Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir

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A photo of two members of the Russian women’s 4×400-meter relay team kissing after receiving their gold medals made headlines on the final day of the World Track and Field Championships.

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Blind runner’s despair turns to joy at Paralympics

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Blind Brazilian runner Terezinha Guilhermina and her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana react after crossing the finish line to win the Women’s 100m T11 final at the Paralympic Games in London on Wednesday night. 

Blind or partially-sighted athletes are permitted to use a guide runner in Paralympic races, but the guide is never permitted to cross the finish line before the blind runner. At the 2012 Games, guides became eligible for medals for the first time.

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Reports: Somali Olympic sprinter died when migrant boat sank

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A woman from war-torn Somalia who rose to fame by running in the 200 meters at the Beijing Olympics drowned while trying to reach Europe ahead of the London 2012 Games, it has emerged.

Samia Yusuf Omar died when a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank in April, according to a report in Italian by the Pubblico blog and other Italian media.

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Bolt: ‘These are the glory days’

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LONDON — This was one for the ages, a record-breaking performance so dominating it electrified everyone who saw it in person at Olympic Stadium, who watched on television around the world and who will watch it in the days and years to come.

Usain Bolt is a once-in-history athlete. On Saturday night, in the final event of the track meet, in what may have been his final Olympic race — or may not, depending on his health and any number of variables — he unleashed raw, primal speed. It was at once fearsome and exhilarating.

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Bryshon Nellum named U.S. flag bearer for Closing Ceremony

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LONDON - Track and field athlete Bryshon Nellum will carry the flag for the 529-member American team when they march into the stadium Sunday night for the Closing Ceremony.

A first-time Olympian, Nellum ran the lead-off leg for the silver-medal winning men’s 4x400m relay,who finished in 2:57.05. He also competed in the open 400m at Olympic Stadium, bowing out in the semifinal when he finished third in his heat in 45.02. On Thursday he ran in the heats of the men’s 4x400m, anchoring the team to a second place finish to qualify for the final.

Chemistry keys record-setting relay run

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LONDON — When she is on the track, Carmelita Jeter is all business. So when, as she crossed the finish line Friday night, her outstretched left hand — baton in hand — pointing out toward the red-and-black digital clock just in front of her, you knew it was something special.

An instant later, the clock flashed: “New WR.”

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U.S. runner Manteo Mitchell breaks leg, still finishes turn in men’s 4 x 400 relay

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And the hits just keep on coming.

An already depleted American 4x400m team took another hit Thursday afternoon when Manteo Mitchell allegedly broke his leg with 200 meters left during his turn around the track. 

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Allyson Felix’s killer speed wins the 200

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LONDON — There are moments in track and field, and Olympic, history that take your breath away.

In the years to come, when they show Allyson Felix’s powerful charge down the straightaway to win the women’s 200 meters, it will be no less breathtaking than it was in person here Wednesday night.

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Caster Semenya makes her Olympic debut 3 years after gender test

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The Associated Press reports — Making her Olympic debut three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, Caster Semenya of South Africa finished second in her 800-meter preliminary heat Wednesday.

Semenya was sidelined for nearly a year while track and field’s governing body decided whether to allow her to compete after she won the 2009 world title at age 18. She was tested and eventually cleared to return to action in 2010, then was the runner-up at last year’s world championships.

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High jumper at the end of the rainbow

A rainbow is seen over a competitor in the Men’s High Jump qualification at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, on June 27.

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Women’s 100m decision is a toss-up

EUEGENE, Ore. –– Nearly 24 hours of confusion over how the dead heat between Allyson Felix and Janeba Tarmoh for the third and final spot on the Olympic team in the women’s 100m will come down to either a coin flip or a run-off.

According to these new procedures, which will be applied to all instances of breaking a tie for the final slot in a running event in which a national team or Olympic team slot is at stake, the tie will be broken by the following protocol:

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Ashton Eaton breaks decathlon World Record

EUGENE, Oregon (AP) — Meter by meter, Ashton Eaton kept swallowing up real estate on a track that has always felt like home.

Second by second, the clock on that track ticked away — daring him to cross the finish line in a time that would put his name in the record books.