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ATHLETICS Panorama: UCLA frosh Guttormsen clears 18-8 3/4 indoors in New York!

While the headline event of the weekend in the U.S. was the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, the Dr. Norm Sander Columbia Challenge was going on at the Armory Track in New York, with multiple highlights: ● A 1:16.65 win for Byron Robinson in the men’s 600 m, just ahead of Erik Sowinski […]
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ATHLETICS: Ethiopians Kejelcha and Gebrhiwet brilliant at New Balance Grand Prix

If you’re looking for the likely star of the 2019 indoor track season, you might want to start with Ethiopia’s 21-year-old Yomif Kejelcha. After running an outstanding double in the 1,000 m (2:18.34) and mile (3:52.61) last week  – with just 40 minutes between races on an oversized track in Seattle – he came to […]
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ATHLETICS: Stunning 2:03:34 for Molla and 2:17:08 for Chepngetich in Dubai!

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has been the richest race in the world for several years, but the prize money was downgraded for 2019 because the IAAF won’t recognize the race for its new Platinum Label class because the number of finishers is less than 15,000. That didn’t stop the 2019 edition from being the […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: IAAF’s World Indoor Tour opens in Boston on Saturday

The 2019 indoor track & field season has already opened with some good performances, but the first major meet of the new year comes Saturday with the New Balance Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College. This is the first of six stops on the IAAF World Indoor Tour, with a […]
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LANE ONE: WADA lets Russia skate for now, but there is a new...

There wasn’t much surprise from the conference-call meeting of the World Ani-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee on Tuesday (22nd) as it confirmed the continuation of Russia’s status as a “compliant” member of the anti-doping community … for now. The collective anger of those who want Russia re-suspended for its state-sponsored doping program from 2011-15 has been […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Six win streaks of note carry into 2019, and is the...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) pays a lot of attention to statistics and it’s good that they do. Because of it, they can offer some unique storylines, such as five athletes who enter 2019 with winning streaks of 10 or more meets. They include: ● 29: Caster Semenya (RSA) in 800 m finals […]
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ATHLETICS: Black Tidings owner admits lying to police on doping cover-up, sentenced to...

The Straits Times of Singapore reported today (17th) that Tan Tong Han, 36, has been sentenced to a week in jail for lying to authorities over payments made to cover up a Russian doping case. Han was the owner of Black Tidings, a defunct “consulting” firm which is in the middle of investigations into bribery […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA announces new “mission to Moscow”

The dance between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government will continue on Wednesday, as a three-person WADA team will make another trip to Moscow. Once again, the goal will be to extract a comprehensive copy of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory which was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping program […]
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LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how about on the field? Actually, this should be a pretty interesting year. Looking ahead, here are five athletes, events or match-ups to look forward to as the year progresses: 5. Athletics: […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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ATHLETICS: Famed Zurich meet director Andreas Brugger passes at 91

Sad news from Zurich (SUI), with the news that Andreas Brugger, for 27 years the meet director of Weltklasse im Zurich, passed away on 27 December at age 91. Zurich was already an important stop on the European circuit when Brugger took over in 1973, but he made it into the best invitational meet in […]
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LANE ONE: Echoes of the failed Int’l Track Association in the new Int’l...

Being old does have some benefits. One of them – for as long as it lasts – is memory. When the International Swimming League (ISL) held an athlete’s conference in London (GBR) last week, followed by a self-congratulatory Web posting, there was an echo from long ago. Yes, 46 years ago. In London, ISL founder […]
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ATHLETICS: Why did Allyson Felix have a bad 2018? Good reason!

If you wondered why Allyson Felix was absent from the track for most of 2018, the answer is she was pregnant. In a lengthy “as told to” post on the ESPNW site, Felix shared with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that “So when I ran a 51-second 400 at a race in Poland on June 8 and […]
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ATHLETICS: University of Oregon placed on NCAA probation

The University of Oregon athletic program was placed on two year’s probation after a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hearing found rule violations in the men’s and women’s basketball programs and in women’s track & field. According to The Oregonian, “The case also included academic misconduct by an adjunct instructor who changed a grade for […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF Council maintains its suspension of Russia, as outstanding issues...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) maintained its stance on the status of the Russian Athletic Federation (RusAF) at its Council meeting in Monaco on Tuesday: Russia is still on suspension. The IAAF statement noted that there are two remaining conditions and both must be fulfilled: ● “The [Athletics Integrity Unit] must confirm that […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF names its Athletes of the Year

The IAAF had a lot of action going in and around its annual gala awards event, held on Monaco on Tuesday (4th). But it recognized its Athletes of the Year with two very deserving recipients: ∙ Marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) was recognized as the men’s Athletes of the Year. He won both the London […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC punches AIBA, is WADA being played for a dope...

Quite a weekend of action off the fields of play, with major developments in the ongoing saga of boxing and the Olympic Games, doping in Russia and the USA Track & Field election for a nominee for the IAAF Council: ∙ The IOC wants to hurt AIBA, but not boxers The International Olympic Committee’s Executive […]
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ATHLETICS: Sydney McLaughlin to be coached by Joanna Hayes

The world leader in the 400 m hurdles for 2018, Sydney McLaughlin went to high school in New Jersey, spent one year in college at Kentucky and then turned pro. She completed her east-to-west journey and is now living in Los Angeles. She announced last week that she will be coached by 2004 Olympic 100 […]
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