Athletics

Farah to return to track action at Lausanne Diamond League

Mo Farah

London, July 09 - Double Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah will return to track on Thursday for the first time since doping allegations against his coach Alberto Salazar.

The 32-year-old athlete will square-off against his British team mate Andy Vernon in the Diamond League 5,000m in Lausanne, the BBC reported.

Farah had earlier said that he had never taken performance-enhancing drugs in his life, insisting that he would never resort to any such things.

Gatlin cruises to 200m win at US championships

Justin Gatlin

London, June 29 - Justin Gatlin continued his blistering pace of the season as he became the fifth-fastest 200m sprinter in history by winning the final at the American Athletics Championships.

The American clocked 19.57 seconds to finish ahead of Isiah Young and Wallace Spearmon and consequently sets up a thrilling showdown with Usain Bolt in both 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Beijing in late August, the BBC reported.

The 33-year-old, who has served two doping bans, had earlier opted to skip the 100m heat in view of automatic bye into World Championships.

Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach blasts Mo Farah for missing drug tests

Mo Farah

London, June 19 - Jessica Ennis-Hill's top Olympic coach Toni Minichiello has blasted Mo Farah for missing drugs tests prior to the 2012 London Olympics.

According to a newspaper report, Farah missed the first doping test in early 2010, months before he joined Alberto Salazar's Nike Oregon Project and the second one came at his home in February 2011, when he claimed not to have heard the doorbell.

Toni Minichiello, who trained heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill, said that it was part of the job as a professional athlete.

Mo Farah missed doping test before London Olympics, claims report

Mo Farah

London, June 18 - British Olympic winner Mo Farah is reportedly supposed to have missed two drug tests before he went on to become a double gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics.

According to a newspaper report, Farah missed the first doping test in early 2010, months before he joined Alberto Salazar's Nike Oregon Project and the second one came at his home in February 2011, when he claimed not to have heard the doorbell, the BBC reported.

Farah's gold medals in the 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre at London 2012 were among the top moments of the Games.

Ex-US athlete Rohatinsky backs doping claims against Salazar

Josh Rohatinsky

London, June 15 - Josh Rohatinsky, a former runner, who trained under Alberto Salazar, has backed the "full extent" of doping allegations made by the BBC against his ex-coach.

A BBC investigation alleged that Salazar, who was hired as Mo Farah's coach in 2011, doped United States 10,000 metre record holder Galen Rupp in 2002, when the athlete was 16-years-old, after which Farah had decided to pull out of the Diamond League race in Birmingham.

Bolt labours to win at New York Diamond League

Usain Bolt

London, June 14 - Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt laboured to victory in the 200 metres event at the New York Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

The world record holder took 20.29 seconds to complete the race, edging out Zharnel Hughes of Anguilla.

Bolt exclaimed that he was not too happy with the time, adding that training was going well and he was looking forward to the rest of the season, the BBC reported.

Mo Farah `upbeat` post Salazar doping scandal probe

Mo Farah

London, June 12 - British Olympic winner Mo Farah has said he was feeling more ' upbeat' now following the launching of a dope-related probe against his coach Alberto Salazar.

Farah said in a Facebook post that the past week had been tough, but that he had used this time to reflect.

He said he did realise that he had disappointed many people by pulling out of the race and wanted to apologise again, and extend a massive thanks to all of his supporters.

'Convicted' Pistorius to be released on parole in August

Oscar Pistorius

London, June 9 - Convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison on parole on August 21after serving 10 months for killing his girlfriend, South African prison officials have confirmed.

The double amputee athlete was sentenced to a five-year jail in 2014 after being found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

However, Steenkamp's parents believe the imprisonment of 10 months is 'not enough for taking a life', the BBC has reported.

A state appeal against Pistorius' murder acquittal will be heard in November.

Gatlin beats Bolt's Rome record

Justin Gatlin

London, June 5 - Justin Gatlin snatched the track record set by rival Usain Bolt, as he achieved victory in the men's 100 meters in Rome diamond League.

The Olympic gold medalist, who served a two doping bans including a four-year suspension from 2006 to 2010, completed the race in 9.75 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in history - outclassing Bolt's 9.76 set in 2012.

Jubilant with the victory, Gatlin said that the key to keep winning was not to think about it because the championships were not tomorrow, the BBC reported.

Top athletics coach Alberto Salazar facing doping claims

Alberto Salazar

London, June 4 - Alberto Salazar, one of the world's best known athletics coaches, is facing doping allegations, according to a BBC investigation.

Salazar has been accused of violating anti-doping rules, including claims he was involved in doping U. S. record holder Galen Rupp, in 2002.

Salazar is a US athletics legend, who won the New York marathon three years in a row and ran himself unconscious in winning the Boston marathon in 1982.



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