Track & Field

Athletics NZ in firing line

Murray McCully

MARC HINTON - Fairfax Media

Athletics New Zealand officials are now ducking for cover.

Dictator urges athletes to fess up


STACEY KIRK - Fairfax Media

The leader of Belarus is calling for his own debriefing into the country's abysmal display at the London Olympics.

Val-Gate review underway

Valerie Adams

KATE CHAPMAN - Fairfax Media

An investigation into the admin errors that affected shot putter Valerie Adams' Olympic performance is underway and will be robust.

Usain Bolt keen on Rio

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a definite starter for another Olympic Games, opening up the possibility of more sprint records or an attempt at other events.

Only way Ostapchuk could win

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

For Nadzeya Ostapchuk, it started with the realisation that she could not possibly beat Valerie Adams. There was no way.

Will McCully's meeting achieve anything?

Murray McCully

TREVOR MCKEWEN - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: So the Minister for Sport has summoned representatives from the Valerie Adams camp and the NZOC to his Beehive office.

Valerie just wants to have fun

Valerie Adams

Victory was never in doubt for Valerie Adams at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

Shot hits the fan for NZOC

Valerie Adams

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

The NZOC's golden glow is over as it faces criticism from a major sponsor and comes under scrutiny from the minister of sport. | Only way to win

Who is Nadzeya Ostapchuk?

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

STACEY KIRK - Fairfax Media

She is possibly one of the most reviled people in New Zealand right now.

Belarusian cheat 'raving mad'

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

Belarusian government launches probe after "raving mad" shot putter smears Kiwi champion.

Adams still wants investigation

Val Adams

Newly-declared Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has opened up on her strained relationship with the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Belarus encouraging doping

Valerie Adams

Belarus is a country that actively helps its athletes to get around anti-doping rules, according to Valerie Adams' coach.

Rowers dump on Ostapchuk

Hamish Bond

New Zealand's triumphant Olympic rowers express scorn over Valerie Adams' Games dramas. | Adams' gold rush | Olympians hope to inspire

Adams in rush to get gold

Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams wants to be presented with her Olympic gold medal at a major meet in Europe - if done soon.
| 'I was framed' | Hoping to inspire

McCully pushing 'Val-Gate' review

Murray McCully

JOHN HARTEVELT - Fairfax Media

Sports Minister Murray McCully will still investigate the NZOC bungling that plagued Val Adams' build-up to the Olympic shot put final.

'Wake up ... Val's got gold'

Valerie Adams' family

Not long after 10pm on Monday, the cellphone of Patricia Pupuke-Robati started ringing.

Punish the drug cheats - Willis

Nick Willis

SOPHIE SPEER - The Dominion Post

Nick Willis says sports authorities are not doing enough to help victims of Olympic drug-cheating, like Valerie Adams.

Javelin champ showered with gifts

Keshorn Walcott

Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott didn't just return to a hero's welcome in Trinidad & Tobago, but a bounty of gifts.

Gold challenge set to fail

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

Any challenge from Nadzeya Ostapchuk is unlikely to wrest gold back from Valerie Adams.

Positive test difficult to challenge

Valerie Adams

Nadzeya Ostapchuk can challenge the test results, but unless they're proven wrong, Valerie Adam's new gold medal is safe.

Kenyans to investigate poor results

David Rudisha

Kenyan authorities are frustrated that foreign athletes who train in the country turned the tables on the east African nation at the Olympics.

Discus thrower 'vindicated'

Brett Morse

Nadzeya Ostapchuk's positive drug test is sweet justice for British discus thrower Brett Morse.

Shamed rival vows to fight

Valerie Adams and Jean Pierre Egger


Val Adams won't give her drug cheat rival a second thought, but Nadzeya Ostapchuk vows to fight. | Cheating obvious

Adams focusing on golden moment

Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams says she doesn't want to "waste my breath" talking about Nadzeya Ostapchuk's cheating ways.

Adams may have to wait months

Valerie Adams

NZ chef de mission Dave Currie admits it is "extraordinarily unlikely" Val Adams will be presented with her shot put gold medal anytime soon.

Jamaican sprinters to be targeted

Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica

Jamaican athletes, who have dominated the sprint events at the London Olympics should now expect more visits by drugs testers.

Marial competes under Olympic flag

Guor Marial

Guor Marial touched three letters on the right side of his singlet, then pounded the left side of his chest with his fist in a subtle but significant gesture to describe his Olympic experience.

Stars chasing Bolt for Big Bash

Usain Bolt


The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, could be steaming in from the Members End at the MCG this summer in the T20 Big Bash League.

Rogge concedes Bolt a legend


IOC President Jacques Rogge says Usain Bolt is a legend after all.

Farah surges to golden double

Mo Farah

Britain's Mo Farah produced a sensational late charge to win the Olympic 5,000 metres title in a pulsating race and claim his second gold medal of the London Games.

Jamaica set relay world record


Jamaica have won the Olympic men's 4x100m relay gold medal in world record time to close the track and field programme.

Savinova storms to 800m gold

Russian Mariya Savinova added Olympic gold to her world crown when she timed her run to perfection to secure an impressive 800 metres victory on Saturday.

Felix claims third gold

The United States won the women's 4x400 metres relay by some distance at the London Olympics on Saturday to give Allyson Felix her third gold medal of the Games.

Lashmanova sets record in walk

Russian Yelena Lashmanova won gold in the Olympic women's 20 kilometres walk in a world record time of one hour 25 minutes two seconds.

Farquhar finishes ninth in javelin

Stuart Farquhar

New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar has exited the Olympic javelin competition after he failed to fire through the opening three rounds.

Refugee runs for life

Guor Marial

GREG BAUM - Fairfax Media

Refugee Guor Marial ran and ran, until he didn't want to run any more. Then he ran again. Now he says he cannot imagine a day without running.

Jolly good effort reaps gold

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie

FRED WOODCOCK - Fairfax Media

Not muppets this time Kiwi sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie named their 470 Olympic dinghy Muppet because of some of the silly calls and “dumb stuff” they have done at previous regattas.

Kenyans to race for fallen mate

gold coast marathon

The Kenyans will be running with heavy hearts as overwhelming favorites when the Olympic men's marathon meanders through the streets of London.

Lysenko wins hammer after ban


Former doper Tatyana Lysenko of Russia won the women's hammer gold with an Olympic record throw of 78.18 metres but officials were left red-faced after a measuring mistake.

Lavillenie soars to pole vault gold

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie produced an Olympic record jump of 5.97 metres to win gold in the men's pole vault on Friday as silver and bronze went to Germany.

Alptekin wins women's 1500m

Asli Cakir Alptekin

Asli Cakir Alptekin beat Gamze Bulut in a 1-2 finish for Turkey in the Olympic women's 1500 metres.

US breaks record in women's 4x100

Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line pointing the baton at the clock showing a world record of 40.82 seconds as the United States won the women's Olympic 4x100-metre relay for the first time since 1996.

Newdick targets Commonwealth gold

Brent Newdick

New Zealand decathlete Brent Newdick is hoping to use his first Olympic experience as a springboard to a Commonwealth Games gold medal and a higher placing at Rio in 2016.

Usain Bolt the hot ticket

Usain Bolt


You saw the picture. Usain Bolt in his Olympic village room with three Swedish handballers at 3am.

Farquhar a dark horse in javelin

Stuart Farquhar

If everyone throws their season's best in the javelin final then another Kiwi will win Olympic silver.

Rudisha eyes 400m duel with Bolt

Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha points to the new world record he set after winning the men's 800m final at the London Olympic Games.

David Rudisha, the Olympic 800m champion has floated the idea of a 400m duel with sprint king Usain Bolt.

From track to shutter: Bolt just clicks

Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer Jimmy Wixtrom's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For Swedish photographer Jimmy Wixtrom, it pays to be recognised by Usain Bolt.

Newdick surges to 12th

Brent Newdick

Kiwi decathlete Brent Newdick is over the moon with his 12th-place finish in the Olympics' most gruelling track and field event.

Bolt's double double

Usain Bolt gold

When the stakes are the biggest, the spotlight most bright, Usain Bolt is as good as gold.

'Adrenal exhaustion' Willis theory

Nick Willis

TONY SMITH - Fairfax Media

After carrying the flag and a media whirlwind, had Nick Willis burnt out before his big moment?

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