IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS

Big boots to fill | 8/14/2017 9:30 pm

London , England — International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe believes with Usain Bolt's retirement the next face of track and field has big boots to fill and, more importantly, must be accessible. Coe was addressing journalists at a press conference on Sunday just before Bolt was given a grand farewell with a lap of honour inside the London Olympic Stadium. “What we are going to miss about Usain Bolt is not the three back-to-back Olympic Games More

Photo: Big boots to fill | 8/14/2017 9:00 pm

Retiring global track legend Usain Bolt (centre) greets International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe during a farewell ceremony at the conclusion of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships inside the London Olympic Stadium on Sunday. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Courts, Supreme Ventures and Jamaica Tourist Board) More

Photos: Through the lens of Collin Reid | 8/14/2017 8:30 pm

Usain Bolt greets IAAF president Sebastian Coe (right) during a special presentation where the track icon received a framed piece of lane seven of the London track he dominated at Olympics 2012. Usain Bolt does his famous 'Lightning Bolt' pose for the last time for fans as a competitor as he heads to retirement from track and field. Usain Bolt's father Wellesley Bolt and mother Jennifer Bolt interact with fans during a farewell party of the retiring sprint legend at the London Olympic Stadium More

Bolt effect drives business at Jamaican-flavoured Rhythm Kitchen | 8/14/2017 8:30 pm

LONDON, England — There is a zinc fence mural at the back with a painting of a black woman in a head wrap. On the fence was a menu that reads rice and peas, curry goat, and coconut water. There arecooking pots, ice coolers, condiments, sodas, juices, you name it. The scene has a look of somewhere in Jamaica, but in fact, it is inside the food court of Westfield Mall, Stratford, London. The eatery is Rhythm Kitchen, operated by Jamaican Delroy Dixon. Westfield Stratford City is a shoppin More

Thompson yearns for injury-free season to produce best form | 8/14/2017 9:30 pm

London , England — In a season that should have been her rehabilitation from persistent injuries, Yanique Thompson was just two hundredths of a second from making the women's 100m hurdles final at the London World Championships. Thompson clocked 12.88 seconds for third in her semi-final ahead of National champion Danielle Williams and just missed out as one of the fastest qualifiers. That spot went to world record holder Kendra Harrison of the USA, who was third in the last semi-final in More

'Superhuman' wanted | 8/14/2017 5:40 pm

LONDON, England (AFP) — Usain Bolt's retirement leaves a huge vacuum to fill, but athletics is moving in the right direction in rebranding itself after scandals that seriously damaged its image, according to sports marketing experts. At one point, following serious allegations about former athletics boss Lamine Diack as well as the Russian doping scandal, the sport resembled the Jamaican superstar in his last appearance in a championship final, Saturday's 4x100 metres relay, lying prone d More

Gatlin's 100m victory does not define World Champs — Coe | 8/13/2017 5:10 pm

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Doping-tainted Justin Gatlin's 100m victory will not define the world championships, Iternational Association of Athletics FederationS President Sebastian Coe insisted yesterday, adding that he fully understood why the American sprinter had been roundly booed. Gatlin, who has served two doping bans — the second between 2006-10m is in the form of his life at the age of 35, Coe saying London had witnessed the “denouement” of his 17-year histo More

Peerless Semenya claims third world 800m title | 8/13/2017 6:30 pm

LONDON, England (AFP) — South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the Women's 800m yesterday. Semenya, the defending Olympic champion and also World champion in 2009 and 2011, timed 1min 55.16sec, the fastest time of the year so far. Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist and world indoor champion, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65). Wilson went out More

Goodbye, & thank you! | 8/13/2017 7:40 pm

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Photo: Grief-stricken | 8/13/2017 7:40 pm

Jamaica's Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby is a picture of pain after injuring herself on the second leg of the Women's 4X400m relays at the 16th IAAF World Championships in London yesterday. Jamaica failed to finish the race which was won by the USA. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Courts, Supreme Ventures & Jamaica Tourist Board)Ventures & Jamaica Tourist Board) More

Kenya's Obiri denies Ayana world double | 8/13/2017 6:30 pm

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Kenya's Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver last year by winning the Women's 5,000 metres World title yesterday. The 27-year-old produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing, and went on to win in a time of 14min 34.86sec. Ayana, who had won the 10,000m gold in what was her first race of the season, took silver for Ethiopia in 14:40.35, with the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan finishing t More

Through the lens of Collin Reid | 8/12/2017 10:20 pm

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Usain Bolt by numbers | 8/12/2017 8:20 pm

London , United Kingdom (AFP) — Usain Bolt retired from track and field championships after competing for Jamaica in the 4x100m relay at the World Championships in London yesterday. Unfortunately there was to be no fairytale as he pulled up and collapsed injured on the track running the anchor leg. Here AFP Sports looks at his glittering career in numbers. 1 — world bronze, after being beaten in the 100m in London 2017 by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. 3 — t More

Five memorable races featuring Usain Bolt | 8/12/2017 8:50 pm

London , United Kingdom (AFP) — AFP Sports lists five of the most memorable track races featuring Jamaican Usain Bolt, who brought down the curtain on his glittering career yesterday.   Aug 20, 2008, Beijing 200m Bolt's arrival on the global stage was confirmed with a sensational run in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics. Just days after winning the 100m in a then-world record 9.69sec, the Jamaican won over legions of new fans by sprinting to victory in 19.30sec, beating American Michae More

Photo: We did it! | 8/13/2017 2:57 am

Simone Facey (top) celebrates with teammate Sashalee Forbes after the latter anchored Jamaica to a bronze medal in the women's 4x100m relay final at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships inside the Olympic Stadium in London yesterday. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Courts, Supreme Ventures and Jamaica Tourist Board) More