Weekly Athletic News

Greg Rutherford suffers ankle injury at Gavardo meeting

It is bad news for Great Britain as Greg Rutherford; their long jumper suffers ankle injury at a meeting in Italy. The 30-year-old jumped 7.95 m in the third round in Gavardo to beat past Italian Camillo Kabore (7.45m) to register a victory. But with this good news, came bad news for the London 2012 gold medallist as he succumbed to the ankle injury. It has come to haunt his back once again as various scans and treatment are now necessary following the win in Italy. Rutherford had recently won the Great City Games last weekend in Manchester, recording 8.18m in his final jump. Rutherford will be aiming to defend his title at the World Athletics Championships in London in August followed by defending his title in both the Commonwealth and European crowns in 2018.

 

IAAF rejects 28 Russian athletes

The saga continues as Russian athletes who requested to compete as neutrals, got rejected by the world athletics’ governing body. The IAAF doping review board has been very strict with their anti-doping policies which made Yelena Isinbayeva quit her key Russian anti-doping role. The board has though, accepted three applications which include 400m runner Kseniya Aksoyonova, 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova and javelin thrower Vera Rebrik. The IAAF imposed great pressure on Yelena following evidence of her involvement in state-sponsored doping in Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) considered her involvement in Russia’s anti-doping agency as a barrier to the country’s compliance with their code. Russia has given the deadline till November to get compliant with the WADA code. WADA President Sir Craig Reedie believes Russia are on the right track to get compliant with the code for the resignation of Yelena.

 

Van Niekerk wins 200m race at Boston street meet

Boston’s Charles Street had a specially built elevated track to help the fans get a closer look and the 400m world record holder Van Niekerk won with no difficulty whatsoever as he finished the race in 19.84 seconds. Niekerk defeated American athlete BeeJay Lee by 0.33 seconds. Van Niekerk is preparing for both the 200m and 400m at August’s world championships in London. He still has a lot to work on but expects to be well prepared by August. Elsewhere, Bahamian Olympic women’s 400m gold medallist Miller-Uibo easily beat American Allyson Felix’s 200m  straightaway world best. Felix’s best was 22.55 seconds at the Manchester in 2010 while Miller-Uibo finished in 21.76 seconds. London Olympic Champion Jenn Suhr was beaten by Canadian Alysha Newman who cleared 4.60 metres while Suhr cleared 4.50 metres.