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SEMENYA LEADS RIO REPEAT IN ZURICH

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It was a case of different day but the same result as Caster Semenya led an Olympic 1-2-3 home in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday night. By Mark Etheridge (Sascoc) Crowned Olympic 800m champion just 11 days ago, Semenya ran with Swiss precision to clock a winning time of 1min 56.44sec for the two-lap affair. Behind ...

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IT’S NOT SUPER-EASY BEING SUPERSTARS LIKE LOCHTE AND BOLT

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OPINION: Your Honour, let me plead the case for bad behaviour in male athletes. It’s not an excuse I’m offering up, just some understanding. By KAI PFAFFENBACH I’m talking about the Big Bad Boys of Sport. Such as Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte, the latest to sully their superstardom with a disastrous night on the town. Usain ...

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SEMENYA LEADS DIAMOND LEAGUE CHARGE

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Rio Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya has a chance to cap a fine season in style on Thursday night, provided she delivers another world-class performance at the first of two finals in the IAAF Diamond League series, to be held in Zurich, Switzerland. Semenya, who holds four of the six fastest times in the world this year, leads the series ...

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TOKYO GETS READY TO DAZZLE

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The Olympic flag arrived in Japan last week, after a 28-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro, as the Asian nation prepares to show the world that its planning for the 2020 Games will be as precise as preparations for the Rio Games were chaotic. Ground already has been broken on a new Olympic Village, and site preparation is nearly complete ...

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TRAILBLAZING MAPONGA VOWS TO HIT GROUND RUNNING

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ZIMBABWE’S trail-blazing American football star Stansly Maponga has vowed to hit the ground running in his first full National Football League (NFL) season with the New York Giants after taking too long to find his feet at the Atlanta Falcons. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO Maponga, a former Texas Christian University standout became the first Zimbabwe-born player in NFL history three years ...

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REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM GIVES HOPE TO MILLIONS

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Yonas Kinde ended the Olympics the way he began them: On the run. Kinde ran 26,2 miles through the streets and past the beaches of Rio to finish 90th in the marathon with a time of 2:24:08. He finished the race, but not his personal trek, because he is a refugee, and a refugee is always searching for a way ...

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RIO OLYMPICS 2016: SEMENYA’S HISTORY MAKING COULD SPELL THE END

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An athlete denied gold by a doper in 2012, coming back as clearest of favourites to win this time. A runner clocking such fast times, with no suggestion whatsoever of doping herself, that she could smash a questionable world record that has stood for 33 years. By Tom Fordyce A young woman who was humiliated at her first global championships, ...

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BOLT SEALS OLYMPIC IMMORTALITY

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USAIN Bolt’s Olympic career is over. You saw the last of it in his 4×100 meters men’s relay, during which track and field’s greatest star completed a perfect nine out of nine in sprint finals – the triple-triple of 100m, 200m and baton race. The loss to athletics will take some getting over, but he went out the only way ...

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RIO OLYMPICS 2016 : SPECTACULAR CLOSING CEREMONY AS OLYMPIC FLAG GOES TO TOKYO

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The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade. “These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee ...

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UNDERSTANDING THE CONTROVERSY OVER CASTER SEMENYA

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Caster Semenya of South Africa, heavily favored to win the Olympic women’s 800 meters, ran a quick opening round this week and then breezed past reporters. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Who could blame her? Perhaps no female athlete has faced such brutal scrutiny by fellow competitors, sports officials and journalists. When Semenya, then ...

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