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Princess of Perkau

Tegla Loroupe in traditional dress in her home country of Kenya. Credit: OxfamKenya's Tegla Loroupe - the first African woman to win the New York Marathon 1994 - is idolised in her rural community for her role as a philanthropist, charity worker and peace activist.

Magical Mokoena

South Africa's new long jump star, the 20-year-old Khotso Mokoena - Source: ASASouth Africa's new long jump star, the 20-year-old Khotso Mokoena must be considered a medal prospect at next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

My Italian Hell

Kenya Athletics governing body, Athletics KenyaKenyan Jane Nyambura story depicts the travails of African athletes in the hands of dubious European managers.

Zero Tolerance

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) logoWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) calls for Zero Tolerance policy and warn athletes on doping in 2005.


Priceless Dibaba

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia - Source: The BBCSteven Downes writes for the IAAF website on the golden jewel of Ethiopian Athletics, Tirunesh Dibaba.


A fresh breath

MTN marathon logoAfrica's mobile telecommunications giant, MTN, is breathing fresh air into long distance running in Nigeria.


London circuit

Josephus Thomas of Sierra LeoneMany African athletes are burning the London city tracks with speed, yet most of them are not even known to their national federations.


Food envoy

Paul TergatMarathon world record holder Paul Tergat is using the platform of international athletics to raise awareness of the WFP's school feeding programme.


Africa drain

Ethiopia-born Elvan Abeylegesse of TurkeyTalented Africa athletes are changing nationalities in search of greener pastures and better lives.


Rob in Athens

Roberto Caracciolo American college graduate Roberto Caracciolo lives his Olympic dream in the colours of Equatorial Guinea.


Sprinting psychology

Double Olympics 200m champion Frankie Fredericks of NamibiaMost seasoned track coaches will tell you that the most acceptable way to run the 200 metres today is to consider it as having three parts: the pick-up, the float and the finish.

Lost glamour
Nigerian Mobil/NNPC track and field championships  competitors bibThe 2004 Nigerian Mobil/NNPC track and field championships was characterised by shoddy preparations and chaotic organisation.



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