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Category: World Athletics Championships

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Dina Asher-Smith’s brilliance fails to hide low British medal haul

• Five medals is lowest world championship total since 2005• We should do better, says athletics performance directorDespite a week in which Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson hit the very highest notes, the British team have left these wor…

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Allyson Felix wins record 13th World Athletics Championships gold in Doha

American runners win men’s and women’s 4x400m relaysNia Ali’s personal best secures gold in the 100m hurdlesUSA finish top of medal table after three golds on final dayThe United States showed off the speed and depth of their squad to win three gold me…

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Sebastian Coe admits he has not read report which led to Alberto Salazar’s ban

• Coe defends the sport’s approach to catching drug cheats• IAAF president also cautions criticism of Sifan HassanSebastian Coe says he has not yet read the report that led to Alberto Salazar being banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency – b…

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Sebastian Coe admits he has not read report which led to Alberto Salazar’s ban

• Coe defends the sport’s approach to catching drug cheats• IAAF president also cautions criticism of Sifan HassanSebastian Coe says he has not yet read the report that led to Alberto Salazar being banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency – b…

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World Athletics Championships: final day – live!

Follow live as hurdles, javelin and more make for packed finale in Doha Asher-Smith hurtles to historic treble as GB win relay silverEmail Daniel or tweet him 6.05pm BST Bang! 6.02pm BST The men warm up for the 10,000m, which sounds a bit odd, given ho…

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The Observer view on the World Athletics Championships: a sport in crisis | Observer editorial

Golden moments on the track can’t disguise a deeply flawed event in DohaMajor sports events tend to follow the same, inviolable narrative. In the build-up, the projections are universally doom-laden. Media reports focus on the dubious circumstances und…

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Hawkins misses out on marathon medal after late surge falls short in Doha heat

Hawkins finished fourth, as he did at London worlds in 2017Lelisa Desisa took gold for Ethiopia in a time 2:10.40Callum Hawkins, the Scottish marathon runner who prepared for the brutal heat of Doha by training in his garden shed stacked with heaters f…

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Dina Asher-Smith hurtles to historic treble as GB win relay silver in Doha

• Sprinter is first Briton to win three world championship medals• GB men and women teams each take second place in 4x100mDina Asher-Smith put one last dollop of icing on her stunning week in Doha by winning another silver medal in the 4x100m relay – a…

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Sifan Hassan wins 1500m under Alberto Salazar cloud with Laura Muir fifth

• Hassan runs sixth fastest 1500m time in history• Muir: ‘I think there is a cloud. There’s no avoiding that’Laura Muir believes that Sifan Hassan’s extraordinary 1500m gold medal is tainted because of the Dutch athlete’s association with the banned co…

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Dina Asher-Smith: schoolgirl star who made it to the top of the world

At the age of seven, she was faster than her teachers. Old friends tell why the British sprint sensation is a grown-up version of her young selfIt’s hard to pick out detail from the grainy footage, but it’s clear from the commentary that something odd …

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World Athletics Championships 2019: day nine – live!

Women’s 1,500m and 5,00m finals, plus 4x100m relaysBarney Ronay: Coe on Salazar, a very British hypocrisyAnd feel free to email Will or tweet him @Will_Unwin 6.25pm BST We have the the men’s 4x400m relays next up. Heat one will include Great Britain. I…

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British runners not sharing Jenny Simpson’s stance on Alberto Salazar

Neil Gourley unconcerned by Nike Oregon Project runnersSimpson: ‘Anyone shocked isn’t involved in the sport’Not even in the halcyon days of British middle-distance running did three men from the UK reach the same world championship 1500m final. But on …

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Callum Hawkins relying on shedloads of preparation for Doha marathon

• Scot trained on treadmill in his shed with stacks of Aldi heaters• ‘I’ve run well in heat in the past. It’s about who prepared best’The last time Callum Hawkins tried to win a marathon gold medal he went viral – with the images of him collapsing with…

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Sebastian Coe’s stance on Salazar displays a very British hypocrisy | Barney Ronay

The response of the IAAF president and the athletics commentariat to the doping ban of Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah’s former coach, is little short of nauseatingSay what you like about British hypocrisy. It’s still the best hypocrisy in the world. This is…

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World Athletics Championships 2019: day eight – live!

Rolling coverage of the action in Doha, with six golds to be wonJohnson-Thompson ‘tore everything up’ to win heptathlonEmail Tumaini with any thoughts or tweet @tumcarayol 6.11pm BST Timothy Cheruiyot wins the first men’s 1500 metres in 3:36.53. But wh…

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‘I’ve cried enough to last me a career’: how adversity drove Johnson-Thompson to gold

Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has suffered more than her fair share of injuries and major championships heartbreak but it all came right in Doha to spectacular effectThroughout Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s career she has often seemed the living …

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson on winning world heptathlon gold – video

Katarina Johnson-Thompson won her first World Championship heptathlon gold, breaking the British points record set by Jessica Ennis-Hill at the 2012 Olympics in the process. The 26-year-old, previously without an outdoor medal at this level, won w…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she ‘tore everything up’ to win world title

• Athlete broke British record to win world heptathlon gold • ‘I’ve had a lot of bad years, I’m just so happy I came out in front’Katarina Johnson-Thompson admitted that the twin joys of beating Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record and winning her first…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson breaks British record to win heptathlon gold

• New world champion beats mark set by Jessica Ennis-Hill• Solid displays on second day turned 800m into laps of honourFinally. After so many injuries, heartbreaks, and self-eviscerations, Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the world heptathlon champion. A m…

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Dina Asher-Smith sets sights on being all-time great after Doha 200m triumph

• Sprinter makes Olympics a priority: ‘I want to push myself’• Sebastian Coe says Asher-Smith can be ‘poster child’ for GamesDina Asher-Smith has set her sights on becoming one of the greatest athletes of all time after her stunning 200m world champion…