Gay Positive, Powell, Simpson plus three other Jamaicans Positive, by Alfons Juck, EME News, Dark Day in our sport, by Larry Eder

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Sunday mornings are supposed to be fairly relaxed for me. Make coffee, read Sunday Financial Times, catch up on stories and emails. 

I was looking at my iphone when I saw a forwarded note from Jill Geer. It noted a statement on Tyson Gay by Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field. The statement gave me just enough information to know that something bad had happened. 

I googled Tyson Gay and had seven stories on my feed from NY Times, ESPN, ABC, Guardian UK. The Guardian story was the first. 

All said the same. Tyson Gay admitted he had been notified that he had a positive test on an out of competition test from May 16. 

Then Tyson Gay did something unusual. He did not make an excuses. He did not blame anyone. He said that he would take responsibility for his actions and take his punishment like a man. 

One hour later, we knew that Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were among the six Jamaican athletes who had positive tests announced today. 

I understand that USADA is doing what it is supposed to do. I expect drug positives to make tons of excuses. So far, Tyson Gay has been one of the few, if not the only one who has noted that he would take his punishment like a man. 

I am sick to my stomach. 


 

GAY POSITIVE

AMSTERDAM (NED): World leader and double US champion Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance (not specified yet) and confirms he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. Agencies are informing. Gay admitted he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that a sample came back positive from an out-of-competition test May 16. He says he will have his „B" sample tested soon. „I don't have a sabotage story. I basically put my trust in someone and was let down. I don't have any lies. I don't have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA's hands, someone playing games. I don't have any of those stories. I will take whatever punishment I get like a man. I do realize and respect what I put in my body and it is my responsibility," he was quoted by the AP. If confirmed Mike Rodgers and Wallace Spearmon will be added from fourth places to the individual US rosters for 100 m and 200 m. Interestingly even when his world lead 9.75 from US National will most probably be canceled, he will still remain world leader with his 9.86 achieved on May 4 in Kingston, that is before the positive test.

 

JAMAICANS POSITIVE

KINGTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that five Jamaicans have been tested positive for banned substances. The five - two field event athletes and three runners - returned the adverse findings following the tests conducted at the National Trials that were held from June 20-23 at the National Stadium. The two sprinters are Olympic gold medallists. Later it was confirmed they are Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell. Gleaner sources say the sprinters might have ingested the banned substance from a new dietary supplement recently introduced to their training camp. It is understood that one of the athletes had done extensive research on the supplement before taking it, and is now considering legal action against the supplier. Some sources are mentioning also Nesta Carter, but this is not confirmed. Later Gleaner informed that the field eventers should be discus thrower Travis Smikle and high jumper Demar Robinson. Olympic 2008 medalist Sherone Simpson in her statement confirmed she is among this group, the same former world record holder at the 100 m Asafa Powell. Jamaica Observer writes in latest development that the paper has been reliably informed that an associate of Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson was in the last two hours detained by the Italian police and his room searched at the MVP base in Italy. Observer sources said that the trainer is being questioned based on the fact that both athletes tested positive for banned substances they ingested from supplements he provided, without any declaration that illegal stimulants might have been in them. The Canadian recently started working with the athletes and was allegedly brought in to help Powell get over a rash of injuries he has suffered the last few seasons. Writes Jamaica Observer.

 

SIMPSON AND POWELL STATEMENT´S

ATLANTA (USA): Statements from both Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell. „This is a very difficult time for me. I was notified on July 14, 2013 that my urine sample taken at the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals returned a positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine). As an athlete, I know i am responsible for whatever that goes into my body. I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system. I want to sincerely say to my family (especially my parents, grandparents and siblings), Paul Doyle (agent), MVP track club, follow athletes, former sponsors and the rest of Jamaica that l am deeply sorry for any hurt or embarrassment this positive test may of caused. Thanks to all who have been supporting me,I really appreciate it at this time. My team and I will try to do everything we can to get this issue dealt with as best as we can." says Simpson. Later also Powell confirmed he was notified: „I will confirm that a sample I gave at the National Trials in June earlier this year has returned "adverse findings". The substance oxilophrine (methylsynephrine) was found, which is considered by the authorities to be a banned stimulant. I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. I am not now--nor have I ever been--a cheat. My team has launched an internal investigation and we are cooperating with the relevant agencies and law enforcement authorities to discover how the substance got in my system. I assure you that we will find out how this substance passed our rigorous internal checks and balances and design systems to make sure it never happens again. My attitude towards doping regulations and testing is well-known and I willingly give samples whenever requested. This result has left me completely devastated in many respects. Professionally, this finding fully negates any possibility of me being apart of Jamaica's contingent of athletes competing at World Championships in Moscow later this summer. Personally, however, this result comes at a greater cost. I write this statement knowing fully that my family, friends, fans and country will be disappointed at this latest development. I am reeling from this genuinely surprising result. I am confident, however, that I will come out stronger and wiser and better prepared to deal with the many twists and turns of being a professional athlete. I accept the consequences that come with this finding --after all there is only one Asafa Powell. My fault here however is not cheating but instead not being more vigilant. I want to reiterate that in my entire career as an athlete I have never sought to enhance my performance with any substance. It is not apart of who I am or what I believe in. I wish to thank all the people who have so far reached out to us to offer support and this experience has reminded me of how blessed and lucky I am to be able to do what I love for a living."


FAST 200 M: EKELEUND 22.91 AND O´HARA 20.63

DONETSK (UKR, Jul 14): World youth Championships in Ukraine ended with fireworks in the 200 m. Swedish Irene Ekelund ran an incredible 22.91 (-0.1) meet record and national junior record. Her time was eight ever-fastest youth in the world and third in Europe. Only by 0.1 she missed national senior record. Second Angela Tenorio of Ecuador 23.13 national senior record and third place for 100 m winner Ariana Washington from USA 23.20. Jamaican 200 m winner Michael O'Hara in 20.63 WYL (-1.0) ahead of Brazilian Vitor Hugo Dos Santos 20.67 PB and third place for Cuban Reynier Mena20.79. Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha clocked 7:53.56 to win the 3000 m ahead of Kenyans Vedic Kipkoech 7:55.60 and Alexander Munyao 7:56.80 PB. Rosefline Chepngetich won gold for Kenyan as expected in girls 2000 m steeple 6:14.60 over her compatriot and World Junior Champion Daisy Jepkemei in 6:15.12 PB and bronze to Weynshet Ansa from Ethiopia 6:30.05. Iceland super talent Anita Hinkriksdottir clocked impressive 2:01.13 meet record in the girls 800 m ahead of Ethiopian Dureti Edao 2:03.25 PB and US Raevyn Rogers 2:03.32 PB. One of the stars of the event Robert Biwott from Kenya confirmed his position with excellent meet record 3:36.77 at the 1500 m in an amazing solo race. USA were impressive in girls medley relay an excellent 2:05.15 WYL in front of a surprise from British Virgin Islands 2:07.40 and Japan 2:07.61. Jamaica won boys medley relay in all-time youth best1:49.23 WYB beating USA 1:50.14 and Japan 1:50.52. Briton Harry Coppell with 525 won the pole vault. Romanian Florentina Marincu got after triple also the long jump with 642 (+0.3) and triple bronze winner US Keturah Orji was second 639 (-1.2) PB. Slovenian surprise win in boys javelin as Matija Muhar achieved in first throw 78.84 NYR beating Hungarian Norbert Rivasz-Toth 78.27 and Spanish Pablo Bugallo 76.63 NYR. Jamaica topped the medal rankings 6-0-2 ahead of Kenya 4-3-4 and Ethiopia 3-3-2, top European country Russia as 7th 2-5-0 and in total 37 countries won medals.

 

BRITISH EUROPEAN U23 4X100 M RECORD

TAMPERE (FIN, Jul 14): Russia ended as top nation at the European U23 Championships in Finland, topping the medals 9-7-5 (ahead of Great Britain 5-7-3 and Germany 5-6-6, 31 countries won medals) and points 207 (Germany 184, Britain 156, 37 countries within top 8). British relay 4x100 m with Tobias, Talbot, Walker-Khan and Gemili clocked new European U23 record 38.77. In high quality race second Poland 38.81, third Spain 38.87, fourth Germany 38.88 and fifth Czech Republick 39.23 with national records for the category. Another top mark of the day was new championships record for Serbian Amela Terzic 4:05.69 in the 1500 m (also senior NR) beating German favorite Corinna Harrer 4:07.71 and Briton Laura Muir 4:08.19. German girls achieved 43.29 meet record in the 4x100 m over Great Britain 43.83 and Italy 43.86. In the 4x400 m relays wins for Russia 3:04.63 and Poland 3:29.74 (Russia only 5th). British World junior champion Katharina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon 6215. Turkish olympic medalist at 1500 m Gamze Bulut in her first competition of the year won the 5000 m in 15:45.03 PB (only her second known race at this distance). German Lena Malkus was the best in the long jump (676, +2.0), Latvian Lina Muze in javelin (58.61) and German Anna Ruh in discus (61.45). On the men side Belgian Pieter-Jan Hannes topped the 1500 m (3:43.83) and Spanish Abdelaziz Merzoughi the steeple 8:34.64 (Bulgarian Tsenov disqualified). Dutch Douwe Amels surprisingly won the high jump 228 (personal best in first attempt) over Russian favorite Daniil Tsyplakov 228 in third attempt. Anton Ivakin cleared 560 in second attempt over Robert Sobera from Poland 560 in third. Aleksey Fyodorov won the triple 17.15 (+0.1).

 

LAVILLENIE 595 WL EQ

PARIS (FRA, Jul 14): Renaud Lavillenie equaled his own world lead 595 in first attempt during last day of French Championships. He then tried at 605 three times. Christophe Lemaitre won the 200 m in 20.34 (-0.1, Jimmy Vicaut was not running). Top shape confirmed by Thomas Martinot-Lagarde with 13.30 (+1.2) over the hurdles and Mickael Hanany 231 in the high jump. Mame-Ibra Anne won the 400 m (46.05), Hamid Oualich 800 m (1:47.87) and fresh European record holder Mahiedine Mekhissi the steeple 8:46.57. Senegal´s Mamadou Kasse Hann dominated the 400 m hurdles 48.93 ahead of Yoann Decimus 49.52 PB. Salim Sdiri got long jump title 810 (+2.6) ahead of Kafetien Gomis 802 (+1.3). Top women results 22.88 (+0.7) by Myriam Soumare in the 200 m, close 400 m for Floria Gueri 52.05 beating former world champion Amy Mbacke Thiam from Senegal 52.06. Phara Anacharsis topped the 400 m hurdles in 56.07 after PB 55.94 in heats. European champion Eloyse Lesueur won the long jump 649 (+0.5).

 

PSD 54.36, PROCTOR 684, LEVINE 45.23

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jul 14): Last day of Sainsbury British Championships and World Trials saw the power of 400 m hurdles women when Perri Shakes-Drayton won in 54.36 over Eilidh Child 54.90 and Megan Beesley 55.39. Another top female mark for Shara Proctor 684 (+1.7) in the long jump and 12.68 (+0.6) by Tiffany Porter over the hurdles. Anyika Onuora won clearly the 200 m in 22.71 (+2.5, legal 22.96 +0.7 in heats). Christine Ohuruogu after winning her heat 23.30 (+2.9) did not run the final. Other winners Hannah England4:10.99 in the 1500 m, Eilish McColgan 9:56.02 steeple and Stephanie Twell 15:55.01 the 5000 m. Men 200 m had James Ellington as winner in 20.45 (+2.4) ahead of Richard Kilty 20.50 and young Delano Williams 20.58. Nigel Levine clocked second fastest time by an European in 2013 45.23 with Conrad Williams 45.59 and Michael Bingham 45.69 following him. William Sharman topped the hurdles in 13.44 (0.0), Michael Rimmer the 800 m 1:47.79 and Andy Vernon13:43.17 the 5000 m. Robbie Grabarz cleared 228 in the high jump and Brett Morse 62.05 in discus.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

ABIDJAN (CIV): Lassana Palenfo has been re-elected as the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) - for what he says will be his last four-year term in office - at the body's General Assembly in Abidjan. Having served in the role since 2005, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) member secured the position at the top of ANOCA after running unopposed in his nation's economic capital city.

 

NAIROBI (KEN): From top names missing at Kenyan Trials were World 800 m record holder David Rudisha, double world champion, Vivian Cheruiyot (5,000m and 10,000m), silver medalist Sally Kipyego former world champion, Alfred Kirwa. Rudisha, Kirwa and Kipyego are nursing injuries while Cheruiyot is expecting her first baby later this year. Cheruiyot said the 5000m and 10 000 m teams are good and only need to focus on training. "The teams are ok. I wish they could have allowed Joyce Chepkirui in the 10,000m competition as she is strong," said Cheruiyot. Other casualties were Olympic 2008 winner Brimin Kipruto, Richard Mateelong in steeple, Timothy Kitum the olympic bronze winner in the 800 m and women 5000 m silver winner Sylvia Kibet. Kenya Moscow Worlds Team - men - 200m: Mike Mokamba, 800m: Anthony Chemut, Ferguson Rotich, Jeremiah Mutai, 1500m: Silas Kiplagat, Asbel Kiprop, Nixon Chepseba, Bethwell Birgen, 5000m: Isaiah Kiplangat, Thomas Longosiwa, Edwin Soi, John Kipkoech, 10 000m: Bedan Karoki, Paul Tanui, Kenneth Kiprop, 3000msteeple: Conseslus Kipruto, Abel Kiprop, Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Kipsiele Koech, 4x400 m relay: Alphas Kishoiyan, Moses Kertich, Boniface Mweresa, Mike Mokamba, Vincent Koskei, marathon: Bernard Koech, Bernard Kipyego, Mike Kipyego, Peter Some, Nicholas Kipkemboi, javelin: Julius Yego. Women - 400m: Maureen Jelagat, 800m: Eunice Sum, Janeth Jepkosgei, Winny Chebet, 1500m: Hellen Obiri, Faith Chepng'etich, Nancy Jebet Langat, 5000m: Mercy Cherono, Viola Kibiwott, Margaret Wangare, 10 000m: Gladys Cherono, Emily Chebet, Sally Kaptich Chepyego, 3000m steeple: Milcah Chemos, Lydia Chebet Rotich, Hyvin Kiyeng, Lydia Chepkurui, marathon: Lucy Kabuu, Edna Kiplagat, Agnes Barsosio, Margaret Akai, Eunice Kirwa. Head coach will be Sammy Rono. From Kenyan media.

 

 

 

OTHER RESULTS

 

 

KORTRIJK (BEL, Jul 14): Cuban world leader Pedro Pichardo won at the 16th Guldensporen Meeting the triple with 17.20 (+0.2). Fast sprints by Jamaican Jacques Harvey 10.09 (+0.8) and 20.44 PB (+0.6). Natasha Morrison 11.26 (+1.2) in the 100 m and Rusheen McDonald 45.56 with Christine Day 51.72 at the 400 m scored other Jamaican wins. Heather Kampf of USA posted 2:00.12 PB in the women 800 m, Ty Akins another US win with 13.53 (+0.8) over the hurdles and Joe Stilin third one 7:49.64 PB in the 3000 m. Bahraini Benson Seurei clocked 1:46.18 in the 800 m and Beverly Ramos of Puerto-Rico8:59.90 in the 3000 m.

 

ORVIETO (ITA, Jul 13): Matte Galvan clocked 20.76 (+0.2) in the 200 m here. Hurdler Marzia Caravelli posted 23.38 (-0.2) in women 200 m.

 

BERLIN (GER, Jul 14): Lars Hamann improved at regional championships to 82.72 in the javelin.

 

ORIMATTILA (FIN, Jul 14): Olympic medalist Antti Ruuskanen achieved here his season best 84.05 in the javelin. Tomi Evila leaped to 787 (+1.6) in the long jump.

 

SOPOT (POL, Jul 13):At 16th Sidlo Memorial 2009 World champion Anna Rogowska cleared 440 in the pole vault. Michal Rejmus improved in the long jump to 790 (+1.1).

 

 

 

ROAD RESULTS

 

 

EDINBURGH (GBR, Jul 14): Winners of Great Edinburgh Run at 10 km were Andrew Lemoncello 30:18 and US Jen Rhines 34:22.

 

UTICA (USA, Jul 14): Kenyan winners at the 36th Utica Boilermaker 15 km in New Jersey. Julius Keter 43:55 ahead of Wilson Kiprotich 43.58 on the men side. Lineth Chepkirui topped the women field in 50.33 ahead of Risper Gezabwa 50:38 and Ethiopian Makida Abdela 50:39.

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