Sanya Richards-Ross backs resetting of records
The doping tests have recently brought up new and shocking results in the world of athletics. The Jamaica-born American Sanya holds the record of finishing the 400m in 48.70 seconds, which was second best to East Germany’s Marita Koch in 1985. Koch competed at a time when doping was quite frequent in athletes, but she has denied any usage of drugs. Her doping records will be rechecked, and Sanya feels there are very slim chances for a person to end a 400m race under 48 seconds. She backs the decision of records being reset, but she feels not all records post-2005 are clean and that they need to investigate once again to bring more clarity. She has assured that she is clean and ready for any tests that need to be carried out. She retired last year, but this on-going investigation on Koch could see Sanya break the 400m record.
Adam Gemili finishes third in Shanghai 200m as Noah Lyles wins
The 19-year-old American Noah Lyles equalled the world leading time of Wayde Van Niekerk as he won in 19.90 seconds. His fellow American compatriot came second in 20.27 seconds. Great Britain’s Adam Gemili ended third in 20.35 seconds which was disappointing considering he had a fast start to the race. The Diamond League also saw Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson win the women’s 100m in 10.78 seconds. It was amazing from Thompson who has also won the 100m and 200m Olympic gold in Rio as she raced ahead of United States’ Tori Bowie who finished the race in 11.04 seconds. Britain’s disappointment continued as Anyika Onuora finished last in the 400m race, with Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran a world leading time of 49.77 seconds. South African Luvo Manyonga set a record of 8.61m in the Diamond League in the men’s long jump.
Advert featuring Ben Johnson severely criticised
Canadian ex-sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100m Olympic gold from Seoul 1988 as he tested positive for a banned steroid. The advert sees Johnson stating how a betting firm’s mobile phone app tests positive for speed and power again and again. The advert also states that the app is a hit with performance enhancements experts all over the world. In the wake of this pun through the ad, Australia’s federal sports minister, senator Nick Xenophon and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have severely criticised the advert stating the ad was utterly disgraceful and that it sends out the wrong message and it also demeans the achievements of all the clean athletes.