Athlete of the Year
2 May
Nick Willis refuses to consider 'what-ifs' following Olympic rivals doping ban

Nick Willis refuses to consider 'what-ifs' following Olympic rivals doping ban

Nick Willis has refused to consider the "what-ifs" relating to the four-year ban of 2008 Olympic 1500-metre champion Asbel Kiprop. Kiprop was banned for doping offences detected in 2017 when he...
Author: Bryce
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Olympian who beat Nick Willis for gold unmasked as drug cheat

Olympian who beat Nick Willis for gold unmasked as drug cheat

The man who ended up beating Kiwi Nick Willis for Olympic gold has been banned for doping.Kenya's Asbel Kiprop returned a positive for erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017, in an out of...
Author: Bryce
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Watch: Olivia McTaggart set for surgery after freakish pole vault accident

Watch: Olivia McTaggart set for surgery after freakish pole vault accident

Rising New Zealand pole vault star Olivia McTaggart is set for an injury layoff after a frightening incident during the Auckland Vertical Pursuit last weekend.McTaggart requires surgery after...
Author: Bryce
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Tokyo 2020: Shirtless Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatofua has sights on third Olympic sport

Tokyo 2020: Shirtless Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatofua has sights on third Olympic sport

First taekwondo, then cross-country skiing... and now controversial athlete Pita Taufatofua is setting his sights on competing in a third Olympic sport.The 35-year-old youth worker from Brisbane...
Author: Bryce
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Athletics: Kiwi sprint star Eddie Osei-Nketia tipped for All Blacks sevens

Athletics: Kiwi sprint star Eddie Osei-Nketia tipped for All Blacks sevens

Eddie Osei-Nketia for the All Blacks sevens team — that's the inside tip from the top Kiwi sportsman who has become the young sprint sensation's mentor.And athletics fans need not fret.​Former...
Author: Bryce
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Athletics: Caster Semenya's closest rival also has testosterone condition

Athletics: Caster Semenya's closest rival also has testosterone condition

Caster Semenya's closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field's governing body implements a contentious...
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The past, present and future with Whanganui athletics guru Alec McNab

It was a long and demanding season for Whanganui athletes.The end of a season not only brings a rest and transition but also a chance to reflect and to plan for the future learning from the...
Author: Bryce
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Athletics: Edward Osei-Nketia conditionally selected by New Zealand for World Athletics Championships

Athletics: Edward Osei-Nketia conditionally selected by New Zealand for World Athletics Championships

Athletics New Zealand have selected teenage sprint sensation Edward Osei-Nketia for the World Championships - if he confirms his allegiance to New Zealand.The 17-year-old has been in an eligibility...
Author: Bryce
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Phil Gifford: Yvette Corlett - our most versatile world class athlete

Yvette Corlett had a slightly guilty admission to make.In 1977 we were sitting in the lounge of the Pakuranga home she shared with husband Buddy, working on a chapter for a book the Halberg...
Author: Bryce
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Athletics: Portia Bing gets over her biggest hurdle

Athletics: Portia Bing gets over her biggest hurdle

Portia Bing's rollercoaster athletics journey now has her hurdling towards Qatar. The former New Zealand heptathlete took up the 400m hurdles only a year ago.Now she's broken the national record...
Author: Bryce
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