A new Day dawns in Australian athletics

First came Rohan Browning. Then came Riley Day. A new generation of world-class Australian sprint stars has announced itself in Tokyo in the space of a day. A night after 23-year-old Browning raced in the Olympic 100 metres semi-final, 21-year-old Day ran a big personal best in her 200 metres

The absurdity of athletes choosing gold medals

Greg Norman played in four playoffs in major tournaments and lost all four to less distinguished Americans, including that notorious misfortune when Larry Mize chipped in to take the US Masters in 1987. The Shark was bested in playoffs v Mize, by Fuzzy Zoeller at the US Open (1984) and

How a long jumper from Italy won the 100m final

The search to replace the biggest somebody in athletics found instead a nobody. The question of this year’s Olympics was, for the first time in 13 years, not whether anyone could beat Usain Bolt, but who comes after Bolt? Lamont Jacobs gets in front to win gold in the men’s

Belarusian sprinter says she was taken to airport against her wishes, will not return home

A Belarusian sprinter said she was taken to the airport against her wishes on Sunday to board a flight back home after she complained about national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was due to compete in the women’s 200 metres on Monday, said she did not plan

Tokyo 2020 Olympics LIVE with Max Whitlock to feature in pommel horse final

Overnight, Duncan Scott became the first British athlete to win four medals at a single Olympics as Team GB took silver in the 4x100m medley. This accompanies the Scot's gold in the men's 4×200 metres relay and silvers in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley. Elsewhere, Charlotte Worthington won

Could Flo-Jo’s 100m world record from 1988 fall in Tokyo?

It could be the new spikes. It could be the springy track. It could be the heat and still conditions. What is clear is Tokyo has delivered a sizzling track and records will fall. On the opening morning of athletics in hot, humid conditions, six women ran under 11 seconds

Olympic opening ceremony boss sacked day before show ‘due to Holocaust jokes’

The director of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been dismissed after reports about his past comments on the Holocaust. Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto told a briefing that Kentaro Kobayashi had been dismissed because of comments that made fun of the atrocity. The opening ceremony of

First Covid-19 cases found at athletes’ village to add to Tokyo 2020 fears

Tokyo Olympics organisers on Saturday reported the first case of COVID-19 at the athletes' village, along with 14 other new cases connected to the Games which begin next week, raising fresh doubts over promises of a "safe and secure" event, reports Reuters . Organisers confirmed that a visitor from abroad