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South Africa names 33 juniors for Windhoek Southern Regionals

SA junior jumper at AJC Botswana 2011 / Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/Press Photo

Athletics South Africa announces a junior team of 33 athletes to compete at the CAA Southern Region Junior Championships holding in Windhoek, Namibia on April 28 - 29, 2012.

Bekele, Cheruiyot, Dibaba and Jelimo top Doha bill - Samsung Diamond League

Samsung Diamond League 2012 Doha - Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Top African stars Kenenisa Bekele, Vivian Cheruiyot, Genzebe Dibaba, Abubaker Kaki and Pamela Jelimo headline first names for the opening meeting of the 2012 Samsung Diamond League season which blasts off on Friday May 11 in Doha, Qatar.

Show Your Best: US Triathlete wins trip to London 2012

US Triathlete Ryan Celestain of Tulsa, Oklahoma

US Triathlete Ryan Celestain of Tulsa, Oklahoma, becomes the winner of the IOC’s “Show Your Best” Campaign and wins Trip to London 2012 Olympic Games.

IOC says London is ready to host the Olympic Games

The Olympic Park in Straford

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for London 2012 concludes its 10th and final visit to the 2012 host city with the message that London is ready to welcome the world’s best athletes and Olympic and Paralympic fans this summer.

Nigeria: Top athletes storm Port-Harcourt for AFN Golden League

Harry Chukwudike leads at the Nigerian U-18 championships / Photo: Sunny Oke Oluku

Top local athletes have arrived in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state for the first leg of the 2012 Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League meeting holding at the Adokie Amesiamaka Stadium this weekend.

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London 2012: Nigerian athletes to get N1.5M for each Gold medal

Nigeria Athletes in training for the last Olympics / Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Nigeria athletes, who will be taking part in this summer's Olympic Games, have received a boost from Cowbell Milk as mouth watering cash prizes of up to 1.5m Naira (10,000 USD) will be given to Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in London.

Kosgei set to impress in marathon, seeks PB in Hannover

Reuben Kosgei in Vienna 2009 / Photo Credit: PhotoRun.Net

Kenya’s Olympic Steeplechase Champion from Sydney 2000, Reuben Kosgei, intends to finally make a major impact in the marathon starting with the TUI Hannover Marathon on May 6, 2012.

Mzazi and Ramolefi miss London 2012 A-standard in Stellenbosch

James Evans, President of Athletics South Africa

Gauteng North Gladwin Mzazi wins men’s 5000m, Ruben Ramolefi easily won the men's 3000m, but both missed the A qualifying standard for the London Olympics, whilst Pierre de Villiers set a new SA record in the men's 3000m walk, at the first Yellow Pages meeting of the series in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.

Onyali backs Team Nigeria to shine at London 2012 Olympics

L-R: Passing the Baton - African sprint champion Blessing Okagbare receives a cheque from former African queen, Mary Onyali, at the All-Nigeria Championships in Calabar last year.

Atlanta 1996 200m bronze medalist, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi has backed the Nigerian track and field team to excel at this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, United Kingdom.

Kenya retains African team crown in Cape Town - Africa Cross-Country Championships wrap

Kenyan cross country women's team

Kenya retained the team title with individual victories in junior women’s 6km, senior women’s 8km and senior men’s 12km at the 2nd CAA Africa Cross Country Championships held at in Cape Town, South Africa today.

Makwalakwale wins 2012 Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km

William Makwalakwale wins the 2012 Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km.

William Makwalakwale win the 2012 Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km in two hours 51 minutes five seconds on Saturday, leaving over 6 000 runners strung out around the dam in his wake.

Oscar Pistorius hits London 2012 Olympic qualifying mark again

Oscar Pistorius /Photo: LOCOG

South Africa double-amputee athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has again run inside the 400 metres qualifying time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this time 45.20 at a provincial championships for Gauteng North.

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.

Defar lands in Istanbul with fifth Gold on her mind

Meseret Defar and Vivian Cheruiyot at the AAC Nairobi 2010 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar will be chasing an unprecedented fifth consecutive Indoor gold medal at 3000m when the 9th IAAF World Indoor Championships kicks off in Istanbul this weekend (9-11 March).

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.

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