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SASCOC lauds Oscar Pistorius on Laureus award

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa at the Winners Studio during the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Central Hall Westminster on February 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for Laureus)

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president Gideon Sam congratulated "blade runner" Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for winning the 2012 Laureus World sportsperson of the year award.

Ngamole, Bosman are South African champions, eye Olympic squads

SA's Coolboy Ngamole / Photo credit: Centerblog.net

Coolboy Ngamole made a strong bid for the country's Olympic Games squad on Sunday, setting his second qualifying time to win the SA Marathon Championships in George, whilst Charne Bosman defended her women's title, but missed the Olympic A-standard by nearly five minutes.

Athletics Nigeria restructures, appoints Egbunike as chief coach

AFN President Chief Solomon Ogba in Abuja 2008 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) restructures their coaching set-up, appointed zonal coaches with former African 400 metres champion Innocent Egbunike as chief athletics coach and set June 25th for London 2012 team announcement.

Kenyan star David Rudisha returns to Australian tour

David Rudisha at the Nairobi AAC 2010/Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Kenya's World 800m champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, is hoping a return visit to Sydney and Melbourne, for the Qantas Australian Athletics Tour 2012, will put him on the path to Olympic glory

Kenya pencils all-star marathon cast for London 2012

Patrick Makau WR in Berlin 2011 / Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun

Athletics Kenya has named a provisional marathon team of 12 runners, six women and six men for the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London in a quest to win back-to-back gold medal.

South Africa's Zola Budd receives trophy 28 years later

Former world record holder & SA sensation Zola Budd / Photo: GlobeRunner.org

Former world record holder & barefoot running sensation Zola Budd received her Newsmaker of the Year trophy on Friday, 28 years after she had been selected to get the award by the Johannesburg Press Club.

Bank Windhoek Grand Prix to conclude in Windhoek on Saturday

Reigning sprint champion, Jesse Urikhob in action / Photo Credit: Namibia Sport

The Athletics Namibia’s 2012 year plan will kick off this weekend with the conclusion of the third and final leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix series.

Record turnout at Namibian athletics coaching course

Namibia Training Clinic in Windhoek / Photo credit: Namibia Sport

The annual Athletics Course and Training Camp organised by Quinton Steele Botes, which started on Monday at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium, Namibia has drawn a record 357 participants.

Edwin Soi defeats two world champions at BoClassics

Wilson Kiprop and Edwin Soi (Foto: BOclassic/Mosna)

Fourth victory for Kenya's Edwin Soi at Bozen/Bolzano’s New Year’s Eve Run ahead of compatriot Wilson Kiprop with Ethiopian Imane Merga third and World Champion Vivian Cheruiyot repeats last year’s victory.

BOclassic: Out of two make three ... World Champions!

Mo Farah, Imane Merga, Edwin Soi & Silas Kipruto (Foto: BOclassic/Daniele Mosna)

The 37th edition of Bozen/Bolzano's New Year's Eve Run for the first time with three reigning world champions - title holders Imane Merga and Vivian Cheruiyot, half marathon world champion Wilson Kiprop.

Kenyan Komon runs another world-class time in Berlin 10K

Leonard Komon wins the ASICS Grand 10/Photo Credit: Berlin Runs / Jürgen Engler

Leonard Komon has again clocked a world-class 10K time in Berlin on Sunday. The defending champion from Kenya took the ASICS Grand 10 with 27:15 minutes, exactly matching the world leading time of his fellow countryman Micah Kogo.

Namibia's Naigambo wins gold at CAA SR Half Marathon in Swaziland

Namibian team at the 2011 (CAA SR) Half Marathon/Photo: Namibia Sport

The mountain kingdom of Swaziland this past weekend played host to the 2011 Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region (CAA SR) Half Marathon where former Namibian sports woman of the year, Beata Naigambo, victoriously crossed the finish line as champion in the senior women’s category.

Cheruiyot among African stars to run at 2011 Chicago Marathon

Kenya's Evans Cheruiyot

Kenya's Evans Cheruiyot will return to the 2011 Chicago Marathon after missing the race since his 2008 triumph due to injury, organisers of the October 9 race said on Wednesday

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