Category Archives: Athletics

Mo Farah claims he was racially harassed at Munich airport

Four-time Olympic champion filmed altercation with law enforcement officer

Mo Farah has claimed he was racially harassed while travelling through Munich airport.

The four-time Olympic champion left the UK for Ethiopia on Monday to complete his final training block ahead of the London Marathon next month.

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'We have lost a giant': athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister

Sebastian Coe leads tributes to British athlete who was first to break the four-minute mile

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to sprint through the four-minute-mile barrier, has been hailed as a trailblazer who “made the impossible possible” and inspired generations of British people to take up sport, following his death aged 88.

Sebastian Coe, president of athletics governing body the IAAF, led the tributes that also came from medicine, academia and sports administration – fields that Bannister also took to with vigour and considerable success after he hung up his spikes aged just 25.

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Olympic champion Ruth Jebet embroiled in drug-testing scandal

• Sources tell Guardian Ruth Jebet has tested positive
• No confirmation from Athletics Integrity Unit
• Rio steeplechase gold medallist trains in Kenya but runs for Bahrain

Ruth Jebet, the reigning Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion and world record holder, has become the highest-profile Kenya-born athlete to become embroiled in a drug-testing scandal.

Although the news has not yet been confirmed, a number of prominent sources have suggested Jebet has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, believed to be the blood booster EPO.

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History made as every athlete in a 400m heat is disqualified at world indoors

  • Qatar’s Abdalelah Haroun earns a red card for a false start
  • Remaining four athletes in Birmingham all came out of their lanes

Athletics history was made at the world indoor championships in Birmingham on Friday morning when every athlete in a heat of the men’s 400m was disqualified.

The fun started when the Qatari Abdalelah Haroun, who won outdoor bronze in London last year and was considered one of the favourites for gold, twitched in his blocks and was given a red card for a false start.

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Laura Muir earns world indoor bronze after £1,500, seven-hour taxi ride

• Scot makes it to Birmingham after being caught in snowdrift
• Genzebe Dibaba takes gold as Sifan Hassan beats Muir to silver

At one point on Wednesday evening, Laura Muir feared her hopes of a first global medal were about to be swallowed up by an epic snowdrift somewhere outside Carlisle. Yet 24 hours and a £1,500, seven-hour taxi ride later, she was celebrating a superb bronze after a pulsating women’s 3,000m final at the world indoor championships.

No one has ever doubted Muir’s ability or courage. Yet in the final of the 1500m at the 2016 Olympics – and again at the world championships last year – her death or glory approach led some to question whether she was tactically naive.

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Sebastian Coe tells Russia: IAAF will still play hardball despite IOC decision

• IAAF president says body’s tough stance on Russia will not soften
• Russia has been banned from track and field since November 2015

Sebastian Coe has promised that athletics will continue to play hardball with Russia despite the International Olympic Committee’s decision to welcome the country back into the sporting fold.

Russia has been suspended from track and field since November 2015 because of massive state-sponsored doping – with its athletes needing to gain the approval of a doping review board to compete as neutral athletes.

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Russia says IOC has reinstated its membership after doping allegations

Alexander Zhukov claims on state TV Russia’s rights are restored

Russians competed as neutral athletes at Winter Olympics

The head of Russia’s Olympic Committee has claimed that the International Olympic Committee has reinstated his organisation’s membership after suspending it over doping allegations.

“The Russian Olympic Committee has had its rights fully restored,” said Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, in comments broadcast on state TV. “It’s a decision of the utmost importance for us.”

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Why don’t Kenyans run ultramarathons?

East Africans dominate long-distance running up to 26.2 miles – but longer races are almost exclusively white affairs. As ever in top-level sport, money has a lot to answer for

In the world of ultrarunning, one race stands out as the most competitive, the Super Bowl, the London marathon of ultrarunning: it is the Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc.

Since getting involved in ultrarunning a few years ago, I have followed the race online each August. The start is stirring stuff: more than 2,000 athletes gather in the town of Chamonix in the Alps, with the sport’s crème de la crème gathered at the front. These are the supermen and superwomen who will race around the 105-mile route at mind-boggling speeds. They are among the greatest athletes on Earth.

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Double first: the twin sprinters with the Tokyo Olympics in their sights | Tim Lewis

Champion athletes Cheriece and Shannon Hylton only started running competitively five years ago. Now both sisters aim to represent Britain in 2020. By Tim Lewis

When the Hylton sisters were teenagers – they are now 21 – they were netball ninjas, terrorising the courts of southeast London. “It was our second favourite sport,” they say in unison, before combusting in a fit of giggles – a laugh that, since primary school they say, has been compared, pretty accurately, to a dolphin celebration.

Their main weapon was that they are twins and, to the untrained eye, identical. This made them devilish to mark. Shannon was a wing attack and Cheriece played centre but, to add to their opponents’ bemusement and frustration, they would fluidly switch position. “People would get so confused,” says Shannon, who is fractionally taller than her sister and has a tiny beauty spot on her left cheek. “And then they’d start shouting: ‘You’re marking the wrong twin! She’s over there! No, she’s there!’”

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