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Dibaba demolish Kenyan rivals, Okagbare soars to new heights - London 2012 Day 1

Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) celebrates after winning the 10,000m women Gold at the London 2012 Olympics / Photo Credit: LOCOG

Tirunesh Dibaba won the much anticipated women's 10,000m and Ethiopia's first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics Games last night in a stunning fashion whilst Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare stormed to a new PB in the women's 100m round 1.

London 2012: Ghana to wear Saucony gears at the Olympics

The Ghana contingent at the last African Championships in Benin 2012/ Photo by Yomi Omogbeja

The Ghana Athletics Association has received a massive boost ahead of the London Olympic Games following the delivery of a consignment of kits from American sports apparel manufacturer Saucony.

London 2012: South Africa select Semenya to carry flag at Olympics

South Africa - Team SA at the AAC 2010 in Nairobi / Photo by Yomi Omogbeja (All Rights Reserved)

Former world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya has been selected to carry South Africa's flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games next weekend.

Okagbare upsets stellar field, Kiplagat, Cheruiyot win at Crystal Palace - London Samsung DL

Okagbare wins in London/Photo Copyrights: Samsung Diamond League/Mark Shearman

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare destroyed a stellar 100m field, sets a new personal best; Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot takes a routine women's 5000m win and Silas Kiplagat takes the Emsley Carr Mile in 3:52.44 in weekend's Aviva London Grand Prix - Samsung Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace.

WADA President issues pre-Olympic warning to doping athletes

Say No to Doping

The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) President, John Fahey, warns athletes who are doping to withdraw from their national teams and stay away from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Kumasi agog for 2012 rLG Ghana Grand Prix

rLG Ghana Grand Prix meet Logo

The Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi will today host the 2012 rlg Ghana Grand Prix as over 45 foreign athletes and 60 locally based Ghanaian athletes compete for honours as part of their tune up for the London Olympic Games.

Three African relay teams qualify for London 2012

SA & Kenya will compete in London, Nigeria misses out / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Only three African countries made the cut to run the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m Relays at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London this month, the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed.

Kenya's Keino set for IAAF Hall of Fame Induction

Kip Keino from Kenya

Kenya’s Kip Keino, twice Olympic champion and multiple World record breaker, is the latest athletics legend to be named as one of the 24 inaugural Members of the IAAF Hall of Fame which has been created to mark the year of the IAAF Centenary.

Oke retains title, Kenya sweep 10,000m and South Africa leads medal table - Africa Championships Day 4

Kenya women lead in the 10,000m race/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Nigeria's Tosin Oke retained his African Triple Jump title, Kenya women swept the 10,000m medals and South Africa leads medal table at the end of day four of the18th Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Porto-Novo, Benin Republic on Saturday.

Montsho, Okagbare surge to Championship Records in Benin - African Champs Day 3

Botswana's Amantle Montsho & Isaac Makwala in Benin / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Reigning World and Commonwealth 400m champion, Amantle Montsho of Botswana and Olympic Long Jump Bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria coasted to new Championship records on day three of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships here at the Charles de Gaulle stadium in Porto-Novo, Benin.

Zang-Milama dethrones Okagbare as African queen, Kenyans dominant - African Championships Day 2

Ruddy Zang-Milama edges past Blessing Okagbare in Benin/Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Gabon's petite sprinter Ruddy Zang-Milama defied all odds to beat the defending champion Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria to the Gold medal on day two of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Porto-Novo, Benin with Kenyans dominating the long distance races and smashing the Championship records.

Nigeria select 44 for 2012 Africa Senior Championships in Benin

Blessing Okagbare in Calabar 2012/ Photo: Segun Ogunfeyintimi

Nigeria selectors chose a team of 44 athletes to represent the West African nation at the 18th African Senior Athletics Championships scheduled to begin on Tuesday June 26 at the Stade d’Lamite in Port Novo, Benin Republic.

African champions Van Zyl and Viljoen in Benin to defend crowns

South African Javelin record holder Sunette Viljoen

South African's reigning African 400m hurdles and Javelin champions, LJ van Zyl and Sunette Viljoen will arrive in Benin tommorow for the 18th Africa Senior Athletics Championships looking for their fourth and third consecutive titles respectively at the Africa showpiece.

Okagbare adds Long Jump Gold, Chukwuemeka & Gbagbeke impress in Calabar - Nigeria Champs Day 3 wrap

Blessing Okagbare soaring to 6.97m in Calabar / Photo: Segun Ogunfeyintimi

Blessing Okagbare completed her double with a huge Long Jump PB, Vivian Chukwuemeka and Stanley Gbagbeke impressed with decent distances as the 66th All Nigeria (Olympic Trials) / Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships ends in Calabar.

Metu returns with two A Standards, Oke hits new PB in Calabar - Nigeria Champs Day 2

Tosin Oke winning in Calabar 2012 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Obinna Metu proved his doubters wrong with two Olympic A Standards to reclaim the Nigerian men's 100m title and Tosin Oke retained his Triple jump crown on Day two of the 66th All-Nigeria (Olympic Trials)/Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships in Calabar on Wednesday.

Okagbare edges past Asumnu to 4th consecutive All-Nigerian title in Calabar- Nigeria Champs Day 1

Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu & Lawretta Ozoh on the podium/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Defending champion, Blessing Okagbare, wins her fourth successive Nigerian women's 100m title ahead of Delta State's compatriot Gloria Asunmu at the 66th All Nigeria (Olympic Trials)/Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships in Calabar on Tuesday.

Benin 2012: South-Africa selects 75 athletes for African Championships team

South African team march at Nairobi 2010 AAC / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Athletics South Africa (ASA) names a 75-member strong team to represent SA at next month's 18th African Senior Championships in Athletics in Porto Novo, Benin from June 27 to July 1, 2012.

Namibia select a team of 13 for CAA Southern Regionals in Harare

Namibian Junior Athletes in training / Photo: Namibia Sport

Athletics Namibia has selected a team of 13 athletes to represent the country at the Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region Youth Championships which take place in Harare, Zimbabwe on May 27.

South Africa to send team of 31 to Barcelona - IAAF World Junior Championships

Morné Moolman of South Africa / Photo:NemethJavelins

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has announced a final team of 31 athletes to represent the southern African nation at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain from July 10-15, 2012.

Quarter-milers standout at 4th AFN Golden League in Port-Harcourt

Harry Chukwudike wins at the AFN Golden League

A hotly contested women's 400m was the highlight of the 4th AFN/NDDC Golden League meet held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Saturday May 19th

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