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TakePart Tuesday | Athletes Seem to Defy Russia’s ‘Anti-Gay Propaganda’ Law With a Kiss

The 2014 Sochi Olympics are shaping up to be one of the most controversial sporting events in decades, given the Russian government’s punitive attitude towards displays of homosexuality or shows of support for gay causes. 

But the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, which went into effect earlier this summer, still didn’t stop Tatyana Firova and Kseniya Ryzhova from publicly kissing at a televised sporting event.

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Swedish athlete switches to red, not rainbow nails

Event officials force change.  Yeah, lets go a make a statement.  Nope, you’ll be forced to fit in to their agenda.

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Sweden’s Emma Green Tregaro prepares to competes in the women’s high jump final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. The Swedish high jumper who sparked a controversy at the world championships by painting her fingernails in the colors of the rainbow to support gay rights took the field Saturday with a bright but politically neutral red instead. Tregaro had been told earlier that the rainbow motif could be a violation of the championships’ code of conduct. Photo: Ivan Sekretarev

Yeah, no coercion there.

See new red nails at link embedded in title above.

#TeamTTO Khalifa St Fort, representing Trinidad and Tobago for the first time, etched two records into the books on her way to a Silver medal in the Girls’ 100 Metres finals on Thursday night at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali,Colombia.
Running in Lane 5, Khalifa set a new national record (Girls’ Under 18) and a personal best of 11:19, a fraction of a second behind the winner, AmericanCandace Hill, who clocked a new Championship record of 11:09 Secs.
The duo had already established themselves in the semi-final round of competition when Khalifa also broke a Championship Record and set a personal best of 11:24 a couple of hours earlier in the Semi Final Heat 1.
But that was short-lived until American Candace Hill won Heat 2 in 11:16, setting a new Championship Record, which she eventually broke when she grabbed gold in the finals.
Khalifa outclassed the other American, Jayla Kirkland, who finished third in 11:41.
The 17-year-old born American with Trini roots, is coached by four-time Olympic medallist Ato Boldon.
A year ago, Khalifa was one of the sprinters in the St Thomas Aquinas School squad which produced the Florida State Championship team. But with so many teens vying for a place on the roster, the coach did not have enough time to give Khalifa individual attention to take her time down from the 12.00 flat she was running. Her parents then reached out to Ato Boldon, who lives in Miramar, Florida.
“When I see a young talent being wasted, I am compelled to get involved,” Ato said in an interview before he brought Khalifa to T&T to compete in the National Championships, in order to qualify for the IAAF Youth Championships.
“With the time she is running, she is making our senior relay team,” an excited Peter Samuel, PRO of the NAAA told TTRN several weeks ago.
"Our problem is that we never had the depth like the US where they could rest an athlete and come with fresh legs.”
“The US has done that to the Caribbean for years by taking our best athletes, now it is time to return the favour because there are a lot of athletes with Caribbean parentage who want to and can qualify to make a Trinidad national team,” Samuel said. (Sharmain Baboolal) @atoboldon

Vietnam to participate in world youth athletics event

 VietNamNet Bridge – Two Vietnamese athletes will compete at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships at the Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Colombia, today.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill will 'kill herself' to win World Championships medal, insists British Athletics boss

Jessica Ennis-Hill will ‘kill herself’ to win World Championships medal, insists British Athletics boss

Jessica Ennis-Hill will give everything in Beijing Photo: ACTION IMAGES

Jessica Ennis-Hill will be an inspiring medal hope at the World Championships next month after agreeing to compete in Beijing, according to the British Athletics performance director Neil Black.

Olympic heptathlon champion…

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Long-distance swimming is for the brave ones for sure

Watching the live broadcast of women’s 10km open water swimming race at FINA’s world championship amazes, amuses and frightenes me at the same time. Especially when the commentator says sentences like: “xy’s second 5km is always stronger than the first one” and “the most important part for xy is the last 2500meters, the previous 7500 is just warming up”, or “after 5km and 10km, she’s gonna take part in the 25km race too"…..

You really have to be determined, crazy and/or bored to prepare to and take part in a race like this..

Fraser-Pryce leaves door open to 200m world title defence

Stockholm, July 30 (IANS) Although reports came early this month that Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would not be defending her 200 metres title at the World Athletics Championships next month, the reigning 100 metres champion is yet to make the final decision in this regard.


“It’s going to be loaded at the world championships. They’re all hungry so it’s great and it keeps me on my toes. I’m doing the 100m and 4X100m and my coach isn’t sure if I’m doing the 200m,” Xinhua quoted the 28-year-old as saying here on Wednesday.

Fraser-Pryce was also part of the 4X100 metres relay team that claimed the title in Moscow world Championship two years ago. She has showed a solid form in 100 metres sprint so far this season, winning the Diamond League Paris meet with the season’s world leading time of 10.74 seconds.

After the victory in Paris, Fraser-Pryce said she would skip the 200 metres race in Beijing, a decision that was taken by her coach which would allow her to focus on the 100 metres event. In fact her best 200 metres mark of the season has merely been 22.37 seconds which ranks 15th so far this year.

“I’ve earned the spot but my mind is more on the 100m. The 200m is definitely more strategic, I’m not an endurance runner so I prefer the 100m,” added the 100 metres double Olympic champion.

The 2015 IAAF World Championships will be staged at the National Stadium (Beijing), better known as the “Birds Nest”, which is a place that can bring good memory for Fraser-Pryce as she won her first Olympic medal back in 2008.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Beijing. It’s so ironic when I went in 2008, I had no idea I would get a medal. And here I am, years later, going back as a champion.”

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IAAF expecting full Bird's Nest for world championships

(Reuters) - After a remarkable turnaround in less than two weeks, international athletics chief Lamine Diack said on Thursday he had been told to expect full houses for the evening sessions at next month’s athletics world championships in Beijing.
On July 18, Diack had expressed his concern at the slow rate of ticket sales for the Aug. 22-30 championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in the Chinese capital and urged local organizers to do more to promote the event.
A further statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday, however, said sales now indicated the stadium would be packed for the evening sessions and “90 percent capacity” for the morning heats.
“This is a magnificent effort from everyone involved with the local organizing committee,” the delighted IAAF president said.
“I can only reiterate what I said recently, I am now convinced that we will have a great atmosphere in the Bird’s Nest stadium for the world’s top sporting event of 2015, and I would like to thank our friends in China … for stepping up their efforts in the promotional campaign.
"I am sure that these championships will capture the imagination of everyone who is in the stadium in person and the hundreds of millions of viewers on television around the world; and that they will leave a lasting impression and legacy, especially on the youth of China.”
Large numbers of empty seats, especially on the morning of competition days, have long been a problem for the IAAF’s biennial showpiece event.
That Beijing had already proved during the 2008 Olympics that athletics could attract big crowds to the Bird’s Nest was a major attraction when the Chinese capital bid to host the event.
Organizers of sporting events in Beijing have in the past bused in groups of spectators to fill empty seats when ticket sales have not gone as well as expected.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

IAAF expecting full Bird's Nest for world championships

(Reuters) - After a remarkable turnaround in less than two weeks, international athletics chief Lamine Diack said on Thursday he had been told to expect full houses for the evening sessions at next month’s athletics world championships in Beijing.

On July 18, Diack had expressed his concern at the slow rate of ticket sales for the Aug. 22-30 championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in the Chinese capital and urged local organisers to do more to promote the event.

A further statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday, however, said sales now indicated the stadium would be packed for the evening sessions and “90 percent capacity” for the morning heats.

“This is a magnificent effort from everyone involved with the local organising committee,” the delighted IAAF president said.

“I can only reiterate what I said recently, I am now convinced that we will have a great atmosphere in the Bird’s Nest stadium for the world’s top sporting event of 2015, and I would like to thank our friends in China … for stepping up their efforts in the promotional campaign.

"I am sure that these championships will capture the imagination of everyone who is in the stadium in person and the hundreds of millions of viewers on television around the world; and that they will leave a lasting impression and legacy, especially on the youth of China.”

Large numbers of empty seats, especially on the morning of competition days, have long been a problem for the IAAF’s biennial showpiece event.

That Beijing had already proved during the 2008 Olympics that athletics could attract big crowds to the Bird’s Nest was a major attraction when the Chinese capital bid to host the event.

Organisers of sporting events in Beijing have in the past bused in groups of spectators to fill empty seats when ticket sales have not gone as well as expected.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

IAAF World Athletics Championships

A number of Loughborough graduates have been announced in the GB & NI team for the World Athletics Championships, taking place in Beijing from 22nd to 30th August.

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IAAF expecting full Bird's Nest for world championships

(Reuters) - After a remarkable turnaround in less than two weeks, international athletics chief Lamine Diack said on Thursday he had been told to expect full houses for the evening sessions at next month’s athletics world championships in Beijing.
On July 18, Diack had expressed his concern at the slow rate of ticket sales for the Aug. 22-30 championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in the Chinese capital and urged local organisers to do more to promote the event.
A further statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday, however, said sales now indicated the stadium would be packed for the evening sessions and “90 percent capacity” for the morning heats.
“This is a magnificent effort from everyone involved with the local organising committee,” the delighted IAAF president said.
“I can only reiterate what I said recently, I am now convinced that we will have a great atmosphere in the Bird’s Nest stadium for the world’s top sporting event of 2015, and I would like to thank our friends in China … for stepping up their efforts in the promotional campaign.
"I am sure that these championships will capture the imagination of everyone who is in the stadium in person and the hundreds of millions of viewers on television around the world; and that they will leave a lasting impression and legacy, especially on the youth of China.”
Large numbers of empty seats, especially on the morning of competition days, have long been a problem for the IAAF’s biennial showpiece event.
That Beijing had already proved during the 2008 Olympics that athletics could attract big crowds to the Bird’s Nest was a major attraction when the Chinese capital bid to host the event.
Organisers of sporting events in Beijing have in the past bused in groups of spectators to fill empty seats when ticket sales have not gone as well as expected.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Ennis-Hill to compete at world championships

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Ennis-Hill to compete at world championships

Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced that she is to compete in the world athletics championships in Beijing next month. “My coach and I have made the decision that I’m going to make myself available … for the world champs,” she said on her Twitter account on Tuesday.

Ennis-Hill takes her place in a 62-strong British squad for the Aug. 22-30 event in China alongside the likes of fellow Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford. Farah, who has been dogged by the recent doping allegations surrounding coach Alberto Salazar, will look to retain his world titles over 5,000 and 10,000 metres.

Beijing is a hugely important event to us, yet this is the first of three huge global competitions, with the Olympics in Rio next year and the home world championships in 2017.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black