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Christian Taylor, the illustrious double Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion in the triple jump, has officially retired from international athletics following his participation in the Holloway Pro Classic in Gainesville last Friday. At 34, Taylor is celebrated as one of the most accomplished triple jumpers in the sport's...
Ferdinand Omanyala is ranked the third fastest sprinter in the world and ninth fastest in history. He is affectionately referred to as the Beast from the East and he lives up to billing anytime he competes in his 100m race. This time around however, Omanyala is not just putting in the sweat and miles on the track in preparation for the upcoming Olympics, but he is also drawing strength from his faith.
London, England; 21 July 2024 –  The stars of Australian athletics have made a statement days before the Paris Olympics begins, with Mackenzie Little, Nina Kennedy and Oli Hoare clinching wins at the London Diamond League, while the Australian women’s 4x100m relay team strike again with another record breaking performance.
Pierce LePage, the current global decathlon champion, said on Wednesday that he will not be participating in the Olympics in Paris because of an injury. The Canadian athlete has not recovered in time for the forthcoming games after suffering a herniated disc in his back during training in late April.
Ruth Chepngetich is set to compete for her third consecutive victory at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13. The 2019 world champion clinched victories in Chicago in 2021 and 2022 and secured a second-place finish last year behind Sifan Hassan.
Last week, Jake Wightman celebrated a milestone birthday with little fanfare, a common scenario when it falls amidst the busy outdoor athletics season. "It's a tough number, so I can’t say I was eagerly anticipating it," Wightman remarked with a chuckle. "It's always tricky in July because you can’t really celebrate. I'll plan something for the off-season when I can actually enjoy and relax."
In 2021, Freddie Crittenden kissed the track in Eugene, thinking it would be his last competition. "I was saying goodbye," he remembered. "I thought I was done."Three years earlier, Crittenden barely qualified for Eugene, competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials for the 110-meter hurdles. Unfortunately, he didn't make it past the semifinals. "I almost gave up," he said. "I was broke, didn’t earn anything that year, and didn’t get out of the semis."
In an unexpected turn of events at the Boilermaker 15K on Sunday, John Korir claimed the top spot, surprising many onlookers. Korir, who had finished second in his debut race through the streets of Utica last year, emerged victorious this time, defeating his fellow Kenyan, Jemal Yimer. Yimer, who had set records and won the race for the past two years, finished just five seconds behind Korir's winning time of 42 minutes, 10.04 seconds.
Continuing the tradition of British teenage athletes making a splash on the Olympic stage, 17-year-old Phoebe Gill is the latest sensation to watch. Following Keely Hodgkinson's memorable silver medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics three years ago, Gill is now stepping into the spotlight. She has recently turned professional...
Ludovic Pommeret (FRA) set a new men's course record at the 2024 Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, cementing his legacy as a premier athlete in ultra-trail running.