Krivoshapka losing 2013 World medals
MOSCOW (RUS): Five Russian athletes including 400m specialist Antonina Krivoshapka have all been handed two year suspensions after retroactively testing positive for turinabol, informs Sport Express. Krivoshapka is banned until September 2018 and will lose all of her results from 11 August 2012 to 10 August 2014, including her bronze medal from the individual 400m and her gold medal from the 4x400m from the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Shot putter Evgeniya Kolodko has already been stripped of her silver medal from the 2012 Olympics and looks set to lose all of her results from 6 August 2012 to 5 August 2014, including her silver medal from the 2013 European Indoor Championships and is banned until July 2018. Pole vaulter Dmitry Starodubtsev, discus thrower Vera Ganeeva and hammer thrower Anna Bulgakova have also been handed two years bans after failing retests with Ganeeva set to lose her gold medal from the 2013 World University Games. The All-Russia Athletics Federation said in a statement that all five had "voluntarily admitted a violation of anti-doping rules" after their failed retests had been confirmed.
LONDON MARATHON NEWS
LONDON (GBR): "I think what I can say if the weather will be fine for us, also all of us cooperate, we can run the best time," said three-time TCS New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya, the fastest woman in the field with a 2:18:37 personal best. She continued: "I don't know about the world record, but we will run the best time." She replied to the possibility to attack Paula Radcliffe´s all-women's world record of 2:17:42. From RRW. Organizers said that the women's pacemakers are targeting a 69-minute first half.
LONDON (GBR): Bedan Karoki has admitted making the switch from the track to the marathon has been “tough” but has said he has prepared well ahead of his debut in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs The Star. “Training has been tough. Making the switch from 10,000m to half marathon and now full marathon is not easy but am psyched up and leave everything else to God. I have been focusing on speed work and getting the endurance right for the event. It’s a huge event but I have prepared well. I know a good performance there will change my life forever,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot isn’t targeting a specific time on her London Marathon debut on Sunday, informs RunBlogRun. ”In London I want to run for the experience and to run my best. I don't want to say that I will run a particular time because it is my first marathon and I want to run without pressure,” she said.
LONDON (GBR): Former world half marathon record-holder Florence Kiplagat said Jemima Sumgong testing positive for EPO “really embarrasses the sport,” informs insidethegames.biz
. "For me it really embarrasses the sport. I am really ashamed. I am ashamed because we are losing top athletes like that,” she said. Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba won a bronze medal behind Sumgong in Rio last summer and said it was difficult to learn the winner might have been taking banned substances. “It falls very hard on me to know that the Olympic marathon champion may have doped,” she said. The result of Sumgong’s B-sample is still not yet known.
LONDON (GBR): Spain’s Javier Guerra is aiming to improve his lifetime best of 2:09:33 and beat his coach Antonio Serrano’s lifetime best of 2:09:13 in the London Marathon, informs MARCA. “I know it's a demanding record but I've trained well these last few weeks and I think I'm in a position to fight for it. I already know the course and this is a very important point. It’s important because that will allow me to manage the effort better,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Switzerland’s Maja Neuenschwander is looking to break the 2:30-barrier in the London Marathon, informs Swiss Athletics. "The training sessions have gone according to plan and I feel ready for Sunday," she said. Neuenschwander’s lifetime best of 2:26:49 dates back to the 2015 Berlin Marathon.
MOSCOW (RUS): World 110m hurdles champion Sergey Shubenkov will perform in the Shanghai Diamond League on 13 May, informs organisers. Shubenkov was initially not having a lane as all were given but the Russian has since been added to the line-up.
EUGENE (USA): A lane has been left open for Devon Allen in the 110m hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, informs the Register Guard. Allen injured his knee in a collegiate football match in September but he is back in training and set to open his season on 5 May at the Oregon Twilight meeting. “Obviously if he’s not in shape to run against the world’s best, it’s not in his interest or our interest to have him in there. But if he’s anywhere close to where he was last year, then yes, he’s the headliner,” said meet director Tom Jordan.
EUGENE (USA): Kara Winger has been added to the women’s javelin line-up for the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, informs Oregon Live. Winger is fourth on the world rankings with a 64.80m season’s best and faces a field including Olympic champion Sara Kolak and world record-holder Barbora Spotakova.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): Olympic silver medallist Luvo Manyonga has said he wants to become the first person in history to jump over nine metres in the long jump, informs the Independent Online. “I want to be first first person to jump over nine metres, if you can see what I am now, it shows there is something in my legs,” he said.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): Simon Magakwe will continue his comeback from a two-year doping suspension at the South African Championships this weekend, informs Sunday World. Magawke set a national record of 9.98 in 2014 but was handed a suspension in 2015 after missing three out-of-competition drug tests. "I am back to reclaim what was taken from me. I have never been beaten on South African soil and I don't see that happening soon,” he said.
AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA): Olympic 200 m medalist Christoiph Lemaitre is forced to withdraw from IAAF World Relays in Nassau after his injury during Easter Weekend at La Reunion. He was planned to be part of both 4x100 m and 4x200 m of France. He is expected to be back to competition in June.
MONTPELLIER (FRA): Top Austrian decathlete Dominik Distelberger plans 3 decathlons this year. The top home meet Gotzis, World Championships and most probably Talence as fall decathlon to have 3 scores into IAAF CE Challenge. He is currently in training camp in Montpellier, France with coach Herwig Grunsteidl as they prepare for their 13th season as coach and athlete. Specialists recently helping him are Gerhard Mayer with discus and Elisabeth Eberl with javelin. In the group also German Kai Kazmirek, fourth placer from Rio Olympic decathlon.
FRANKFURT (GER): General Logistics Systems (GLS) and German Athletics Federation (DLV) are new partners. GLS (logistics company) becomes main sponsor of the federation and so will be on the starting bibs at DLV events.
KYIV (UKR): World sprint legend Valeriy Borzov published his second book “Great sprint in dream and in reality” available in Russian language only. “That is not an autobiographical opus, but rather a methodical guide for young athletes, coaches, athletics experts. I am one of the first who has written all the truth about sports proceedings from my own experience. I would describe the motto of this book as “read, think and then do”. The key word here is ‘think’!” Borzov told reporters. This book started new Ukrainian series named “The legacy”.
MOSCOW (RUS): Agent Olga Nazarova said that participation of reigning high jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene (Kuchina) is confirmed for Hengelo on June 11. “We almost finished our negotiations with meeting management in Opole (Poland) on June 4 for Mariya,” Nazarova told Rusathletics.com. The source also informed that pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova is confirmed to Rome DL, when her teammate Olga Mullina is on the waiting list for this event.
LONDON (GBR): Jessica Ennis-Hill has formally been made a dame during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The 31-year-old, from Sheffield, has received the honour for her services to athletics. Informs the BBC.
LAWRENCE (USA): Field events held on the streets of Lawrence, food trucks and fireworks are just a few of the exciting activities that are set to take place in conjunction with the Kansas Relays later this week. The 90th edition of the meet is taking place at the Jayhawks' state-of-the-art track facility at Rock Chalk Park, April 19-22. Street Pole Vault will be held on Thursday and Downtown Shot Put on Friday.
ST. LOUIS (USA): Competitor Group, operators of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, announced an expanded relationship with Michelob ULTRA as the new title sponsor of the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Half Marathon. The competition will be held on October 14-15.
NEW ORLEANS (USA): Future NCAA championship sites for cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III were announced by the organization until 2022. Indoor first division will be held in College Station 2018, Birmingham 2019 and 2022, Albuquerque 2020 and Fayetteville 2021. The 2018 edition will be one week after World Indoors in Birmingham on March 9-10. Outdoor first division will be held in Eugene in all years from 2017 to 2021 in early June date, usually second weekend.
LIMA (PER): The Panamerican U20 Championships will be held this year in Trujillo, Peru from July 21 to 23.
AL KUWAIT (KUW, Apr 18): At Kuweit National Championships new national record and Arab record in the 110 m hurdles by Abdulaziz Al-Mandeel with 13.39 (-0.1). Fast also second Yacoub Mohamed Al-Yoha with personal best 13.48 which equals the former national record (13.48 by Fayaz Al-Shammari in 2012). Informs Heinrich Hubbeling.
ALGER (ALG, Apr 15): Yasser Triki (20) improved in long jump to 793 cm.
NANCHANG (CHN, Apr 19): At Chinese U18 Championships to note in girls long jump Gong Luying 635 (-0.2) personal best. From Tilastopaja.
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