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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.

Kenya's Ndiema seeks high marks in Eindhoven Marathon

Eric Ndiema (KEN) relaxing with the traditional Dutch indoor game sjoelen/ Photo: Spain Sports Services

Kenyan Eric Ndiema hopes to make an impact in Sunday's De Lage Landen Marathon, despite a few worries in getting to Eindhoven, with internal flight problems in Kenya meaning that he only arrived in the Dutch city on Friday.

WADA finalises second phase of Code consultation process

The World Anti-Doping Agency - WADA

WADA completes second Code consultation phase, ending the four-and-half month period during which WADA stakeholders have been able to make their recommendations for amending the World Anti-Doping Code and related International Standards.

Ethiopian Jisa targets 2:04 run in Marathon Eindhoven

Sisay Jisa (ETH) & Tadesse Tola (ETH) with De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven race director Edgar de Veer / Photo credit: Studio CLACK

Ethiopia's Sisay Jisa, 29, will become a De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven hero if he hits his target of running 2:04 in the Dutch race on Sunday October 14, 2012.

Marathon: Tola seeks course record to end Kenya's winning streak in Eindhoven

Eindhoven Marathon website image

Ethiopia's Tadesse Tola will be looking to improve his personal best and also the course record on his return to the De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven on Sunday October 14, 2012.

Moscow 2013 to open ticket sales on October 15th

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the XIV IAAF World Championships, Moscow 2013, will start selling tickets on the internet on October 15, 2012 - almost 1 year before the global championships.

Athletics SA sacks CEO Frik Vermaak for misappropriation of funds

Former ASA CEO, Frik Vermaak / Photo: ASA

Athletics South Africa terminates the employment of its chief executive officer, Mr Frik Vermaak for gross misconduct, gross dishonesty and poor work performance after a two-day hearing.

World Half Marathon 2012: South Africa pick Mokoka and Kalmer for Kavarna

Stephen Mokoka at CAA Benin 2012 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Athletics South Africa (ASA) selects Stephen Mokoka and René Kalmer to lead the teams for the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships taking place in Kavarna, Bulgaria on October 6.

IAAF and Toyota extend World Championships partnerships till 2017

IAAF CENTENARY LOGO

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is delighted to announce that, with the support of IAAF Marketing Partner Dentsu, the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has signed an agreement to continue as an official partner of the IAAF World Championships until 2017.

Brazil's Oliveira stuns South-African Pistorius to claim Paralympic T44 gold

Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil is congratulated by Oscar Pistorius of South Africa after winning gold in the Men's 200m - T44 on Day 4 / Photo: LOCOG

Brazil's Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira produced a blistering finish to edge out defending champion Oscar Pistorius in the men's 200m - T44 final at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

London 2012: Kiprotich shocks Kenyans to claim Uganda's first marathon gold

The men's marathon podium finishers at London 2012 / Photo: Locog

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich produced one of the biggest shocks of the London 2012 Olympic Games to win the men's marathon on The Mall on Sunday, claiming Uganda's first athletics gold for 40 years.

South Africa: Semenya targets Rio 2016 for Olympic Games glory

Caster Semenya after the 800m final / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja at the Olympic Stadium in London

South African Olympic silver medallist in the women's 800m, Caster Semenya, says she will put all her efforts over the next four years into winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

London2012: Ethiopian Defar steps out of her rivals' shadows to regain title

Meseret Defar walking away from the track after her winning celebration in London/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja at the Olympic Stadium

Meseret Defar of Ethiopia acheived the rare feat of regaining an Olympic athletics title when the Athens 2004 5000m gold medallist triumphed again at the London 2012 Olympic Games, winning in 15 minutes 4.25 seconds on Friday.

London 2012: Rudisha breaks 800m World Record, Amos grabs Botswana's 1st Olympic medal

David Rudisha celebrates after his World Record Run in London / Photo: LOCOG

David Rudisha of Kenya broke his own World record in the 800m clocking 1:40.91 at the Olympic Stadium in London last night in what may go down in history as the finest performance ever at an Olympic Games, with World junior champion, Nijel Amos, taking a first Games silver medal in 1:41.73 for Botswana.

London 2012: South Africa handed 4x400m relay reprieve

Pistorius waits at the change over not aware his colleague has fallen down / Photo: LOCOG

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius's historic Olympic campaign gained a reprieve on Thursday as the South Africa team were given a place in Friday's 4x400m relay final on appeal.

London 2012: Makhloufi nicks Gold for Algeria; Ahoure, Rudisha and others claim final slots

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi winning the men's 1500m at London Olympics / Photo: LOCOG

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi claims men's 1500m gold medal, Kenya's David Rudisha led other Africans to the men's 800m final with Cote D'Ivoire's Murielle Ahoure is the continent's only participant in the women's 200m Final

Amos keeps Botswana’s Olympic dream alive, advances to Semi-finals

Nijel Amos of Botswana fights it out with Abubaker Kaki of Sudan

London2012 Olympics: Botswanas looks up to Nijel Amos as Amantle Montsho misses podium by 0.03 secs and Izak Makwala misses qualification to semis by 0.06 secs

London 2012: Odumosu smashed National Record for Olympic final spot

Ajoke Odumosu winning the African Championships in Porto-Novo in June 2012 / Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Nigeria's dwindling medal hopes in Athletics gets a boost at the Olympic Stadium on Monday after Ajoke Odumosu overhauled a quality field in the women's 400 metres hurdles to qualify for the final in a new national record of 54.40 secs.

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