Category: Athletics

GYMNASTS’ OLYMPIC HOPES HANG IN THE BALANCE

Following some impressive performances in major competitions, Louis Smith has shown why he is a gymnastics medal hopeful for London 2012. January will be a crucial month for Smith as Team GB’S Male Gymnasts still need to gain Olympic qualification. This follows an uncharasterically disappointing performance at the ...

Women throwing the punches in 2012

For the first time in Olympic history, women will take to the boxing ring at the 2012 Olympics as part of the official programme. The sport was actually included in the 1904 Olympics as a display event, held in St Louis, United States but this was its only inclusion and it was subsequently banned in most countries, ...

Sotherton eyeing London 2012 place

Kelly Sotherton is set to make a remarkable return to heptathlon and the former Olympic bronze medal winner is eyeing up a place in next years London Olympics. The 34-year-old athlete came third in the 2004 games in Athens but has concentrated on the 400 metre hurdles since November 2010 but failed to qualify for ...

Olympic hopeful loses funding

Runner Jemma Simpson has suffered a major blow in her attempts to represent Great Britain in next years London Olympics after losing her appeal after against her funding cut. The 27-year-old lost her lottery funding after she was dropped from the list of British athletes who receive it after suffering an injury ...

Geraint Thomas may call it a day after 2012 Olympics

Olympic team pursuit champion Geraint Thomas has suggested he may look to call it a day after the 2012 Olympics claiming that around a year after he should be "off the road". The pressure that come with racing these days can take its toll and he will have to sacrifice next years Tour de France for a stab at Olympic ...

2012 Olympics track now complete

The athletics track in the newly built London Olympic stadium has been completed well in time for the grand opening to be held on the 27th July next year. The marvelous stadium, which can hold up to 80,000 fans, is almost completed and expected to be finished early next year at a cost of nearly £500m. The track ...

The Beach Volleyball Low down

Since the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, the range of events on show has positively widened. Next year around 17,000 athletes will descend on London for the duration of the Games. They will compete in a total of 26 different events, which are in turn split into 39 disciplines with everything from Athletics ...

2012 Olympic Games just around the corner

With the one year countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games being marked, August was a busy month in the lead up to London’s time in the limelight. Not only were there celebrations to mark the occasion but various test events for the games took place throughout the month. For some locations, it was the first time they ...

Oscar Pistorius to Live Olympic Dream

Oscar Pistorius this week made Olympic history by being the first amputee to qualify for the London 2012 games. The 400m runner managed a 45.07 seconds, well within the qualifying time of 45.25 to smash his personal best and storm into the history books. Pistorius, who was born without both fibulas, uses ‘cheetah ...

The real challenge facing the London 2012 Olympics

Last Sunday the second round of tickets sales for next year’s London Olympics closed, with over 750,000 tickets for numerous sporting events being allocated. This now brings the overall ticket sales for next year’s sporting showpiece to in excess of 3.5 million. The games seem to have finally started to stimulate some ...

Athletics: A sport struggling to attract talent

Over the years, the sport of athletics has provided both sports fans and the general public with a plethora of sublime spectacles and dramatic competition. Take for instance, the great American athlete Jesse Owens, who won four Gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics: enough of a feat in itself without accounting for ...