Athletics

Indian athlete Debjani Bora beaten in ‘witch hunt’

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An Indian athlete has described how she was tied up and severely beaten after being branded a witch in her village in the north-eastern state of Assam. Debjani Bora, a javelin thrower who has won several gold medals, fears her injuries may prevent her representing India in a forthcoming Asian contest. One woman has been arrested for inciting a crowd ...

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Justin Gatlin not on shortlist for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

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American sprinter Justin Gatlin has not made the three-man shortlist for the World Athlete of the Year. The 32-year-old, who has served two doping bans, was one of 10 contenders for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) award. But high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and Dennis Kimetto, the world marathon record holder, are the three ...

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Gatlin deserves chance after drug bans – Usada’s Tygart

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Sprinter Justin Gatlin has a right to earn “redemption”, says the man who led the Lance Armstrong investigation. Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, believes athletes who are banned for doping offences deserve another chance. Gatlin, who has served two drug bans, is the world’s fastest man in 2014. “If somebody commits a violation, serves a ban ...

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Have patience for our athletes- Prof. Dodoo

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President of the Ghana Athletics Association, Prof. Francis Dodoo, has said the nation should be supportive of the emerging crop of athletes and allow them to grow in the sport so they can be huge successes in the future. Ghana presented young athletes like Martha Bissah, Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong and Nadia Eke at the Commonwealth Games and the African ...

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Justin Gatlin nomination a ‘big problem’ – Lord Coe

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Lord Coe has admitted having “big problems” with the nomination of Justin Gatlin for World Athlete of the Year. The sprinter, 32, who has served two doping bans, is one of 10 on a shortlist announced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) last week. This summer Gatlin ran the fastest 100m and 200m by a man in his thirties. “What would you ...

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WADA to consider longer drug bans

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The World Anti-Doping Agency may consider longer bans for athletes who have used banned substances if research on steroid longevity proves valid. Research conducted on mice in Oslo suggests some drugs could benefit athletes after their bans expire . Wada has welcomed the findings from Kristian Gundersen, Professor of Physiology at the University of Oslo.  But Dr Olivier Rabin, Wada’s director of science, ...

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Haile Gebrselassie quits Great Scottish Run in Glasgow

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Haile Gebrselassie quit the defence of his Great Scottish Run title after 19 minutes of the half-marathon race. The former world and Olympic 10,000m champion, 41, was having problems with his breathing when he stopped. South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka won the men’s race in a time of one hour, one minute and 25 seconds in Glasgow. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat took ...

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Dutee Chand begins competition ban appeal

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Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has formally started a Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) appeal against her indefinite ban from competition. The 18-year-old missed the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games after failing a so-called ‘gender test’ this summer. But campaigners have rallied around the Indian champion, pointing out that her elevated levels of testosterone are entirely natural. “Each athlete is unique,” ...

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Haile Gebrselassie to defend Great Scottish Run title

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Haile Gebrselassie will return to Glasgow on Sunday to defend his Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run title. The former world and Olympic 10,000m gold medallist won in the fastest time ever recorded in Scotland for the 13.1-mile half-marathon distance. The 41-year-old Ethiopian’s time of 61 minutes nine seconds was also a world age-group record. But Joe Pavey will miss out on ...

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Dennis Kimetto receives hero’s welcome on return to Kenya

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Dennis Kimetto received a hero’s welcome on his return to Kenya, following his world record-breaking performance at the Berlin Marathon. The former farmer became the first man to break the two hours three minutes mark for a marathon on Sunday. He was given a red carpet reception on his return to Nairobi airport. The 30-year-old, who only started professional running five ...

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