Latest Track and field News

Olympic champion Michael Johnson looks to form a new track league

Feb. 28, 2024 16:29 PM EST

Olympic champion Michael Johnson is starting a new track league he hopes will help athletes earn more exposure and money in a sport that struggles for attention in between Olympic cycles. He said he is teaming up with the Winners Alliance, a group best known as a for-profit arm of...

Coach who tried to force Belarus sprinter home from Tokyo Olympics is banned for 5 years

Feb. 27, 2024 14:11 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — An Olympic track coach who tried to force Krystsina Tsimanouskaya home from the Tokyo Games to Belarus where she feared for her safety was banned from the sport for five years on Tuesday. Yury Moisevich's actions in Tokyo were adjudged to be “a clear affront to the...

NCAA infractions committee could discipline administrators tied to violations and ID them publicly

Feb. 23, 2024 17:53 PM EST

The NCAA Committee on Infractions has outlined potential penalties for rules violators in leadership positions beyond the coaching staff, up to and including school presidents in a move prompted by new legislation emphasizing individual accountability. Individuals who were active or...

Kenya mourns as marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum is given a state funeral

Feb. 23, 2024 12:51 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum was given a state funeral Friday following his death in a car crash earlier this month, as many Kenyans urged the government to do more to protect the country’s famous athletes. Hundreds of dignitaries —...

Anti-doping law nets first prison sentence for therapist who helped sprinters get drugs

Feb. 22, 2024 14:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first person charged for violating a 2020 law that forbids conspiracies to taint international sports events through performance-enhancing drugs received a three-month prison sentence. Federal prosecutors used the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act to charge Eric Lira,...

Femke Bol improves her 400-meter indoor world record at Netherlands championships

Feb. 18, 2024 13:41 PM EST

APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) — Femke Bol broke her 400-meter indoor world record on Sunday at the Netherlands' national championships, finishing in 49.24 seconds to shave two-hundredths of a second off the record she set a year ago. Bol, the 400-meter hurdles world champion, set the...

World medalist runner Mo Katir banned for 2 years for breaking anti-doping rules

Feb. 16, 2024 12:41 PM EST

MONACO (AP) — Two-time world championship medalist Mo Katir admitted breaking anti-doping rules and was banned for two years on Friday, removing the middle-distance runner from the Paris Olympics. Track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit detailed Katir’s three breaches last...

In this centuries-old English pancake race, 'you just have to go flat out'

Feb. 14, 2024 05:13 AM EST

OLNEY, England (AP) — Women in matching checkered aprons, headscarves and a rainbow of running shoes limbered up Tuesday as they prepared for the centuries-old pancake race in this English country town. They rolled their shoulders in unison, raised up on their toes and did squats...

Marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, who was set to be a superstar, has died in a car crash

Feb. 12, 2024 06:04 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, who was set to be a superstar of long-distance running and was a top contender for gold at the Olympics in Paris this year, was killed along with his coach in a car crash in Kenya. Their vehicle was the only one...

Rock, paper or scissors? US striker wins pre-penalty contest before scoring in English league game

Feb. 12, 2024 05:47 AM EST

COVENTRY, England (AP) — Before outwitting the goalkeeper, United States striker Haji Wright tricked his own teammate. Wright, who plays for Coventry City in England’s second-tier Championship, took part in an impromptu on-field game of rock, paper, scissors with teammate Callum...