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Derval due for bronze as Yanit loses case; Sierra Leone sprinter’s sad tale; Bolt done with records? Your JTG 5-a-day

Yanit bites the dust: doping ban extended

Derval O’Rourke, in what was undoubtedly the performance of her career, ran 12.65 seconds to finish second to Nevin Yanit at the European Championships in 2010, and was behind the Turk again when finishing fourth at the European Indoors in 2013. As it turns out, Yanit was doped up to the eyeballs on the second occasion (and you can infer what you like about the first). Yanit was initially banned for two years after testing positive, but yesterday it was revealed that her ban has now been extended due to an extra anti-doping violation, namely that Yanit was using stanozolol, testosterone and blood doping on multiple occasions. The IAAF took her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled in their favour to impose a more severe sanction. Read the release on the issue here. Unfortunately for O’Rourke, Yanit’s transgressions don’t go back as far as Barcelona 2010, so she will have to make do with silver from that championships. However, she will receive the bronze medal from the European Indoors in 2013 as a result of the Turk’s transgressions.

The sad tale of the sprinter from Sierra Leone

The Guardian picked up the riveting but heartbreaking tale of Jimmy Thoronka this week, the man who came to Britain to compete in the Commonwealth Games last summer and, in the wake of an Ebola crisis in is native country which led to much of his family’s death, decided to stay to avoid a similar fate. Since then, though, he’s had the hardest of times, sleeping rough on the streets and now facing deportation. A fascinating read; check it out here.

Cancer can’t dampen Houle’s hope

Nate Houle, an alumni and coach at Southern Utah university, is the subject of a very interesting, inspirational story from Letsrun.com in which he outlines the story of his battle with cancer and how despite all the challenges he’s facing, he’s not losing hope. Story here.

Francis thinks records are beyond Bolt

Stephen Francis, one of the leading coaches in Jamaican athletics, revealed this week he once had the chance to coach Usain Bolt, which he turned down due to the type of athlete Bolt was. Francis also thinks Bolt won’t break his own world records. “It’s probably unlikely, because the human body is made up in a very weird way. But he is somebody who is full of some surprises,” Francis noted. “I would think science would say no, but then, with Bolt, you never know. We just have to watch and see just like everybody else.” Story here.

Czech out the action on day two in Prague

Feidhlim Kelly took to the track in Prague this morning to break two minutes for 800 in the media race, then quickly settled into his seat in the press box to report live. In this roundup on our site, he outlines all you need to know from the events that mattered on day two of the European Indoor Championships.


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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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