Athletics: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:32 am
South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk is in line for the most prestigious international athletics accolade after being confirmed as one three finalists for the men’s award of the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations Athlete of the Year. The Olympic 400m champion and world record holder was named on Wednesday alongside Jamaican Usain Bolt and Mo Farah of Great Britain.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:41 am AFKI Original
Mary Keitany of Kenyan stormed to her third consecutive New York City Marathon victory on Sunday, pulling off a stunning victory in a time of 2:24:26. After moving away from the leading pack before the halfway point of the race, Keitany kept an excellent pace to win the event that she has become very familiar with after wins in 2014 and 2015.
Staff, 12:02 am
While officials in Beijing are expert in building vast media distribution networks such as those available in Africa, the Chinese have been far less successful in creating compelling content that people actually want to consume. By contrast, a certain genre of Chinese-language movies produced in Hong Kong — especially those featuring martial arts legend Bruce Lee — have been staples in African pirated videos since 1960s and ’70s. Even today from Cairo and Uganda to South Africa, Hong Kong’s martial arts films remain extremely popular.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original
A selection of South African and Kenyan athletes have been included in the list of nominees for the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year awards. A list of 10 men and 10 women was revealed by the world athletics body this week, including the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and Britain’s Mo Farah.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:38 am
Tyrone Pillay, a shot-putter who won bronze medal for South Africa in the recently-concluded Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was denied entry into a Fly South African Airlines (FlySAA) aircraft while carrying a spare prosthetic leg on Tuesday. The shameful incident happened as Pillay boarded the aircraft from Johannesburg to Durban. A clearly devastated Pillay took to social media to vent his disappointment.
Dana Sanchez, 10:37 am
Ethiopian Olympic protester Feyisa Lilesa says he can relate to U.S. athlete Colin Kaepernick, who faces backlash in the U.S. for his own peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kaepernick is the son of farmers, Lilesa said, like most Oromo. “We are not violent,” he said. “My people are a peace-loving people.” Lisela’s Olympic protest came at great consequence, as most effective protests often do. Instantly, Lilesa said, Ethiopian Olympic team officials knew they had to distance themselves from him.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:27 am AFKI Original
Team South Africa will return home from the 2016 Paralympic Games with 17 medals won over the course of the last week and a half of competition in Rio. The 45-person team managed an impressive medal haul of seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals, allowing the country to achieve a 22nd place finish on the overall medal table.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:18 am AFKI Original
Track stars Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya were the star performers during a spectacular 2016 season for South African athletics. Semenya closed out a superb campaign last week with her maiden victory in an international 400m race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, clocking a career best of 50.40 seconds, after winning the 800m race at the penultimate leg of the series to lift the overall crown.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:16 am
Tamiru Demisse, a visually impaired runner from Ethiopia, crossed his arms above his head on Sunday in a political protest, after winning silver medal in the Men’s 1,500 metres T-13 race on Sunday at the ongoing Rio Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) reprimanded Demisse for violating the games rules on political messages and participation by sports persons.
Keren Mikva, 10:36 am AFKI Original
Feyisa Lilesa won an Olympic medal in Rio, but crossed the finish line with his arms raised in protest against the Ethiopian government. Given the Ethiopian government’s history of imprisoning political protesters, Lilesa is afraid to return home. He believes he will be killed or imprisoned if he does. The Ethiopian government said that Lilesa would be welcomed home from the Olympics as a hero. Here’s how Lilesa’s symbolic gesture is playing out.