Weekly Athletics News

Any medal will do for Pearson

Her return to the big stage is a feat in itself, and Australian hurdler Sally Pearson agrees. She stormed into the biggest time of the athletic scene when she won the World Championship in 100m hurdles in 2011 and subsequently went on to win the gold in 2012 London Olympics in the same category. She is set to return to the big stage after a series of horrific runs with injuries after the Moscow Olympics and is competing in the World Athletics Championship to be held at the London Stadium where she hopes to make a comeback. Pearson,30 posted an impressive 12.48 sec run at the Diamond League meet at the same stadium finishing just behind American Kendra Harrison. It was Pearson’s quickest run since her 12.35sec Olympic winner five years ago. This has proved to be a steady build-up for the main stage and Pearson is said to be eying a podium finish. She wants the gold, but she’ll be content with any medal. Since her failed title defense at Rio due to a hamstring injury, she has wrestled through thoughts of retirement and has finally decided to take one last shot at the big stage. With no coach, she has plotted her comeback on her own, and a medal would be a deserving outcome she feels. London Stadium hosts the championship from August 4-13. If you want our betting tips on this then we thing she will win. 

19 Russians athletes to compete as neutrals with their athletics federation suspended

19 Russian athletes including hurdler Sergei Shubenkov who is going in to defend his title will be competing as neutrals in the upcoming World Championship. After the Russian athletics federation was banned after being found guilty of state sponsored doping by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), this is the first international event to be allowing Russian athletes. They were cleared for participation after undergoing dope tests at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Participating as neutrals mean that even if Shubenkov succeeds in defending his title, he will not be greeted with his country’s national anthem when presented with the medals. Russia looks to have formed an international squad after being made to sit out in the Rio Olympics, but the athletes will be debarred from wearing the country’s symbol or colours in any form may it be wristbands or nail polish. The Russian Federation has vehemently denied any involvement in the doping procedures of their athletes.

Bolt looks to call it a day after IAAF London World Championships

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, arguably one of the greatest athletes the world has ever witnessed is going to compete in his last ever international event come IAAF London World Championship. The flamboyant sprinter from the Caribbean holds the record for the highest number of medals in the event winning 11 gold and 2 silvers throughout his career. He has the chance to add two more to his total tally as he looks to participate in both the 100m sprint and 4X100m relay race. The whole world will be watching on as the menacing sprinter takes on his last Worlds. As is expected Bolt goes in as the favourite with expectations of him ending his charismatic career on a high. He will look to satisfy his innumerable fans by indeed finishing with gold in his 100m sprint event and pose for the photographers biting the gold, an image to last forever. Bolt has never lost at the Worlds, and by the looks of it, he doesn’t intend to.