Athletics

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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Hasan Mahboob wins men’s marathon at Asian games

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Mahboob won in a time of two hours 12 minutes 38 seconds in Incheon, edging Japan’s Kohei Matsumura by one second. Bahrain completed a clean sweep of the Asian Games marathon gold medals, after Hasan Mahboob won the men’s race on Friday. Matsumura’s countryman Yuki Kawauchi was three seconds further back to claim bronze. It was a third consecutive Games ...

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Dennis Kimetto breaks world marathon record in Berlin

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Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto has broken the marathon world record in Berlin, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds. The 30-year-old broke away in a seven-man group that included fellow Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Kamworor. He shook off Mutai with just under three miles remaining to become the first man to run a ...

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Usain Bolt targets sub-19 second 200m world record

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Usain Bolt believes he can lower both his 100m and 200m world records, and aims to be the first man to break 19 seconds for the longer distance. The 28-year-old Jamaican set both current world records, 9.58 seconds for 100m and 19.19 seconds for 200m, at the 2009 World Championships. Despite winning five Olympic and World individual sprint titles since, ...

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Eke picks positives from Marakech

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Ghana’s Nadia Eke may have finished seventh in the women’s triple jump in the IAAF Continental Cup in Morocco on the 13th and 14th of September but she says the lessons she learned has urged to become a winner in the future. The athlete was chosen to represent Team Africa after she did very well in the African Athletics Championships ...

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Relay Gold for Africa as IAAF Continental Cup ends

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Despite placing third overall at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, African fans finally had something good to cheer about after the men’s 4x400m relay team beat Europe and the Americas to clinch gold on the final day of the competition in Marrakech, Morocco. Boniface Mucheru Tumuti started off for the host, keeping pace with his counter parts from Europe and ...

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