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Gebrselassie wins fifth Manchester 10k title, Masai dominates women's race

Haile Gebrselassie wins in Manchester again

Ethiopian distance running legend, Haile Gebrselassie posted a dominant victory over a quality field to win his fifth Bupa Great Manchester 10K Run in a time of 27 minutes and 39 seconds on Sunday.

Ethiopians Dibaba & Gebrhiwet, Kenyan Chemos shine in Shanghai - Samsung Diamond League

Genzebe Dibaba wins in Shanghai DL / Photo credit: Xinhua/Meng Yongmin

Genzebe Dibaba sets an Ethiopian record 3:57.77 in the women's 1500m, her compatriot Hagos Gebrhiwet wins men's 5000m in a world leading 13:11.00, whilst Kenyans Milcah Chemos (3000m S/C women, 9:15.81) and Leonard Kosencha (800m men,1:46.05) took comfortable wins on a rainy evening at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, China on Saturday.

Adeloye, Ifemosu secure Barcelona 2012 ticket at DK Olukoya Nigerian youth championships

Nigerian young athletes /Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Tosin Adeloye and Dare Ifemosu were the star performers, with both bettering the IAAF World Juniors qualification standards, at the two-day 2nd AFN/D.K Olukoya National U-18 Athletics Championship which concluded at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Centre in Lagos on Saturday.

Calabar readies to host 66th All-Nigeria Athletics Championships

The Women's 400m final at Calabar 2012/ Photo: Mark Ouma

The Cross-River state government appoints deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, as the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 66th Cross River State/All-Nigeria Athletics Championships which holds June 21-23, 2012 in Calabar.

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Athletics Nigeria task Coaches on athletes monitoring

AFN President, Solomon Ogba / Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has charged athletics coaches in the African country to concentrate on grassroots development and monitoring of school sports competitions to groom young athletes for the nation.

Kenyans distance runners sweep to World Leads in Doha - Samsung Diamond League report

Samsung Diamond League Logo

Kenyans scored an early season victory over arch-rival Ethiopians at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Doha as Vivian Cheruiyot, Pamela Jelimo, David Rudisha, Augustine Choge, Silas Kiplagat and Paul Kipsiele Koech all stormed to world leading times at Qatar Sports Club stadium in the Qatari capital last night.

Abshero joins Gebrselassie and Makau in Bupa Great Manchester Run 2012

Ethiopian Ayele Abshero / Photo: Colombo/FIDAL

Ethiopian Ayele Abshero, the 2012 World Marathon Leader, will face Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) and Patrick Makau (Kenya), the past and present incumbents of the title, at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday May 20th.

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)

IAAF Fantasy Athletics reopens for Samsung Diamond League

IAAF FANTASY League 2012 / Credit: IAAF

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) re-opens the IAAF Fantasy Athletics game on IAAF.org for the 2012 Samsung Diamond League series.

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.

London 2012: Organisers unveil motto, Olympic rings with 100 days to go

Photo Credit: LOCOG / Guardsmen from the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh Guards mark 100 days to go

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) unveils the motto for the Games – ‘Inspire a generation’, reflecting the promise made when London won the bid, as part of the celebrations marking 100 days to go to the Olympic Games.

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.

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