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Dope cheats: Living in denial

I’m sorry if I disappointed people. I made a terrible mistake." So said double-Olympian Liza Hunter-Galvan, after the Sports Tribunal banned her for two years for doping.

The United States-based marathon runner took the blood-boosting, endurance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) and so became only the second New Zealand representative in recent times caught deliberately cheating (after Russian-born pole vaulter Denis Petouchinski, was caught on the steroid stanozolol at the 1998 Commonwealth Games).

A statement released by Hunter-Galvan’s lawyer, Howard Jacobs, said she did not want to "take the path chosen by many athletes faced with a positive test and deny that she had taken EPO"……Read More

Bolt a one-man show in Shanghai?

Three-time world sprint champion Usain Bolt is set for a showdown in Shanghai against… himself.

The Jamaican superstar is the only competitor listed so far for the men’s 100m event at the post-season Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on September 20, organisers said.

American Tyson Gay and Bolt’s compatriot and former world record holder Asafa Powell will not attend, said Eifen Shan, a spokesman for the event’s organisers.

Bolt agreed last month to race in China for the first time since his triple Olympic gold performance at last year’s Summer Games….Read More

Jamaica’s sprinters and windy conditions dominate results in Rovereto

Jamaican sprinters dominated the sprints in the 45th edition of the Palio della Quercia in Rovereto yesterday (1). Sherone Simpson ran 11.04 in the women’s 100 metres, one of the few wind aided marks of a meeting generally dominated by headwinds, conditions which Lerone Clarke and Steve Mullings ignored to set new meeting records in the men’s 100 metres heats.

The Palio della Quercia in Rovereto is one of a select group of Area meetings at which points can be acquired by athletes to qualify for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, to be held on 12-13 September in Thessaloniki, Greece.

A brand new Mondo track which was inaugurated before the start of the official programme and some interesting results were produced on the new surface…..Read More

Bolt 200m and Gay & Powell 100m in Brussels

The weather looks set to be the key element in what will as ever be a marvellous sprinting line-up for the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme – ÅF Golden League on Friday (4) in the Belgian capital.

Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell might not be meeting in the same race but just the presence of this speedy triumvirate in the sixth and final meeting of the ÅF Golden League is enough to set the pulses racing of the capacity crowd in the King Baudouin Stadium.

World and Olympic champion and World record holder Usain Bolt is of course the clear favourite for the 200m, a distance which he has only run at three meetings so far this summer, the last outing being his spectacular 19.19 World record which took the world crown in Berlin…Read More

World leading 82.58m heave by Kozmus in Celje

Continuing the fine form that brought him the World title in Berlin last month, Slovenian hammer thrower Primoz Kozmus broke his own national record with a 82.58m throw the northeastern town of Celje on Wednesday (2).

The second round throw by Kozmus, 29, broke the 82.30m national record he set in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2007, and extended his own 2009 world-leading mark of 81.77m from Zagreb on Monday.

Producing another solid series, Kozmus threw 81.76m in the second round, his national record in the third, and followed up with 81.91m and 80.56m efforts in the fourth and fifth before calling it a day….Read More