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post Jan 1 2021, 12:35 PM
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A thread to discuss all things athletics related such as events, debates and news and anything to with the world of athletics in 2021.
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post Jan 10 2021, 05:42 PM
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Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga has been provisionally suspended for three breaches of anti-doping rules in 12 months.

The 30-year-old South African, who has battled drug addiction in the past, could be banned for two years for the whereabouts failures.
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post Jan 10 2021, 05:48 PM
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The Welsh Indoor Championships and Welsh Cross Country Championships will not be held this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Welsh Athletics (WA), the sport's governing body in Wales, normally holds the events in January or February.

But with the country in Level 4 lockdown, WA says it is not feasible to do so in 2021.

The body accepts the decision will be a "disappointment for many athletes in Wales".
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post Jan 15 2021, 12:09 AM
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Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal has been provisionally suspended from athletics after being charged with breaching anti-doping rules.

The American is accused of "tampering within the results management process", the Athletics Integrity Unit said.

McNeal, 29, won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was also world champion three years earlier.

She missed the 2017 World Championships while serving a one-year ban for missing three drug tests.
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post Jan 30 2021, 10:04 PM
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Just been watching the World Indoor Tour at Karlsruhe - I've not watched much indoor athletics before so this was an experience! Some great results for GB with Elliot Giles and of course Dina Asher-Smith.

Was interesting to watch the 400m 'final' which was actually two heats with the fastest time determining the winner, wonder why they've decided to do it like that?
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post Jan 31 2021, 11:49 PM
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QUOTE(PeteFromLeeds @ Jan 30 2021, 11:04 PM) *
Just been watching the World Indoor Tour at Karlsruhe - I've not watched much indoor athletics before so this was an experience! Some great results for GB with Elliot Giles and of course Dina Asher-Smith.

Was interesting to watch the 400m 'final' which was actually two heats with the fastest time determining the winner, wonder why they've decided to do it like that?

No idea, never seen that before with the 400m 'final', strange.
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post Feb 4 2021, 10:57 PM
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Britain's Laura Muir will not attempt to win a European Indoor double for the third year running as she focuses on preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.
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post Feb 27 2021, 09:51 PM
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Gave the Madrid leg of the Indoor Tour a watch tonight - was interesting watching all the long-distance races basically being a bunch of Spanish athletes and one Ethiopian and the Ethiopian was the winner in each one tongue.gif

Also Grant Holloway beats Colin Jackson's record from the 90s, which they're saying is great but I always feel a little sad when a record that has stood for so long is finally broken.
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post Mar 5 2021, 10:12 PM
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Catching a bit of the European Indoor Championships - great to see the British representation in the Womens' 3000 with Markovc in gold and Ockenden in bronze as well! Who needs Laura Muir? kink.gif
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post Mar 6 2021, 10:42 PM
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Some more medals today for Team GB! Brilliant bronze for Jodie Williams, glad to see Holly Archer get re-instated after that mad final and a bit of a shame that Holly Bradshaw couldn't get the gold but at least she got a medal - Moser continuing to pull out clearances on her third attempt was something to behold!

On another note, I really don't envy those people who have to dress up as loaves of bread and high-five all the contestants...
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post May 3 2021, 04:12 PM
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Managed to catch the second day of the World Relay Championships yesterday – completely forgot how manic the races could be with all the DNF and disqualifications, it does leave a bit of a flat feeling when the first 3 to cross the line aren’t always the medallists though!

Also interesting to see which countries were prominent – who knew Japan, Ecuador and Brazil were so good at relays? laugh.gif Good to see Team GB get in amongst the medals in the ladies’ 4x400m as well.
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post May 12 2021, 10:13 PM
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Britain's four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah is set to compete on home soil for the first time since 2017 at the European 10,000m Cup in June.

Twelve athletes will represent the British team in the event at the University of Birmingham on 5 June.

Farah retired from track racing in 2017 but will look to secure a place in the British team for the Olympic Games.

The 38-year-old last competed on the track in Britain at the 2017 Birmingham Diamond League.
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post May 13 2021, 07:11 PM
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Dina Asher-Smith began her outdoor season with an impressive win over 200m in Savona, Italy.

The world champion at the distance won in 22.56 seconds, finishing ahead of fellow Briton Beth Dobbin, who was second in 23.06secs.

It was Asher-Smith's first 200m race since becoming world champion in Doha in October 2019.

The 25-year-old will take part in the 100m at the Grand Prix in Gateshead on 23 May.
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post May 14 2021, 06:30 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ May 12 2021, 11:13 PM) *
Britain's four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah is set to compete on home soil for the first time since 2017 at the European 10,000m Cup in June.

Twelve athletes will represent the British team in the event at the University of Birmingham on 5 June.

Farah retired from track racing in 2017 but will look to secure a place in the British team for the Olympic Games.

The 38-year-old last competed on the track in Britain at the 2017 Birmingham Diamond League.

If he does manage to qualify for the Olympics, won't that make everything that went on around his retirement seem a little... odd?
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post May 23 2021, 07:55 PM
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Great win for Dina. She won that on the start
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post May 23 2021, 07:56 PM
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QUOTE(PeteFromLeeds @ May 14 2021, 07:30 PM) *
If he does manage to qualify for the Olympics, won't that make everything that went on around his retirement seem a little... odd?

It certainly would make it seem a little odd.
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post May 29 2021, 10:08 PM
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Double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya failed in her latest attempt to secure her place at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing outside the qualifying mark for the 5,000m.

The 30-year-old South African finished in 15 minutes 32.15 seconds in Durban - 22.15secs outside the qualifying time.

It was her second bid to qualify after clocking 15:52.28 in April.
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post May 31 2021, 03:38 PM
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Ah it appears that the Diamond League has started back up again this month! Will need to get back to watching that.
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Olympic medallist Eilidh Doyle says she no longer had the "fire in my belly" to continue on to this summer's Tokyo games after retiring at the age of 34.

The Scot gave birth to her first child, son Campbell, in January 2020 and planned to return to the track.
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American middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan has been banned from athletics for four years after testing positive for a prohibited substance - which she blamed on a burrito.

The 28-year-old says she was told in January the anabolic steroid nandrolone had been found in a doping sample.

Olympian Houlihan said it may have come from eating a pork burrito, which she said could lead to a false positive for nandrolone, the night before her test.
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