JTG 5-A-Day

Missed Tests, Bearded Leer, U.S. Olympic Bid; Your JTG 5-A-Day

1. RIO 2016

There will be finals in every session of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This means that track and field medals will be decided in the morning and afternoon sessions, as well as the 5 road events. The three walking events, as well as the marathons, men’s triple jump, Women’s 10,000m, men’s and women’s 3000m steeplechase, 400m hurdles, women’s hammer, are some events to fill the earlier slots. While some athletes, such as former 400m hurdles world champion are less than impressed by the idea, it may lead to more entertaining sessions from the spectator’s perspective.

“Having finals in the morning will also ensure that we receive maximum visibility for athletics at the Olympic Games across all time zones.” said IAAF competitions director Paul Hardy.

Timetable available from IAAF here


2. Kipsang missed test

Wilson Kipsang is claiming Athletics Kenya are trying to tarnish his name after they revealed he had missed an out of competition drug test. The Olympic bronze medallist and former marathon world record holder claims he has completed all necessary procedures in relation to the missed test and that the matter has been settled with the IAAF. The fact that Athletics Kenya have chosen to make the information public has infuriated the athlete.

“In response to the Statement issued by Athletics Kenya, I wish to state it clearly that it is breach of privacy with malicious target to soil my name and efforts I have put in towards developing and streamlining the art of running in Kenya.”

Full story here


3. Welsh Athletes Drug Hearing

Welsh athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton have had their cases heard in front of a national anti-doping panel this week. Both failed tests in the summer of 2014 where they blamed contaminated supplements for their positive test readings. Having been provisionally suspended since these adverse readings, they will find out their fates for the future in January.

More in Athletics Weekly  here


4. USA Olympic Bid

The United States Olympic committee will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are among the four cities in contention, with the candidate to be chosen in January 2015. The International Olympic Committee will announce the winning bid in 2017. The United States last hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1996 (Atlanta), with Los Angeles having the honour in 1984.

More details here


5. By the Beard of Leer!

Can’t let the day pass without some facial hair-related news. U.S. miler Will Leer has taken Beardwatch.co.uk’s infamous title of sports beard of the year 2014. Of all his 2014 successes, this must be his most cherished. We’re accustomed to seeing Leer break the tape in Morton stadium as the two time winner of the Morton mile, his most recent victory(2014) breaking the Morton games and Morton stadium records in the process. Turns out having a beard doesn’t slow you down, but may lead to presumptions of homelessness.

To bask in his bearded glory click here

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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