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'Temptation was too great': Grigorieva had the best seat in the house for Freeman's gold

'Temptation was too great': Grigorieva had the best seat in the house for Freeman's gold

At the 2000 Games, Tatiana Grigorieva was pole vaulting for silver at the exact time Cathy Freeman was racing for gold in the 400m. Grigorieva couldn't help but pause to watch history play out.

  • by Michael Gleeson

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From the Archives, 1988: Fastest man on earth a drug cheat
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From the Archives, 1988: Fastest man on earth a drug cheat

On this day in 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100m final at the Seoul Olympics. Three days later he tested positive to a banned performance-enhancing drug and was disqualified.

  • by John Huxley
Australia ganged up on Perec. She deserves an apology
Opinion
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Australia ganged up on Perec. She deserves an apology

If the spirit of the Olympics counts for anything, and if Australia is as big-hearted as it imagines itself to be, an apology should be given to Marie-Jose Perec.

  • by Greg Baum
'I'm in awe of them': Young Tasmanian second fastest non-African ever over 3000m
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'I'm in awe of them': Young Tasmanian second fastest non-African ever over 3000m

The Australian record he holds has previously been held by distance-running luminaries such as Craig Mottram, Ron Clarke and John Landy.

  • by Adam Pengilly and Michael Gleeson
'Fire in the belly': Hull sets second national record in weeks
Olympics

'Fire in the belly': Hull sets second national record in weeks

Rising Australian track star Jessica Hull has broken the national 1500m record just weeks after also claiming the 5000m record.

  • by Michael Gleeson
'I'm black and I'm the best there is': Freeman's run shone a light on race
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'I'm black and I'm the best there is': Freeman's run shone a light on race

Twenty years later, Cathy Freeman still sits at the end of the track in quiet bewilderment when reflecting on her Sydney Olympic gold medal triumph and what she went through to get there.

  • by Michael Gleeson
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Semenya wrongly targeted but ruling opens door for trans athletes, says Mouncey
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Semenya wrongly targeted but ruling opens door for trans athletes, says Mouncey

Caster Semenya’s ban from defending her Olympic title next year was wrong but also inadvertently opened the door for trans athletes.

  • by Michael Gleeson
'I refuse to let them drug me': Semenya loses final appeal in Switzerland
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'I refuse to let them drug me': Semenya loses final appeal in Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that athletics' governing body has the right to stipulate that athletes who produce excess testosterone must move to lower it.

  • by Matt Bonesteel
Athletics Australia coach to walk out, head up UK Athletics
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Athletics Australia coach to walk out, head up UK Athletics

Australia is poised to lose its athletics coach a year out from the Olympics, with Christian Malcolm set to be announced as the new head coach of UK Athletics. 

  • by Michael Gleeson