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Dani Samuels of NSWIS competes in the Discus during the Sydney Track Classic at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on March 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

ATHLETICS: Dani Samuels (NSW), Kim Mickle (WA) and Melissa Breen (ACT) were the stars in Sydney on Saturday night with all three London 2012 Olympians recording IAAF World Championships A-Qualifiers at the 2013 Sydney Track Classic.

Nathan Deakes of Australia finishes the men's 20 kilometre race walk on August 20, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in

ATHLETICS: Australian race walking icon Nathan Deakes has today announced his immediate retirement from athletics.

Jared Tallent wins silver in the men's 50km race walk

ATHLETICS: Jared Tallent (Vic) and Tanya Holliday (SA) have ensured their automatic selection to the Australian Flame for the 2013 IAAF World Championships after dominant performances to win at the Australian & Oceania 20km Race Walking Championships.

(L-R) Bronze medalist Will Claye of the United States, gold medalist Greg Rutherford of Great Britain and silver medalist Mitchell Watt of Australia celebrate after the Men's Long Jump Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.

ATHLETICS: Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain will join Australia’s own Olympic silver medallist Mitchell Watt on the runway for the men’s long jump at the Go for 2&5 Perth Track Classic and the Qantas Melbourne World Challenge.

Dean Barton Smith competes in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the decathlon.

For an athlete to reach an Olympic Games it is the culmination of years of sacrifice, hard work and determination. For Australian Dean Barton-Smith it was all of this and so much more.

Hooker calls Phoenix home

19 February 2013
Steven Hooker of Australia competes in the Men's Pole Vault during the Samsung Diamond League on May 19, 2012 at the Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai, China.

ATHLETICS: The disappointment of the London Olympics made a couple of things crystal clear for Australia's greatest pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

Melissa Breen (C) of Canberra competes in the Womens 100 Metre Open during the Adelaide Track Classic at Santos Stadium on February 16, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. breen won the 100m-200m double.

ATHLETICS: Olympic sprinter Melissa Breen (ACT) was impressive at the Adelaide track Classic on Saturday taking out the sprint double, while fellow 2012 Olympian Josh ‘the Boss’ Ross (Vic) dominated to win the men’s 100m (10.45, w: -1.2). Emerging star Nicholas Hough (NSW) continued his 200m success with victory in a time of 20.71 (w: +1.7).

2020 Sports Equation

13 February 2013
IOC Executive Board Meeting Dec 2012

IOC: On 12 February, 2013, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

A portrait of Simon Nathan, former member of the Team GB Athletics team who was named as the Athletics Australia High Performance Director in February, 2013.

ATHLETICS: Athletics Australia has named Simon Nathan, the highly respected former Head of Performance Operations at UK Athletics, to fill the newly created position of High Performance Director.

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee 2012 Olympic Games team flag bearer announcement at the Stratford Westfield Southern Lounge on July 26, 2012 in London, England.

I congratulate the Australian Crime Commission and the Federal Government for the stance they have taken because as far as cheating in sport goes the “gloves are now off”, we now have the powers to properly investigate doping and match fixing.