Joanna Blair suspended in doping case
It comes as a great shock as British javelin thrower was provisionally suspended as she failed an anti-doping test. Blair won the 2016 British javelin champion title as she achieved a personal best of 57.44m. Blair had the chance this summer to represent Great Britain at the European Athletics Team Championships in Lille. She has been found violating an anti-doping rule as charged by the UK Athletics. The 31-year old can appeal and has the right to a full hearing. The British athlete is found guilty of breaching International Associates of Athletics Federations’ anti-doping rule, article 2.1 which focuses on the traces of a prohibited substance in a sample.
Athletes participate in the Great Scottish Run
The Great Scottish Run around Central Glasgow saw thousands of people turn out for the occasion. The half-marathon course saw Christopher Thompson finish first with Callum Hawkins finishing second, just 34 seconds behind Thompson. Kenyan athlete Flomena Cheyech Daniel was the first woman athlete winner on the day with a time of 70.17. Earlier, Scottish World Champion Sam Kinghorn was the first female wheelchair in the elite wheelchair. Hawkins was the winner of the half-marathon last year. He was looking to defend his title this year, but Thompson gained an early lead in the race which gave him the edge. In the end, Hawkins finished at 63.18 while Thompson finished in 62.44. Tsegai Tewelde finished third in the race. Charlotte Purdue finished second among the females as she became the first Scottish woman to finish while Fionnuala Ross finished in third position.
Kenyans dominate in Cardiff Half Marathon
Wales saw some stunning running by the Kenyans as John Lotiang won the men’s race as he defeated defending champion Shadrack Kimining completing the Marathon in 1 hour and 47 seconds. Kipkemboi Kiporno ended up in the third position, making it all the top three positions for the Kenyans. Welshman Dewi Griffiths finished fourth with a personal best of one hour one minute and 31 seconds. The women’s race saw Kenyan dominance too. Edith Chelimo set a course record to clinch the victory followed by compatriots Dorcas Kimeli and Beatrice Mutai, making it a clean sweep for the athletes from Kenya. Melissa Nichols and Richie Powell were victorious in the wheelchair events. It was a successful event as an entry of 25,000 was recorded, comprising of elite, club and charity runners.