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New documentary alleges widespread doping

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
A large number of Russian and Kenyan global medallists are said to have 'suspicious' blood test results.

Between 2001 and 2012, some 146 Olympic and world championships medallists in running events 800 metres and longer had blood test results that were grounds for suspicion of performance-enhancing drug use, according to German TV station ARD’s new documentary Doping – Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics, and simultaneous reporting by the Sunday Times. 55 of ...  Continue ... 

Martyn Rooney wins World Championship selection appeal

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Great Britain's Martyn Rooney succeeds in selection appeal to run the individual 400m at the World Championships in Beijing.

Following a successful appeal, Martyn Rooney is set to compete in the individual 400 metres at the World Championships in Beijing this month. Originally selected for the 400m relay squad, Rooney appealed to UK Athletics for inclusion in the individual event of the championships, taking place from 22nd to 30th August. Athletes omitted from the British squad ... 

Barefoot schoolteacher begins running the length of Britain for charity

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Aleks Kashefi is just a few days into running from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the Stroke Association.

Charity running may seem like a challenge, but Aleks Kashefi has taken fundraising one step further. He's in the process of running the entire 1,206 mile length of Britain completely barefoot from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the Stroke Association. Read the news story here. The 37-year-old science teacher at Buxton Community School started his intrepid journey ... 

87-year-old charity marathoner Iva Barr given Point of Light award

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
An 'inspirational' 87-year-old retired teaching assistant has been named a Point of Light by the prime minister following her 19th London Marathon.

Charity marathoner Iva Barr from Bedfordshire has received an accolade from Prime Minister David Cameron in recognition of her incredible charity work. The Point of Light award recognises outstanding individuals who make a change in their community and inspire others through voluntary work and fundraising. The oldest female runner at the 2015 ... 

Dutee Chand cleared to race following landmark gender case

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has been cleared to compete again after IAAF suspends 'gender test' rules.

In a landmark gender case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended 'hyperandrogenism' rules, allowing Chand to compete for India in the World Athletics Championships in Beijing in August. The 19-year-old sprinter was banned from competing by the Athletics Federation of India last summer after failing a hormone test that revealed her body produced high levels of ... 

Record-breaking weekend for GB athletes at the Anniversary Games

By Georgia Scarr on in News
This weekend saw a new GB women’s 100m record from Dina Asher-Smith, world records for Paralympians Georgina Hermitage and Sophie Hahn and a 3,000m win for Mo Farah.

Dina Asher-Smith has become the first GB woman to break an 11-second 100m, finishing in just 10.99 seconds at this weekend’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. This marks an improvement on her previous British record of 11.02.  In the International Paralympic Committee Grand Prix, Georgina Hermitage set a new world record of one ... 

Over 10% of athletes may be doping, WADA director says

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Additionally, young athletes may be being coerced into taking banned substances in an attempt to reach elite status.

More than 1 in 10 elite athletes may be using banned performance-enhancing substances, according to World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman. "We have some guestimates based on some research undertaken over the last years... It's far more than we would wish it to be - over 10%. That is of ... 

6,000 kids take on GO Run For Fun 2K at the Olympic Park

By Georgia Scarr on in News
The event featured appearances from gold medal-winning athletes Daley Thompson, Colin Jackson and Louise Hazel.

Last Thursday (16th July) saw 6,000 children take on a 2K around London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of charity GO Run For Fun's initiative to get 100,000 children involved in fun runs. The children ran alongside Olympic decathlete Daley Thompson, Olympic champion hurdler Colin Jackson and Commonwealth gold ...  ... 

Mo Farah finishes fourth in Monaco Diamond League 1500m

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Farah now holds the fastest two times ever by a European.

In his second race back since doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar surfaced, Mo Farah clocked 3:28.93 at the Diamond League 1500m in Monaco on Friday. He finished just 0.12 seconds outside his European record from 2013 and now holds the fastest two times ever by a European. But Farah proved ... 

Genzebe Dibaba breaks 1500m world record

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Genzebe Dibaba has achieved what many believed to be impossible, breaking the 1500m world record that had stood for 22 years.

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set a new world record in the women’s 1500 metres at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday, running 3:50:07. In a move that was considered unbeatable, the 24-year-old took four seconds off her PB, breaking Yunxia Qu of China’s 22-year-old world record of 3:50:46 that had stood ... 

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