“Blade runner” charged with murder of companion in S Africa

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Oscar Pistorius, 26, the first amputee to run in the Olympics, in London in 2012, is being charged with the shooting death of his companion, Reeva Steenkamp, 30, in South Africa. Pistorius became famous as the blade runner for his carbon fiber prosthetic devices and for his domination of athletics events in […]

Wavre, oldest Vendée Globe sailor, finishes 7th

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Dominique Wavre of Geneva completed the Vendée Globe sailing race Friday afternoon at 16:16, finishing in 7th place at his boat arrived at Les Sables d’Olonne in France. His sailing time was 90 days, 3 hours, 14 minutes and 42 seconds, a little more than 12 days long than the daunting race […]

Cold and sporty, eXtremely so

Geneva’s Escalade run heats up 2,500 runners, Zurich’s St Nick swim chills out 313 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The traditional Escalade race in Geneva Saturday put 2,500 runners on the streets of the Old Town, a week before the Escalade celebration (list of winners). Meanwhile, in Zurich, the annual swim for St Nicholas, whose feast day […]

Sports, sailing: Vaud’s Stamm in third place in Vendée Globe race

Bernard Stamm leaving port in France 11 November, at the start of the Vendée Globe race

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat), Switzerland’s ocean sailor from St Prex in inland canton Vaud, is in third place in the tough Vendée Globe solo round the world sailing race. He trails French sailors Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) and François Gabart (Macif), up from fourth place Sunday in a race where six […]

Bolt and Blake, the great Jamaican shake, in Lausanne


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The superstar in Lausanne Thursday night, for the crowd, remained Usain Bolt, who has endeared himself to local fans by saying how much he likes the track here. But the real star was fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake, who ran a magnificent 100-metre race in 9.69, improving his previous personal best of 9.73, […]

Bol d’Or sailors given glorious weather


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Realstone is the winner of one of the prettiest sailing races around, the Bol d’Or up and down the length of Lake Geneva. The race Saturday 16 June took place with sunshine, blue skies and enough wind to make anyone want to sail. It took the winner, with number two De Rham […]

Geneva Marathon shows Ethiopian men at their finest

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three Ethiopians took the top slots in the men’s Geneva Marathon for Unicef, which ran 4-6 May, and Russian/French Yulia Vinokurova came in first in the women’s race. Some 1,200 “elite” runners joined the race this year, but the hugely popular event pulled in 6,700 runners in all categories, including 500 children. […]

Strong foehn winds challenge clock race for Tour de Romandie cyclists

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Two forest fires, 80 police calls in less than 24 hours in Valais LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Tour de Romandie racers face a tough challenge Sunday 29 April as they pump up the steep mountainside from Mollens to Aminona, after a descent from Crans-Montana, 16.5km with strong foehn winds gusting for their final day of […]

Geneva Escalade: Portguese woman breaks African string


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The pre-Christmas holiday season took off running in Geneva, as it does every year with the traditional Escalade races. The city had relatively clement weather Saturday 3 December for the runs, compared to many years. Snow and sleet were absent and the drizzle wasn’t a freezing one. Ed. note: we’ve created a […]

Chicago woman runs marathon, then gives birth

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Runner Amber Miller beat her husband Joe in the 42-km Chicago Marathon 9 October, but the hard work wasn’t over yet for the day: she went into labour soon after the race and gave birth to a 7-pound daughter, June. Mother and daughter are doing fine. Miller was closely followed by doctors […]