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Wayde van Niekerk, the eternal underdog

Injury saw the Olympic champion dubbed an underdog going into the race he won in record-breaking fashion in Rio. But it’s a position he knows well, and now he has an extra year to heal and train

What we talk about when we talk about Caster Semenya

Semenya's fight tells us much about how the world sees black women, especially as they compete for gold.

Kenya’s 400m hurdles champ Nicholas Bett killed in car crash

The 28-year-old Bett, the father of two-year-old twins, made his name at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing

Wayde Van Niekerk targets Johnson double after 400m domination

Wayde van Niekerk's bid for a first world double since 1995 now turns to the 200m after he stormed to a comfortable victory in the 400m.

​UP’s centre of athletic excellence and M&G make sport of SA’s Olympic committee

The view through a racist lens cannot see Sascoc’s contribution to the Games, writes Tubby Reddy in a right to reply.

The Games are four years away but political agendas and funding stymy SA’s potential

Political vendettas and funding shortages are stymying the potential of the country’s athletes.

Has gender verification made women’s athletics into a sordid masquerade?

Enforcing Caster's Semenya's "female" body just shows how tenuous the concept is

Ups, downs, highs and lows — the 2016 Olympic Games, ladies and gentlemen

As Rio 2016 draws to a close, who can forget how Wayde van Niekerk stole the limelight?

US swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint, say Rio security sources

The olympian and fellow US athlete Jimmy Feigen omitted details of their dispute with petrol station staff.

Caster Semenya cruises through to Olympics 800m semi-final with ease

The runner hardly broke a sweat as she crossed the finish line.

Wayde van Niekerk’s stunning record offers hope for a post-Bolt future

Wayde van Niekerk offers his embattled sport some hope for the future beyond the Jamaican's retirement with a stunning world record on the Rio track.

Olympic Games buses collide with local anger on Rio de Janeiro highway

Residents from the favelas of the Brazilian capital say the global showpiece and its legacy project have done nothing but compound their misery.

‘Crazy’ night for firing Chad le Clos as SA claims second medal at Rio 2016 Olympics

A largely unexpected silver in the 200m freestyle and a taste of action against Michael Phelps left Chad le Clos with a night to remember.

India’s tough women wrestlers relish the prospect of wearing ‘girly’ saris in Rio

They have been ostracised and mocked but their successes have shattered age-old taboos.

​Refugees set aside their scars and trauma to focus on their quest for Olympic glory

A team of refugees from the world’s conflict zones is seeking glory and acceptance at the Rio Games.

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