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ATHLETICS Preview: Rupp vs. Farah vs. the new kids in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon

The 41st edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon promises to be one of the most intriguing yet, with a classic match-up of old friends and former training partners Galen Rupp of the U.S. and Olympic legend Mo Farah (GBR; pictured). The pair went 1-2 in the 2012 Olympic 10,000 meters, with Farah winning […]
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LANE ONE: Remarkable WADA investigation of Kenyan doping finds it “unsophisticated”

There have been entirely too many doping positives coming out of Kenya and its legendary distance-running program, leading to suspensions of stars like 2008 Olympic 1,500 m gold medalist and three-time World Champion Asbel Kiprop. So the World Anti-Doping Agency undertook to find out what was going on there and created, with the Athletics Integrity […]
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ATHLETICS: U.S. jumps star Will Claye cleared in doping positive

Three-time Olympic long jump and triple jump medalist Will Claye of the U.S. was cleared from a positive test for the steroid Clenburerol, which, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, “was determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence.” Claye tested positive in an out-of-competition test on 1 August of this year. […]
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ATHLETICS: World Champion Arevalo collects Around Taihu title

Multi-day events are nothing new in track & field, but a three-day walking festival? The Around Taihu International Race Walking Competition in Suzhou (CHN) put together a 20 km race, followed by two 12 km races on the following days to create a cycling-style “stage” program that ended with reigning 20 km World Champion Eider […]
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ATHLETICS: Russia sues the IAAF for reinstatement

The reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has now emboldened the Russian Athletics Federation to demand similar treatment from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Russians have filed an appeal of the IAAF’s suspension with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, asking for an “annullment” of the […]
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ATHLETICS: Remember Allyson Felix?

What’s happened to Allyson Felix? We didn’t see much of the six-time Olympic gold medalist in 2018; she ran just five times between late April and mid-June, with very modest results: 11.30 in the 100 m and 51.35 in the 400 m. But she has a plan and noted it a couple of days ago […]
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ATHLETICS: World Record II: Mayer’s redemption is 9,126 in Talence!

France’s Kevin Mayer was looking for redemption for his failure at the European Championships in Berlin (GER) last month when he had no fair mark in the long jump and failed to win as expected. He had a “second chance,” the annual Decastar event in Talence (FRA), where he could let loose. He’d already had […]
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ATHLETICS: World Record I: Kipchoge glides to 2:01:39 in Berlin!

Once again, the Berlin Marathon was the setting for a historic marathon as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge made history by lowering the world record to an astonishing 2:01:39. He had trained for it and made it happen, almost by himself. He set out on a hot pace and already had a nine-second lead over the rest […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: More charges filed vs. Lamine Diack

The ongoing corruption case against former IAAF president Lamine Diack (SEN) expanded this last week with new charges for breaching his fiduciary responsibilities to the organization. The new issues were filed on 26 June, but have only now come to light, indicating that Diack, now 85, allowed his son, Papa Massata Diack, to skim funds […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: France’s Mayer looking for statement win in Talence

The final competition of the 2018 IAAF Combined Events Challenge comes at the annual Decastar meeting in Talence (FRA), perfectly set up for a rebound performance for France’s Kevin Mayer. After pressing Ashton Eaton (USA) at the 2016 Olympic Games and settling for a silver medal with a brilliant score of 8,834 (no. 6 all-time), […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: World marathon records in peril at Berlin

Thanks to its flat, fast course, the home of the world marathon record is the Berlin Marathon. The 45th edition of this famous race comes Sunday, with strong attempts expected to be made on both the men’s and women’s world marks. Since Kenya’s Paul Tergat ran 2:04:55 in 2003, the men’s world record has belonged […]
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ATHLETICS: Simpson claims seventh Fifth Avenue Mile title

No doubt about it: Jenny Simpson is the Queen of the Fifth Avenue Mile. She used her tactical smarts once again to outfox a talented field and make the run from 80th Street to 60th Street in Manhattan in 4:18.8 to win her seventh Fifth Avenue Mile – and sixth in a row – over […]
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ATHLETICS: Americas wins 18 of 37 events and Continental Cup title

With a World Indoor Championships in March and the Commonwealth Games in April, this has been a long season for the world’s top track & field athletes and it showed at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava (CZE) over the weekend. The winning marks were generally good, but the odd format of the meet detracted […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Senegal’s selection for Youth Olympic Games part of an emphasis...

“Africa is the home of many successful and prominent Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to Senegal. “They have offered a project based on a strong vision for youth and sport. There are many opportunities, and we will […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Willis & Simpson back to defend Fifth Avenue Mile titles

The annual Fifth Avenue Mile comes Sunday, running from 80th Street to 60th Street in Manhattan and with defending champs Nick Willis (NZL) and Jenny Simpson (USA) both returning. This race started in 1981 and for many U.S. athletes, is a fun way to end the season. Willis, a two-time Olympic medalist in the 1,00 […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Good match-ups at IAAF’s outdated Continental Cup

There was enormous excitement in 1977 when the then-International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) created its first “championship”-type competition, the World Cup, held in Dusseldorf (GER). It paved the way for the first World Championships in 1983, but once that event took place, the World Cup, with its continental teams, the U.S. and a couple of […]
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ATHLETICS: Crouser superb in win over Walsh in Zagreb

These “city center” competitions in the pole vault and shot put are becoming more common all the time and American Olympic shot champ Ryan Crouser voiced his support for the shot event held in mid-city Zagreb (CRO) as an early element in the Hanzekovic Memorial meet that completed the IAAF’s World Challenge Series on Tuesday. […]
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ATHLETICS: Transfers of allegiance to win medals overstated

A recent study in the academic journal Citizenship Studies examined the transfer of allegiance crisis in track & field. The paper, by three scholars at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NED), is entitled “Nationality swapping in the Olympic field: towards the marketization of citizenship?” After examining 167 cases in track & field from 1948-2016, the authors […]
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ATHLETICS: Semenya’s 2:30.70 at ISTAF Berlin is no. 5 ever

After seeing a crowd of more than 45,500 attend the annual ISTAF Berlin meeting in the historic Olympiastadion, it’s hard to understand why this is not a Diamond League stop. The quality of the meet was underlined during another world-record attempt by South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who moved to no. 5 on the all-time list […]
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ATHLETICS: Coleman and Barega historic in Brussels Diamond League

Two stunning performances took last Friday’s IAAF Diamond League Final at the AG Memorial Van Damme in Brussels from noteworthy to historic: ∙ Christian Coleman of the U.S. exploded from the blocks and was never challenged on the way to the world’s fastest 100 m time in three years in 9.79, a lifetime best and […]
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