Latest Women's track and field News

Track star Semenya adds fans as testosterone battle drags

Oct. 17, 2018 11:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — South African track star Caster Semenya can add LeBron James to the list of admirers ahead of her showdown with the international track and field governing body. James watched the world and Olympic 800-meter champion win a race last month in Berlin. She's his fan, and they're both...

Smith, Carlos set fear aside as they raised their fists

Oct. 17, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

Tommie Smith and John Carlos insist fear was not a factor in their thinking when they reached the medals stand at the Mexico City Olympics. The sprinters, discussing their black-gloved protest at the 1968 Games, said the threats they had received in the lead-up to the Olympics, to say nothing of what they'd...

IAAF delays testosterone rules until Semenya case verdict

Oct. 16, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — The governing body of track and field will not apply rules to limit natural testosterone levels in female runners until the Court of Arbitration for Sport concludes an appeal case brought by Olympic champion Caster Semenya. The IAAF said Tuesday it agreed to postpone the intended Nov. 1 start...

800-meter Olympic champ Mims remains pioneer 50 years later

Oct. 14, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

The moment felt surreal to Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Madeline Manning Mims as she stood on a track in North Carolina over the summer and performed a pitch-perfect rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Making it all the more so were those listening in the crowd: her close friends, John Carlos and Tommie...

2 runners die after completing Cardiff half marathon

Oct. 7, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Two competitors died after suffering cardiac arrests at the finish line of the Cardiff half marathon, organizers said Sunday. Both runners were immediately attended to by the medical emergency team on the finish line and then taken to the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff, where...

Britain's Mo Farah claims 1st marathon win in Chicago

Oct. 7, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Britain's Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, claiming his first marathon victory in three attempts. Farah finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds. It was the first marathon on U.S. soil for Farah, who's won four Olympic gold medals and six world championships on the track....

Eliud Kipchoge sets world record in Berlin marathon win

Sep. 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds on Sunday. His feat came as Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points in his native France on Sunday, topping a previous best of 9,045 points...

The Latest: Djokovic: Umpire changed course of Serena match

Sep. 9, 2018 10:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Novak Djokovic says he thinks the chair umpire interfered too much in Serena Williams' match but stopped short of saying men and women are treated differently. Djokovic says Carlos Ramos "just maybe changed —...

Ready, set, go. Coe expects Asian track and field to boom

Aug. 31, 2018 6:51 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Almost unthinkable to some a decade ago, sprinters from China and Japan are running sub-10 seconds for the 100 meters. There's plenty more to come from Asia, too, according to international athletics federation president Sebastian Coe. With billions of people, increasing...

Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold

Aug. 30, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The combined Koreas women's basketball team reached the Asian Games final, giving one of the sentimental favorites a chance at a historic gold medal. A favorite in another sport won't get the chance at gold, though, after defending field hockey champion India was upset later...