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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…

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Anti-doping rift deepens as agencies turn on Wada over Russia ‘compromise’

• UK and US agencies among those furious with Wada decision• It sends ‘a message to the world that doping is tolerated’The civil war in global anti-doping has intensified further after the World Anti-Doping Agency was accused by 13 major anti-doping ag…

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A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the Berlin marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec on Sunday but advances in shoe technology, carbohydrate drinks and mindsets may close the gap furtherWhen Eliud Kipchoge woke to a dazzling Monday morning in Berlin he was greeted wi…

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Marathon world record smashed by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin – video

Eliud Kipchoge produced an astonishing run to break the men’s world marathon record in Berlin.The Kenyan clocked two hours, one minute and 39 seconds, beating compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s mark – also set in Berlin in 2014- by one minute and 18 seconds.H…

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Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record by 77 seconds in Berlin

• Kenyan adds record to Olympic gold medal won in Rio• Previous record was set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set a new world marathon record in Berlin on Sunday, shaving more than a minute of the previous best with a dazzling run in t…

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Wada recommends reinstatement of Russian Anti-Doping Agency

• Decision likely to upset many athletes• Wada statement marks U-turn from previous recommendationRussia is set for a dramatic return to the international fold after the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that an organisation that helped over 1,000 o…

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Diane Leather obituary

First woman to run a sub-five-minute mile, who had to wait years for the recognition she meritedDiane Leather, who has died aged 85, was the first woman to run a mile in under five minutes. Her achievement came in 1954, just 23 days after Roger Bannist…

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‘Catastrophe for clean sport’: British athletes oppose Russia’s return

• Letter sent to Wada signed by top Olympic and Paralympic stars• Russia’s potential reinstatement to be discussed next weekBritish athletes have sent an unprecedented letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency warning that it will be a “catastrophe for cl…

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Retiring hero Greg Rutherford still driven to prove people wrong | Sean Ingle

Britain’s London 2012 long jump champion once had his achievements branded a fluke but he is now ready to again defy critics of his lofty ambitionsYou know how Greg Rutherford celebrated his first day as a retired athlete? By turning up at the Whitley …

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Mo Farah wins record fifth Great North Run but misses out on personal best

• Farah finished in 59 minutes and 26 seconds• Vivian Cheruiyot takes second women’s titleSir Mo Farah delivered a dominant performance to claim a record-breaking fifth consecutive victory in the Great North Run on the South Shields seafront on Sunday….

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Mo Farah wins record fifth Great North Run but misses out on personal best

• Farah finished in 59 minutes and 26 seconds• Vivian Cheruiyot takes second women’s titleSir Mo Farah delivered a dominant performance to claim a record-breaking fifth consecutive victory in the Great North Run on the South Shields seafront on Sunday….

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Mo Farah wins record fifth Great North Run but misses out on personal best

• Farah finished in 59 minutes and 26 seconds• Vivian Cheruiyot takes second women’s titleSir Mo Farah delivered a dominant performance to claim a record-breaking fifth consecutive victory in the Great North Run on the South Shields seafront on Sunday….

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World 800m bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett tests positive for EPO

• Bett beat Kyle Langford at 2017 world championships• 20-year-old is awaiting tests on B sampleKipyegon Bett, Kenya’s world 800 metres bronze medallist, has tested positive for banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO), Athletics Kenya (AK) officials …

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IAAF vice-president Sergey Bubka cleared of making suspicious payment

• AIU says payment to former IAAF treasurer did not breach rules• Valentin Balakhnichev banned from athletics for life in 2016Sergey Bubka, the IAAF senior vice-president, has been cleared of making a suspicious money transfer. Related: Tiger Woods and…

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Reece Prescod’s gloss finish suggests he can be a real force in Tokyo

• Briton leaves impression on American sprinters• ‘He’s a really good finisher,’ says Noah LylesIt was possible to get odds of 40-1 with one leading bookmaker on Sunday for Reece Prescod to win 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics, which will sound extraord…

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Reece Prescod’s late surge fractionally short of catching Christian Coleman

• Briton loses 100m at Birmingham Grand Prix by 0.001sec• Matthew Hudson-Smith fails in 400m British record attemptUnder gunmetal skies Britain’s Reece Prescod fired a shot that will surely be heard around the sprinting world. This time, however, he wa…

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Tired Dina Asher?Smith falls just short to Shaunae Miller-Uibo in Birmingham

• Toll of European Championships tells in Grand Prix 200m• Asher?Smith second behind Bahamian Miller-UiboSo now we know: Dina Asher?Smith is human after all. As usual Britain’s brightest track star gave her all at the Birmingham Grand Prix but the effe…

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Dina Asher-Smith happy to be role model after European Championships

Asher-Smith faces her toughest test this summer in the 200m in Birmingham against the world silver-medallist Marie-Josée Ta LouOne small measure of how Dina Asher-Smith has catapulted into the mainstream came at her local Costa on Friday morning, when …

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Sprinting needs another hero and Noah Lyles of the US puts up his hand | Sean Ingle

American prospect will be on a British track for the first time in Birmingham on Friday evening and contesting the 100 metresThe king is dead. Long live the king? With Usain Bolt retired, athletics needs a new sprint hero. The brilliant young Ame…