athletics

 
Faster Caster is just hitting her stride and might be on her way to new world record
Faster Caster is just hitting her stride and might be on her way to new world record
Caster Semenya calls Toby Sutcliffe “Dad”. Sutcliffe, the brains behind the High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria (Tuks),...
Nature and nurture tell a big part of the story about two of SA's Rio-bound athletes
Nature and nurture tell a big part of the story about two of SA's Rio-bound athletes
Sitting not far apart in economy class on an aircraft bound for Canada six years ago were two singular young South African athletes. They were part...
Rio 2016 Olympics: Win or lose, Caster Semenya will run into an ugly firestorm
Rio 2016 Olympics: Win or lose, Caster Semenya will run into an ugly firestorm
When Caster Semenya won the world championship 800m final in Berlin in 2009, she was rewarded with a ban on competing on top of a crushing...
Homecoming of sorts for hurdles coach
Homecoming of sorts for hurdles coach
One of the more interesting sideshows in the pre-Olympics merry-go-round concerns the role of women coaches – particularly on the track. ...
New clouds over Caster Semenya's stellar form
New clouds over Caster Semenya's stellar form
Little-known middle-distance athlete Samuel Sepeng has been credited with being one of the hidden factors behind Caster Semenya’s phenomenal...
Lebogang Shange's fast walk to fame
Lebogang Shange's fast walk to fame
In 2008 Lebogang Shange was eking out a living in Orange Farm on the southern outskirts of Jo’burg, wondering miserably about his future. An...
SA athletics high on speed
SA athletics high on speed
More than a Trivial Pursuit question but possibly less than a household name, former sprinter Mathew Quinn gets excited when discussing South...
Go, Wayde, mom's right behind you
Go, Wayde, mom's right behind you
"I was known to be a very fast runner,” Odessa Swarts recalls. “I was a big girl, not fat, but I weighed between 72 and 74kg at 16. They used to...
Doping: Russia is definitely not alone
Doping: Russia is definitely not alone
Have you heard the one about the athletics coach who gets tipped off by his local airport whenever anti-doping staff land? Or the lab with the...
Now she's a runner not a fighter
Now she's a runner not a fighter
Mira Rai is a low-profile type of national hero. When she walked through Nepal’s crowded international airport recently, no one made much of a...
Up to speed: Why are Jamaicans so fast?
Up to speed: Why are Jamaicans so fast?
The American essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan once wondered what made Jamaican music so special. How on earth, he asked, had this small Caribbean...
See how these South Africans run
See how these South Africans run
The crème de la crème of South African athletes is among a 31-member squad that will feature in the International Association of...

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