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Kenyan runners dominate Taipei marathon

Julius Chepkwony Rotich of Kenya beat his compatriot and defending champion Josphat Kamzee Jepkopol to win the men's title in the Taipei marathon

Hollingsworth joins Melbourne United

Eric Hollingsworth behind the Melbourne United bench on Sunday.

Daniel Cherny   Former Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth has landed his first job since resigning amid controversy in September, hired as a contractor to review the basketball operations and elite practices at NBL club Melbourne United.

Doping claims as damaging as Johnson and Jones cases: IAAF official

US sprinter Marion Jones was stripped of her three gold medals from the Sydney Olympics.

Tom Hayward   Allegations of widespread doping and cover-ups in athletics are as damaging as the cases involving Ben Johnson and Marion Jones, according to International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) vice-president Sebastian Coe.

Erickson wins national walking title

Chris Erickson crosses the finish line.

Multiple Olympic walking medallist Jared Tallent was forced to withdraw from the Australian 50km race on Sunday, clearing the way for the experienced Chris Erickson to claim victory.

Australian athlete in doping scandal

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Michael Gleeson   An Australian athlete has been implicated in a doping scandal that reaches to the very top of athletics world wide and has already seen the son of the president of the IAAF and the president of Russian athletics forced to stand down from the IAAF.


Zatopek:10 victor Brett Robinson backs calls for better communication from athletics officials

Brett Robinson on the way to his 10,000 metres
win at the Zatopek 10 competition
in Melbourne on Thursday night.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra runner Brett Robinson has backed recommendations after Athletics Australia's Commonwealth Games saga to improve communication, revealing that axed head coach Eric Hollingsworth "didn't know my name" before his strong world championships last year. 

Rowe runs best season opener yet

It was a winning return for Alex Rowe.

Michael Gleeson   Gusty winds made for a confronting return to serious competition but Australia's 800m record holder Alex Rowe got what he hoped for in his first serious race since equalling the national record.

Rowe eyes 800m record

In the running: 800 meter runner Alex Rowe.

Michael Gleeson   When he equalled Australia's long standing 800m record four months ago in Monaco Alex Roe thought he was so close to something bigger he could touch it.

200 metres, 10,000 metres and shot put under threat

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Michael Gleeson   The Zatopek in Melbourne on Thursday night might carry tradition but the 10,000-metre track race that it lends its name could be cut from the Olympics under sweeping changes authorised by the IOC.

Take a walk, Olympics events told

Hot foot: Jared Tallent wins silver in London.

Michael Gleeson   Key Olympic events in which Australia is traditionally strong such as some swimming events and race walking are under threat after new rules were agreed by the IOC.

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Athletics needs an Ombudsman, report finds

Eric Hollingsworth.

Michael Gleeson   Athletics Australia should appoint an Ombudsman to deal with athletes and their many grievances a damning report into the sport and the scandal plagued Commonwealth games performance has recommended.

Hail the new generation

Jack Hale (left) during the first round of the 100 metres sprint at the Australian All Schools Championships at the South Australia Athletics Stadium on Saturday.

Michael Gleeson   The difference, says Jack Hale, is this year he decided to run. He is now the fastest Australian boy ever and at the weekend thrilled when he ran a phenomenal 10.13s.

When Forrest couldn't run

Shawn Forrest competing at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Michael Gleeson   When Shawn Forrest finally walked into the hospital emergency room he could barely see. He could not sleep because he was up all night going to the toilet. He had an insatiable thirst but no matter how much he drank he wanted to drink more.

Jack Hale wins 200m schools title

Athletics golden boy Jack Hale.

Golden boy of Australian athletics adds the 200m Australian All Schools crown to his 100m title.

Hale runs 10.13 in race that kick-starts new generation of Australian sprinters

Jack Hale (left) during the first round of the 100 metres sprint at the Australian All Schools Championships at the South Australia Athletics Stadium on Saturday.

Michael Gleeson   Forget the illegal tail wind this was the gust that has breezed into Athletics. Australia's fastest ever boy Jack Hale ran a breathtaking 10.13s for 100mon Saturday, to reinforce his standing at the head of an exciting new generation of male sprinters.

Tassie teen flies to 100m title

Jack Hale.

Richard Welsh   Tasmanian teenage sprint sensation Jack Hale has clocked 10.13 seconds in taking out the Australian Under-18 All Schools 100m title.


Canberrans ready to conquer world at International Children's Games

From left, Ashleigh Lawrence,15 of Gordon, Kieran Reilly,14 of Royalla, Joshua Beale,14 of Forde, Jasper Sheehan,13 of Redhill and Sean Hancock,15 of Calwell will be representing the ACT at the International Children's Games.

Jon Tuxworth   It's the "biggest event no one's heard of" which will be graced by 1300 athletes from around the world, and Canberra team manager Tony Reilly hopes the capital will one day host the International Children's Games. 

Russian Athletics Federation threaten legal action over 'slanderous' doping claims

Dmitriy Rogovitskiy   The Russian Athletics Federation may take legal action after German TV alleged widespread doping and cover-ups among the country's track and field competitors, according to the president of the organisation.

Russia not only nation affected by doping, says IAAF

Germany's member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) council claimed on Friday that doping is common in the world's top sports nations and is not just an issue for Russia.

Russia is athletics' Lance Armstrong case

"Ah, you got second behind the Russian girl, so, well, you'll probably get the gold medal, after all, in a while": Dutch runner Yvonne Hak.

John Leicester   What should be a cherished, career-best memory for Netherlands runner Yvonne Hak - winning a silver medal at the 2010 European Championships - now just feels "strange and frustrating."