Running legend Gebrselassie to head Ethiopia athletics

Retired running legend Haile Gebrselassie has been elected preside

Iran slam Olympic lifting ‘conspiracy’ as riot police called

Iran slam Olympic lifting ‘conspiracy’ as riot police called

A furious Iran slammed Georgian lifter Lasha Talakhadze’s Olympic gold medal as a “conspiracy”, with riot police called to the Rio Games weightlifting venue as tensions boiled over. Iranian super heavyweight and favourite Behdad Salimikordasiabi sensationally crashed out of the men’s +105kg class after judges ruled he had failed to register a total in the...

US women’s hoops stars rip Japan but Aussies ousted

US women’s hoops stars rip Japan but Aussies ousted

Five-time defending champion United States reached the Rio Olympic women’s basketball semi-finals with a 47th consecutive Games victory Tuesday while Australia’s run of five consecutive Olympic medals ended in tears. Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore each scored 19 points as the Americans routed Japan 110-64, advancing to a Thursday matchup against the later Canada-France winner...

Schippers sails into 200m Olympic final

Schippers sails into 200m Olympic final

World champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands romped into the final of the 200m, landing a psychological blow to Jamaican rival Elaine Thompson with a comfortable semi-final victory. Schippers, aiming to crown her successful conversion from heptathlon to sprinting with an Olympic gold, won her semi-final in 21.96sec. Thompson, who on Saturday won the 100m...

China’s Cao Yuan wins men’s 3m springboard

China’s Cao Yuan wins men’s 3m springboard

Cao Yuan shook off the pressure of being the only Chinese diver left in the field — a rarity in Olympic finals — to deliver China’s fifth diving gold medal. Cao won the men’s 3m springboard competition, taking the tally to five golds in six events for diving’s superpower. Britain’s Jack Laugher took silver and...

McLeod wins 110m hurdles gold

McLeod wins 110m hurdles gold

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod produced a flawless performance to win the gold medal in the Olympic 110m hurdles. McLeod raced home in 13.05sec after smoothly clearing each of his 10 hurdles as the battle for silver and bronze unfolded behind him. Cuba-born Spaniard Orlando Ortega took silver in 13.17sec with Dimitri Bascou of France third in...

Marta in tears as Sweden dump Brazil in penalty shoot-out

Marta in tears as Sweden dump Brazil in penalty shoot-out

Sweden ended a disconsolate Marta’s dreams of guiding Brazil’s women to a first Olympic football gold medal with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to set up a final with Germany. The five-time world player of the year walked off in tears after the upset before 70,000 people in a stunned Maracana stadium. Brazil thrashed the...

Kenya’s Kipyegon trumps Dibaba for 1500m gold

Kenya’s Kipyegon trumps Dibaba for 1500m gold

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon produced a startling last-lap sprint to outpace overwhelming favourite Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia to win Olympic 1500m gold on Tuesday. Kipyegon clocked 4min 08.92sec after her burst over the last 250 metres, world record holder Dibaba taking silver in 4:10.27. American Jennifer Simpson claimed bronze in 4:10.53. American Shannon Rowbury and Britain’s...

Phelps wins 200m individual medley for 22nd Olympic gold

Phelps wins 200m individual medley for 22nd Olympic gold

Michael Phelps seized another slice of Olympic history with a dominant victory in the 200m individual medley at the Rio Games, his fourth straight in the event. Phelps became the third Olympian to win the same individual event at four straight Games, joining discus thrower Al Oerter and Carl Lewis in the long jump in...

Ma marches past subdued Zhang to Olympic table tennis glory

Ma marches past subdued Zhang to Olympic table tennis glory

China’s top seed Ma Long made up for being excluded from the singles in 2012 by sweeping aside defending champion Zhang Jike to claim the Olympic men’s table tennis gold. The lopsided 14-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 triumph gave Ma the grand slam of Olympic, world championship, world cup and world tour titles. And it left...