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Police: Ex-Boyfriend Shot Dead Utah Track Athlete, Then Killed Himself Police: Ex-Boyfriend Shot Dead Utah Track Athlete, Then Killed Himself

University of Utah track and field athlete Lauren McCluskey was found shot dead Monday night in the backseat of a vehicle outside a campus dormitory, according to university police. The suspected shooter was 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, a man McCluskey’s family said she had recently stopped dating. Rowland’s body was…

Joanna Warmington Becomes Latest Female Ex-Coach To Accuse UMD Of Harassment And Discrimination Joanna Warmington Becomes Latest Female Ex-Coach To Accuse UMD Of Harassment And Discrimination

University of Minnesota Duluth women’s cross country and track and field coach Joanna Warmington announced her resignation on Monday in a letter published by the Duluth News Tribune. In the letter, Warmington slams UMD for what she says are violations of both Minnesota law and Title IX, while describing what she…

Pole Vaulter Nearly Makes Shish Kebab Of His Dick And Balls

At the IAAF Rabat Diamond League track meet in Morocco today, pole vaulter Timur Morgunov’s pole skewered the front of his shorts. His dangly bits narrowly and luckily remained intact.

Ethiopian Distance Runner Pulls Fellow Countryman By His Shorts After Believing He Was Tripped

The end of today’s men’s 5,000-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland devolved into infighting between two Ethiopians when one runner felt he was tripped and yanked his fellow citizen’s shorts in retaliation.

USC Wins National Championship On Wild 4x400 Comeback As Announcers Declare Them Dead

Coming into the 4x400 meter relay at tonight’s NCAA track and field championships, the USC women had to win to clinch a national title; otherwise, Georgia would win and pull off a rare sweep of the men’s and women’s titles. When USC mangled the handoff on the final exchange (about 2:48 into the video below), it looked…

College Runner Who Almost Burned To Death Reaches NCAA Final Two Years Later College Runner Who Almost Burned To Death Reaches NCAA Final Two Years Later

Probably the easiest sports story to write is one about a meteoric improvement. The Wow This Person Got A Lot Better At Sports story is one that works in every sport, honestly, but it tends to be most common in ones like running or swimming. (Stories about rapid improvements in those sports generally tend to elide the…

Officials Ruin Steeplechase Competition By Setting A Barrier Six Inches Too High Officials Ruin Steeplechase Competition By Setting A Barrier Six Inches Too High

Wild shit happens in the steeplechase. Emma Coburn won last year’s world championship in part because one of the favorites ran around the first water jump instead of over it; a runner at the 2009 U.S. women’s championship broke her foot after one barrier was accidentally set at the men’s height; in a college race last…

A Double Amputee Coming Off A Cocaine Suspension Is Suddenly One Of The Best Sprinters In America A Double Amputee Coming Off A Cocaine Suspension Is Suddenly One Of The Best Sprinters In America

Blake Leeper is a double amputee, self-described alcoholic, and coming off a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine that ended last year. He also may be one of the best 400-meter runners in the United States—and by extension, the world—after dominating the field with a PR of 44.42 seconds in Prague…

World Champion Runner Accused Of Failing Drug Test, Has Elaborate Story About His Pee Sample World Champion Runner Accused Of Failing Drug Test, Has Elaborate Story About His Pee Sample

Asbel Kiprop, the best miler of the last decade, a three-time 1,500-meter world champion, and an Olympic gold medalist, reportedly tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO. Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail broke the story yesterday; several other outlets independently confirmed the report; and Kiprop released a…

The Only Point Of Track’s Dumb New Testosterone Rules Is To Make It Illegal To Be Caster Semenya The Only Point Of Track’s Dumb New Testosterone Rules Is To Make It Illegal To Be Caster Semenya

Track and field’s international governing body announced this morning that women who compete internationally in events from 400 meters to the mile will have to maintain natural testosterone levels below a certain limit in order to be eligible to compete. (Those with more testosterone will be required to take hormonal…

Geoffrey Kamworor Raced Ten Miles, Then Ran A 13:01 5K Geoffrey Kamworor Raced Ten Miles, Then Ran A 13:01 5K

The first three quarters or so of this weekend’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain, were cagey and uneventful, as the runners hung out and watched each other while being buffeted by powerful gusts of wind. Then, with about six kilometers left to go, two-time defending world champ Geoffrey…

100-Year-Old Superhuman Orville Rogers Sets New World Record In Race Of Scootin' Grandpas [CORRECTED]

Look at this hightailin’ geezer! CORRECTION: While Orville is, in fact, a hightailin’ geezer, and certainly the man in green is also a hightailin’ geezer—perhaps the hightailin’-est geezer in the history of geezers—it turns out Orville is in white, in lane 2. It’s an impressive run, and he did indeed set a new world…

Adding A Skateboard To Pole Vault Makes It Even Better Adding A Skateboard To Pole Vault Makes It Even Better

French vaulter Baptiste Boirie gave us the highlight of the All-Star Perche pole vaulting competition this weekend, and he did it with a skateboard. He jumped 5.9 meters while using some help on his approach.

Police Say Former Olympic Runner David Torrence's Death Ruled An Accident Police Say Former Olympic Runner David Torrence's Death Ruled An Accident

Olympic distance runner and American record holder David Torrence was found dead last August in his swimming pool in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today, Scottsdale police told Deadspin that Torrence’s death has officially been ruled an accident.

Entire Claremont Colleges Track Team Suspended After Accusation Of Assault During Nude Heist Caper Entire Claremont Colleges Track Team Suspended After Accusation Of Assault During Nude Heist Caper

According to a report from The Student Life, the Claremont Colleges’ student newspaper, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s track teams have been suspended pending a university investigation into a nude theft attempt that went sideways. A police report from last weekend indicates that six students were…

Christian Coleman Breaks 20-Year-Old World Record In The 60 Meters Christian Coleman Breaks 20-Year-Old World Record In The 60 Meters

Christian Coleman, probably best known to most American sports fans as the guy who ran a fast 40, just ran 60 meters in 6.37 seconds. That breaks a world record that fellow American Maurice Greene set at 6.39 in February of 1998, a month before Coleman’s second birthday.

Dozens Of Russian Athletes Dodge Doping Tests By Calling Out Sick Dozens Of Russian Athletes Dodge Doping Tests By Calling Out Sick

Over the weekend, 36 Russian athletes withdrew from a track-and-field competition in Siberia at the last minute following the unexpected arrival of drug testers. Many of those who chose not to participate cited illness, but an investigation is already underway and even Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the President of Russia’s…

Everything About The Telegraph's Justin Gatlin Investigation Is Nuts Everything About The Telegraph's Justin Gatlin Investigation Is Nuts

American sprinting star Justin Gatlin has five Olympic medals (including one gold), the fifth-fastest 100-meter time ever, the honor of beating Usain Bolt in his farewell race, and yet he’s still far more famous for his various doping bans than what he’s achieved on the track. Gatlin has been embroiled in a pair of…

Norovirus Outbreak Craps Up Track And Field World Championships Norovirus Outbreak Craps Up Track And Field World Championships

This afternoon in London, South Africa’s Olympic hero Wayde van Niekerk coasted in under 44 seconds to win the 400-meter world championship with ease, letting up before he reached the finish line and still coming within a second of his own world record. He barely celebrated after he won, partially because he is trying…

Jenny Simpson Celebrates Wildly After Taking Silver At World Championships

The women’s 1500 meters headlined the fourth day of the IAAF World Championships in track and field, and it was a worthy main event for the London crowd. Great Britain’s Laura Muir led the pack through the first 800 meters at 2:17, at which point the race turned into a sprint.

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