London 1500 stakes claim as ‘dirtiest race’

LONDON,  (Reuters) – The Ben Johnson 1988 Olympic 100 metres final was dubbed “the dirtiest race in history” but there is a new contender for that dubious honour as the fallout continues from the drug-ravaged 2012 women’s 1500 metres in London.

Transition puts Schippers on double gold path

Dafne Schippers

CAPE TOWN,  (Reuters) – Flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers is a strong contender to emulate compatriot Fanny Blankers-Koen’s golden sprint double from 1948 at next month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a dramatic switch from heptathlon to concentrate on the sprints.

Russian athletes Olympic ban upheld by CAS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland/MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – Sport’s highest tribunal today rejected Russia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow.