IAAF crisis a big worry for Bolt … Slams moves to reset world records

first_imgTrack and field’s golden boy, Usain Bolt, says he felt ‘let down’ by the sport’s leaders following recent doping and bribery controversies but thinks that suggestions to reset the world records – including the three that he currently holds are pointless. Bolt, who was on Friday evening named the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year, admitted shock at the crisis currently engulfing the sport with former IAAF president Lamine Diack currently facing criminal investigations around allegations he accepted bribes to sweep positive drugs tests under the carpet. The issues affecting the sport have also seen Russia being banned from competition after being accusations of a state-backed, systematic doping system. This led to UK Athletics last week releasing a document ‘A Manifesto for clean athletics’ detailing several proposals, it believes will protect clean athletes and recover the sport’s credibility, including a controversial suggestion to wipe the record books clean. The Jamaican sprinter, whose world records in the 100m (9.58), 200m (19.19) and as a member of the Jamaican 4x100m that ran 36.84 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, would be wiped if UK Athletics has its way, admitted shock at the crisis. “When I heard the news it was quite shocking because as far as I was concerned, they were doing a good job to clean up the sport and to hear something like that was quite shocking,” Bolt said of the troubles plaguing his sport. “You feel let down as an athlete, from wanting to help clean up the sport and then for something like this to happen coming from the body of the sport,” Bolt noted. The six-time Olympic and 11-time World Championships gold medal winner, however, thinks that the suggestions to erase the world records is pointless and thinks the focus should be on ensuring that the sport’s future is a positive one. “I found it really funny, as my coach would say, you can’t change history so what they are saying (suggestions to erase records) is really pointless. What’s done is done we have to just move forward and try to make the next Olympics and World Championships and records as best as we can and look to the future. We can’t worry about the past,” Bolt added.last_img read more

ENGLISH AND McLOONE SHINE AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgMark English from Letterkenny is the toast of the county after winning the 800M to be crowned national champion at Santry’s Morton Stadium on Sunday.The 18-year-old Letterkenny AC athlete showed the class of a more experienced athlete to win the title. He overtook David McCarthy of Le Cheile as they entered the home straight, and then withstood all challenges to win his first senior title in a time of 1:50.22.Brian Kelly from St. Abban’s was second in 1:50.85 and Anthony Lieghio of Tallaght AC was third (1:50.88).It was another remarkable result for English.Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone wrote a new chapter into Donegal sporting history when she won the  Long Jump  and Triple Jump Jump at the National Senior Track and Field Championships in Santry over the last two days. The Glenswilly N.S.based  teacher on Saturday won her first Long Jump title while on Sunday in the Triple Jump she stood on the winning podium for the 7th time  – a record only matched by one of the counties greatest ever athletes Hugo Duggan who in a thirty year career won 7 Long jump titles.Ciaran Doherty, Letterkenny,3,000m Steeplechase, Teresa McGloin, FinnValley,5,000m won bronze medals while the ever improving Brendan Boyce was 4th in the 5k walk.Letterkenny’s Ruairi Finnegan and Tir Chonaill’s Karl Griffin, were part of a group honoured, and introduced to the crowd, for their outstanding performances at recent EYOF, WYC and European Junior and U23c/ships.Californian, Tori Penna competing in the Finn Valley colours was equally convincing in winning the Pole Vault with a best of 4.20m. Tori competes in the World championships at the end of August.ENGLISH AND McLOONE SHINE AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny ACmark englishnational 800m championlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Defeats Azusa Pacific, 5-2

first_imgDrake continues its California trip Friday at Cal-State Fullerton at 3:30 p.m. CDT. PDF Box Score at Cal State Fullerton 3/22/2019 – 3:30 P.M. Drake clinched the doubles point with wins in the No. 2 and 3 matches. Then the Bulldogs won three-straight singles matches, the last coming by Williams in the No. 4 match, that secured the win. AZUSA, Calif. – The Drake University women’s tennis team defeated Azusa Pacific, 5-2, Thursday in the first of two-consecutive matches in California. Full Schedule Roster Drake (6-9) and Azusa Pacific (8-5) faced off one day later than scheduled as forecasted rain Wednesday in the area pushed the match back one day. Doubles competition1. Petushkova/Williams (DU) vs. Hinton/Wagner (AP) 4-4 (unfinished)2. Palumbo/Walczak (DU) def. Savchenko/Wong (AP) 6-33. Webb/Neville (DU) def. Ivankovic/Steward (AP) 6-2 Next Game: Drake 5 Azusa Pacific 2Singles competition1. Petushkova, Liza (DU) def. Hinton (AP) 6-3, 6-32. Savchenko (AP) def. Walczak (DU) 6-4, 6-33. Palumbo (DU) def. Wagner (AP) 6-1, 6-44. Williams (DU) def. Wong (AP) 6-4, 6-35. Rinker (AP) def. Neville (DU) 6-4, 7-56. Haleas (DU) def. Stewart (AP) 6-3, 6-2 Story Links Preview Match Notes:Drake 6-9Azusa Pacific 8-5; National ranking #9Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,3,4,6,2,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more