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Runner's Web July 2021 FrontPage Archive

  July 31, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(The Guardian) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith’s extraordinary tale of desperate dash for Olympic fitness
Team GB’s poster girl reveals her secret attempts to get fit before Tokyo in the wake of her 100m semi-final heartbreak
(RunnerSpace) Athletics: Records in Danger in Pre Classic Women's Steeplechase
The 46th Prefontaine Classic, member of the Wanda Diamond League of international track & field meets, will be held August 20-21 at Hayward Field

(The Guardian) Women in Sport: IOC admits guidelines for transgender athletes are not fit for purpose
New framework to be announced within next two months - Sports to find balance between safety, fairness and inclusion

(Globe and Mail) Drugs in Sport: There’s a doping problem at the Olympics and it’s only getting worse

(Deseret News0 Women in Sport: In search of a level playing field. How male-to-female transgender athletes are impacting women’s sports
The challenge of transgender and intersex athletes is perceived as a contemporary issue, but it has vexed sports federations for almost 100 years

(Reuters) Drugs in Sport: Russia emboldened to continue cheating, says USADA chief

(Eurosport UK) Athletics: Tokyo 2020 - 100m favourite Trayvon Bromell lives dangerously to reach semis as a fastest qualifier
The American set the fastest time of the year - 9.77s - just last month, but posted a sluggish 10.05 in his opening heat to finish fourth, leading a nervous wait to find out if he had progressed. He did - and the battle to succeed Usain Bolt looks wide open. Elsewhere, three British women made the final of the 800m

(EuroSport) Athletics:Tokyo 2020 - Elaine Thompson-Herah produces blistering time to break Olympic record and defend 100m title
The Rio 2016 champion ran the second fastest women's 100m time ever - 10.61 - to beat her Jamaican team-mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to gold. Earlier in the day, Dina Asher-Smith failed to make the final and then pulled out of the 200m, after revealing she has been struggling with a bad hamstring injury

(CBC) Athletics: 'I'm focused': Andre De Grasse shows incredible composure, posts best time in 100m heats
Canadian advances to semis with sprint of 9.91 seconds

(The Atlantic) Athletics: It’s Almost Impossible to Be a Running Fan
Doping controversies are just the start of what spectators have to worry about in this year’s Olympics

(Stuff NZ) Women in Sport: Tokyo Olympics: Former gold medallist says she 'lived in fear of a wardrobe malfunction'

(Ottawa Citizen) Athletics: Why you should watch Canada's Marco Arop, who is making a rare move for the Olympic podium in the 800 metres
The last Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the 800 metres has a place of higher learning named in his honour

(Yahoo) Athletics: 'So alone': Niyonsaba criticizes own team after Olympics DQ
Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba criticized her own team officials and said Saturday she felt “so alone” after she was disqualified for lane infringement and denied a place in the 5,000-meter final at the Tokyo Olympics

(Express) Athletics: Michael Johnson launched scathing attack on Team GB athletics: 'Concerned'
MICHAEL JOHNSON previously launched a scathing criticism of Team GB's athletics team as he warned the country should be "concerned."

(CBC) Athletics: Canadians Marco Arop, Sage Watson surge into Olympic track semis
800m national-record holder Brandon McBride eliminated from contention

(CBC) Drugs in Sport: Kenyan 100m sprinter tests positive for banned substance
Mark Otieno Odhiambo will not take part in the Olympic qualifying heats on Saturday

(Globe and Mail) Women in Sport: From harassment to mental health, female athletes at the Tokyo Olympics bring important issues to the forefront

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith out of Tokyo 2020 Olympics 200m with hamstring tear
Asher-Smith failed to qualify for the women's 100m final and has since revealed her lack of pace is due to injury
(The Guardian) Dina Asher-Smith pulls out of Olympic 200m due to hamstring injury
Team GB’s Asher-Smith failed to reach the women’s 100m final - The last two weeks have been absolutely insane’

(ITU) Tritahlon:Great Britain bring home historic Olympic Mixed Relay Gold at Tokyo 2020
The build up had been intense, the anticipation huge and the action did not disappoint as Great Britain’s Alex Yee hung on to the tightest of leads for the final 2km run and bring home the first ever Mixed Team Relay Olympic golds on a beautiful Saturday morning in Tokyo

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Olympic Men’s 10,000 — Selemon Barega Handles The Ugandans
The Ugandan duo were favored by many, but T&FN’s No. 1, Selemon Berega, outkicked them both

(BBC) Drugs in Sport: Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria sprinter Blessing Okagbare out of Games after failed drugs test
Sprinter Blessing Okagbare is out of the Tokyo Olympics after being suspended for failing a drugs test
(The Guardian) Athletics: ‘I’m no hero’: Australian distance runner Patrick Tiernan drags himself across line
Olympic athlete given all-clear after collapsing twice on final lap - ‘I just ran out of steam,’ he says after finishing 10,000m race

(CBC) Athletics: 'Andre De Grasse is going to shine': Sizing up men's Olympic 100-metre final
Canadian sprint star's health, consistency key in wide-open field, Donovan Bailey says

(Runner's World) Athletics: New Research Highlights the Difference Between the Strides of Elite and Sub-Elite Runners
Plus, what you can do to optimize your own running efficiency

(The Telegraph) Athletics:Team GB's Dina Asher-Smith suffers first defeat of the year but qualifies for next round in 100m
* Dina Asher-Smith qualifies with second-place finish in heat
* But 11.07 seconds sees her progress as only joint-11th quickest

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(The Guardian) Athletics: Barega wins first Tokyo athletics gold on opening night of tears and drama
Ethiopian long-distance runner wins men’s 10,000m - Sifan Hassan starts audacious women’s treble bid in style

(Daily Bulletin) Athletics: Francine Niyonsaba’s Olympic nightmare continues
Banned from running in the 800 meters, Niyonsaba qualifies for the 5,000 at the Tokyo Games only to be disqualified

(CBC) Athletics: Canadian runner Andrea Seccafien advances to women's 5,000m final in Tokyo
Moh Ahmed places 6th in men's 10,000; Mitton, Crew fail to advance in shot put

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kenya banks on youth and experience for 1,500m gold
* Kenya faces stiff competition from Ingebrigtsen brothers Filip and Jakob of Norway, American Mathew Centrowitz who is the defending champion, among others
* Little-known Simotwo caused a major upset during the national trials at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani by beating a strong field that included world champion Cheruiyot

(NY Times*) Athletics: Track and Field Aimed for Inclusion. Instead It Sidelined Star Athletes.
Sebastian Coe, world track’s leader, has spent the past five years pushing his vision of a level playing field. Critics say he is violating athletes’ human rights.

(CBC) Drugs in Sport: 'No comment': Olympic sprinters mum on Sha'Carri Richardson's absence in Tokyo
American sprinter banned through women's 100m after testing positive for marijuana

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 327: Kate Grace – 2016 Olympian races to her first Diamond League victory & 3 personal bests in 9 days
Kate is a 2016 Olympian and she won the USA Olympic Trials in the 800m. She finished 8th at the 2016 Olympics. She went on to qualify for the 2017 World Championships in the 1500m the following year. Kate recently left the Bowerman Track Club and joined Team Boss and is coached by Joe Bosshard. This summer after not making the Olympic team, she went on to set 3 personal bests in 9 days and won her first Diamond League. Her new 800m personal best of 1:57.2 puts her at the 8th fastest American all time and 7th fastest in the world in 2021

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ethiopia's Selemon Barega kicks hard to win 10,000m gold
(WA) Barega returns Olympic 10,000m title to Ethiopia

(The Guardian) Athletics: Fraser-Pryce leads charge with women’s 100m on fast track to record books
Remarkable sprint heats suggest fireworks to come in final - Reekie impressive in coming through 800m heats

(The Guardian) Athletics: Sydney McLaughlin already has a world record at 21. Now she wants Olympic gold
The American placed fifth in the 400m hurdles in Rio, but she’s poised to finish on the podium five years later

(CBC) Athletics: Canada's Melissa Bishop-Nriagu knocked out early in women's 800m heats
32-year-old national record-holder placed 4th in event at Rio Olympics
(TSN) Heartbreaking day for Bishop-Nriagu, who doesn't advance out of 800-metre heats

(BBC) AThletics: Tokyo Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith into 100m semis as Ta Lou, Fraser-Pryce & Thompson-Herah set pace
Dina Asher-Smith started her bid to become the first British woman to win an Olympic individual sprint gold with routine progress from the 100m heats

(Toronto Star) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics amounts to an unprecedented moment for Canadian distance running

(Washington Times) Women in Sport: Hubbard in, Semenya out: Olympics spark debate over who, exactly, qualifies as a woman

(Reuters) Athletics: Ingebrigtsen keeps it in the family in Tokyo gold chase

(ITV) Athletics: Tokyo 2020: 'We should be here', Seb Coe says as Covid cases surge in Japan amid Olympics
Despite Covid concerns from the Japanese public about the Tokyo Olympics, Seb Coe says it is right that the games should happen

(Toronto Star) Drugs in Sport: Tokyo Olympics make clear Russia won in wake of state-sponsored doping scandal — and the IOC let them off the hook

(LetsRun) Athletics: How To Watch The 2020 Olympic Track and Field Action on NBC
(CBC) Athletics: Tokyo 2020 Athletics Schedule

(The Guardian) Athletics: Life after a legend: the 100m sprinters stepping into Bolt’s shoes in Tokyo
The men’s 100m in Tokyo Olympics will see fewer familiar names but a new order of sprinting talent has assembled

(The Guardian) Athletics: Olympic athletes fear domino effect as pole vaulters test positive for Covid
Sam Kendricks and Germán Chiaraviglio out of Games - Australia had confined entire track and field team to their rooms

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(TexasSports) Athletics: Flo Knows
How tenacity, vision, relentless attention to detail and trust are keys to Edrick Floréal’s coaching success

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kenyans, Ethiopians chase down Uganda’s Cheptegei
* Mo Farah, Great Britain’s double gold medalist in the 10,000 and 5,000 metres, most bizarrely didn’t qualify for these Olympics, leaving Uganda’s world record holder over the distance, Joshua Cheptegei, the clear favourite.
* Farah’s absence from the field means a new Olympic champion will be crowned in Tokyo for the first time since 2012
Jacob Kiplimo: Uganda's smiling assassin eyeing gold in Tokyo
* Born on November 14, 2000 in Kween District to peasant parents Stephen Arap Simba Chebet and Grace Chesang, Kiplimo did not have the privilege to go beyond Primary Five

(National Post) Athletics: 'Poised to do something really extraordinary;' Canadian women seek podium finish at Olympic 4x400m relay
The women in the Tokyo Olympics relay pool are talking about the podium and the record. Simply making the final won’t be good enough

(CBC) Athletics: With track and field 'unpredictable' in Tokyo, expect new faces on Olympic podium
CBC Sports analysts differ on Canada's chances to surpass 6-medal Rio haul from '16

(Nassau Guardian) Athletics: Miller-Uibo set to run both the 200m and 400m

(CBC) Athletics: Everything but the fairy tale ending
'The life sport has given me, the person it has made me into, that is my reward.'

(CTV) Triathlon:Manitoba's Tyler Mislawchuk withdraws from Olympic triathlon event due to injury
Team Canada confirmed Mislawchuk has withdrawn, citing an Achilles injury during his individual race earlier in the week

(talkSport) Athletics: Australia athletics team ‘cleared to return to training’ after Olympics chaos is caused by positive COVID test of American world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks

(Runner's World) Athletics: Which Runners Will Medal at the Tokyo Olympics?
The Tokyo Olympics are finally here, and runners are ready to race on the track and roads. Which athlete has the best chance to reach the podium in each event? The Runner’s World editors make their predictions

(The Guardian) Athletics: Youth Olympian Alegna Osorio dies after being struck by hammer during training
Cuban dies from injuries that were sustained in April accident - Teenager took bronze at Pan-American Under-20 Games in 2019

(Eurosport UK) Athletics: Tokyo 2020 - Dina Asher-Smith tipped by coach Christian Malcolm to beat her PB to win Olympic sprint gold
Ahead of making her Tokyo Olympics bow in the 100m heats on Friday, Christian Malcolm, The Olympic programme head coach for British Athletics, has compared sprinter Dina Asher-Smith to Linford Christie. He also believes Smith can beat her personal best of 10.83 in the 100m to win gold despite the threat of Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and become the first British woman to do so

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Keely Hodgkinson interview: 'I want to be one of the best - if not the best - 800m runners in the world'
Hodgkinson barely had the Olympics in her plans at the start of 2021 but is among Britain’s best half-dozen medal candidates on the track

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Maurelhena Walles – Stay in the Game Longer
Carrie chats with master’s runner Maurelhena Walles as part of the UCAN Stay in the Game Longer Series! They chat growing up in Harlem, competing at Alabama A&M, setting world records at the master’s level, starting Equity Design (which uses physical activity to change the health of Bronx youth), and so much more!

(Track and Field News) Athletics: 2021 Olympic Games Men’s Top 10 Predictions
Can Ronnie Baker & Trayvon Bromell pull of the U.S.’s first 1–2 in the 100 in many a year?

(Toronto Star) Athletics: Melissa Bishop-Nriagu ‘inspired’ by generation of athletes fighting to be elite mothers and competitors — just like she is
(SportsNet) Melissa Bishop-Nriagu takes aim at 800-metre Canadian record in Tokyo

(CBC) Athletics: With track and field 'unpredictable' in Tokyo, expect new faces on Olympic podium
CBC Sports analysts differ on Canada's chances to surpass 6-medal Rio haul from '16

(The Guardian) Athletics: As Olympic athletics begins, the data suggests we are at the peak of human ability
A weird thing happened in 1989 – women stopped breaking world records in sprints and strength events

(WA) Athletics: Marie-Josée Ta Lou: Five things you should know about Africa’s top sprinting star
Marie-Josée Ta Lou's football switch to following dreams of becoming a doctor: find out more the Ivorian who could become the first African woman to win a sprint event at the Olympics

(The Guardian) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith has same aura as sprint star Linford Christie, says coach
British Athletics’ Christian Malcolm predicts gold for sprinter - ‘One thing about Dina is she knows how to turn up’

(Newsweek) Drugs in Sport: Olympic Sprinter Banned From Tokyo 2020 Denies Doping, Blames U.S. Meat
A Swiss sprinter who blamed failing an anti-doping test on meat he ate in the U.S. will not compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reinstated his ban on Wednesday

(CUBuffs) Athletics: Coburn Sets Expectations High For Tokyo
Emma Coburn and the 3,000-meter steeplechase just go hand-in-hand

9Olympics: Japan's daily COVID-19 cases top 9,000 for 1st time amid Olympics

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(BBC) Drugs in Sport: Tokyo Olympics: Swiss sprinter Alex Wilson out of Games after ban reinstated
Swiss sprinter Alex Wilson is out of the Olympics after his provisional doping suspension was reinstated despite his claims the banned substance came from eating contaminated beef

(Reuters) Drugs in Sport: Russia is lucky to have 10 athletes in Tokyo, says Coe

(ITU) Triathlon: Triathlon Mixed Relay’s Olympic debut ready to take centre stage at Tokyo 2020

(Yahoo) Drugs in Sport:Seeing's not believing - how doping has tainted athletics

(Yahoo) Drugs in Sport: 'Russia' continues to make mockery of Olympic ban

(Track and Field News) Athletics: 2021 Olympic Games Women’s Top 10 Predictions
Two big questions that remain to be answered: will Shaunae Miller Uibo dive to medals in the 200 and/or 400?; what will Allyson Felix add to her already huge medal total?

(WA) Athletics: Ahmed and Knight: Canada’s formidable 5000m duo
This pair are now the two fastest North American 5000m runners of all-time.

  July 27, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(The Economist*) Women in Sport: Chelsea Mitchell on the unfairness of trans women at the Olympics
Transgender women have advantages that make competition against females inequitable, says an American collegiate runner

(GeoSuper) Athletics: Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi pulls out from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Algerian middle-distance runner Taoufik Makhloufi has pulled out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to a knee injury, he told news agency APS on Monday

(Women's Running) Athletics: U.S. Center for SafeSport Permanently Bans Alberto Salazar From Coaching
The former Nike Oregon Project coach will no longer be allowed to work with U.S.A. Track & Field athletes after receiving permanent suspension from SafeSport. He has 10 days to appeal

(Texas Monthly) Athletics: 2016 Gold Medalist Michelle Carter Is Tired of Hearing “Shot Put Is Not Sexy”

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Refugee Olympic Team chief's Tokyo 2020 participation in doubt due to COVID-19
Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) Chef de Mission Tegla Loroupe could miss the chance to lead the squad at the delayed Olympic Games here as she is still in Doha after testing positive for COVID-19

(Sports Illustrated) Alberto Salazar Ruled Permanently Ineligible by SafeSport For Verbal, Sexual Misconduct

(The Monring Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 169 with Fred Huxham
"If you get me talking about things that happened in college or I think about races in college I can just spiral in my own head and get frustrated and kind of disappointed with myself in the way things turned out. It’s definitely in the back of my mind. I would like to prove to myself that I do belong, whether it be at the NCAA level or the professional level, I just believe inherently that I am talented enough to do it. I just have to be patient and let it kind of come to me rather than go searching for it…I think Peachtree, although it’s just one result and doesn’t mean all that much in the grand scheme of the running world, it has meant a lot for me and validating what I’ve been doing for the last year and half, two years."

(CBC) Athletics: Alberto Salazar, U.S. track coach, gets lifetime ban for sexual, emotional misconduct
Runners reported abuse in 2019 while training with Nike Oregon Project team
(NY Times*) Alberto Salazar Is Permanently Barred From Track for Sexual and Emotional Misconduct
A former top coach who was once one of the world’s greatest distance runners, Salazar had already been suspended for breaking rules governing banned substances.

(The Guardian) Triathlon: Bermuda becomes smallest country to win gold as Flora Duffy claims triathlon
Britain’s Taylor-Brown takes silver after puncture - ‘I think the whole of Bermuda is going crazy,’ says Duffy

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kipruto banks on teamwork to yield marathon gold
* World bronze medallist will team up with Kipchoge and Cherono in men’s 42km race.
* Marathoner heaps praises on his mentor Kipchoge ahead of big showdown

(Irish Times) Drugs in Sport: Sebastian Coe says cannabis rules in sport should be reviewed
US star Sha’Carri Richardson missing Olympics after positive test for substance

(NU Times*) Triathlon: Flora Duffy of Bermuda wins gold in the women’s triathlon

(Sporting News) Drugs in Sport: What is ROC in the Olympics? Here's why Team Russia is competing under new name in Tokyo

(AllAfrica) Athletics: I Wanted to Give Up on Athletics After Missing 2019 World Championships - Simiyu

(The Guardian) Women in Sport: Sha’Carri Richardson, Alen Hadzic and our unending forgiveness for white male athletes
The differing treatment of a black female athlete and a white male in the run-up to the Olympics show the double standards that permeate sport

(Daily Masil) Triathlon: Jonny Brownlee knows a world-beater when he sees one and thinks fellow Team GB triathlon star Alex Yee can one day 'dominate this sport'... after the 23-year-old won a valiant silver in Tokyo, who could disagree?
* The 23-year-old Yee, who won valiant silver, has a collection of stuffed monkeys
* And he threw plenty of muck around the cage of established athletes on Monday
* Brownlee has achieved bronze and silver medals at the last two Olympic Games
* Jonny, twice-Olympic champion Alistair's brother, has backed Yee to succeed

(NDTV) Olympics: Tokyo Olympics: Austrian Math PhD Anna Kiesenhofer Shocks Favourites In Olympics Women's Cycling Road Race
Tokyo Olympics: Austrian mathematician Anna Kiesenhofer won the gold medal in women's road race cycling on Sunday. Kiesenhofer holds a doctorate in applied

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(RunnerSpace) Athletics: Bowerman Mile Brings Back Its Magic For Pre Classic
The 46th Prefontaine Classic, member of the Wanda Diamond League of international track & field meets, will be held August 20-21 at Hayward Field

(Reuters) Athletics: Kenya's marathon great Kipchoge 'excited' to run in Sapporo
Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder and reigning Olympic marathon champion, said on Monday he is ready to defend his title and was excited to run in the city of Sapporo, where the event is slated to take place next month

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge ready to defend Olympic crown
* The marathon teams will leave for Japan on August 1 and 2. The women's race will be held on August 7, while the men's race is on August 8 in Sapporro

(Daily Nation) Women in Sport: Women barred from Olympics for being ‘manly’
* From an African perspective it does not help matters that a white biological-male athlete, who identifies as a woman, from New Zealand, Laurel Hubbard, has been designated eligible for female classification and will compete in the women’s weightlifters contest in the 2020 Olympics.
* Hubbard, 43, will compete in the women’s 87-kg weightlifting category following her gender transitioning in 2012. Hubbard became eligible to compete at the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015 changed its rules allowing transgender athletes to compete as women if their testosterone levels are below the allowed threshold

(Yahoo) Olympics: Japan's Olympic organizers lied about its weather, and now athletes are paying the price

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Laura Muir eyes medal to 'kick-start' sustained track success
Great Britain's Laura Muir hopes that securing the first major medal of her career at Tokyo 2020 will "kick-start" a period of sustained track success

(The Telegraph) Athletics: New Team GB Olympic athletes hoping for big things at Tokyo 2020
Taking a look at the leading British athletes making their Olympic debuts in Japan and what makes them so special

(Evening Standard)) Athletics: Tegla Loroupe interview: ‘When we run away from being greedy, there will be no refugees in the Olympics’

(CBC) Triathlon: Canada's Mislawchuk 'super angry' after finishing 15th in men's triathlon
Manitoba triathlete had hopes for a medal; Victoria's Matthew Sharpe 49th in Olympic debut

(Daily Mail) Triathlon:Norway's triathlon hero Kristian Blummenfelt raises eyebrows after his all-white uniform became see-through following the swimming leg in Tokyo... with viewers joking the designers should be 'SACKED' and comparing him to Superman
* Kristian Blummenfelt surged clear in the men's triathlon to take the gold medal
* His display saw him beat Team GB's Alex Yee but his uniform raised eyebrows
* The all-white design saw his kit quickly become see-through after the swimming
* Social media users shared their views and even compared him to a superhero
)ITU) Olympic Champion: Kristian Blummenfelt triumphant in Tokyo

(Mirror) Olympics: Celebrating 120 years of female Olympians with Mary Rand
The celebration continues with one of the original golden girls of British Athletics

(Mirror) Olympics: Piers Morgan says "nobody cares" about Tokyo Olympics and he "feels sorry" for athletes
The Tokyo Olympics have already been delayed by a year and is going ahead despite rising Covid-19 cases in the city and Japan, but without supporters present at the events

(Wales Online) Triathlon: Chaos at start of Olympic triathlon as boat blocks competitors
British pair Jonathan Brownlee and Alex Yee were among those to stay dry as a false start was called
(Yahoo) Blummenfelt wins gold for Norway
(Mirror) Alex Yee wins silver medal for Team GB in men's triathlon as he makes Olympic debut
The 23-year old ensured Team GB have another medal on the table after a heroic effort in the men's individual triathlon competing against some of the finest athletes across the globe
(The Telegraph) Alex Yee takes triathlon silver after shambolic false start caused by speed boat
Yee delivered a sterling performance to confirm his immense potential but there were chaotic scenes on the start line in Tokyo

(Yahoo) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith selected as Team GB’s Olympic athletics captain

(The Star) Athletics: Kipruto elated after replacing injured Kamworor in team to Tokyo
* The World 10,000m bronze medalist was called up to replace former world half marathon record holder who suffered a foot injury in training
* He will join up with national cross country champion Rodgers Kwemoi and Weldon Kipkirui
* Kipruto expected to undergo mandatory Covid-19 test before departing for Tokyo

(Olympic Channel) Triathlon: Alex Yee - A new face for British triathlon?
Briton Alex Yee blew the competition away when he emerged victorious at the World Championship in Leeds in 2021 before being selected for the GB team for Tokyo 2020 at the age of 23

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(USATF) Athletics: Seven American Records Set During Day three at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships

(USATF) Athletics: Over 5,000 youth athletes to compete at 2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Aisha Praught-Leer to race in Tokyo despite tearing meniscus 'off the bone'
Jamaican 1500m runner Aisha Praught-Leer says she will still be competing at Tokyo 2020 despite tearing her meniscus "off the bone" in a freak training accident

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Damian Warner: Five things to know about the world no.1 ranked decathlete

(Runner's World) Athletics: The Trials Made Her a Marathon Champion. Motherhood Made Her Unstoppable.
Will the Tokyo Olympics be Aliphine Tuliamuk’s next big moment?

(National Post) Athletics: How the Stafford sisters turned a wee sibling rivalry into two Olympic track careers
Sibling athletes who share a sport — particularly high achievers — often operate in lockstep in their early careers. Gabriela and Lucia Stafford were no different, at least at first

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Athletes must wear masks at Tokyo Games except for podium photo ops

(The Guardian) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith: ‘You get 10 seconds to make your mark’
The fastest woman Britain has ever seen is also thoughtful, inspirational and willing to talk about things that athletes often avoid, like politics and periods. But in the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith knows that every second counts

(Reuters) Olympics: Tokyo braces as storm snarls schedules after withering heat

(Daily Nation) Athletics: AK names Kamworor's replacement in 10,000 metres Olympics team
* Kamworor, who sustained an ankle injury in training this week, was a big medal prospect in the team that also has national cross country champion Rodgers Kwemoi and Weldon Kipkirui
* The 10,000 metres men Olympic gold, has proved elusive since 1968 when Naftali Temu last won the race in Mexico
* The 10,000 metres final is set for Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

(The Virginian-Pilot) Athletics: Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon leaving Virginia Beach after this year

(Deseret News) Athletics: Patrick Hutton, Ashley Paulson win in wide-open Deseret News Marathon races

(Olympic Channel) Triathlon: Tokyo 2020 triathlon day 1: Jonny Brownlee in search of first Olympic triathlon gold medal
The men’s triathlon will see 55 of the world’s best athletes battle it out for the three available podium places. Here’s everything you need to know about the first day of the Olympic Triathlon at Tokyo 2020 on 26 July 2021

(Cycling Tips) Cycling: Here are the motor doping methods Pogacar isn’t using and why

(EuroNews) Drugs in Sport: ‘Handful’ of Russians denied place at Olympics over doping suspicions

(Capital FM) Athletics: Kamworor devastated as Olympic dream comes to a screeching halt
Geoffrey Kamworor’s dream of gunning for the Olympic medal, one of the two missing titles from his cabinet have been thwarted after he was ruled out of the Tokyo Games with an injury

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Are the super shoes distorting history? Scientists claim that athletes benefit by almost 10 per cent by using hi-tech footwear
* Athletics chiefs are coming under increased pressure to outlaw 'super shoes'
* It has been suggested that the current regulations are not sophisticated enough
* Usain Bolt joined the outcry against the government body over the shoes

(WA) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics preview: 5000m

(track and Field News) Athletics:Will Claye Wants To Be Better Than In 2019
His farthest jump ever came in ’19, but post-Achilles surgery Will Claye says his practice numbers are back to that level

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(Expatica) Drugs in Sport: Swiss hurdler loses doping ban appeal on eve of Olympics

(NPR) Women in Sport: The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear

(Slate) Athletics: The Running Event That Must Be Added to the Olympics

(WA) Athletics: Joshua Cheptegei: why I run

(ESPN) Athletics: Olympic runner Emily Infeld's harrowing three-year ordeal with a stalker

(RT) Women in Sport: A new book explains why the first transgender athlete to compete against women at the Olympics has wired-in, unfair advantages
Trans activists will HATE Helen Joyce’s shocking new book as it dismantles their false ideology piece by piece

(Crikey) Women in Sport: Allowing a male-born person to compete against female Olympians excludes women — how could it not?
Do women face exclusion from sports if transgender athletes compete in this year's Olympic Games? A response to Michael Bradley and Emma Johnsen's recent article

(The Guardian) Women in Sport: Time to give those in charge of female athletics short shrift
Paralympic champion Olivia Breen revealed the many hurdles that women in sport continue to face

(CBC) Olympics: Canadian cyclist Michael Woods just misses podium after gruelling 234-km ride
Ottawa rider briefly held lead after late burst but comes up achingly short

(AW) Athletics: Sydney McLaughlin: “I acknowledge the world record but the job is not done”
Women’s 400m hurdles star on setting the standard, learning about herself after Rio 2016 and changing coach last year

(USATF) Athletics: Meiler sets 2 world records on opening day of 2021 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships

(The Guardian) Olympics: Team GB shifts Olympic focus from superpower to more human approach
The relentless drive for more medals has been replaced by a more human message in Tokyo: it is a welcome change
(National Post) William Watson: Buying the Olympic podium
If the contest devolves to seeing which country can win the most medals by putting the most resources into its elite sports programs, the whole thing becomes a little pointless, doesn't it?

(EuroSport UK) Athletics: Tokyo 2020 - Team GB athletics captain Dina Asher-Smith on her love for the Olympic Games
Dina Asher-Smith has told Eurosport of her love for the Olympic Games and her pride leading Team GB’s athletics team in Tokyo

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: The making of Abdi Abdirahman - the 44-year-old runner set to embark on his fifth Olympic Games
After defying expectations to secure his place on the USA Olympic marathon team, Abdi Abdirahman is at his fifth Summer Olympics. From leaving his country as a teenager to overcoming injuries, the journey to Tokyo has not been without its challenges

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(Irish Examiner) Olympics: 'The human body adapts': Athletes prepare for hottest Olympics Games ever in Tokyo
These Olympics Games may be the hottest on record. Saturday afternoon, the mercury is expected to hit 34 degrees. Humidity levels of 59% will add to that, though these are at the lower end of what was predicted.

(Mirror) Olympics: No escaping the awkwardness of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony
The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony took place on Friday but it was an opening ceremony unlike any other as the 2020 games finally got officially underway - albeit a year later than planned

(National Post) Athletics: What the Olympics look like without Usain Bolt: Finally, some mystery for sprint gold
'As scintillating as it was to watch Bolt, it’s even more exciting knowing you don’t know who is going to win the race,' said Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown

(Runner's World) Athletics: Raevyn Rogers Is Relying on a Little Psychology—and a Lot of Faith—to Stay Calm Ahead of Tokyo
Not only did she move cross-country last year, but she also had a frightening brush with law enforcement.

(Eurosport UK) Athletics: Olympics - Keely Hodgkinson has forced the world of Athletics to take notice after 2021 success
Keely Hodgkinson has her sights set on a medal at Tokyo 2020 in Japan after a successful run out at the British Athletics Championships in 2021. The 19-year-old claims the Games are 'open' and she would be disappointed if she fails to go all the way: "I don’t want to go to Tokyo and make up the numbers. I want to be competitive and be in that final."

(The Star) Athletics: Obiri keen to exorcise Doha ghosts by clinching gold in 10,000m in Tokyo
* Obiri believes she has matured well in the last two years and can perform better in the 10,000m
* She will be up against other athletes in red-hot form including Sifan Hassan and world 10,000m champion Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia
* Obiri admits she is hungry to add an Olympic gold to her medal collection

(Sports Illustrated) Athletics: How Noah Lyles Recaptured His Former Self Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics
Over the last year, the top U.S. sprinter dealt with depression that presented a possible impediment to his dream of gold

(Gear Junkie) Triathlon: Triathlons Have a Diversity Problem: Here’s Who’s Fixing It
Black athletes make up less than 1% of triathletes in the U.S. and Canada. One woman is ready to change that statistic.
A USA Triathlon report found that Black athletes make up just 1% of participants in the U.S. and Canada

(Nairobi Wire) Athletics: Student Captured on Video Running With Athletes Gets Brazilian Coach

(AllAfrica) Women in Sport: False Start for Intersex Athletes Barred From Olympics

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 326: Abdi Abdirahman – 5x Olympian racing the Olympic marathon in Tokyo
Abdi Abdirahman is a Somolian born runner and is a five time Olympian competing for the United States in the 10,000m and marathon. He made his 5th Olympic team at the 2020 Olympic marathon trials at the age of 43. In 2016, he was third at the New York City Marathon

(CBC) Athletics: Player's Own Voice podcast: Perdita Felicien
Informed by her experiences, the world champion hurdler examines Tokyo Games

(The Guardian) Athletics: BOA resigned to 14-day quarantine for Team GB athletes despite negative tests
Six athletes and four staff isolating after Covid case on flight -‘We’ve tried … at least they can train,’ says BOA chair Robertson

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo 2020: Katarina Johnson-Thompson's battles with injury & self-doubt in pursuit of Olympic gold
Katarina Johnson-Thompson's sliding doors moment came courtesy of south Liverpool's bus network

(Runner's World) Olympics: Enjoying NBC’s Track Coverage More Than Usual? Here’s Why
The network’s Olympics production team is peaking at the right time—thanks, in part, to Betsy Riley, its first female producer

(The Conversation) Athletics: Are middle lanes fastest in track and field? Data from 8,000 racers shows not so much

(Moscow Times) Drugs in Sport: In Doping Scandal, Russia Opts For 'Honorable Surrender'

(The Guardian) Athletics: Sha’Carri Richardson’s look is over the top – that’s why it matters
She’s out of the Olympics, but the US sprinting star’s ‘extra’ style makes an important statement about black womanhood

(GQ) Athletics: How to Push Yourself to the Edge Without Falling Off, According to Olympic Marathoner Molly Seidel
For the latest episode of Smarter Better Faster Stronger, Seidel talked to GQ about qualifying for the Olympics in her first marathon and learning the subtle difference between discomfort and pain

(Chris Derrick) Athletics: What is to be done?
Answering the burning question: how do we make the track schedule more accessible?

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Team GB's next athletics stars? 11 names making Olympic debuts and hoping for big things at Tokyo 2020
Taking a look at the leading British athletes making their Olympic debuts in Japan and what makes them so special

(The Guardian) Athletics: A fundamental right’: Dina Asher-Smith urges Games to allow podium protests
Team GB sprinter criticises potential punishments in Tokyo - One of Olympics’ most iconic moments was black power salute’

(Reuters) Athletics: Ankle injury rules out Kenya's Kamworor

(LX Presents) Athletics: Middle-Distance Runner Ajee' Wilson is Ready to Rep the U.S. At the Tokyo Olympics
Olympian Ajee’ Wilson is ready to take on the Tokyo Olympics and represent the United States. She talked to NBCLX’s Tabitha Lipkin about how it feels to make it to the Olympics as well as who inspires her and her collaboration with supplements brand Thorne, helping to highlight the effects of health and nutrition on athletic performance

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(National Post) Athletics: 'I don’t really care who is the favourite': Why the Tokyo Olympics decathlon is just too difficult to predict
Some observers feel the gruelling test of mettle will devolve into a clash between these two-day titans: Frenchman Kevin Mayer and Canada's Damian Warner

(The Guardian) Olytmpics: Welcome to the women’s Olympics, where GB’s brightest stars are female
From Laura Kenny to Dina Asher-Smith and Sky Brown, the profile of female British Olympians could have a wider impac

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Clayton Murphy Ready For A Second Olympics
ust as he had in kicking to Olympic 800 bronze in Rio, Clayton Murphy had the fastest last 200 in winning the Olympic Trials

(USATF) Athletics; 2021 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships to feature Olympians, world and American record holders in Iowa

(Women's Running) Athletics: Gwen Jorgensen is Leaving Bowerman Track Club
After four years at the Nike-sponsored club, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in triathlon is making some big changes

(Tri247) Triathlon: Olympic Games Triathlon: The women in the hunt for Tokyo gold

(Evening Standard) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith tipped to defy the times and upstage American and Jamaican rivals for sprint gold

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith on the Olympics, Vogue, and speaking out against injustice
Dina Asher-Smith has packed a lot into her 25 years

(CNBC) Athletics: Tech company TCS renews NYC Marathon rights and will spend $280 million on race sponsorships
* TCS has retained New York City Marathon title rights and plans to spend up to $40 million annually until 2029 on global race sponsorships.
* The India-based firm also has become the new title sponsor of the London Marathon.
* TCS also launched a new app for the race that will incorporate augmented reality features to support in-person and virtual runners.

(Daily Nation) Athletics: 'Crazy' Sifan Hassan eyes unprecedented Olympic track treble
* The 28-year-old, born in Ethiopia but now a long-time naturalised Dutchwoman, became the first athlete to achieve the 1500 and 10,000m world double in Doha in 2019.
* It was a remarkable show of running, especially as it came after the news that her coach Alberto Salazar, the head of the Nike-funded Oregon Project, had been banned for four years over doping-related issues

(The Guardian) Olympics: Team GB frustrated with Olympic chiefs as Tokyo 10 struggle in isolation
Six athletes and four staff were pinged after flight to Japan - Steeplechaser Zak Seddon: ‘We’ve had 11 negative tests’

(Cycling News) Cycling: Mark Cavendish rues leaving Mørkøv's wheel on Champs-Élysées, but will he ride another Tour de France?
Cavendish remains on 34 wins but is all smiles as he wins green jersey in incredible comeback

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Gunning For More!
Carrie chats with Olympian Grant Fisher! They chat about the Olympic Trials, the upcoming Olympic Games, what makes him tick, team tactics at the Olympics, and much more!

(The Onion) Olympics: Olympic Committee Discourages Sex During Competitions

(Capital FM) Olympics:Tergat re-elected into IOC board, named in Tokyo Games Disciplinary Commission
Olympics Kenya President, Paul Tergat has been re-elected as a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for another 8-year term during the ongoing IOC Session of the 138th General Assembly on the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Upon arrival at the Tokyo Olympics, common sense is nowhere to be found

(The Guardian) Athletics: Keely Hodgkinson: ‘Is it ridiculous for me to win a medal? I don’t think so’
Team GB’s teenage 800m star on her Tokyo hopes, how she became deaf in one ear, tattoos and why she wants a Ford Mustang

(National Post) Athletics: These Olympics are about the shoes: How the evolution of footwear tech is changing track and field
'The one-year delay (of the Olympics) has been really a blessing in a lot of ways because we're just a little bit closer to an equal playing field'

(CNN) Women in Sport: Running as Equals
Testosterone rules: Annet Negesa and Maximila Imali, the elite athletes fighting for acceptance

(Cycling News) Cycling: Mechanical doping claims resurface at Tour de France
Three anonymous riders claim to hear 'strange noises' from four team's rear wheels during the race

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(CBC) Athletics: Andre De Grasse all smiles as he readies to embrace Olympic spotlight
Markham, Ont., native headlines strong Canadian track and field team at Tokyo

(The Economist) Women in Sport: Why are transgender Olympians proving so controversial?
The science suggests males retain an advantage over females, no matter how they identify

(Brisbane Times) Olympics: Let the search for Brisbane 2032 organisers begin: Palaszczuk wants ‘a lot of women’ on committee
The search for those in charge of delivering Brisbane 2032 will soon start, with promises of the best and brightest and a high representation of women at the top echelons of the future organising committee

(NBC) Olympics: Abrahamson: Keeping COVID in perspective at the Olympics
Can we please dial down the Olympics hysteria?

(Independent) Triathlon: Olympic Triathlon preview: What is the mixed relay, is drafting allowed and favourites to medal at Tokyo 2020
The triathlon schedule has been tweaked for the first time since being introduced to the Olympics with the creation of a third medal event: the mixed rela

(BBC) Athletics: Only One Twin Can Win
Jake Wightman and his actor brother Sam, talk twin rivalry, on and off the track

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Can 'world class' Eilish McColgan add to rich family memories?
Thirty years ago, in the searing heat and smothering humidity of Tokyo, Liz McColgan laid waste to her rivals and became 10,000m world champion
The Scotsman) Liz McColgan on glory in the searing heat of Tokyo and urging on daughter Eilish from afar
The combination of Japan’s blazing sun and Tokyo’s torrent of humidity felt like twin torturers drilling into her lungs. Two weeks out from her attempt to become champion of the world, the dress rehearsal in heat so ferocious that it threatened to melt the ground beneath her quicksilver feet was cut short abruptly when it seemed she might simply keel over on the spot

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Cole Hocker Brimming With Confidence
“Just another 1500,” is how Cole Hocker is approaching Tokyo racing, albeit with a better class of competitors

(Deadspin) Olympics:Sports books see surge in betting on Olympics cancellation
Odds plummet as key organizer admits the once-unthinkable outcome is an actual possibility

(Outside Online) Olympics: How to Watch the Tokyo Summer Games
When, how, and what to tune in for running, cycling, sport climbing, surfing, and more

(Edmonton Journal) Triathlon: Terry Jones: Mislawchuk chasing Whitfield toward Canadian triathlon glory
Mislawchuk has dreamed of being the Canadian having a Whitfield moment on TV at these Olympics in Tokyo

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Fast food! Team GB 100m sprinter Reece Prescod admits he turned up to Olympic trials EIGHT kilograms overweight due to Call of Duty and Deliveroo... and is still skipping meals to slim down for Games
* Reece Prescod admitted he turned up to Olympic trials last month overweight
* The Team GB 100m sprinter said he put on weight by eating cakes and custard
* Prescod is still skipping meals in a bid to slim down ahead of the Games
(The Guardian) Cake and Call of Duty: Reece Prescod on the challenges of lockdown
British sprinter on his training nearly being derailed by food, cake and Call of Duty, training in the US and Team GB’s 100m chances

(Fast Company) Athletics: Sneakers are often designed for men by men. So track star Allyson Felix built her own
Felix’s new company, Saysh, is designed to be an alternative to the male-oriented sneaker companies that drive the sports world

(Dyestat) Athletics: Josette Norris, Colby Alexander Rebound From Olympic Trials Disappointments to Shine at Sound Running Sunset Tour
Norris becomes ninth American female athlete to produce sub-4 performance in 1,500 meters with 3:59.72 effort, Alexander just misses running fastest U.S. time this year with 3:33.65 victory at Trabuco Hills High; Herrera, Rawlings win elite mile races, with Aragon, Hassan, Johnson and Kidder all earning 800 victories

(Oregon Live) Athletics: Jenna Prandini, steadied by her community, is chasing an elusive gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics

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(BBC) Olympics" Tokyo Olympics: Experts warn Games chiefs about extreme heat
Experts have warned Tokyo 2020 chiefs that athletes need protection from extreme heat as well as Covid-19

(Yahoo) Athletics: Triple trouble? Hassan's agenda raises eyebrows

(CBC) Athletics: Usain Bolt doesn't know if could have run in an empty stadium
COVID-19 era of sports would not have been a good fit for the Jamaican superstar

(Blackburn News) Athletics: Lucknow Olympian getting plenty of support

(TrainRight) Women in Sport: Harassment of Female Runners is Rampant, New Survey Finds

(BBC) Olympics: Tokyo 2020: Top 10 days for Team GB at the Olympics

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief does not rule out last-minute cancellation of Olympics amid rising COVID-19 cases

(ITU) Triathlon: Javier Gomez: One more shot at Olympic gold for a Spanish legend

(Royal Gazette) Triathlon: Olympic medal favourite Flora Duffy wary of rising temperature

(WA) Drugs in Sport: AIU details comprehensive testing programme ahead of Tokyo Olympics

(The Star) Athletics: Chebolei looks to elder bro, Kwemoi, in hunt for Olympic medal
* Chebolei will represent Kenya in the men's 5000m alongside Daniel Simiu and Nicholas Kimeli
* He described Kwemoi as a source of strength for him, saying he has continued to encourage him at all times
* This will be the second time wearing the Kenyan singlet after participating at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in 2019

(The Morning Shakeout) Running: Podcast: Episode 168 with Alison Mariella Désir
"What the marathon experience—that first marathon experience—did for me, was it gave me a perspective shift on life, which, wow, that sounds really lofty hearing myself say it back, but truly, everything was like so muddied and I couldn’t pull myself out. I had gone to really good schools and done all of the things I was supposed to do but I couldn’t pull myself out of feeling terrible and feeling like I was a failure and there was no blueprint of, ‘What am I supposed to do with my life?’ But the marathon gave me this very concrete training plan—like in 16 weeks, if you do this, you will get this—and never in my life outside of school had something been so prescriptive and easy. I mean, [it was] really difficult because you have to do that work but if even a stranger can promise me that if I do this work and I get that, then like f*ck yeah, I’m gonna do this. So I stuck to that training plan like it was my bible and what I saw was that it wasn’t magic but these physical challenges that I was doing really were very much tied to my mental ability to push through it and to stay in places of discomfort…You’re in a place of discomfort but you’re moving through it—like you don’t get stuck in the place of discomfort, so that was a really powerful lesson for me."

(NY Times*) Olympics: Let the Games... Be Gone?
After bidding scandals, human rights outrages, overburdened host cities, rampant cheating, a pandemic - and, sure, thrilling competitions - has the world had enough of the Olympics?

(Track and Field News) Athletics:
Thanks to Maggie Malone’s 221-1 the javelin AR has broached the 220-foot barrier

(The Guardian) Olympics: Team GB athletes ‘in a panic’ before Olympics after teammates isolate
Six athletes given dispensation to train alone in Yokohama - Daniel Rowden: ‘There’s a fear the same could happen to us’

(The Guardian) Athletics: ‘Weird and unfair’: Usain Bolt criticises advances in spike technology
Even faster sprint spikes could mean Bolt’s world records fall - 100m and 200m holder says it’s ‘laughable’ they are allowed

(Mirror) Athletics: Paula Radcliffe 'burst into tears' at shattering news teen daughter had cancer
Long-distance running legend Paula Radcliffe was devastated when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare tumour last year. Here, she and 14-year-old Isla share their story

(RunnerSpace) Athletics: Athing Mu Tops 800 Field For Pre Classic's "Women's Distance Night in Eugene"
The 46th Prefontaine Classic, member of the Wanda Diamond League of international track & field meets, will be held August 20-21 at Hayward Field

(Jacobin Magazine) Olympics: The Olympics Is a Racket
The world’s top athletes coming together in a spirit of friendly competition is a beautiful vision. But the Olympics have become a machine for the ruthless extraction of profit at the expense of working-class people
Note: Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture

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(The Telegraph*) Women in Sport: Does testosterone give trans women a sporting advantage? Yes, it does
As the Olympics welcomes its first transgender competitor, biologist Carole Hooven reveals how pubertal testosterone will affect her chances

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Team GB's next athletics stars? 11 names making Olympic debuts and hoping for big things at Tokyo 2021
Taking a look at the leading British athletes making their Olympic debuts in Japan and what makes them so special

(The Guardian) Olympics: There are risks but it would be unfair if Tokyo Olympics did not go ahead
Organisers have made the Games as safe as they can be – now athletes must follow the rules and embrace their opportunity

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Sponsor Toyota pulls Olympics-related television ads amid lacklustre public support for the Games

(Dyestat) Athletics: Norris becomes ninth American female athlete to produce sub-4 performance in 1,500 meters with 3:59.72 effort, Alexander just misses running fastest U.S. time this year with 3:33.65 victory at Trabuco Hills High; Herrera, Rawlings win elite mile races, with Aragon, Hassan, Johnson and Kidder all earning 800 victories

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo 2020: Shaunae Miller-Uibo on her leap for gold and chasing more Olympic success
The iconic photo-finish image from the 400m final at Rio 2016 made Shaunae Miller-Uibo one of the biggest names in athletics

(Masters Track) Athletics: Vax wristbands lead ace photographers Dave Albo, Rob Jerome to bail out of shooting Ames masters nationals

(NY Times) Athletics: Hal Higdon Has Trained Millions of Runners. At 90, He’s Not Slowing Down
Higdon’s desire to make the sport accessible to all has made him a household name for all types of runners

(The Guardian) Women in Sport: Paralympian Olivia Breen dismayed after being told sprint briefs ‘too short’
Female official made comment at English Championships - Would a male competitor would be similarly criticised?’

(WA) Athletics: Zhoya, Adeleke and Askag shine at European U20 Championships in Tallinn

(NPR) Cycling: Tadej Pogacar Has Won His 2nd Tour De France In A Row
(BBC) Tour de France: Mark Cavendish denied record by Wout Van Aert
Wout van Aert won the final stage of the 2021 Tour

(Globe and Mail) Drugs in Sport: Russia at Tokyo Olympics with new name, more doping disputes

(CBC) Athletics: Canadian Olympic athletes' bodies could benefit from unexpected year off
Melissa Bishop-Nriagu running her fastest times since birth of daughter in 2018

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(WA) Athletics: Kenya confirms host nation’s team for World Athletics U20 Championships Nairobi 21

(National Review) Women in Sport: The Real Story of Males in Women’s Sports
USA Today and progressive activists want Americans to think that this is a nonissue. They’re wrong

(Indian Express) Olympics: Athletes given ‘anti-sex’ beds at Tokyo Olympics, hilarious reactions online
The beds are made of cardboard, and some netizens also said setting up recyclable Olympic villages was the right way to go

(Yahoo) Athletics: 'I'm a silent killer': Bromell stalks 100m rivals in Tokyo

(Mirror) Olympics: Tokyo 2020 plunged into further turmoil with 10 more Covid cases at Olympic Village
Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said that after the test results the individuals concerned were "isolated in their rooms and Tokyo 2020 is delivering meals to them"

(Evening Standard) Olympics: Six British athletes forced to isolate ahead of Olympics after positive Covid case on flight to Tokyo

(The Guardian) Olympics: Filled with doubt, division and Covid, Tokyo braces for Olympics
After a year’s delay, the Games begin this week. But it is an event that few in a fearful host nation now want as infections rise again

(Yahoo) Cycling: Tour de France winning margin could not have been bigger, says Pogacar

(Japan Times*) Olympics: Has the world had enough of the Olympics?

(Globe and Mail) Athletics: Usain Bolt sees only tough times at Tokyo Olympics for Jamaica’s men

(Outside Online) Health and Fitness: What Happens to Your Body After a Year Inside?
Pandemic-induced isolation has led to a wide range of physical effects. Here’s what to watch out for—and how to address it

(Mirror) Olympics: Humble beginnings of school pals now going for Team GB glory in Tokyo Olympics
EXCLUSIVE: Keely Hodgkinson is dreaming of 800m Olympic glory, while Ella Toone wants to score for Team GB football, as old PE teacher tells how girls were no match for opposition while competing as youngsters

(The Guardian) Olympics: Laurel Hubbard: IOC will not stop transgender weightlifter competing at Tokyo 2020
The IOC president, Thomas Bach, was asked whether he supported the New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard becoming the first transgender woman to compete at the Olympics. He said: 'The rules are in place and the rules have to be applied. You cannot change the rules during an ongoing qualification system.'

(ESPN UK) Athletics: Team Great Britain's Butchart to compete in Tokyo after 'fake' COVID-19 test row

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(USATF) Athletics: Werner kicks to victory at the USATF Women’s 6 km Championships presented by Toyota

(VeloNews) Cycling: Tadej Pogacar pushes back against motor-doping insinuations
Swiss newspaper cites unnamed riders in the peloton saying that rear hubs from several top teams are making 'strange noises' and raised the specter of 'motor-doping'

(National Post) Drugs in Sport: Why communist countries used to utterly dominate the Olympics
Whatever their other failings, bleak totalitarian societies with state-sponsored access to powerful pharmaceuticals are a great way to build a dominating Olympic team

(Mirror) Olympics: Tokyo 2020: First Covid-19 cases found at athletes' village to add to infection fears
There continue to be doubts over promises of a "safe and secure" event, taking place in Tokyo at a time when the city is in its fourth state of emergency over the virus
(The Guardian) IOC president promises ‘safe’ Olympics despite athletes’ village Covid case
Thomas Bach insists Tokyo Games are ‘secure’ - Anonymous visitor in 14-day quarantine after positive test

(Tampa Bay Times) Drugs in Sport: Ex-Olympian John Capel: ’A lot of track and field is dirty’
The former Hernando High and Gators star, who competed at the 2000 Sydney Games, pulls no punches when slamming the sport

(Sweat Science on Outside Online) Athletics: The Science of Track and Field’s New Super Spikes
Five years after the Vaporfly upended marathon running, track shoes are set to star in Tokyo

(SirWalterMiler) Athletics: Initial Elite Fields set for 2021 Sir Walter Miler
Sir Walter Running is excited to announce the initial Men’s and Women’s Elite Fields for the 2021 Sir Walter Miler, which will be held in its traditional First Friday spot of Friday, August 6, 2021

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 325: Lauren Hurley – Happiness on the other side of triathlon and a fresh start with running postpartum
Lauren recently competed in the Olympic Trials in the 10,000m. She qualified for that race less than a year postpartum at the Portland Track Festival

(The Guardian) Athletics: Gwen Berry: ‘I’m not anti-American … I want justice for everybody’
The hammer thrower made headlines when she was involved in a controversy over the US national anthem. But she says she is fighting for American values

(BBC) Athletics: Mo Farah: Four-time Olympic champion has fractured foot and wants to race again
Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah says he is determined to finish his career on his own terms after he recovers from a fractured foot

(Olympic Channel) Athletics:Olympic marathon champ Takahashi Naoko available to watch now
The latest Five Rings Films documentary "The Distance", featuring the Sydney 2000 gold medallist, launched by Olympic Channel, and available to stream on

(UKA) Athletics: Andrew Butchart Guilty of Misconduct
Following widely-publicised comments by Andrew Butchart on a podcast regarding the alleged faking of Covid tests, he was charged with misconduct by UK Athletics for making statements likely to bring athletics into disrepute

(Cyclintg News) Drugs in Sport: Anti-doping agency and French police communicating over Bahrain Victorious Tour de France raid
Dylan Teuns reveals his mobile phone was seized during search

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USATF Women's 6 km Championships - Canton, OH

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(AW) Athletics: Mo Farah targets one more race despite stress fracture set-back
Distance runner tells BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire he has a stress fracture but is determined to continue racing on the roads and maybe track too

(Women's Running) Athletics: How Hot Is Too Hot to Run?
As events as big as the Olympic Trials get rescheduled because of heat, we went to the science to find out how you should decide when it is too hot to run safely.

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Tokyo Olympics: IOC President Thomas Bach warns athletes against ‘political demonstrations’ on podiums

(Newsroom NZ) Women in Sport: Weighing up the emotional side of transgender debate
The physical advantage a transgender athlete may have has dominated debate around participation, but there are other perspectives, like mental and emotional impacts, that haven't been part of the discussion, writes Ashley Stanley

(Yahoo) Cycling: Pogacar closes in on Tour title, doping suspicions hit race

(The Independent) Athletics: Racism against black athletes ‘getting worse’, says Mo Farah
The Olympic great has called on social media companies to be “held accountable” after revealing he has been sent “shocking” racist comments in the pas

(The Guardian) Athletics: Trayvon Bromell: ‘Gold will be great but my biggest purpose is change’
The 100m favourite has had an extraordinary journey to the Tokyo Games - now he wants to use his platform to inspire

(Sport And Dev) Women in Sport: Sex testing in sport
Sex testing in sport remains a contentious issue, even in the 21st century. How can the sporting world move forward on this issue?

(Runner's World UK) Athletics: 25 rules of successful marathon training
Marathons are back this autumn. Here's how to make your 26.2 journey a healthy and happy one

(The Economist) Drugs in Sport: Doping is still too common
Lack of will is a bigger problem than lack of means

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(Japan Times) Olympics: Former Olympic marathoner has 'mixed feelings' about Tokyo Games with no spectators

(Cycling Industry News) Women in Sport: 34% of female professional riders receive no salary, says Cyclists’ Alliance 2021 Rider Survey

(Save Women's Sports) Women in Sport: Male Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) in Women's Olympics
All Rio 800m Medalists Refuse to Lower Testosterone; Jump Ship to the 5,000m Instead

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Alicia Monson - A Realistic Dream
Carrie chats with Olympian Alicia Monson! They break down her amazing 10,000 meter run at the Olympic Trials where she punched her ticket to Japan, as well as how it started for her, what it was like to be in college competing when the world shut down, signing a pro contract during the pandemic, her racing and ups and downs leading up to the Olympic Trials, and much more!

(Sports Illustrated) Athletics: Aliphine Tuliamuk's Infant Daughter Gets Visa, Will Travel Together to Tokyo Olympics

(USATF) Athletics: Hall, Durgin resume rivalry at 2021 USATF Women’s 6 km Championships presented by Toyota

(The Guardian) Athletics: Inside the mind of an Olympic athlete one week before the games
Tom Bosworth was ready for Tokyo 2020. Then the pandemic struck and he caught coronavirus. This is how he got himself to the starting line

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo 2020: Five reasons why the women's 100m will light up Olympics
Sprint events are one of the highlights at any Olympics

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: /public/running

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Tokyo 2021 Olympics 200m sprint event: what time is the race and can Dina Asher-Smith win for Team GB?
Plus: breaking down Briton's key rivals and her form so far this season

(BBC) Athletics: Olympic Games: 'Gang life nearly killed me - sprinting was my way out'
To a generation of athletics fans, Darren Campbell was the face of British sprinting

(Balls.IE) Athletics: German Pulls No Punches With Criticism Of English Athletics Meeting

(RT) Drugs in Sport: Record-holding British medal hope ‘could be banned from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after cocaine is found in in-competition sample’

(WA) Athletics; World Athletics approves the applications of 20 Russians to compete internationally as neutral athletes

(Xinhuanet) Drugs in Sport: Kenyan Olympic sprinter Kishoiyan banned for 4 years for nandrolone

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: The Bowerman: 2021 Women’s Finalists

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(RRW) Athletics: Boston Marathon To Welcome Back 13 Previous Champions
In addition, organizers unveiled a revised prize money and course record bonus structure which will award $50,000 to the race winners --including those competing in the wheelchair divisions-- for setting new course records

(Footwear News) Athletics:Marathons Are Back: Why Races Are Key for Brands Looking to Extend the COVID-19 Running Boom

Athletics: Registration now open for LIVE Run to EMPower on October 2
The organizers at Run Ottawa are ecstatic to announce that registration is now open for its first live in-person race in more than 16 months. Run to EMpower is set to take place October 2, 2021 at the Experimental Farm
The race, which was originally named Émilie’s Run, has been held annually since 2005

(RRW) Athletics: USATF Championships Return to Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile
The one-time fall edition of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday, September 12, in Washington, D.C., will incorporate the USATF 10 Mile Championships presented by Toyota, event organizers and USA Track & Field announced

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Finally, Timothy Cheruiyot gets the nod for Tokyo Olympics
* Simotwo, from Kenya Defence Forces, clocked 3 minutes and 33.02 seconds to win, beating Etyang to second place in 3:33.12 as the two athletes claimed the first two automatic places in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
* Abel Kipsang settled third in 3:34.36 as Cheruiyot came in fourth in 3:34.62

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Gateshead DL2 - Kate Grace Still On A Roll
In 4 races since the OT Kate Grace has 3 PRs: 1:57.60/1:57.36/1:57.20 in the 800, and now a world-leading 4:27.20 mile

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Keely Hodgkinson: "I’m going to go for it and hopefully I’ll walk away with some metalwork"
The British 800m champion is on the cusp of making her Olympic debut after a whirlwind six months culminated in victory at the Olympic trials. Tokyo 2020 caught up with Team GB’s rising star to talk about her record-breaking year and hopes for the Olympic Games

(Runner's World) Athletics:Allyson Felix and Athleta Create a Childcare Fund to Support Athletes Who Are Mothers
So far, nine athletes have been named grant recipients and will receive $10,000 each

9BBC) Athletics: Katarina Johnson-Thompson short of best at British Grand Prix but 'improving every week'
(The Guardian) Katarina Johnson-Thompson focused on Olympic Games after modest return
Johnson-Thompson finishes eighth in long jump - ‘I have three weeks to get in the best shape for Tokyo’
(The Telegraph) Katarina Johnson-Thompson struggles in latest warm-up event ahead of Tokyo Olympics
The world champion returned to action in Gateshead this evening and was well below her best

DyeStat) Athletics: NCAA Long Jump Champion, Olympian Moving On From Collegiate System

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(RRW) Athletics: Spanish And Meet Record For Katir At Gateshead Diamond League
Spaniard Mohamed Katir closed out today's Müller Grand Prix at Gateshead International Arena in England with a fast 3000m, taking down both the Spanish record of 7:29.34 set by Isaac Viciosa back in 1998 and the meeting record of 7:29.70+ by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie in 1999

(CBC) Athletics: De Grasse 4th for 2nd straight Diamond League 100m race leading into Olympics
Pre-Games favourite Trayvon Bromell posts 6th win in 7 races this season

(Outside ONline) Women in Sport: The Testosterone Debate Won’t End With Caster Semenya
After two more star runners have been excluded by World Athletics’ policy, the governing body will have to reap what it has sown
(NY Times) The Clock Ticks on Caster Semenya’s Olympic Career
Whether or not she qualifies for the Tokyo Games, the South African runner will have provoked an important debate about who should compete in women’s sports.

(GearJunkie) Athletics: ASICS Launches NFT ‘Digital Footwear’ at Auction This Week
ASICS is announcing the first-of-its-kind ASICS Sunrise Red NFT Collection, not online or in stores, but via digital auction

(Irish Times) Athletics: Athletes more likely than non-athletes to have irregular heartbeats
Risk of atrial fibrillation was 2.46 times higher among athletes than non-athletes

(The Scotsman) Athletics: Jake Wightman aiming to break 38-year-old Scottish 1,500m record in final Tokyo tune-up
Edinburgh’s Jake Wightman plans to ensure he goes flying towards Tokyo with a high-speed victory in his final tune-up in Gateshead tonight

Athletics: Shoe Review: The North Face Flight VECTIV
The most unique feature of this trail shoe is the 3D carbon-fiber plate built into the sole

(TexAgs) Athletics: T&F Report: Olympian Athing Mu says Texas A&M is home away from home

(ITV) Athletics: London Marathon and Parkrun events to start again as Covid restrictions ease

(Miami Herlad) Olympics: Tokyo Olympics should be delayed again, but it’s too late. Why? Too much money at stake | Opinion

(David Epstein) Drugs in Sport: Wait, Weed Makes You Faster??

(The Morning Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 167 with Amby Burfoot
"One day we had a bad basketball practice. The coach was pissed off at us. He literally made us run the cross-country course as punishment. I was the worst player on the JV basketball team but I came back first when we had to run 3 miles in cross country and I just said, ‘Hey, maybe I should switch sports instead of fighting to be bad.’ And so I switched to running and running seemed to be a place where an obsessive personality and an infinite amount of work payed some benefits—and it did for me. I don’t think it’s quite as important now as I did 50 years ago but there’s no replacement for hard work, is there?”"

(The Star) Athletics: Kinyamal faces acid test in today's Diamond League in Gateshead
* Kinyamal will be up against American d trio of Clayton Murphy, Bryce Hoppel and Isaiah Harris alongside Daniel Rowden of Great Britain and Jeffrey Riseley of Australia
* Michael Kibet spearheads a three-pronged Kenyan attack in the men's 3000m alongside Vincent Kibet and Jacob Krop

( Athletics: Reebok Boston Track Club’s Justyn Knight takes ‘unrealistic goals’ to Olympics
Knight will run the 5K in Tokyo, an event in which he's the second-fastest North American runner of all time

9Slate) Drugs in Sport: Drug Tests Are Ensnaring Too Many Clean Athletes

(Ocean Breeze) Athletics: Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Announces 2021–22 Calendar

(The Star) Athletics: "My record speaks for itself," Kemboi says of decision to quit the track
* Kemboi says his win in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin stands out for him to date
* Kemboi won four world titles and two Olympics titles in addition to a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia
* Kemboi plans to establish an athletics academy to nurture young, talented runners

(BBC) Athletics: Diamond League: Katarina Johnson-Thompson back at British Grand Prix after injury
Katarina Johnson-Thompson says her recovery from an Achilles injury has "been a long, tough road" but that she's "fully fit and ready to go."

Diamond League London/Gateshead - UK
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(NY Times*) Drugs in Sport: Science Doesn’t Support Idea That Marijuana Aids Athletes’ Performance
Contradictory data, contested claims and highly speculative research seem to be behind the Olympic ban on cannabinoids.

(CBC) Athletics: De Grasse gets final test against Olympic-calibre field ahead of Tokyo
re-race favourite Trayvon Bromell has won five of six races this season

(DAI Sport) Athletics: Jake Heyward Looking To Shine Like A Diamond In Final Outing Before Tokyo

(RunnerSpace) Athletics: Pre Classic Starting Hot With Sha'Carri Richardson
The 46th Prefontaine Classic, member of the Wanda Diamond League of international track & field meets, will be held August 20-21 at Hayward Field.

(Nairobi News) Athletics: Standard Chartered marathon set for comeback

(Cycling News) Drugs in Sport: UAE Team Head of Medicine defends Tour de France leader Pogacar’s stance on anti-doping controls
Analysing the reasons for the 22 year old's outstanding performances

(Japan Running News) Athletics: Kobayashi Breaks Collegiate Women's 10000 m Record - Hokuren Distance Challenge Abashiri Highlights

(Spain's News) Drugs in Sport: Eufemiano Fuentes hints that he doped Fermín Cacho and projects suspicion on the medals of Barcelona’92
Eufemiano Fuentes, a sports doctor who for much of his professional career worked for the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, cycling teams and football clubs, revealed that athlete Fermín Cacho, winner of the gold medal in Barcelona’92 In the 1,500-meter test, he treated him with “what was available at the time” to supposedly improve his performance

(Outside Online) Athletics: Abdi Abdirahman Doesn’t Care About Age
The 44-year-old is ready to take on the world’s best marathoners at the Tokyo Olympics

(Mirror) Athletics: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill 'loved the adrenaline, but I don’t miss all the sacrifices'
Former world champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill tells James Moore how she is passing on healthy habits to her children - and how her own fitness regime is very different now compared to her glory days on the track

(BBC) Athletics: What fuels an athlete
The actual diets of marathon world record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei

(Diamond League) Athletics: Gateshead: Five Things To Look Out For
From Johannes Vetter's form to Trayvon Bromell's second Wanda Diamond League appearance in a week, here are five things to keep an eye on in Gateshead this Tuesday

(NY Times*) Athletics: An Olympic Hurdle: Why Is the Decathlon Only for Men?
Chasing opportunity and equality, women are campaigning for their own 10-event competition, rather than just the heptathlon, at the Paris Games in 2024

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Katarina Johnson-Thompson focused on Olympic podium despite 'tough road' back from ruptured Achilles
The world champion, who returns to action in Gateshead this Tuesday, had not spoken in detail about the injury suffered in December

(Globe and Mail) Health and Fitness: As we return to the gym, will ‘muscle memory’ kick in?

(NBC) Athletics: Is the Olympic men’s 100m up for grabs? Diamond League preview, TV schedule

(WA) Athletics: Falck's two moments in time
Today (11) we celebrate two moments in time for the German middle distance runner Hildegard Falck in the heat of Stuttgart and under the memorable glass roof of Munich’s Olympic Stadium, both which made athletics history

(TIME) Athletics: The Olympic Refugee Team Was Created to Offer Hope. Some Athletes Are Running Away From It

(People) Athletics: Olympic Runner Ajeé Wilson's Tokyo Prep: Beyoncé, Acupuncture, and, Yes, Even Takeout
"Balance, in my life and especially in training, is really important," the Team USA middle-distance runner tells PEOPLE

(NBC5) Athletics: Vermont family grateful for 'unbelievable' support for Tokyo-bound athlete
Signs of encouragement for runner Elle Purrier St. Pierre are popping up all over Vermont’s Franklin County

(LiveMomentous) Athletics: Going the Distance: Molly Seidel’s Marathon Journey

(NY Post) Drugs in Sport: WADA fires back at AOC over Sha’Carri Richardson dope ban

(CBC) Women in Sport: Misconduct allegations spur calls for universities to cut ties with running club
U of O, Carleton contracting out sports programs to Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club

(Inside the Games) Triathlon: World Triathlon ups Championship Series Rankings prize money to $750,000 for 2021 and $1 million for 2022
The 2021 prize money will be distributed after the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals in Edmonton

(EAA) Athletics: Italy tops the medal table in Tallinn with a final day gold rush
With four gold medals on the last day of the Tallinn 2021 European Athletics U23 Championships, Italy topped the medal table in the Estonian capital with six gold medals and 13 medals in total

(Eurosport ) Athletics: Tokyo 2020: Colin Jackson says Sha'Carri Richardson let down over marijuana suspension ahead of Olympic Games
The 21-year-old sprinter was left off the USA's athletics team after a month-long ban. "Rules are rules and everybody's got to live with them," said Jackson. "She's managed by people who are knowledgeable, they know what's what. The most important thing for them is to manage her well. It seems she hasn't got the information that was necessary and she wasn't guided correctly."

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(CBC) Athletics: Windsor runners eager to run the Detroit Free Press Marathon in person
Organizers announced the 44th marathon will be a live in-person event this year

(canadian Running Magazine) Athletics: Melissa Bishop-Nriagu wins Sunset Tour 800m
The 2016 Olympian ran a season's best 1:58.36

(BBC) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith pulls out of British Grand Prix in Gateshead
Dina Asher-Smith has withdrawn from Tuesday's British Grand Prix event in Gateshead as a precaution with a tight hamstring

(Jamica Gleaner) Athletics: ‘Not leaving without a medal’
Self-assured Blake makes Olympic vow after 9.95 clocking in Atlanta

(Olympic Channel) Olympics: Tokyo 2020 Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) developed by IOC & IFs
The SSRs determine how any impacts of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case would be managed in competition formats and structures

(Runner's World) Athletics: USATF Changed the Schedule for Distance Races at the Trials. Why Not the Heptathlon?
After Taliyah Brooks collapsed in the intense heat, athletes are still seeking answers

(Yahoo) Drugs in Sport: Sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson Makes First Public Appearance After Olympic Suspension at ESPY Awards

(The Score) Drugs in Sport: USADA pushing to mitigate 'harsh consequences' for marijuana use

(Globe and Mail) Cycling: Ottawa’s Michael Woods earns King of the Mountain honours at Tour de France

(BA) Athletics: Boffey Completes Clean Sweep Of European Age Group 800M Titles

(Stuff NZ) Olympics: Why Tokyo 2021 isn't the most disrupted Olympic Games of all time

(Greek Reporter) Olympics: Will Greece Ever Be Permanent Home to Olympic Games?

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(WA) Athletics: Japan confirms host nation’s team for Olympic Games

(BBC) Athletics: Diamond League Monaco: Shaunae Miller-Uibo beats Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in close women's 200m
Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins women's 200m as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finishes third in close race at Diamond League Monaco

(Tri247) Triathlon: Girl power gives GB an edge: Alex Yee on mixed relay bid and Tokyo course

(Spikes) Athletics: The Gift of Running by Habitam Alemu
Running has been the ladder for my life. Some athletes grow up knowing about Tirunesh, Genzebe, and Haile. They have it on their minds to become runners. But my family did not have a TV or radio, so I didn’t know anything about sport. But running has let me see the world

(Yahoo) Athletics: Cheruiyot puts Olympic disappointment aside to clinch Diamond League win

(BBC) Athletics: Diamond League: Laura Muir records second fastest 800m time by a British woman
Laura Muir recorded the second fastest time by a British woman over 800m as she beat compatriot Jemma Reekie at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco
(Evening Standard) Laura Muir runs second fastest 800m by British woman and sets new Scottish record at Monaco Diamond League

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Ronnie Baker seals surprise 100m victory at Monaco Diamond League
The USA sprinter beat a star-studded field, while there were also wins for Shanieka Ricketts, Karsten Warholm and Shaunae Miller-Uibo on a thrilling night of action

(AI) Athletics: Wouter Hoogkamer interview: The study that named the Nike Vaporfly 4% super shoe
Do different people respond or benefit in various ways to super shoes? Is there an even playing field? Below is the interview with Wouter Hoogkamer who was part of the study that Nike named the Vaporfly 4% after. What other shoes may he be researching next?

(Akron Beacon Journal) Athletics: 'You have to have courage': Clayton Murphy back on track for second Olympic medal bid

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(RRW) Athletics: Kipyegon Runs Spectacular 1500 at Herculis Meeting
Off of an early fast pace, Kenya's Faith Kipyegon kicked to glory today in the 1500m at the Herculis meeting at the Stade Louis II, clocking the fourth-fastest time in history, 3:51.07

(CBC) Athletics: Lovett takes silver, Arop races to bronze, De Grasse 4th in Monaco Diamond League
3-time Olympic medalist De Grasse races in strongest field of his season

(The Guardian) Athletics: The Sha’Carri Richardson discourse shows most fans don’t care about athletes as people
As I came to know in my own NBA career, the reality is most people don’t care what athletes are going through personally. Just do your job, entertain me and keep your issues to yourself

(Yahoo) Athletics: Kenya's Kipchoge hungry for Olympic gold and greatness

(CNN) Olympics 2021: NBC faces 'hell of a challenge' producing Tokyo Games after spectators are barred from competitions

(WA) Athletics: Australia selects 64-strong squad for Tokyo

(Time Magazine) Athletics: Motherhood Could Have Cost Olympian Allyson Felix. She Wouldn't Let It

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 324: Courtney Frerichs – American Record Holder & World Silver Medalist Makes her Second Olympic Team
Courtney Frerichs just made her second Olympic Team as a steeplechaser for Team USA! Courtney trains with the Bowerman Track Club and is a 2017 World Championships Silver Medalist, 2016 Olympian, and the American Record holder in the steeplechase!

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Ireland select 200m runner Leon Reid in athletics squad for Games
Sprinter Leon Reid has been included in the Ireland athletics squad for the Olympic Games in Tokyo

(Inside the Games) Women in Sport: Namibia NOC "grossly disappointed" with World Athletics handling of Masilingi and Mboma cases
Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) President Abner Xoagub has described World Athletics' handling of the Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma case as an "unacceptable invasion" of the two teenagers' privacyS

(Yahoo) Athletics: Why Sha'Carri Richardson could be more valuable to sponsors after her failed drug test

(WA) Athletics: Hassan not ruling out Tokyo treble

(CBC) Athletics: Sha'Carri Richardson is out of the Olympics: Could this be good for her career?
Perdita Felicien talks to Jacqueline Doorey about the controversial sprinter being left off the U.S.A team and what this means for her future

Diamond League Monaco - Monaco
BBC Coverage

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(CBC) Athletics: Canadian runner Marco Arop hopeful of breakthrough in Monaco before Olympic debut
Fresh off 800-metre PB, Pan Am champ 'has not scraped the surface of his abilities'

(Evening Standard) Athletics: Laura Muir ditches Tokyo Olympics double plan to focus on 1500m

(NY Times) Health and Fitness: Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19
Some people recovering from a coronavirus infection had an elevated heart rate for months, according to a new study.

(Ottawa Citizen) Athletics: Egan: Pembroke's Madeleine Kelly to run alongside idol at Tokyo Olympics
Remarkably, in a country of 38 million souls, Canada will have two runners who grew up 35 kilometres apart compete in the same event — the kid chasing the mentor

(NBC) Athletics: Monaco Diamond League full of Olympic previews; TV, live stream schedule

(Kelowna Now) Athletics: UBCO coach representing Canada in women's marathon category at the Olympics
Malindi Elmore, 41, is a mother of two, an avid runner and UBCO’s cross country running coach

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Clayton Murphy - Flip it to Motivation
Carrie chats with Olympian Clayton Murphy! They talk all about the Olympic trials, the Olympics, the ups and downs of his fairly young professional career, his love story with his wife (Olympian Ariana Murphy), his podcast called Track Boys Podcast, and so much more!

(AW) Athletics: Jake Wightman and Sifan Hassan ready to go the extra mile in Gateshead
Wightman takes on Elliot Giles in the Emsley Carr Mile while Hassan is favourite in the Millicent Fawcett Mile at the Diamond League on July 13

(Sporting News) Olympics: Doctors request cancellation of 2021 Olympics as COVID-19 spikes in Tokyo

(Yahoo) Olympics: Olympian Gabby Thomas says Black boycott of games ‘really hurts’

(Sweat Science on Outside Online) Athletics: The Misunderstood Science of Exercising on Sunny Days
To figure out how your body will respond in hot conditions, consider your “physiological equivalent temperature”

(The Star) Athletics: Chepkosgei dreams of replicating Jelimo's successes in 800m
* Chepkosgei will be debuting at the international arena and hopes to excite home fans with a medal in the women's 800m during the World Under-20
* She describes Pamela Jelimo as her role model and wants to emulate her successes
* However, Chepkosgei plans to intensify training so she can shave off at least two seconds from her time

AW) Athletics: Paula Radcliffe supports the Young Sporting Wonders
Distance running legend and triathlete Alistair Brownlee chat to budding journalists about their life in sport

(The Star) Athletics: Delight, optimism as athletics synthetic track finally laid in KU
* The synthetic track was initially designated as a warm-up area for athletes competing at World Athletics Under 20 Championship on August 17-22 at Moi Stadium, Kasarani
* The track will be useful in enhancing physical education, which is one of the courses offered by Kenyatta University
* The track has been laid by Spanish-based Mondo Track and Field engineers

(BBC) Women in Sport: Namibian teens vow to fight Olympics testosterone ban
Namibian track and field stars Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi - both aged 18 - have turned in four of the top five women's 400m times in the world this year

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(CBC) Women in Sport: Rules governing Olympic runners send a disturbing message to female athletes, especially those who are Black
World Athletics regulation created in toxic place where sexism and racism overlap

(Yahoo) Women in Sport: An Olympic Athlete Speaks Out on the Participation of Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports

(WA) Athletics: Top-quality clashes abound in Monaco

(ESPN) Drugs in Sport: How Sha'Carri Richardson's path to the 2021 Olympics came to an end
Richardson's name was missing from the 130-person roster USA Track and Field released on Tuesday. This ended any chance Richardson, 21, had of racing in Tokyo after she tested positive for marijuana at the U.S. trials. Her 30-day suspension would have ended before the start of the relays on Aug. 5, which allowed the possibility she could be part of the team
(Sporting News) Excluding sprint star Sha'Carri Richardson from U.S. Olympic relay team is a dopey decision

(Reuters) Women in Sport: Rules for intersex athletes similar to apartheid, says Cameroon minister-counsellor Women in Sport: Suspend the International Olympic Committee's transgender policy

(CBC) Athletics: In the evolution of Andre De Grasse, joy — and success — in running fast is the constant
Ready to rise to biggest occasion because that's the only way he's known how

(WA) Athletics: Jamaica names team for Tokyo

(Independent IE) Athletics: Dublin marathon falls victim to Covid-19 for second year running citing ‘too many unknowns’

(WA) Athletics: USA announces team of 130 for Tokyo Olympics

(CBC) Drugs in Sport: Suspension of Sha'Carri Richardson reignites Olympic banned substance debate
Bring It In panel discusses sprinter's suspension for cannabis

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Team GB's next athletics stars? 11 names hoping for big things at Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Taking a look at the leading British athletes making their Olympic debuts in Japan and what makes them so special

(The Guardian) Athletics: Sha’Carri Richardson left off US relay team, dashing last hope for Olympics
Richardson not chosen for relay team, USTAF confirms - American star tested positive for marijuana at US trials

(The Independent) Women in Sport: Laurel Hubbard: Petition against transgender athletes at the Olympics gathers 21,000 signatures
The IOC policy specifies conditions under which those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category

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(CBC) Athletics: De Grasse rules track in Hungary, sprints to 2nd 200-metre victory in 5 days
Clocks 19.97 seconds to beat American Kenny Bednarek, Toronto's Aaron Brown

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Akani Simbine sets new African 100m record at Gyulai István Memorial meet in Hungary
The South African ran 9.84 seconds to take one hundredth off the previous mark set in 2006 by Olusoji Fasub

(AllAfrica) Women in Sport: Namibia Calls Out World Athletics
World Athletics acted with negligence and insensitivity after inexplicably breaking a confidentiality agreement with the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) and Athletics Namibia over the handling of the Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma case

(VeloNews) Cycling: Why Tadej Pogacar won’t share his power data
Some question the yellow jersey's dominance but Pogacar and team point out that luck and legs have been on his side

(The Guardian) Athletics: Usain Bolt: ‘I would have run under 9.5 seconds with super spikes’
The Jamaican legend on the importance of Black Lives Matter, his 800m challenge and lessons of parenthood

(CBC) Athletics: Julie-Anne Staehli of Lucknow, Ont., set to take on world stage in Tokyo Olympics
Staehli was named to Canada's Olympic team Saturday to compete in Women's 5000m race

(France24) Athletics: Fans urged to stay away from Olympic marathon over virus fears

(Mashable) Drugs in Sport: The Olympics need to change
The suspension of Sha'Carri Richardson is just the tip of the iceberg

(AK Alaska Public Media) Athletics: ‘Stop running!’: How this black bear diverted an Anchorage marathon
The Mayor’s Marathon in Anchorage last weekend included some of the typical elements along its 26.2 miles: There were the runners, of course. The cheering onlookers. The mosquitos

(Boilermaker) Athletics: No Vaccination, No Participation
In Utica, NY, organizers of the Boilermaker 15K announced details of the 2021 race to be held October 10. The race was postponed from the traditional second Sunday in July. The 15K will have a cap of 12,000 runners, and the accompanying 5K a cap of 4,000

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Tokyo Games still weigh limits on fans – if any fans at all

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Fans urged to stay away from Olympic marathon over virus
* "In view of the current Covid-19 situation, it will be necessary to reduce the risk of infection by restricting the movement of members of the public. It has therefore been decided to ask the public to refrain from spectating along the course," organisers said in a statement

(ASllAfrica) Women in Sport: Heartbreak for Teen Sprinters... Mboma, Masilingi Removal Sparks Mixed Reactions
Namibia's three-time Olympian and chairperson of the country's Athletes Commission, Gaby Ahrens, says the withdrawal of sprinters Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi from the 400m list of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by World Athletics should not be viewed as a racial attack on the personae of African athletes

(The Guardian) Cycling:Tour de France: Geraint Thomas to ride on through pain with Olympics in mind
Welshman considered quitting race due to injury and fatigue - After Tokyo Games, Welshman hopes to ride on until Paris 2024

(National Review) Women in Sport: Women’s Sports Are under Attack
Laurel Hubbard’s Olympic qualification was a clarifying moment. Here’s how we got there

(The Telegraph) Athletics: UK Athletics reveal suspension of Toni Minichiello, former coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill, after coaching breach
UK Athletics confirmed an investigation is ongoing after number of complaints made against the BBC athletics pundit

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(The Guardian) Athletics:Toni Minichiello suspended and under investigation, says UK Athletics
Suspension comes to light after Minichiello seen coaching - He coached Jessica Ennis-Hill to gold at London 2012

(Washington Times) Triathlon: Being the ‘epitome of hard work’ helped Knibb qualify for U.S. Olympic team
District native is youngest woman to make the U.S. squad

(CBC) Athletics:Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko barred 6 years for whereabouts failures, tampering
2017 world silver medallist admits trying to deceive Athletics Integrity Unit

(WA) Athletics: Bromell, De Grasse, Mihambo and Johnson-Thompson set for Gateshead

(Toni Reavis) Drugs in Sport: Sha’Carri
There has always been a tension between the rules makers and rules breakers, a tension whose roots lie deep in the Garden of Eden beneath the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Doesn’t everything?

(Citizen Digital) Drugs in Sport: Ghost of anti-doping rules haunt Kenyan athletes ahead of Olympics
* Kenya’s listing among category A of countries with high doping risk is once again proving to be a hurdle for some Kenyan athletes whenever a major championship beckons.
* Countries ranked in Category A under the World Athletics watch list have much tougher obligations to meet prior to a World Athletics Championships and the Olympic Games

(Daily Mail) Athletics: 'I don't look at myself as an old man... I want to win the gold!': Team USA's Abdi Abdirahman opens up on running the Olympic marathon at the age of 43, escaping war-torn Somalia and training with 'comedian' and close friend Mo Farah
* Abdi Abdirahman, 43, will become Team USA's oldest Olympic marathon runner
* The athlete's story began when his large family fled Somalia due to the civil war
* Abdirahman's first ever serious run came in 1999 - a year before Sydney 2000
* The Somali-born runner competed in Sydney and Tokyo is now his fifth Olympics
* The 43-year-old is a training partner and close friend to Team GB's Sir Mo Farah

(Wa) Athletics: Olympic legend Juantorena’s ‘Running for the Revolution’ released

(The Namibian) Women in Sport: Outrage grows over race exclusion
Amid growing anger and outrage on social media, the Namibian government has thrown its full weight behind Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, and called on World Athletics and the International Olympic Committee to reinstate them in the women's 400 m for the Tokyo Olympic Games

(Keeping Track) Drugs in Sport: Alysia Montaño and Molly Huddle Talk Anti-Doping

(Women's Running) Athletics: Like a Boss: Emma Coburn Knows What Really Matters
Determined, fit as ever, and with a renewed purpose, Olympic medalist and world champion steeplechaser Emma Coburn has her own road map and vision of success

(Inside the Games0 Women in Sport: Rising stars Mboma and Masilingi to miss Olympic 400m over World Athletics testosterone rules
Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, who ran the fastest women's 400 metres time of the year on Wednesday (June 30), will not be allowed to compete over the distance at the Olympics because of World Athletics' rules on testosterone levels

(Stuff NZ) Athletics: Nick Willis opens up on his dramatic Olympic qualification: 'I thought I had blown it'

(BBC) Athletics: Katarina Johnson-Thompson to return from injury at British Grand Prix
Katarina Johnson-Thompson will step up her return from injury at the British Grand Prix, where she will compete in the long jump on 13 July

(NY Times) Drugs in Sport: Sha’Carri Richardson and Her Now Uncertain Path to the Olympics
Richardson has a magnetic combination of speed and charisma. But her use of marijuana before an event has jeopardized her chance to compete in Tokyo

(Slate) Drugs in Sport: AOC Calls on Anti-Doping Agency to Reverse Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension

(Daily Mail) Women in Sport: Backlash to transgender Kiwi weightlifter grows with 21,000 signing petition calling for her to be pulled from Olympic team – as 96 per cent of Daily Mail readers say Laurel Hubbard has an unfair advantage
* Laurel Hubbard, 43, will represent in New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics
* Public feel 'betrayed' by her inclusion and many have called for her to step down
* Weightlifter transitioned from a man to a woman at the age of 35 in 2012
* Her selection has split opinion with some claiming she has an unfair advantage
* Schoolmates at Saint Kentigern Boys in Auckland remember her as a loner
* As Gavin, Hubbard excelled academically but struggled to make friends
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(Bicycline Magazine) Cycling: Is the Race for Yellow Over? And More Rest Day Takeaways From the Tour
Pogacar’s dominance, Cavendish’s resurgence, and other news you might have missed

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kiyeng, Rotich warm up for Olympics with victories in Stockholm
* Cheruiyot took command from 1,200m to push all the way to victory in 3:32.30, beating Ignacio Fontes, who stormed to a personal best 3:33.27 for second.
* Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi clocked sa eason’s best 3:33.53 for third. Rotich finished second behind Michael Saruni at the Kenyan trials to make it to Tokyo Olympics

(The Telegraph) Athletics:Team GB's next athletics stars? 11 names hoping for big things at Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Taking a look at the leading British athletes making their Olympic debuts in Japan and what makes them so special

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(BBC) Athletics: Stockholm Diamond League: Keely Hodgkinson and Elliot Giles set personal bests
Teenager Keely Hodgkinson is now third in the British 800m all-time list after an impressive display at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm

(CBC) Athletics: Canada's Arop runs personal best, finishes 2nd in 800m at Diamond League Stockholm
Edmonton native ran event in 1 minute, 44 seconds

(CNN) Women in Sport: A transgender weightlifter's Olympic dream has sparked an existential debate about what it means to be female

(Daily Nation) Drugs in Sport: Kenyan hurdler to miss Tokyo Olympics
* If Etiang fails to make it, then Cheruiyot will grab the ticket to the Tokyo Summer Games
* Similar anti-doping rules saw Michael Kibet and Daniel Simiu miss out on 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships, despite finishing first and second during the national trials.
* However, the duo alongside Samuel Chebolei will fly the country's flag in 5,000m at Tokyo Olympics Games

(RRW) Athletics: Hall, Chelanga Take USA 10-K Titles At AJC Peachtree Road Race
Just after the sun rose in Atlanta on an unusually cool July morning, Sara Hall (Asics) and Sam Chelanga (U.S. Army) claimed the USA Track & Field 10-K road running titles at the 51st AJC Peachtree Road race in 31:41 and 28:43, respectively
(USATF) Hall, Chelanga kick to victory at the USATF 10 km Championships presented by Toyota
(AJC) AJC Peachtree Road Race makes ‘subdued,’ safer return

Athletics: Runners Return to the Roads in Coronado
Dillion Breen, Jessica Tonn win Crown City Classic 12k races; 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers Steven Martinez and Erin Menefee place first overall in the 5k; Event marks San Diego’s first road race in over 16 months

(WA) Athletics: Stars ready to put on a pre-Tokyo show in Stockholm

(Kyodo News) Olympics: 40% of Tokyo Olympics' sessions could be staged without spectators

Diamond League Stockholm - Sweden
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree 10K - Atlanta, GA
USATF 10 km Championships - Atlanta, GA

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(Globe and Mail) Athletics: ‘Resilience’ is catchphrase for Canada’s Tokyo Olympic track and field team

(3Wire Sports) Drugs in Sport: Context and empathy, please: Richardson very unlikely to run at all in Tokyo

(Cycling Weekly) Drugs in Sport: Widespread use of legal performance-enhancing 'Maurten' hydrogel in peloton a 'small revolution for endurance sport'
The product, apparently used by 40 per cent of teams in the peloton, doubles the amount of carbohydrate able to be ingested without the gastric discomfort

(NY Times) Drugs in Sport: Why Marijuana Can Disqualify a Runner From the Olympics
The World Anti-Doping Agency has said that marijuana "can be performance enhancing and -could pose risks to athletes and violates "the spirit of sport."

(Citizen SA) Drugs in Sport: Simon Magakwe banned for seven years for doping
In 2014, Magakwe became the first South African to dip under 10 seconds in the 100m sprint

(CBC) Athletics: 57 athletes nominated to Canada's Olympic track & field team
33 women, 24 men named to Tokyo 2020 squad

(Balls.IE) Drugs in Sport: Sha’Carri Richardson's Cannabis Ban Raises Difficult Questions About Drugs In Sport

(USATF) Athletics: Rupp, Tuliamuk will tune up for Olympic Games at the USATF 10 km Championships presented by Toyota

(AW) Athletics: Trayvon Bromell heads strong men’s 100m line-up in Gateshead
US Olympic trials winner faces Andre De Grasse, Fred Kerley, Adam Gemili, CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod at the Diamond League on July 13

(Reuters) At5hletics: Benjamin cancels European trip, Warholm clash off

(Mirror) Drugs in Sport: America's fastest woman Sha’Carri Richardson fails drugs test and faces Olympic ban
Richardson tested positive for marijuana, which was banned by the World Anti Doping Agency at the start of this year, and now looks set to miss out on this summer's Olympic Games

(BBC) Athletics: Eilish McColgan: Record is reward for 'gritty determination' after injury - Radcliffe
ilish McColgan's "phenomenal" British 5,000m record is reward for her "gritty determination" in an injury-dogged career, says Paula Radcliffe

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Young Cherotich one to watch out for over 5000m
* Kenya names team on Saturday as curtain falls on championship
* Athlete sets sights on U-20 women’s 5,000m title after destroying opponents in Kenyan trials

(Sporting News) Drugs in Sport: Patrick Mahomes, sports world unite to support Sha'Carri Richardson: 'Just let her run!'

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(Yahoo) Drugs in Sport: Nike Stands by American Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson After She Fails Drug Test
Sha'Carri Richardson Speaks Out After Positive Marijuana Test: 'This Will Never Happen Again'

(BBC) Women in Sport: Sport Africa: Testosterone - a running issue
Some African athletes face a battle to be allowed to compete. But how fair is it - and how might their presence shape future competitions?
'Athletics needs a third category' - Wambui
Kenya's 800m Olympic medallist Margaret Wambui says World Athletics should introduce a new category for athletes like her, who have different sexual development, or DSD

(BBC) Women in Sport: Namibian teenagers out of Olympic 400m over testosterone levels
Namibian teenager Christine Mboma - who broke the 30-year-old world 400m Under-20s record on Wednesday - is out of the event at the Olympics after being found to have naturally-occurring testosterone levels beyond those specified by World Athletics

(Prensa Latina) Drugs in Sport: Brazilian discus thrower suspended for doping

(Diamond League) Athletics: Stockholm: Five Things To Look Out For
From the return of Diamond League legend Valerie Adams to a sizzling long jump double bill, here's what to look out for at the fifth Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Stockholm this Sunday

(CNBC) Olympics: Tokyo Olympics should go ahead as there’s no ‘huge risk,’ World Athletics President says

(BA) Athletics: Trayvon Bromell Leads World-Class 100M Line-Up At The Müller British Grand Prix
* US champion will race Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse on 13th July
* Brits Adam Gemili, CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod also compete
* Gateshead is hosting its second Wanda Diamond League event of 2021

(NY Times) Drugs in Sport: An Abortion, a Missed Drug Test and Altered Records Add Up to Trouble
Brianna McNeal said she didn’t open her door to antidoping officials because she was traumatized after having an abortion. On Friday, a court upheld her five-year suspension

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Cherotich, Jeptoo hope to follow in Chebet's footsteps
* Cherotich and Jeptoo got the node when they prevailed on Friday during the ongoing Kenyan trials at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani

(The Telegraph) Drugs in Sport: Sha'Carri Richardson could miss Tokyo Olympics 100m race after 'testing positive for cannabis'
Plus: Analysis on what Richardson's potential absence means for the Games

(NBC) Women in Sport: Top 400m sprinters ruled ineligible due to testosterone rule, officials say

(BBC) Athletics: Eilish McColgan: Scot breaks 17-year British record in women's 5,000m
The "proud mama" said it best about her daughter's record-breaking run: "Oh my days we knew it was on!"

(Jamaica Gleaner) Drugs in Sport: American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson fails drug test, could miss Olympics
American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson looks set to miss the Olympic Games after her US Olympic Trials performance was disqualified because she tested positive for a prohibited substance

(RRW) Athletics: Fast Distance Races Highlight 55th Bislett Games
On a night which will mostly be remembered for a home-country world record in the 400 meter hurdles by Karsten Warholm (46.70), the distance athletes also put on a great show at the 55th Bislett Games in Oslo, the fourth stop of the 2021 Wanda Diamond League

(LeTour) Cycling: Cavendish remains unbeaten in Châteauroux
Mark Cavendish won the bunch gallop in Châteauroux for the third time after 2008 and 2011, beating Jasper Philipsen and Nacer Bouhanni on the line just like in Fougères on stage 4. It’s his 32nd stage win at the Tour de France. Mathieu van der Poel retained the Maillot Jaune

(Namibian) Women in Sport: Mboma, Masilingi withdrawn from Olympics 400m
This suggests that they did not meet the World Athletics eligibility regulations for female classification that apply to running events from 400m to the mile and that their testosterone levels are too high

(CBC) Athletics: Andre DeGrasse storms to victory at Oslo Diamond League
Aaron Brown comes second to give Canada 1-2 finish in men's 200 metre

(BBC) Athletics: Karsten Warholm breaks Kevin Young's 29-year-old 400m hurdles world record
(The Guardian) ‘It’s older than me’: Warholm breaks 29-year-old 400m hurdles world record
Norwegian beats Kevin Young’s mark in front of Oslo fans - Eilish McColgan smashes Radcliffe’s British record in 5,000m

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(Emirate News Agency) Athletics: Nike announced as technical sponsor of 2021 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

(NBC) Athletics: Kenenisa Bekele left off Ethiopia Olympic team again

(The New Daily) Women in Sport: Caster Semenya vows to continue her fight against 800m ban

(ESW) Athletics: The Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Marathon returns this November
Another chance to earn a place at 2022 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships

(Times of India) Women in Sport: Discus-thrower Kamalpreet Kaur 'disturbed mentally' by Seema ..

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain's athletics medal hopes & long shots
Five years ago, an 80-strong GB athletics team returned from Rio with seven medals

(CBC) Athletics: Forged in friendship, Olympic hopefuls Seccafien, Van Buskirk ready to share track in Oslo
Experienced Canadian runners support one another in difficult year ahead of Games

(Tri247) Triathlon: Alistair Brownlee had “three months of hell” before Tokyo 2020 bid

(The Telegraph) Women in Sport: London Marathon criticised for pregnancy deferral policy
Jess Welborn said: 'I’m effectively having this once in a lifetime opportunity taken away from me because I’m pregnant'

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kiplagat, Kirui eye World U-20 slots at Kasarani
* Athletics Kenya is using the event as a dry run ahead of the World Under-20 Championships which shall be held at the same venue on August 17-22.
* Kiplagat won the race during the World U-20 pre-trials three weeks ago in Kapsabet, Nandi County
Muthoni, Chepng'etich light up Kasarani trials
* Muthoni, who is based in Japan, romped home with the fastest qualifying time of eight minutes and 56.29 seconds during the race at the Moi International Sports Centre.
* Muthoni beat Zena Jemutai from North Rift in 9:01.67 as Naomi Cheptoo settled from Central Rift came in third in 9:04.98 to also qualify for the fina

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Heather MacLean - Holy Moly… We’re Going to the Olympics!
Carrie chats with 2020 Olympian Heather MacLean! They talk about her races at the trials, being away from her family who couldn’t attend the Trials, struggling with feeling like she belongs, being grateful, not being afraid to ask for support, and so much more!

(CBC) Athletics: Canadian runner Ben Flanagan doesn't regret decisions in failed Olympic pursuit
Believes Oregon race offered better chance to qualify for Tokyo than national trials

(The Guardian) Cycling: Tadej Pogacar dominates time trial to strike major Tour de France blow
Tour’s defending champion surges to stage five win - Mathieu van der Poel stays in yellow by eight seconds

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Namibia’s Mboma sets world under-20 400m record of 48.54sec at Irena Szewinska Memorial meeting
Eighteen-year-old Namibian Christine Mboma produced a startling performance at tonight’s Irena Szewinska Memorial meeting in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz as she won the women’s 400 metres by half the length of the finishing straight in 48.54sec - a world under-20 record and the fastest run so far this year

(The Star) Athletics: AK warn athletes over age ahead of World U-20 Trials
* Athletes will be required to provide original copies of birth certificates in addition to baptismal certificates, IDs and passports
* Every document provided by the athletes will be scrutinised and compared to earlier information on age and names provided to AK
* Close to 500 junior athletes to battle for a ticket to the August 17-22 World Under-20 at Moi Stadium, Kasarani

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Caster Semenya fails to meet 5000m qualifying standard; will miss Tokyo 2020
The South African was making one final attempt to clock a 15:10 or lower, but instead crossed the finish line in 15:50 at a meet in Liege, Belgium. The race came after the Olympic deadline.

Diamond League Oslo - Norway
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