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Athletics: Campbell-Brown scrapes into 60m final

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown scraped into Sunday's 60m final at the World Indoor Championships, beating out Tahesia Harrigan-Scott by a matter of thousandths of a second. After 10 months sidelined by a botched doping case, Campbell-Brown looked sluggish out of the blocks at Sopot's Ergo Arena. The two-time Olympic 200m gold medallist and defending two-time world 60m champion clocked a season's best of 7.17sec in the second semi, but had to be happy with third place behind winner Verena Sailer of Germany (7.12sec) and American Tianna Bartoletta.

Athletics: Briton Kilty wins men's world indoor 60 metres

Briton Richard Kilty, only racing as a replacement for injured teammate James Dasaolu, was a shock winner of the men's 60m gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot on Saturday. Kilty, 24, made a storming start and held his form to time a personal best of 6.49 seconds, with rising American star Marvin Bracy taking silver in 6.51sec. Nigerian-born Qatari Femi Ogunode claimed bronze (6.52) in a photo-finish with China's Bingtian Su and Zambia's Gerald Phiri.

Athletics: World Indoor Athletics Championships podiums

IAAF World Indoor Championships medal table and podiums from the last edition in Istanbul in 2012 ahead of the 2014 competition which runs from March 7-9: Gold Silver Bronze Total USA 5 0 3 8 Britain 1 2 1 4 Ethiopia 2 1 2 5 Kenya 2 1 1 4 Russia 1 3 6 10 Ukraine 1 2 0 3 France 1 1 1 3 Australia 1 1 0 2 Jamaica 1 1 0 2 Morocco 1 1 0 2 Brazil 1 0 0 1 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 Greece 1 0 0 1 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 Germany 0 2 0 2 Bahamas 0 1 1 2 Belarus 0 1 1 2

Tennis: Petrova out of Australian after mother's death

Russian tennis star Nadia Petrova has pulled out of January's Australian Open following the death in a car accident of her mother, herself an Olympic athletics bronze medallist. Also out of the season-opening Grand Slam in Melbourne is another top Russian player, Maria Kirilenko, who is injured. The withdrawal of both players was reported by Russian media and confirmed on the official Twitter account of the Australian Open.

Athletics: Portland and Birmingham to host world indoors

Portland in the United States and Birmingham in Great Britain will host the next two World Indoor Athletics Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) said Friday. Portland will host the championships in 2016 with Birmingham picked for 2018. It will be the first time since the 1987 World Indoors in Indianapolis that the United States hosts a major international athletics event, although track and field was of course part of the programme at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

East Asia Games: Swimming champion Ye to star for China

Double Olympic Champion Ye Shiwen will be China's star name at the East Asian Games, which beings Sunday with a "frugal but splendid" opening ceremony, Chinese state media said. More than 2,400 athletes from nine countries are set to take part in the multi-sport event in the harbour city of Tianjin, competing in 24 different sports, the Xinhua state news agency said. Some 1,500 performers will take part in the opening ceremony, which will be a "frugal but splendid" occasion, Xinhua reported, in an apparent nod towards China's crackdown on big-spending and corruption.

Factbox - Sprint doping scandals since Johnson's downfall

(Reuters) - Twenty-five years ago this week, in the biggest scandal to hit the Olympics, Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100 meters gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games after testing positive for banned steroids. Johnson served a two-year suspension and returned to competition, reaching the semi-finals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but the Canadian was banned for life in 1993 after testing positive for excessive levels of testosterone. Following is a factbox on other doping cases in sprinting, since Johnson's downfall:

Athletics: Bolt powers to third world 200m title

Usain Bolt underlined his amazing sprinting prowess on Saturday by powering to a third successive world 200m title at the World Athletics Championships for his seventh world gold medal. The 26-year-old Jamaican destroyed the field to finish in 19.66 seconds, teammate Warren Weir claiming silver in a personal best of 19.79sec and American Curtis Mitchell taking bronze in 20.04. "I had to push myself to be the best," said a subdued Bolt. "I'm really happy to get it done as the 200m is my favourite event.

Athletics: Bolt coasts into 200m final in search of third title

Two-time defending champion Usain Bolt's bid to seal a third successive world 200m title advanced smoothly as he coasted to victory in his semi-final on Friday. The 26-year-old Jamaican, who won the 200m titles in Berlin in 2009 and Daegu in 2011, and is also double Olympic champion and world record holder in the event, timed a comfortable 20.13sec to win his heat and advance to Saturday's final. After a good start, Bolt was up on compatriot Jason Livermore in the lane outside him within a matter of metres.

Athletics: Bolt safely into 200m semi-finals

Two-time defending champion Usain Bolt on Friday safely negotiated his way into the semi-finals of the 200m at the World Athletics Championships. The 26-year-old Jamaican, who won the 200m titles in Berlin in 2009 and Daegu in 2011 and is also double Olympic champion and world record holder in the event, clocked an easy-going 20.66sec. After a good start, Bolt was up on the field in a matter of metres and seemed to ease off fully 40 metres from the finish line.
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