Agnes Tirop: Kenyan world record holder found dead following alleged stabbing

According to the country’s athletics body, Tirop was found dead at her home in Iten, after she was “allegedly stabbed.” Local reports state Tirop was found dead with stab wounds in her abdomen. Athletics Kenya said it was “still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise.” Tirop’s agent — Gianni Demadonna — also confirmed… Continue reading Agnes Tirop: Kenyan world record holder found dead following alleged stabbing

Tani Adewumi: How chess changed the fortunes of 11-year-old prodigy and his family

“I’m aggressive, I like to attack,” he tells CNN Sport of his playing style. “It’s just the way I think in general: I want to checkmate my opponent as fast as I can.” Tani, who turned 11 in September, is taking the same approach with his chess career. Having become a national master earlier this… Continue reading Tani Adewumi: How chess changed the fortunes of 11-year-old prodigy and his family

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who has an intersex condition, breaks world record

The 28-year-old set a new 2,000m record at a Continental Tour Gold meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, breaking the previous record by more than two seconds. Niyonsaba finished with a time of 5:21.26, surpassing Genzebe Dibaba’s 2017 record. Niyonsaba, a 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medalist in the 800m, is one of the athletes banned by… Continue reading Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who has an intersex condition, breaks world record

Overcoming tragedy to become Kenya’s first female rower at the Tokyo Paralympics

At just two years old, Mohammed lost both legs and several fingers in a tragic train accident. Throughout her childhood, she had a hard time accepting herself, she told CNN, but sport eventually helped her “explore … my full potential.” Related: Uche Eke becomes first gymnast to compete for Nigeria at the Olympics At 17,… Continue reading Overcoming tragedy to become Kenya’s first female rower at the Tokyo Paralympics

India just had its best ever Olympics. Many hope its success will usher in a new era of Indian sport

Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold medal in the men’s javelin event in Tokyo on Saturday brought the nation’s Olympics performance to a spectacular close. The 22-year-old athlete’s gold medal — the nation’s first in a track and field event since it gained independence from Britain — consolidated India’s greatest ever performance at the Games, winning a… Continue reading India just had its best ever Olympics. Many hope its success will usher in a new era of Indian sport

Eliud Kipchoge is the ‘greatest of all time … in any sport,’ says leading performance coach

With around 12 kilometers of the race remaining, Kipchoge pulled clear of the lead pack to cross the line in a time of two hours, eight minutes and 38 seconds — more than a minute clear of the Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye in second and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi in third. By winning Sunday’s race the 36-year-old… Continue reading Eliud Kipchoge is the ‘greatest of all time … in any sport,’ says leading performance coach

Eliud Kipchoge: Marathon world record holder has ‘the qualities of an ascetic monk’

Amid the bluster and noise that often surrounds professional sport, they found that Kipchoge’s quiet, contemplative demeanor was unique — the calm at the eye of the storm. The film, releasing digitally from August 23 in the UK and from August 24 in the US, tells the story of the first sub-two-hour marathon — a… Continue reading Eliud Kipchoge: Marathon world record holder has ‘the qualities of an ascetic monk’

Uche Eke becomes first gymnast to compete for Nigeria at the Olympics

But there was a small problem: Nigeria had never even qualified a gymnast to the Olympics before. In May, Eke made history when he became the first to do so — and this past weekend, he competed in his first Olympic Games. Eke, 23, was raised in the US, but he’s been traveling to Nigeria… Continue reading Uche Eke becomes first gymnast to compete for Nigeria at the Olympics

WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t play for Nigeria at Olympics after appeal rejected

FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, had ruled that the two WNBA players could not suit up for Nigeria, as they have previously played for the US in FIBA events. Ogwumike and Williams requested CAS to provisionally change their national status from USA to Nigeria, as FIBA eligibility guidelines state a player could potentially… Continue reading WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t play for Nigeria at Olympics after appeal rejected