Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova, who limped home injured and last in her 800 metres heat here at the European Athletics Championships before being disqualified for a lane infringement, was today thanked for her courage by Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, who invited her to attend the forthcoming IAAF Values Commission.
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An unexpected last lunge of a 100 metres victory for home sprinter Churandy Martina provided the first full night of finals at the 23rd European Athletics Championships with a startling climax after a sequence of performances which had seen Belgium’s cancer survivor Thomas van der Plaetsen produce a heroic decathlon win here.
Hammer throwing, for the first time ever, took centre stage at Hayward Field on the seventh day of action at the US Olympic Track and Field trials - and Gwen Berry, who returned from a three-month doping suspension that ended just before the trials, earned a Rio 2016 place behind winner Amber Campbell and third-placed Deanna Price.
Stepanova finishes a lonely and injured last in Amsterdam - but refuses to rule out Rio 2016 appearance
Yuliya Stepanova, already a lonely figure in athletics following her decision to whistleblow details of Russia’s doping activities, finished alone - and a distant last – here in her 800 metres heat at the European Championships.
As the US Olympic Track and Field trials in Eugene, Oregon pause to draw midweek breath, stellar performer Allyson Felix, who plans to double up over 200 and 400m at next month’s Rio Olympics, can reflect upon a task half done.
The focus of attention at the European Athletics Championships, due to get underway here tomorrow, has fallen upon an athlete who is due to run for no country - Yuliya Stepanova, the doping cheat turned whistleblower on Russian doping activities, who is on the list for the 800 metres under a neutral flag.
Hansen praises "bravery" of Stepanova on eve of her participation in European Athletics Championships
Svein-Arne Hansen, President of European Athletics, has praised “the brave statements and actions” of Yulia Stepanova, who will compete here at the European Athletics Championships under a neutral flag.
The US Olympic Track and Field trials, taking place in a sudden death format with only the first three proceeding, produced another piece of agonising drama as two of the leading women’s 800 metres runners - 2013 world bronze medallist Brenda Martinez and 2010 world bronze medallist Alysia Montano - crashed out with 125m to go.
Justin Gatlin and Trayvon Bromell, as expected, filled the first two 100 metres places at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene on a day when Allyson Felix backed up half of her ambition to double up in Rio 2016 by winning her 400m final.
Exclusive: Stepanova should run at Rio 2016 under neutral flag, says British athlete she cheated out of world final place
British athlete Jenny Meadows says Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, who effectively cheated her out of a place in the 800 metres final at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in 2011, should be allowed to compete at next months' Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro under a neutral flag.
Brittney Reese laid down a huge marker for Rio 2016 as she produced a long jump of 7.31 metres, the best seen for 12 years, in winning at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Galen Rupp, already qualified for the Rio 2016 marathon, gave himself a second option as he lived up to his position as favourite in the 10,000 metres at the United States Olympic Track and Field trials in a race which saw the end of 41-year-old Bernard Lagat’s hopes of becoming the oldest ever American runner at the Games.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has praised the “unity” of the Paris 2024 bid, and its state of readiness in terms of potential Olympic venues and sites.
New York’s Maria Michta-Coffey earned her place in the United States Olympics team by winning the 20 kiloemetres walk at Salem, Oregon on the opening day of the US Olympic Track and Field trials.
Hayward Field in Eugene in Oregon is an arena awaiting drama right now as the best of United States’ athletes prepare for the sudden-death phenomenon of the Olympic Track and Field Trials, which are due to start tomorrow.