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World 10,000m champion hits out at USADA for timing of Salazar ban announcement

  • Athletics

The Netherlands' Sifan Hassan has hit out at the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for releasing news of the decision to ban her coach Alberto Salazar for four-years during the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships here.

;"I am saddened by the timing of USADA as it brings my championship out of balance but I will focus all

opening heat of the 1500m, an event she will be favourite for having in July broken the 23-year-old world record

 "It should be noted that at all times UK Athletics fully cooperated with both USADA and UKAD (UK

and International Anti-Doping Authorities.”Britain's Sir Mo Farah, right, who won four Olympic gold medals

claims he has "no tolerance" for anyone who breaks the rules ©Getty ImagesSalazar, the former world record


Alan Hubbard: Pure and simple – can Tokyo 2020 recapture the joys of the class of '64?

  • Inside the Blogs

As Tokyo 2020 looms it brings back many nostalgic and poignant memories for yours truly.

But these were joyous and more relaxed times, so different from today.Finally, as we descended towards

happy Olympics, especially for Great Britain who, despite finishing 10th in the medal table, won 18 medals

His 10.2sec for the 100m was a British record that lasted for eight years and he once broke a 53-year-old

record for the rarely run 300 yards.

, not all of them convenient for our deadlines.


How Ron Hill ate his way into marathon-running history

  • The Big Read

Two athletes at the 1969 European Athletics Championships in Athens were decades ahead of their time, one for doping, the other for his diet.

Gaston Roelants, left ©Ron HillHe says his wife, May, is doing a fantastic job of caring for him during times

I must be very difficult to live with at times," he said."

with Hill from six years ago that was used in The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories Behind the Medals

Ron should have had the world record."

I never made any money at it, but you can't take away the gold medals."


Chen retains men's 67kg total title but denied clean and jerk world record at IWF World Championships

  • Weightlifting

China's Chen Lijun successfully defended his men's 67 kilograms total gold medal on a dramatic day of action at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships here today.

medal and he ranked fourth in the clean and jerk with 180kg.Feng attempted to break the snatch world record

unable to manage 156kg.Rounding off the total podium was North Korea's Pak Jong Ju, who broke the world record

lift of 182kg.In all, Ergashev broke his own world records seven times – twice in the snatch, twice

the women's 55kg event ©IWFIn the women’s 55kg, China's Liao Qiuyun broke the clean and jerk world record

Chinshanlo ended up fourth with 213kg, just 1kg shy of Diaz's total.Action is due to continue tomorrow, with medals


Brazilian Paralympic Committee President claims classification system changes killing swimming's credibility

  • Swimming News

Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) President Mizael Conrado claims an "ill-timed change" in the classification system is killing the credibility of Para-swimming. 

London on the back of a hugely successful Parapan American Games in Lima, where he claimed five gold medals

to take his all-time tally at the event to 33.But in continental competition, no swimmers from the class

"How are we going to explain that an athlete who won three Laureus Awards and is still lowering his times

already secured one gold medal in London after winning yesterday's 50m freestyle event in an Americas record

IPC spokesman said: "The changes we introduced in 2018 was a standardised testing methodology across all


Philip Barker: Concerns over heat and adverse weather at Tokyo 2020 are nothing new for sport

  • Inside the Blogs

The death of a Tokyo 2020 construction worker from heatstroke in the last few days has again cast the spotlight on the danger of extreme weather conditions.

and in the last few weeks there have been reports of some 50 heat-related deaths in Japan.The Japan Times

My primary concern was Tokyo’s summer heat and humidity that would impact all participants, athletes

to rise in the small hours to prepare for the race, although marathoners are used to unusual start times

those who will die".Thankfully there were no fatalities in Mexico but the majority of endurance gold medals

and the United States.Researchers have suggested that the last four years have been the hottest on record


Scott Field: Team GB excitement growing for Tokyo 2020 with less than year to go

  • Inside the Blogs

Amidst the euphoria of this summer’s cricket World Cup and Ashes series, a FIFA Women's World Cup, an epic Wimbledon finals weekend and Shane Lowry winning The Open on home territory you had perhaps have been forgiven for having blinked and missed the "One Year to Go" celebrations ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

They are memories that can’t help but transport you back to what feels like happier times for our nation.There

67 medals, becoming the very team in the history of the Olympics to win more medals at the Games that

Team GB also won gold medals in 15 sports - a greater spread of gold medals than any other nation, including

Getty ImagesA fully equipped preparation camp in Yokohama, on the outskirts of Tokyo, will see almost all

sport isn’t ordinarily your thing, Tokyo 2020 has the unbound ability to grip a nation and bring us all


Tejeda wins marathon to secure first Lima 2019 gold for hosts four years after losing title for doping offence

  • Lima 2019

Gladys Tejeda claimed the host nation’s first gold medal of Lima 2019 by winning the women’s marathon, four years after being stripped of the Pan American Games title over a doping offence.

Pacheco triumphing in the men’s race at Kennedy Park in Miraflores.Both distance runners produced Games record

times and received their gold medals from Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra, who was accompanied by Panam

It's all I dreamed for four years."

This is very exciting for me because it is the first time that I win in front of all the Peruvian people

the race, before crossing the line in 2:10:41.His effort surpassed the previous Pan American Games record


Mile world record holder Hassan turns to the 5,000m at IAAF Diamond League meeting in London

  • Athletics

Just over a week after breaking the 23-year-old women’s world mile record, Sifan Hassan has switched

“The one world record I would love would be the 5,000m.”The 11-year-old mark set by Ethiopia’s Tirunesh

14:30, including Kenya’s world champion Hellen Obiri, whose best of 12:18.37 places her fifth on the all-time

League appearance in 13 months.Barshim, whose best of 2.43m makes him the second best high jumper of all

motorbike accident two and a half years ago.The 33-year-old, whose honours include two European 4x100m gold medals

athlete who leads this year’s listing wth 71.86m became only the third man to throw beyond 70m four times


Papua New Guinea fill podium in men's steeplechase amid strong start to 2019 Pacific Games athletics

  • Samoa 2019

Papua New Guinea completed the first podium clean sweep of Samoa 2019 in the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase as they kick-started the athletics at the 2019 Pacific Games here in fine style.

ahead of compatriots Sapolai Yao and Andipas Georasi, who joined him on the podium after recording times

many as the pre-tournament favourite, and New Caledonia's Jacky Caihe both managed 52.72m.National record

American Samoa won silver and Tahiti's Vaihina Doucet the bronze.Away from Apia Park, the first shooting medals

pistol individual and team events.Tahiti's Freddy Yen Kway won the individual event with a new Games record

of 550, including 12 bulls-eyes, as all three medallists broke the previous record of 526.Yen Kway was


Belbachir eyes IAAF World Athletics Championships after 800m Universiade gold

  • Naples 2019

Algeria’s Mohamed Belbachir came home to Universiade gold in the men’s 800m and believes a similar slow race could play into his hands if he qualifies for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Doha later this year and next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

 "I don’t have the very good times but in a race like this I have a good sprint finish and that’

with Australia’s Georgia Griffith.The heat clearly had an effect on some runners but Granz took it all

ahead of Australia and New Zealand.The Australians finished in 43.97 as New Zealand set a national record

Australia took bronze in 3:34.01.Japan grabbed another two Universiade titles as they surpassed 30 gold medals


Golden Schoenmaker becomes most-decorated South African Universiade swimmer

  • Naples 2019

It was a night of double South African gold with victory for Tayla Lovemore in the 100 metres butterfly coming less than an hour after Tatjana Schoenmaker took gold in the 200m breaststroke, making her the most successful South African swimmer in Universiade history.

Those times were really fast so I never thought I’d swim a 2:22 again, that’s why I am super happy."

I did not expect to swim these times at all, so going to a World Championships it boosts your confidence

That’s all I want to get out of it."And @TRSchoenmaker has made history too!

She now holds the record for the most successful athlete in the history of @USSAstudent @FISU participation

All those little words for me put it in perspective, she’s got my back."


Bubka and Popov threaten legal action after Rio Governor claims he helped bribe them to vote for Rio 2016

  • Olympics

claims made by the former Rio State Governor that he was involved in corruption and warned he would use "all

The 55-year-old Bubka, the 1988 Olympic pole vault gold medallist and a multiple world record holder,

added: "I will instruct my lawyers to use all the legal means at their disposal and to reserve all my

are mentioned... and have never had contact with them," the former swimmer, winner of nine Olympic medals

 Fredericks, a four-times Olympic silver medallist, was provisionally suspended by the IOC on the

 Four-times Olympic gold medallist Alexander Popov, right, has claimed he did not vote for Rio 2016


Island Games set to begin latest chapter in proud history

  • Multi-Sport Games

The world’s smallest island and peninsula communities are set for their moment in the sun when the Island Games tomorrow return to Gibraltar after almost a quarter of a century.

There will be 14 sports contested during the week-long competition and all but squash and 10-pin bowling

 A four-times Olympian, her 100m victory at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi confirmed her status

Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesKelly Sotherton from the Isle of Wight set the Island Games long jump record

on Jersey in 1997 as one of six gold medals she won at the Games that year.Two more golds in 1999 hinted

 Five gold medals in 2007 and eight on the Isle of Wight in 2009, while in 2015 he was still plundering


De Gennaro gold completes record Italian haul at Canoe Slalom World Cup in Slovenia

  • Canoeing

Italy recorded its best International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Cup result and Australia’s Jessica Fox banked her first win of the season on a dramatic final day in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana.

 "It was very stressful watching all these guys coming down, but I had good luck and a good run,

 "It’s amazing - Italy has won three gold medals in the past five years and now we have won three

Jessica Fox returned to winning ways in Slovenia ©Getty ImagesAfter dominating the 2018 season, nine-times