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.
ATHLETICS: Australian race walking icon Nathan Deakes has today announced his immediate retirement from athletics.
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.
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.
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.
ATHLETICS: The disappointment of the London Olympics made a couple of things crystal clear for Australia's greatest pole vaulter Steve Hooker.
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).
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.
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.
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.