Abdelaati Iguider (Morocco) at Doha 2010/Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Moroccans Malika Akkaoui and Meryem Selsouli set national records in the women's 800 & 1500 metres and compatriot Abdelaati Iguider won the men's 1500 metres in world leading time at the Meeting Pas de Calais (an IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting) in Liévin, France on Tuesday.

Vivian Cheruiyot to kickstart 2012 season in Birmingham

Vivian Cheruiyot at the Laureus Awards/ Photo: Getty/Laureus

Four-time World Champion and 2011 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Vivian Cheruiyot will run her only indoor race this season at the Aviva Grand Prix on Saturday, as she steps up preparations for London 2012 Olympic gold.

Kenyans Chepseba and Longosiwa storm to world leads in Dusseldorf

Start of the men's 5000m in Düsseldorf 2012 / Photo: Organisers

Kenyan Thomas Longosiwa produced a stunning last lap sprint to set a world leading 12:58.67; Compatriot Nixon Chepseba produced a 3:35.53 world lead and Ignisious Gaisah scored one over Khotso Mokoena to highlight top African performances at the 7th PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf on Friday night.

Egypt joins London 2012 International Inspiration programme

International Inspiration launch in Egypt (Ben Duffy Photography)

Egypt has been named the 20th and final country to join the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) ground-breaking legacy programme, International Inspiration.

IAAF's Coe and Bayi in Tanzania to inspire kids

Coe and Bayi (centre) with kids in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (IAAF)

Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi and IAAF's Vice President & London 2012 Organising Committee Chair, Sebastian Coe visited Kibasila School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this week to inspire Kids in Athletics

Namibia: Khomas Athletics Championships holds February 18th

Photo: Namibia Sport

The annual Khomas Region Track and Field Championship is billed for Saturday, February 18 at the Independence Stadium, Windhoek.

Cheruiyot and Pistorius win coveted Laureus sport awards

 Academy member Kip Keino and Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year winner Vivian Cheruiyot/ (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)

Kenya’s extraordinary distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot was awarded the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award for 2011 and South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius was presented with the Laureus Disability Award at an awards ceremony held at Central Hall, Westminster, London last night.

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