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Mary Keitany wins her fourth New York Marathon as Lelisa Desisa takes men’s title

Kenyan equals record for most victories in New YorkLate surge by Desisa secures victory over Shura KitataMary Keitany of Kenya has become the second woman to win the New York Marathon four times, beating countrywoman Vivian Cheruiyot to victory by thre…

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Sports quiz of the week: Clásico, Superclásico and gymnastics genius

Who scored for Chelsea? Who lost his job? Who said ‘yes’?What took 26 steps and lasted 9.96 seconds?Simone Biles’s gold medal vault at the World Gymnastics ChampionshipsPaul Pogba’s run-up for his penalty against EvertonOliver Gildart’s dazzl…

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Wada condemned over Russian stance at emergency anti-doping summit

• US warns ‘nothing is off the table’ if Wada does not reform• Wada criticised meeting of athletes and ministers as one-sidedThe World Anti-Doping Agency was accused on Wednesday night of failing clean athletes, being soft on Russian doping and “bullyi…

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Let us simplify this for Sir Craig Reedie: Wada is not doing its job | Marina Hyde

Not surprisingly reinstating Russia to international competition has not gone down particularly well, and the Wada president’s insistence he had no alternative is a laughable responseI am affronted on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency president Cr…

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Let us simplify this for Sir Craig Reedie: Wada is not doing its job | Marina Hyde

Not surprisingly reinstating Russia to international competition has not gone down particularly well, and the Wada president’s insistence he had no alternative is a laughable responseI am affronted on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency president Cr…

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University of Utah athlete Lauren McCluskey shot and killed on campus

Pentathlete and high jumper mourned by teammates and friendsMan identified as former boyfriend found dead on TuesdayA University of Utah athlete was shot and killed on campus on Monday night by her former boyfriend, who was found dead hours later insid…

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Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams

Former quarterback’s stand is a reminder the injustice highlighted by raised fists 50 years ago has not gone awayLast week Colin Kaepernick became one of eight new recipients of the W E B Du Bois Medal, presented by Harvard University to those it consi…

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Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams

Former quarterback’s stand is a reminder the injustice highlighted by raised fists 50 years ago has not gone awayLast week Colin Kaepernick became one of eight new recipients of the W E B Du Bois Medal, presented by Harvard University to those it consi…

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‘Drink a lot of tea’: what can be learned from a Kenyan marathon great | Matt Cleary

Australian Matt Fox wanted to discover how top athletes became so good. He learnt a lot from runners such as Eliud KipchogeIn August of 2017 Matt Fox spent a month in the village of Kaptagat in Kenya training with the greatest marathon runner the world…

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Mo Farah’s coach hints at 2019 track return after Chicago marathon win

• Lough says Farah may consider return at world championships• ‘What he runs at the world championships hasn’t been decided’Mo Farah’s coach, Gary Lough, has hinted that the four-times Olympic champion may consider a surprise return to the track at the…

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Laura Muir: ‘I don’t like taking anything. I don’t even drink coffee’

The middle-distance runner and qualified vet says she would readily be drug-tested every day and believes she can win at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020It is a long way from Tooting to Tokyo but, on an autumnal morning in south-west London, Laura Muir can s…

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Mo Farah wins first marathon title with dramatic victory in Chicago

• Farah burst clear of Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew • British runner sets new European recordMo Farah sprinted away in the final mile to smash the European record and claim victory in the Chicago marathon. As he crossed the line he blew kisses to the cro…

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Mo Farah feels no pressure before his bid to win the Chicago Marathon

Briton believes his old sparring partner Galen Rupp is a ‘different animal’ over the longer distanceOne evening, when Mo Farah was in the Swiss mountains preparing for Chicago marathon, he came across a pack of dogs glaring at him. And then, as he hesi…

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Mo Farah: ‘It is similar to a fight … I am in a good place and I am patient’ | Sean Ingle

The 10-times Olympic and world champion intends to make people fear him again as he builds towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a test against the best in the Chicago MarathonThroughout the long and golden arc of Mo Farah’s track career, when Olympic a…

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How Parkrun’s 13 became five million and changed weekends for ever | Sean Ingle

Parkrun began 14 years ago and has now mushroomed into a heartwarming worldwide success story that is about to register its 5,000,000th runnerOn Wednesday somebody somewhere will become the 5,000,000th person to register for Parkrun. Think about that. …

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Sir Craig Reedie defends Wada’s decision to reinstate Rusada

• Wada president says deal will benefit clean sport• Compromise will allow access to 2,800 samples in MoscowThe World Anti-Doping Agency president has challenged athletes critical of last week’s compromise with Russia to come up with a better alternati…

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How far has fight against doping really come since ‘dirtiest race in history’? | Sean Ingle

Exactly 30 years on from the Seoul Olympics 100m, the ineffectiveness of the anti-doping system remains a concernThirty years ago today, Ben Johnson crouched on his starting blocks before the 100m Olympic final in Seoul, waiting. A gun went off. And he…

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Wada lifts Russia’s three-year doping suspension and faces its biggest crisis

• Russian Anti-Doping Agency controversially reinstated• Move heavily criticised by athletes and anti-doping groupsThe World Anti-Doping Agency is facing the gravest crisis in its 19-year history after it was widely condemned by other members of the an…

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Dame Katherine Grainger warns Wada before move to lift Russia ban

• UK Sport chair unhappy with expected decision• ‘The integrity of sport and competition has to be protected’The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore widespread anger from athletes’ groups and the anti-doping community by lifting the ban on the Ru…

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Wada appears to have complied with Russia – wasn’t it meant to be the other way round? | Marina Hyde

The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore the clamour from outraged athletes and national doping federations and relax its ban on RussiaHas a performance ever felt less enhanced than that of World Anti-Doping Agency? The body notionally responsible…