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‘COE AND IAAF BEHAVIOUR

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      Athletics chief Sebastian Coe and the IAAF’s treatment of controversial 100 metres world champion Justin Gatlin is ‘inhumane’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’, the athlete’s agent told the BBC in a blistering attack. British athletics legend Coe – a two-time 1500m Olympic champion – had told the BBC on Sunday two-time drugs cheat Gatlin’s victory in the sport’s most high ...

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SEMENYA PLAYS DOWN GENDER TESTING ‘NONSENSE’

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South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, has played down efforts by track and field’s governing body to change rules on naturally occurring testosterone in female athletes. Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) that showed female athletes with naturally high ...

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GOOD, EVIL FIGHTING IN MY MIND – WAYDE

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Wayde van Niekerk admits the only person he fears is himself. By Karien Jonckheere Even though he sailed through his 400m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday night, winning in 44.22 seconds, he knows the task ahead of doubling up with the 200m is a massive one. The world and Olympic champion will take on the ...

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BOLT DISAPPOINTED AFTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 100M

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Usain Bolt had no regrets after his farewell to the 100m ended in a World Championship final defeat to old rival Justin Gatlin. By Andy Charles The Jamaican great had to settle for third inside London’s Olympic Stadium, where a chorus of boos greeted Gatlin’s win ahead of American counterpart Christian Coleman because of his previous doping violations. Bolt admitted ...

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THE DREAM CONTINUES FOR CHIDZIVO

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FORTUNATE CHIDZIVO has always fancied herself as more of a boxer than a marathon runner. By Tariro Charandura Nonethelss, today the 29-year-old will line up with some of the leading marathon runners in the world at the IAAF World Championships in London. Chidzivo, who only took to road running as part of her boxing training programme, is confident of grabbing ...

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BOLT SAFELY INTO 100M FINAL

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Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt remained on track for a 12th world title after advancing to the final of the 100m at the World Championships in London on Saturday. Defending champion Bolt, who brings the curtain down on his glittering career at the end of this season, was pipped in his semifinal in a photo finish by American Christian Coleman, ...

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VAN NIEKERK BEGINS DOUBLE BID AT A CANTER

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Wayde van Niekerk safely negotiated the first stage of his attempted 400 metres/200 metres World Championships double on Saturday when he cruised through his opening heat in his favoured one-lap event. The world and Olympic champion and world record holder unsurprisingly did the minimum required to finish the 400m in 45.27 seconds and was given a terrific reception by a ...

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IAAF REBUFF BOLT BLOCKS CRITICISM

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World Athletics Championships organisers rebuffed criticism from Usain Bolt about his starting blocks in the 100 metres on Saturday, insisting they had been checked and were the same model used in Beijing two years ago. Bolt, who will seek to finish his matchless individual sprint career with a 100m gold medal in the London Stadium on Saturday night, was, unusually ...

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BOLT DIGS IN TO ADVANCE TO SEMIS

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Usain Bolt took his first, somewhat stuttering, steps towards what he hopes will be a glorious World Championship farewell on Friday when he recovered from a poor start to win his heat in the first round of the 100 metres in 10.07 seconds. The Jamaican is seeking his fourth gold in the event – he has won the 100m at ...

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FARAH MAINTAINS DOMINATION

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Mo Farah launched the World Athletics Championships in scintillating fashion on Friday with another consummate 10 000 metres triumph that further embellished his claim to being the greatest distance racer in the sport’s history. With 55 000 of his home fans roaring their support at the London Stadium, the 34-year-old Briton sprinted away with his 10th consecutive gold medal in ...

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