Latest Women's track and field News

South Korea's Sei Young Kim wins Marathon Classic

Jul. 14, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Sei Young Kim won the Marathon Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season, making five straight birdies in a mid-round burst and shooting a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson. Kim began the birdie run on No. 7 and finished at a...

American sprinters relishing open races in life after Bolt

Jul. 4, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In the post-Bolt world of sprinting, top American runners are enjoying new rivalries and more open races. Ahead of their races at the Diamond League meeting known as Athletissima, Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles spoke Thursday of enjoying duels that were harder to predict. "I like...

Kenyan records fastest time on American soil in Atlanta 10K

Jul. 4, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race in Atlanta on Thursday in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event. The 19-year-old surpassed the previous mark of 27:04 set by Joseph Kimani in the same race, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, in 1996. In addition to...

Florida's Holloway, Arkansas' Fassi are SEC athletes of year

Jul. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and...

Boise State track star Ostrander signs professional contract

Jul. 3, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boise State University track champion has chosen to give up her final season of college eligibility and become a professional athlete. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that Allie Ostrander hired an agent Sunday and is negotiating a contract. Ostrander won three consecutive...

Semenya wins women's 800, wants to defend world title

Jul. 1, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Caster Semenya easily won the women's 800 at the Prefontaine Classic on Sunday, as an international court continues to debate her future in the event. The reigning Olympic champion and embattled three-time world champion won in 1 minute, 55.70 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of...

Race walker asks court for Olympic status for women's 50K

Jun. 27, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — World champion race walker Inês Henriques is aiming for gender equality by asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport to add the women's 50-kilometer event to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. CAS said Thursday it will hear her appeal against the International Olympic Committee and...

World track body meets Swiss court deadline in Semenya case

Jun. 25, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Track and field's governing body says it met a Swiss supreme court deadline to explain why rules limiting female runners' testosterone levels should be re-imposed during Caster Semenya's appeal. The IAAF had until Tuesday to respond to a federal judge's grant of a special...

Documents reveal new details in bitter Semenya-IAAF battle

Jun. 22, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

Caster Semenya was accused by the IAAF of intentionally running slowly at times to mask her alleged advantage from elevated natural testosterone, according to recently released court documents. Semenya angrily denied the accusation. The exchange was included in 163 pages of court records from the South African...

At 103, 'Hurricane' Hawkins takes titles at US Senior Games

Jun. 19, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At 103, Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins has cemented her title as the oldest woman to compete on an American track after finishing the 50- and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in New Mexico, event organizers say. The Louisiana resident already holds the world record for her...