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Jessica Ennis-Hill wins World Championships heptathlon gold


Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill completed a superb performance to win the heptathlon title at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Olympic champion Ennis-Hill, 29, has competed sparingly since winning in London in 2012 because of injury and the birth of her first child. But she steadily built a near-unassailable lead over the first six events and then stormed through to win ...

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Athletics: Sebastian Coe elected IAAF president


Former Olympic 1500m champion Sebastian Coe has been elected president of athletics’ governing body, the IAAF. The sport’s 214 federations cast their votes in Beijing to decide who should lead the sport, which is dealing with the fall-out from a series of doping allegations. The UK’s Lord Coe succeeds Senegalese Lamine Diack, 82, who has led the IAAF for 16 ...

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Dutee Chand: I lost all my honour in landmark gender case

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Indian sprinter Dutee Chand says she is glad others will not face similar abuse to her after being cleared to compete following a landmark gender case. Chand, 19, had been banned since last summer after failing a hormone test. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended“hyperandrogenism” rules, which will be scrapped if athletics bosses cannot provide new evidence. ...

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Asafa Powell runs second fastest 100m of 2015 to win in Paris


Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell ran the second fastest 100m of the year to win the Diamond League meeting in Paris. Powell ran a season’s best 9.81m to beat France’s Jimmy Vicaut, who equalled the European record of 9.86. The 32-year-old Powell beat the 9.84 he ran in June’s Jamaican national trials.  American Justin Gatlin has run the fastest time of ...

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Justin Gatlin sets world-leading time to win US trials 200m final

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Justin Gatlin became the fifth-fastest 200m runner in history as he won Sunday’s final at the American Athletics Championships. The 33-year-old American, who has served two doping bans, recorded a time of 19.57 seconds in Oregon. It bettered the 19.68 secs he ran in May which, at that stage, was the best in the world. “I wanted to go out ...

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Usain Bolt drops out of Jamaican trials at short notice

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Usain Bolt has withdrawn from the 100m at the Jamaican national trials. The 28-year-old had signed up for Thursday’s race in a bid to improve his form for August’s World Championships in China, which he qualifies for as defending 100m and 200m champion. Manager Ricky Simms said: “Usain was never confirmed to run at the trials.” Bolt, the world-record holder ...

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Mo Farah: Olympic champion says he has never doped

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Great Britain’s Mo Farah says he has never taken performance enhancing drugs, after doping allegations were made against his coach Alberto Salazar. A BBC investigation alleged that Salazar had practised doping techniques with US athlete Galen Rupp. Olympic champion Farah said Salazar had reassured him the claims were false and “he will soon be providing evidence”. “I’ve never taken performance-enhancing ...

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Usain Bolt labours to victory in New York Diamond League 200m

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Usain Bolt laboured to victory in the 200m at the New York Diamond League meeting. The Jamaican world record holder clocked 20.29 seconds, edging out 19-year-old Zharnel Hughes of Anguilla. “I wasn’t too happy with the time today,” said Bolt. “But training has been going well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.” In the men’s 100m, ...

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Usain Bolt: I’ll face Justin Gatlin when I’m ready

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Double-Olympic champion Usain Bolt has dismissed suggestions he is “afraid” of facing in-form American Justin Gatlin. The 33-year-old has run 2015’s fastest 100m and 200m – 9.75 and 19.68 seconds – but is yet to race Bolt this season. The pair are set to meet in the World Championships in Beijing in August, along with other leading sprinters Tyson Gay ...

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Mo Farah pulls out of Birmingham Diamond League race

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An “emotionally and physically drained” Mo Farah has withdrawn from Sunday’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham. The double Olympic champion wants “to go back to the US and seek answers” after a “stressful week” that saw a BBC investigation allege his coach Alberto Salazar had been involved in doping. There is no suggestion Farah has done anything wrong but he ...

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