Sonia O’Sullivan victimised by Chinese doping claims
1980s to 1990s Chinese Athletes are being investigated by the World Anti Doping Agency following allegations that they were subjected to systematic doping by the officials. A former Chinese Athletics team doctor has come forward with these allegations which states that the Chinese athletes may have been subjected to state sponsored doping routines which may have denied Sonia O’Sullivan two World Championship gold medals in Stuttgart in 1993. O’Sullivan came in fourth in the 3000m final after three Chinese athletes all posting podium finishes namely Qu Yunxia, Zhang Linli and Zhang Lirong. She obtained a silver in the 1500 metre in which she came in after China’s Liu Dong who took gold. Chinese doctor Xue Yinxian the whistleblower has stated in a television interview with German broadcaster ARD that almost 10000 athletes across various sports were involved in this. She is now seeking political asylum in Germany.
Chris Thompson’s second Great South Run win on the trot
With the Great South 5k and the Junior and Mini Great South Run being called off because of Storm Brian it was looking to be sombre affair at the Great South Run too but the weather held up and an estimated 20,000 people took to the streets to compete in the Great South Run revelling in the newly improved weather. There was some heavy winds but that did nothing to deter the thousands of runners as the flooded the course in their quirky costumes ranging from prison clothes to ninja turtle outfits, In the men’s elite section Chris Thompson squeezed through to victory by the tightest of margins to secure his second consecutive Great South Run victory. He posted a 48.32 second win to beat out his closest contender Mark Sharp by a margin of a mere 3 seconds. Gemma Steel came in with a triumph of her own emerging victorious in the Elite Women’s section in this years Great South Run. She clocked a time of 55.25 seconds ahead of Lily Partridge and Charlotte Purdue.
BAME Community needs more athletes to be faces in the world fells Jeanette Kwakye
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic [BAME] youngsters need to see more athletes and sports people who look like them to properly motivate them in their path to achieve success feels former sprinter Jeanette Kwakye. Former World Indoor Silver medallist Jeanette Kwakye was the only European athlete to be standing in the women’s 100 metre final in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she clocked a personal best time of 11.14 seconds and came in sixth. She is now a mentor to young athletes and also a football coach and has a strong media presence since her retirement four years ago. She feels that familiar community faces will encourage youngsters of colour to take up sports more easily and realise their potential.