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Sunday 02, Feb 2014

  Golden Girl Lynsey Sharp Gets Gold Medal

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Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain belatedly received the 800 meter gold medal from the 2012 European Championships after the initial winner Yelena Arzhakova failed a drugs test and was stripped of her title.

Sharp, a Scottish athlete who competes for Edinburgh AC, received the medal in front of a home crowd at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match. The Scottish athlete, who competes in the 800 meters, is the 2012 European champion for 800m. Sharp had represented Great Britain at the 800m in the 2012 London Olympics where she finished 7th in her semi-final. Sharp was voted “Athlete of the Year” at the annual Scottish Athletics awards for the second successive year in October 2012 and her personal best is 2:00.52.

Sharp remarked at the Scottish Athletics awards that she is delighted to collect the award for second year in a row and added it is a real honor. The athlete said that it was an incredible year for her with Birmingham, Helsinki and London all happening within a few weeks of one another and added she was also involved in a series of Diamond League meetings and ran in Moscow and Morocco so it was a bit hectic at times. The 22-year-old Sharp had to beat off competition from Eilidh Child and Freya Murray Ross, members of Team GB and NI for London 2012.

The 23-year-old athlete, who reached the semi-finals at London 2012, was also upgraded from bronze to silver position in the 800m at the 2011 European Under-23 Championships after the removal of Arzhakova from the results. The athlete reacted to the news on social networking site Twitter by saying that she felt ‘sick’ for being robbed of her place on top of the podium. She said it makes her sick that she was denied the opportunity to do a lap of honor and stand on the top of the podium with her national anthem playing and not to forget her European under 23 bronze from 2011 should now be silver.

Sharp however said she was that the system is working, that the athlete in question has been caught. She added on hearing the Arzhakova’s doping ban that the 800 meter gold medal from the 2012 European Championships at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match will be a very special moment for her, her family, and her support team. She added will be made even more special that she will be receiving it on home soil, in front of a home crowd.

Arzhakova was recently banned for two years, starting from January 29, 2013, after her biological passport revealed an abnormal hemoglobin profile. The Russian runner who specializes in the middle distance events saw her results from July 2011 expunged and lost her European outdoor and European under-23 titles. The suspension of Yelena Arzhakova is due to end on Jan 29, 2015

Neil Black, British Athletics performance director, who described it as a disappointment to us all that Lynsey did not get the moment on the podium that she deserved in Helsinki, said we look forward to making a presentation to Lynsey Sharp in front of her home crowd.

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Friday 12, Jul 2013

  I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

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I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

Olympic sprinter @Usain Bolt insists he is ‘clean’ after he was asked about doping before the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

The Jamaican runner was posed the question at a time when athletes from his country have come under increased scrutiny after Veroncia Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meeting in May. The double Olympic champion may become the twelfth Jamaican to be banned in the last five years.

Bolt said in Paris that he is clean and sure about it. He welcomed people to test him every day if required to prove it to the world and said he has no problems with that. Meanwhile, Usain Bolt supported calls made by his coach, Glen Mills, for an accredited laboratory to be set up in Jamaica. Bolt’s coach believes supplements can be tested in lab and this would be helpful to prevent the innocent being caught out by poorly labeled medicine and vitamins.

Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”, his achievements in sprinting have earned him awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year thrice. Bolt is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field and has been called the world’s most marketable athlete and the greatest athlete ever.

Usain Bolt, performing for Jamaica in his first Caribbean regional event, clocked a personal best of 48.28 s in the 400 metres in the 2001 CARIFTA Games, winning a silver medal and thereafter he made his first appearance on the world stage at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Usain Bolt is one of only eight athletes, (along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Bolt, the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977, said everybody makes their own decisions as far as doping is concerned and he cannot speak for anybody else. He remarked that he gets tested regularly in Jamaica so maybe it would work out easier for them to get the samples if there was a laboratory in the country. The first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting and a five-time World champion.

Meanwhile, American Tyson Gay has again thrown down the gauntlet to Bolt by finishing the 100m in 9.79 seconds, ahead of the Jamaican Asafa Powell and his American compatriot Michael Rodgers at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. A world champion in 2007 and the second-fastest 100m runner of all time behind Bolt, the 30-year-old American had overcome Powell in five of their previous six encounters. Powell finished second in 9.88 and Rodgers was third in 9.96.

The Athletissima meeting was attended by the IOC president, Jacques Rogge, and some of the 89 IOC members who had voted to award the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires, ahead of Medellín in Colombia and Glasgow.

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