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Athlete tells of being in testing spotlight

Frequently tested: Craig Mottram.

Michael Gleeson 7:17 PM   Craig Mottram was in good condition and feeling confident. He was running well and holding his own but then as he wound up along the home straight of Monaco's Stade Louis II track he was passed by runner after runner. He finished thirteenth.

Distance runner Mottram warns on doping regimes

Craig Mottram

Michael Gleeson 5:56 PM   As long as national sporting bodies covertly support athletes to dope then it is irrelevant how strict testing regimes become.

Is this the next world's fastest man?

Trayvon Bromell

Bob Putnam 1:23 PM   ​Trayvon Bromell honed his appreciation of track and field by watching endless YouTube videos of the greatest American sprinters.

Athletics Australia welcomes WADA probe


11:17 AM   Athletics Australia has supported the move by the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate new allegations of systemic illegal drug use in track and field.

Athletics set to be plunged into doping crisis: report


Athletics looks set to be plunged into a new doping crisis after IAAF test data leaked to two news organisations showed hundreds of suspect samples from athletes, BBC reports.

Parents watch accident which left Austrian pole vaulter Kira Grunberg paralysed

Kira Grunberg has been left paralysed after an accident during training.

The parents of Austria's top pole vaulter Kira Grunberg were watching when their daughter landed on her head during a training exercise and was left paralysed.  

Farah joy in tune-up for Beijing

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Australian David McNeill 1051 and Collis Birmingham 1038 in the mens 5000m wednesday 8th August 2012
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Australia's Collis Birmingham has run a season-best time in a speedy 3000metres race at the London Diamond League meeting.

Bolt lifts the gloom in London

Usain Bolt celebrates with his trademark thunderbolt.

Daniel Schofield   Usain Bolt insists that he is not the saviour of athletics. The 40,000 plus crowd who gathered in London for the opening night of the Sainsbury Anniversary Games thought otherwise greeting the 62nd fastest man in the world this year as the returning hero sent from up high to lift the gloom surrounding the sport.

It's time to end the injustice for Campbell

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson   You don't need to be a scientist to see that Ian Campbell was dudded. But scientists have proved he was anyway.

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Gold medallist for a moment. Move to end a lifetime of heartbreak

VIDEO STILLS - Australian athlete Ian Campbell controversially fouled in his final triple jump attempt at the Moscow Games in 1980 for THE SATURDAY AGE NEWS Pub date 25th July 2015

Michael Gleeson   Ian Campbell has suffered the sporting injustice of being denied an Olympic gold medal. Now Athletics Australia wants Campbell and Shirley Delahunty awarded the medals they rightly deserve.

Bolt aims to pump it up in London

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the world record holder and Olympic champion in the 100 metres and 200 metres, wants to put a tough season behind him.

Danielle Rossingh and Ben Priechenfried   After a season hampered by injury and being eclipsed on the track by someone who has served two doping bans, Usain Bolt is seeking to regain his form in London.

Bolt sacrifices nuggets to prolong career

Jamaica's Usain Bolt

Jamaican track star Usain Bolt has admitted to sacrificing fast food in a bid to extend his stellar sprinting career.

22-year-old world record falls in Diamond League

Genzebe Dibaba.

​Ethiopia's world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba broke the 22-year-old 1,500 metres world record on Friday when she clocked three minutes 50.07 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League.

Roper wins silver at world youths

Long jump winners

Michael Gleeson   Darcy Roper had never jumped longer than eight metres. But that was OK, no other Australian under the age of 18 had either. 

Australia welcome Russian decision to withdraw walkers

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Gold medallist Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia.

Michael Gleeson   Australia has welcomed Russia's decision to pull the entire race walking team out of next month's world championships for fear they would be a "national disgrace" due to widespread doping allegations.

Hale misses 100m final at World Youth Championships

Jack Hale

Teenage Australian sprint star Jack Hale has failed to qualify for the 100m final at the World Youth Championships.

Rowe pulls out of Beijing world championships

Sporting world has been rocked by new claims of doping in athletics.

Michael Gleeson    Australia's 800-metres record holder Alex Rowe has pulled out of the world championships because he is not in good enough shape.

Rowe out of world athletics championships

Alex Rowe has been unable to recapture previous good form.

Australian record holder Alex Rowe has withdrawn from the 800m at next month's world athletics championships in Beijing, citing a lack of form.

Wells places third in Lausanne

Melissa Breen and Lauren Wells

Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells has taken another leap towards next month's world championships, opening her European season with a third-place finish.

Farah allegedly tells teammate 'f*** off' after win

Mo Farah celebrates as he wins in Lausanne.

Ben Bloom   Mo Farah allegedly tells team-mate Andy Vernon to 'f*** off' as spat between two reignites.