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Kiprop defends Kenyans; Coe’s toughest race yet; Drouin’s wise words; JTG 5-a-day

Kiprop and Kipsang defend Kenya

Asbel Kiprop and Wilson Kipsang have fought back against the report last weekend which suggested that doping is a widespread problem in Kenyan athletics. “Those interviewed were athletes who have lost hope in their lives without a running formula. That should not be misconstrued to mean Kenyan athletes,” said Kiprop. “Someone who is talented will not need drugs and that has been the Kenyan spirit because we are famed for athletics.Doping is in other sports and we don’t know the reason why the journalist dwelled on Kenya yet other countries register the highest percentage of its athletes who dope. In Kenya we are fighting the dirt amongst unestablished athletes.” Read more here.

Coe and cleaning up the sport; his toughest race yet

Seb Coe is in the running for the IAAF presidency this month, and as the man most likely to take the helm in the sport’s top job, he will likely be burdened with cleaning up the sport in which he has made his name. However, as Dan Roan of the BBC discusses here, it is a fight unlike any he has faced before.

Doping, athletics and the fight for the truth

Mike Rowbottom of InsideTheGames has a fascinating piece today in which he discusses the fallout and squabbling over last weekend’s documentary which alleged widespread doping in athletics, which can be read here. A snippet: “When your average hopeful athletics follower, striving to remain uncynical after more than 20 years of hearing “never to my knowledge” from athletes both guilty and – no doubt – innocent, hears the “experts” espousing views at polar opposites from each other (as experts love to do) then the suspension of disbelief becomes damaging.”

Drouin’s words of wisdom

Canadian high jump stat Derek Drouin has spoken to Spikes Magazine and offered his words of wisdom. Check it out here. On not worrying about other people: “I remember, particularly when I was a college freshman, I used to look at the types of training other high jumpers were doing and think I had to do that type of training, too! As a rookie I used to get intimidated watching other high jumpers in warm-up or practise. Yet, not everyone responds to training in the same way. You have to do what is right for you and it is very important not to get caught up in what other people are doing. It is hard in the social media age when lots of athletes are posting what they are doing in training, but it is important to ignore all of that and focus on yourself.”

Dibaba: the queen of 2016?

She’s already been the star of the outdoor season with her absurdly good 150om world record. Can she continue that dominance in Beijing, and onwards to Rio 2016? Find out a little more about Genzebe Dibaba here.

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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.
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