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Track coach Jama Aden has been reportedly arrested in Spain on a doping raid, according to Carlos Arribas for El Pais. Aden is responsible for coaching 1500m world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba, Ayanleh Souleiman, and is the former coach of reigning men's 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi.
In February, three of Aden's athletes (Dibaba, Souleiman and Abdalelah Haroun) broke indoor world records in Stockholm in the mile,1k and 500m. Dibaba went on to win the world indoor title in the 3000m, Souleiman finished a disappointing ninth in the 1500m and Haroun earned silver in the 400m.
Dibaba and Souleiman have yet to race this outdoor season.
Former Aden athlete and 2012 World Junior Champion (1500m) Hamza Driouch tested positive in 2012 before being served with a two year ban in 2014. Driouch once claimed he was doped by coach Aden, then retracted his statement shortly after.
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Ethiopian running great Kenenisa Bekele has railed against his "unfair" exclusion from the country's marathon team for the Rio Olympics, adding to the growing discontent at the athletics federation's management. The 34-year-old Bekele, a triple Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion over 5,000 and 10,000m, had been hoping to revive his Olympic career in August over the longer distance.
He won his first outing over the marathon in Paris in 2014, but suffered an Achilles injury that put paid to the 2015 season. After that long lay-off, Bekele made his comeback with a third-placed finish in this year's London marathon after just six weeks training. But it was not enough to sway selectors, who instead picked Tesfaye Abera, Lemi Berhanu and Feyisa Lilesa for the men's team.
"This is not fair," stormed Bekele, also the most successful cross-country runner of all time with six long-course and five short-course titles between 2002 and 2008. "The rules were never announced. They took the marathon times from the last two years back but they didn't let the athletes know of this rule." The president of the Ethiopian athletics federation said Bekele had simply not ticked enough boxes despite his vaunted past.
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A judge has dramatically agreed to release graphic pictures of Reeva Steenkamp's gunshot wounds after her parents begged for the 'world to see' the pain Oscar Pistorius had inflicted on their daughter.
The 29-year-old model was struck in the head, elbow and hip as she cowered behind a toilet door at the runner's house three years ago.
Pistorius shot her with three military-grade Black Talon bullets that are designed to expand upon impact, wreaking devastating damage to the flesh it strikes.
Some of the pictures show her hair matted with blood and severe bruising around her eye which a pathologist said during his trial was caused by the impact of the bullet on her skull.
Judge Thokozile Masipa allowed six crime scene images to be released after Mr and Mrs Steenkamp went through the torturous process of choosing which ones they wanted to be shared with the public.
A source told MailOnline: 'There were scores for them to look at and they bravely chose the ones that showed the horrific impact of her injuries.
'It was a very painful process for them, but they are very anxious that people know exactly what their daughter went through on the night she died.'
MailOnline has chosen to publish some of the pictures, which we have muzzed, but the others are far too graphic to show.
The sensational ruling came during the Paralympian's murder sentencing hearing where he had earlier teetered on his stumps in the courtroom in a desperate last bid for leniency.
The athlete, known as the Blade Runner, looked humiliated when he was asked to remove his prosthetic limbs during the televised hearing which will decide his murder sentence.
There was an awkward moment when Barry Steenkamp was forced to stand to make way for his daughter's killer as he left the dock for the dramatic demonstration.
The spectacle of the one-time sporting superstar's demonstration across the court room prompted a number of family members, fans and members of the public to break down in tears.
His T-shirt wet with sweat and his red eyes filled with tears, Pistorius paused at the side of the court to remove his prosthetic limbs in the full view of the packed court.
Loud sobs echoed around the wood-pannelled room as all eyes watched Pistorius move unsteadily, and much dramatically reduced in height, towards the front of the court.
As he struggled to stand still in front of the judge, and in the glare of live television coverage, a cameraman had to step forward to support him.
His therapist leapt to his aid, guiding him towards the front bench of the court which he clutched to maintain his balance.
Pistorius, 29, appeared so humiliated by the demonstration that he could only stare at the floor, tears flooding down his cheeks, as his lawyer told the court how he did not wish 'to hide behind his fame'.
When the strain became too much, he knelt down on a cushion before wiping his eyes with a tissue passed to him by one of his legal team.
Pistorius's sister Aimee, and his close friend Jenna Edkins, wiped tears from their eyes at the excruciating demonstration of the athlete's vulnerability.
Mr Steenkamp, 72, then had to stand for a second time to allow the wretched Pistorius to return to the sanctuary of the dock where he bent over, his powerful shoulders shaking as he sobbed.source:dailymail
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Most 8-year-olds are blessed with boundless energy, but few are able to channel that energy like New York’s Tam Gavenas.
Tam clocked a new world record for his age at last week’s Kenneth Dolan Memorial Run, finishing the 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes flat.
More impressive than Tam’s time is the fact that the third grader trains just twice a week with the Prospect Park Youth Running Club. He spends the rest of his time on other hobbies like playing chess and musical instruments.
Mary-Lisa Gavenas adopted Tam from Ethiopia just before his third birthday and immediately noticed his natural talent.
“He learned to walk very early,” she told USATF. “If you had seen this kid crawl, it was amazing. I had to jog to chase him down the hall when he was crawling.”
Setting world records is nothing new for Tam. Three years ago, he ran the fastest 800m and 1500m ever recorded for a 5-year-old and he's been collecting accolades ever since.
In 2015, he set new national records in the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay. And earlier this year, Tam was named the USATF Athlete of the Year for his age division.
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Usain Bolt could be stripped of one of his six Olympic titles after Jamaican relay team-mate Nesta Carter was reported to be the latest athlete to retrospectively fail a drugs test from Beijing 2008.
Carter ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m team when Bolt anchored them to a gold medal inside Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium at the Olympic Games where he announced himself as a sprinting superstar.
If Carter is confirmed as a drugs cheat, it would present the devastating possibility of all four men in that team losing their gold medal. The 30-year-old, who has also won three 4x100m World Championship titles alongside superstar Bolt, is thought to have tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexanamine. He has already been notified that his ‘A-sample’ has come back positive but his ‘B-sample,’ an extra urine or blood sample taken at the same time as a safety net, is yet to be opened. It is thoughtit will be done at a laboratory in Switzerland in the next two weeks.
If the B-sample returns positive then Carter, who ran a 9.78sec 100m in 2010, faces sanctions which could include a ban of up to three years and being stripped of medals. It would also leave Bolt, whose world record is 9.58sec, as the only man to have run under 9.79sec who is not tainted by a drugs ban.
source; daily mail
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Is this the unluckiest marathon runner ever?
Mulle Wasihun took a wrong turn during the TCS World 10K, in Bengaluru, India, when he was leading the race. But that wasn’t the end of his misfortune yesterday.
The Ethiopian had just managed to find his way back on to the course when he came across this little guy:
That’s right, a dog started randomly attacking him. Needless to say he did not win the race and finished 9th.
The organisers also basically said they couldn’t have done anything about it.
Replying to a comment about stray animals on Facebook, a TCS World 10K Bengaluru spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately it’s something that we can’t control as race organisers. We have raised it with the relevant authorities.’
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