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Australian sprinter on board for Rio 100m

Australia will have a male sprinter in the 100m at the Olympics for the first time since Athens in 2004 after Josh Clarke beat the qualifier at the weekend.

Ballard clean sweep with five victories at IPC meet

Angela Ballard, left, and Madison de Rozario in the women's 4x400 metre relay at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix meet.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Canberra's Angie Ballard swept the pool with five wins, but it was Isis Holt who stole the show.

Clarke speeds into Olympic team

Joshua Clarke booked his Olympic spot by running 10.15 seconds in his 100m win at the Athletics ACT championships

Josh Clarke books ticket to Rio with PB of 10.15 seconds in Canberra.

Secret letter sheds light on doping of athletes

Supercoach Ma Junren, third from left, with Chinese distance athletes in 1993 including Wang Junxia, second from left, ...

An astonishing run of world records among Chinese female distance runners has been unexplained - until now.

Best friends put rivalry aside - until the sprint for the line

World champion Madison de Rozario has high hopes for the Paralympics at Rio de Janeiro.

David Polkinghorne   World champions Madison de Rozario and Angela Ballard do everything together - until the end of the race.

Canberra duo trade Olympic Games dreams with Serena Williams

Serena Williams yells out after winning her first game in the 3rd set
Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber during Day 13 ...

Hurdler Lauren Wells and javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts thought they had nothing in common with Serena Williams. Then they met her.

Hooker says keep expectations low on Sally

Lay off Sally: Steve Hooker warns Australia to keep Olympic expectations of Sally Pearson realistic.

Michael Gleeson   Racing for the first time in a year just one month before the Olympics meant Sally Pearson should be given a waiver from expectations in Rio, according to champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

Pearson road to Rio hits hurdle

Australia's Sally Pearson has suffered an Achilles flare-up.

Michael Gleeson   Olympic champion Sally Pearson has had an injury setback and will now not run in the domestic season and has abandon plans of running at the world indoor championships.

Wells won't risk future family if Zika virus is a problem in Rio

Lauren Wells is one of the Australian athletes who will consider her Olympic position if the Zika virus puts her in danger.

Chris Dutton   Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells will wait until closer to the Rio Olympics before evaluating the risk of Zika virus.

Boyd jumps to new heights

Alana Boyd.

Michael Gleeson   Only months out from the Olympics, champion Australian pole vaulter Alana Boyd jumps 4.77 metres.

IAAF set to lose its biggest sponsor: BBC

Adidas will reportedly end it's sponsorship deal with the IAAF early.

Adidas AG will reportedly end its 11-year sponsorship deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) almost four years early.

Stubbs closing on Rio and breaking 10s

Olympic goals: Aaron Stubbs.

Michael Gleeson   Australian sprinter Aaron Stubbs has slashed his personal best and is closing on breaking the 10 second barrier and getting a seat on the plane to Rio.

Sprinter Geddes to unleash Jamaican cool in Botany Bay Gift

Learning curve: Jarrod Geddes and Usain Bolt training in Jamaica.

Daniel Lane   Two years after spending his 2014 Australia Day training alongside Usain Bolt on the Jamaican running track named in honour of the world's fastest human, Sydney sprinter Jarrod Geddes will commence his Olympic campaign by competing in Tuesday's Botany Bay Gift.

Athletics scandal worse than FIFA: Johnson

"Do you ban an entire country that ostensibly could include clean athletes from participating in Rio? That is a very ...

Adam Pengilly   Most thought the corruption scandal engulfing football and FIFA was bad. Four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson reckons the one which has rocked athletics and the IAAF is worse.

Gracia named interim IAAF CEO

Interim IAAF CEO Jean Gracia.

Frenchman Jean Gracia has been appointed interim CEO and secretary general of the IAAF as the governing body of athletics tries to handle the fallout from the corruption scandal that has rocked the sport.

Rio slims down as Brazil's economic crisis bites

Under construction: The Tennis Centre at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro.

The grandstands for watching rowing and beach volleyball at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are to be reduced in size to cut spending as Brazil's economic crisis hits home, Olympic officials said on Tuesday.

Olympics Games: Double on for Allyson Felix, Kobe Bryant won't go to Rio

Double up: sprinter Allyson Felix.

Top American sprinter benefits from IAAF decision, NBA legend removed from US team selection.

Saturday Serve

'Welcome to the world the rest of us all operate in'

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Jon Tuxworth   Chris Erickson estimates it takes less than a minute to check if something is a banned substance. He should know.

Coe admits to failings as doping scandal deepens

In the hot seat: IAAF chief Sebastian Coe.

Ben Rumsby   IAAF president Sebastian Coe admits having been part of a "failed organisation" after world athletics was left reeling by another damning report into sport's worst drugs scandal.

Former head of international athletics 'organised corruption:' investigator

Lamine Diack, the former president of the IAAF, organised 'conspiracy and corruption' in the international athletics ...

Karolos Grohmann   The former head of international athletics, Lamine Diack, organised "conspiracy and corruption" at the heart of the federation and sanctioned fraud and extortion of athletes, independent investigator Dick Pound said in a report released on Thursday.