From Spray Paint & Parking Lots to Rio: Joe Kovacs Heads to Olympics

Jul 27, 2016

It all started with spray paint and a parking lot. Joe Kovacs didn’t practice in top-notch facilities. He didn’t have the best equipment, not even the best shoes. His high school, Bethlehem Catholic, didn’t even have a track. “This is where it all started,” Kovac’s mom, Joanne, said, standing in the old parking lot, a…

Justin Gatlin in peak sprinting form as Rio Olympics near

Jul 27, 2016
epa04894744 Justin Gatlin of the US after placing second in the men's 100m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China, 23 August 2015.  EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

Justin Gatlin is healthy, determined and shaving precious seconds off the clock each time he races the 100 metres. The United States sprinter is also inching closer to another showdown with six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, this time at the Rio Summer Games in August. The 34-year-old Gatlin, who vowed in February to beat…

Centrowitz ready for second chance at winning Olympic medal

Jul 27, 2016

Matthew Centrowitz just missed out on winning an Olympic medal four years ago during the Summer Games in London. Now, the 2007 Broadneck High School graduate is ready for a second chance when he competes in the 1,500-meter run for the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. READ MORE

Sandi Morris breaks American outdoor pole vault record

Jul 26, 2016
File photo of Sandi Morris competing in the women's pole vault final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Sandi Morris moved to second on the world outdoor all-time list for the pole vault when clearing 4.93m at the American Track League meeting in Houston on Saturday (23). Showing that she had fully recovered from the wrist injury she picked up earlier this season, the world indoor silver medallist effectively put on an exhibition…

Allyson Felix Talks Coming Back Stronger After Injury

Jul 26, 2016
Allyson Felix (USA), 
AUGUST 27, 2015 - Athletics : 
15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Beijing 2015 
Women's 400m Final 
at Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, China. 
 (via AP)

A career-sidlining injury may be an athlete’s worst fear, but, with motivation, you can come back stronger, says Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix. The 30-year-old tells PEOPLE that after tearing her hamstring in 2013, she had to push herself – hard – to recuperate and get back to the track. READ MORE

Paula Radcliffe: IOC decision a ‘sad day for clean sport’

Jul 26, 2016

Paula Radcliffe has declared the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to implement a blanket ban on Russia from the Rio Games as a “sad day for clean sport”. The IOC announced on Sunday it would instead be the responsibility of each sporting federation to check the doping records of Russian competitors under its jurisdiction. READ MORE

Keni Harrison breaks 100H world record

Jul 23, 2016

American Keni Harrison broke a 28-year-old world record in the 100m hurdles, clocking 12.20 seconds at the London Anniversary Games. Harrison, 23, was already the fastest woman in the world this year, but will not be at next month’s Olympics after finishing only sixth in the US trials. The previous world record of 12.21 had…

Kendra Harrison eyes world record after Olympic team disappointment

Jul 22, 2016

The second fastest ever sprint hurdler has turned her attention to breaking the world record and winning the 100m hurdles Diamond Race after losing out on a place for the Rio Olympic Games Kendra Harrison says she is looking to bounce back from missing out on Team USA for the Rio Olympic Games with a…

Christian Taylor targets Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump world record

Jul 22, 2016

Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor is looking to break Jonathan Edwards’ 21-year world record when he takes part in this weekend’s Anniversary Games. The Diamond League event gives Taylor the chance to compete again in the Olympic Stadium where he won his gold medal at London 2012 thanks to a jump of 17.81 metres.…

With tragic past behind, Castlin eyes Olympic medal

Jul 21, 2016

It took her a lifetime to make it to the race. But it took Kristi Castlin just 12.5 seconds to become an Olympian. When she was 12, her father was murdered as he worked at a Cobb County hotel. It would be nearly 15 years later before Rodney Castlin’s killer was sent to prison. By…

Felix regroups for Rio after failing in the 200 at the Trials

Jul 21, 2016
American sprinter Allyson Felix leads the field on her way to winning the women's 200 meters gold medal in London's Olympic Stadium.

What followed reverberated far beyond Eugene, Oregon, and the U.S. Olympic trials. By one-hundredth of a second, Olympic champion Felix, hampered by an ankle injury and a lack of training, lost to Prandini for the third and final 200 metres spot on the U.S. team for Rio. READ MORE

CAS Upholds Ban on Russian Track and Field Athletes

Jul 21, 2016

An appeals court on Thursday upheld the ban on Russia’s track and field team from the Rio Olympics, empowering sports organizations to discipline other Russian teams after revelations of a government-run doping scheme. The International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field’s global governing body, had barred Russia’s team from competing in Rio de Janeiro…