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Mo Ready For Marathon Debut

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Mo Ready For Marathon Debut

After three months brutal training in Kenya, Mo Farah will run the New York Half-Marathon on March 16, as he prepares for his marathon debut in London. Haile Gebrselassie, the greatest distance runner ever, and former World record-holder in the marathon, has agreed to be the pacemaker in London. Mo has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, which takes place on March 26.

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I Shook Up The World

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

I Shook Up The World!

50 years ago the world woke up to a legend. On Febuary 25, 1964, Cassius Clay beat the fearsome Sonny Liston to become World heavyweight champion. In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, the experts had not given the 22 year-old ‘Louisville Lip’ a chance,
fearing for the young boxer against one of the hardest hitters ever. Clay rounded on his critics with those immortal words, “I shook up the world. I shook up the world. I’m the Greatest.” A week later he changed his name to Muhammad Ali and became the most visible spokesman for the civil rights movement. Later he refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War, going to prison and losing his heavyweght crown, only to return in triumph. He was the 1960 Olympic champion and the first three-time World heavyweight champion and was voted Athlete of the 20th Century. He lit the flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was the most recognisable face on the planet. There was nobody like Muhammad Ali. He helped pave the way for Barack Obama to become America’s first black President. The Muhammad Ali Center was opened in Louisville, Kentucky on November 22, 2005.

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Lagat Beats Rupp

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Lagat Beats Rupp

The lastest chapter in the rivalry between Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp took place at the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 39 year-old Lagat followed Rupp until sprinting away on the last lap to win by two seconds in 7:46.01, qualifying for the World Indoor Championships. It’s his fourth US Indoor 3000 metres title. “He’s still got it,” said Olympic 10000 metres silver – medalist Rupp, who finished second and will join Lagat on the American team. Mary Cain, 17, defended her 1500 metres title in 4:07.05 and qualified for the World Championships.

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Olympic Champion!

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Olympic Champion!

She has lived with the pressure of being the next Lindsey Vonn. Now Mikaela Shiffrin has delivered, becoming the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion at 18. Halfway through the second run she almost lost her balance, somehow staying upright. There was so much expectation on the World champion and World Cup leader, it looked for a split second that she had pushed too hard. A star is born. Britain is having it’s best Winter Olympics ever with four medals.

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Paavo Nurmi 2000 Metres

February 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Paavo Nurmi 2000 Metres

Paavo Nurmi’s grandson Mika Nurmi was the starter for the Inaugural Paavo Nurmi 2000 Metres. In a statement he said, ” Our family is delighted with the Paavo Nurmi 2000 metres at the Millrose Games and I am very much looking forward to being the race starter in the arena where my grandfather set the world record.”

1. Bernard Lagat (USA) 4:54.74 (American Record)
2. Cam Levins (CAN) 4:55.35 (Canadian Record)
3. David Torrence (USA) 4:56.99
4. Andrew Bumbalough (USA) 4:57.35
5. Evan Jager (USA) 4:57.56

Third, fourth and fifth places all under Steve Scott’s 33 year- old American record 4:58.6

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2 Miles World Record

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

2 Miles World Record

Genzebe Dibaba set her third World record in 15 days by taking six seconds off Meseret Defar’s 2009 time with 9:00.48, just missing the outdoor World record by two seconds! Laura Muir won the 1500 metres in 4:05.32 to go second on the UK all-time indoor list, with only Kelly Holmes 2003 4:02.66 ahead off her. Andrew Osagie came 4th in 800 metres and also went second on the UK all-time indoor list in 1:45.53, behind Sebastian Coe’s 1:44.91 set 31 years ago at RAF Cosford.
Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergey Bubka’s 21 year-old pole vault World record with 6.16 and also beat Bubka’s 1994 outdoor World record, with Bubka watching in his home city of Donetsk, Ukraine.
At the Millrose Games in New York, Bernard Lagat won the first Paavo Nurmi 2000 metres in an American record 4:54.73 breaking Steve Scott’s 33 year-old record of 4:58.6. Second was the fastest ever by a Canadian, indoors or outdoors, as Cam Levins went 4:55.35. Third, fourth and fifth places were also under Scott’s old record! In the Wanamaker Mile Will Lear set a lifetime best of 3:52.47 to take victory, with Lawi Lalang beating Chris O’Hare’s NCAA record set last year with a 3:52.88. O’Hare finished 5th in 3:54.66 and Alan Webb was 11th in his farewell race clocking 4:06.11

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Olympic Champion

February 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Olympic Champion

Lizzy Yarnold becomes the 10th ever British Winter Olympic champion, succeeding Amy Williams and keeping the skeleton title in Britain.

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