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Athlete Gabriele Grunewald dies at 32 from cancer

• Runner continued to train and race for decade after diagnosis• Athlete was the US champion over 3,000m indoors in 2014The American runner Gabriele Grunewald has died at the age of 32 from cancer.Grunewald lived with the disease for a decade and conti…

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Athlete Gabriele Grunewald dies at 32 from cancer

• Runner continued to train and race for decade after diagnosis• Athlete was the US champion over 3,000m indoors in 2014The American runner Gabriele Grunewald has died at the age of 32 from cancer.Grunewald lived with the disease for a decade and conti…

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Caster Semenya calls on IAAF to focus on doping after return victory

• Athlete has appealed ruling to approve IAAF testosterone limit• Runner battling to defend 800m title at World ChampionshipsCaster Semenya has told the International Association of Athletics Federations to focus on catching dopers after her first race…

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‘I’ll never take drugs’: Caster Semenya tells IAAF to focus on dopers ‘not us’ – video

Caster Semenya has urged athletic’s governing body to drop its pursuit of female runners with high testosterone levels and instead focus on catching dope cheats. Speaking after winning a 2000m race on the outskirts of Paris, the South African made…

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‘It’s humiliating for us’: village disowns Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete

Country’s fastest sprinter praised for courage, but family and locals say they cannot accept a gay relationship Supporters of India’s first openly gay athlete fear for her safety after her decision to come out prompted a backlash in her home village.Lo…

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Caster Semenya free to run 800m with no medication as Swiss court floors IAAF

• Swiss court tells IAAF to suspend testosterone regulations• Olympic champion can compete without medication to 25 JuneCaster Semenya is once again free to run the 800m without having to take medication – at least for the time being – after the Swiss …

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Pressure mounts on IAAF as criticism of Caster Semenya ruling grows

• Women’s sport organisations say rules are ‘discriminatory’• Semenya to appeal against testosterone limit for female athletesThree global organisations that promote women’s sport have written to athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, to say its rules fo…

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Olympian Eilish McColgan’s medals stolen from Manchester home

Runner says she is ‘upset and angry’ about break-in and has urged public to be on lookout for itemsBurglars have stolen medals and commemorative jewellery from the London 2012 Games belonging to the British Olympian Eilish McColgan, she has said.The ru…

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‘The IAAF will not drug me or stop me being who I am’: Semenya appeals against Cas ruling

• South African files appeal to Swiss supreme court• ‘I am a woman and I am a world-class athlete’Caster Semenya has filed an appeal to the federal supreme court of Switzerland challenging the recent ruling against her by the court of arbitration for s…

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Jessica Ennis-Hill calls for end to sponsors’ pressure over pregnancy

• Ennis-Hill: ‘I was worried they would tear up my contracts’• Heptathlon champion wants funding for mothers guaranteedJessica Ennis-Hill has warned that women feel under pressure not to have children during their sporting careers because they fear the…

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Mo Farah calls time on track return and targets 2020 Olympic marathon

• Briton concedes he may never run a track race again• Farah beat Andy Butchart in Vitality London 10kmMo Farah has conceded he will almost certainly never run a track race again and said his sights are now firmly on running the Olympic marathon in Tok…

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The 10,000-hour rule for sporting success is a myth, so let kids dabble | Sean Ingle

A new book blows out of the water the theory that the key to sport success is relentless practice and focus from an early ageThis column comes from the sleepy Austrian town of Götzis, where Katarina Johnson-Thompson has obliterated a world-class heptat…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson smashes her personal best to win heptathlon

• Johnson-Thompson wins in Götzis by 337 points• Briton says: ‘It gives me so much confidence’After two days of exhilarating competition in the world’s most prestigious heptathlon event, Katarina Johnson-Thompson tumbled across the line in the 800m bef…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson storms past heptathlon field on Götzis day one

• Johnson-Thompson 4,034pts, Williams 3,857, Bougard 3,809• Brilliant 1.95m high jump establishes thumping leadAfter the confession, the procession. On the eve of the prestigious Hypo-Meeting here, Katarina Johnson-Thompson revealed that she suffered f…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ‘I don’t know what it’ll take not to feel like an impostor’

Despite recent success, the athlete returns to Götzis determined to improve and reach her potential as the journey to Tokyo 2020 beginsKatarina Johnson-Thompson may be the best British female athlete in any sport. Yet remind of her the fact she has won…

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Paris Saint-Germain president faces corruption inquiry

Nasser al-Khelaifi suspected of paying $3.5m to IAAF chief to help Qatar land world eventThe president of Paris Saint-Germain football club, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption, a French judicial official sa…

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BeIN Sports chief in World Athletics Championships corruption inquiry

• French authorities suspect he paid bribes for Doha bid• Yousef Al-Obaidly denies wrongdoing in statementThe director general of the Qatari television group BeIN is under investigation for corruption by the French authorities, who suspect he paid brib…

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Sprinter Dutee Chand becomes India’s first openly gay athlete

Runner reveals she is in relationship with woman from her village in Odisha stateIndian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the country’s first openly gay athlete.Chand, 23, told the Indian Express she was in a…

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Athletics South Africa to appeal against Caster Semenya ruling

South African sports ministry confirm challenge to rulingClaim made two of three judges in case were ‘conflicted’South Africa’s track federation will appeal against the recent Caster Semenya ruling, the country’s sports ministry has confirmed.The gover…

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‘Superman dive’ at finishing line gives Infinite Tucker dramatic win in 400m hurdles – video

University track star Infinite Tucker clinched victory in the 400m hurdles by performing a ‘Superman dive’ over the finishing line during an athletics meeting in Arkansas.Tucker, who attends Texas A&M, played down his dramatic victory over teammate…