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Debbie Dunn hit with two-year doping ban

American athlete Dunn hit with two-year ban after positive drug test

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23:02 GMT, 11 September 2012

American 400 metres runner Debbie Dunn has accepted a two-year doping ban.

The 34-year-old, who was world indoor champion in 2010, tested positive for an anabolic agent at the US Olympic team trials in June.

She withdrew from the US 4x400m relay team for the Olympics before the Games after returning a positive test for testosterone/epitestosterone.

Punished: Debbie Dunn has been hit with a two-year doping ban

Punished: Debbie Dunn has been hit with a two-year doping ban

Dunn's suspension began on August 1, 2012, the date she accepted a provisional suspension.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency said: 'As a result of the sanction, Dunn has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to June 22, 2012, the date the US Olympic team trials began, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.'

Robbie Grabarz wins Diamond League high jump

Grabarz seals Diamond League high jump title with second place finish in Zurich

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21:44 GMT, 30 August 2012

Robbie Grabarz won the right to compete at his first world championships in Moscow next year when he won the 25,000 prize as the season’s Diamond League champion in the high jump on Thursday night.

A wild card into the championships goes to the winner of each event’s overall winner of Diamond League titles, and Grabarz won by finishing runner-up to Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov in the penultimate League meeting in Zurich.

Winner: Robbie Grabarz competes in the men's high jump event

Winner: Robbie Grabarz competes in the men's high jump event

Grabarz, the Olympic bronze
medallist, had only to beat world champion Jesse Williams to lead the
points scorers, and that was confirmed when Williams crashed out with a
best of 2.25 metres while Grabarz achieved 2.28 at the second attempt.
Ukhov managed 2.31 at the third attempt.

Grabarz admits to having been
penniless in January after his Lottery support was taken away because of
poor performances last year and close to living off his credit card.
Now he has won 52,000 in Diamond League meetings alone, with three
first, two second and a third place.

‘European champion, Olympic medallist and Diamond League winner. I haven’t any words to describe my feelings,’ he said.

Success: Sanya Richards-Ross from the USA celebrates after winning the women's 400m

Success: Sanya Richards-Ross from the USA celebrates after winning the women's 400m

Britain's men's 4x100m relay team, led home by Adam Gemili, also put on a good performance to come home third behind the United States and Jamaica.

There was disappointment for Christine Ohuruogu in the women's 400m, with the Briton finishing last in a race won by American Sanya Richards-Ross.

Hannah England finished a creditable sixth in the 1,500m though, while British compatriot Laura Weightman crossed the finishing line in 13th.

Surprise: Ethiopian Mohammed Aman celebrates his victory over Kenyan David Rudisha in the 800m

Surprise: Ethiopian Mohammed Aman celebrates his victory over Kenyan David Rudisha in the 800m

In other events, Kenya's David Rudisha, who set a new world record on his way to Olympic gold in London, was pipped to victory in the 800m by Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman – who took the Diamond League series as a result.

Another Olympic champion, Jamaica's Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, beat great rival Carmelita Jeter to win the women's 100m in 10.83s.

Yohan Blake rings bell at Lord"s

Blake Lord's it up as Jamaican sprint star is given honour of ringing bell at home of cricket

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10:48 GMT, 16 August 2012

Olympic gold medalist Yohan 'The Beast' Blake was the given the honour of ringing the bell to signal the start of play in the third and final Test match between England and South Africa at Lord's.

The ringing of the bell at the Home of
Cricket is considered a huge honour and Blake – part of Jamaica's world record-breaking 4x100m relay team – is revelled in the limelight in the pavilion, sporting freakishly overgrown nails.

The Beast and the bell: Blake, sporting freakishly overgrown nails, rings the bell in the Lord's pavillion

The Beast and the bell: Blake rings the bell in the Lord's pavillion

Yohan Blake

Both Blake and countryman, close friend and training partner Usain Bolt are big cricket fans.

The 22-year-old World Champion finished second to Bolt in both the 100m and 200m finals at London 2012 and he should be in for a real treat at Lord's, where the winner of the match will decide who is ranked as the No 1 Test team in the world.

Stick to the day job, Vaughany: Former England captain Michael Vaughan (left) joins Blake out in the middle at Lord's

Stick to the day job, Vaughany: Former England captain Michael Vaughan (left) joins Blake out in the middle at Lord's

Meanwhile, Blake believes his time will come to take over from Bolt as the world's fastest man. He told Sky Sports News: 'When I beat him at the Jamaican trials that gave me a lot of confidence.'

On top of the world: Blake (bottom left) with the rest of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team

On top of the world: Blake (bottom left) with the rest of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team

London Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt hits back at Jacques Rogge"s legend barb

What else do I need to do Bolt hits back at Rogge's barb after second Olympic triple

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01:13 GMT, 12 August 2012

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Usain Bolt hit back at IOC president Jacques Rogge for insisting the 25-year-old sprint phenomenon is not yet a legend.

Bolt and the Jamaican 100m relay team were out of this world after a record-breaking triumph made it three golds at the London Olympics for the world's most famous athlete.

He has styled himself a 'living legend' provoking a put-down from Rogge, but Bolt said there was little else left for him to do – it was the second time he has completed the Olympic treble – 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.

Storming away: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to victory

Storming away: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to victory

Bolt said: 'No, he can't challenge me, first of all I would like to answer with a question: what else do I need to do to prove myself a legend.

'I have won both events twice at the Olympics, I have won World Championship gold medals, I have broken world records many times.

'I don't know what else to do – next time you see him you ask him what else he needs to do that no human as ever done before.'

Crowd favourite: Bolt is embraced after winning his third gold of the Games

Crowd favourite: Bolt is embraced after winning his third gold of the Games

Bolt also revealed a track official had demanded he hand over the baton at the end of the race or face being disqualified – though he later managed to recover it as a souvenir which he, Yohan Blake, and Nesta Carter and Michael Frater will all sign.

Bolt added: 'I got the baton back but at first he was saying said I couldn't keep it because it was the rule and if I didn't give it back I would be disqualified, so I just gave it back, but I got it back afterwards.'

After the medal ceremony Bolt conducted the crowd in the Olympic Stadium in a Mexican wave.
He added: 'I like to push the barriers and do things that has never been done before, that's why I mess around and do fun stuff.

Souvenir: Bolt shows off the baton

Souvenir: Bolt shows off the baton

'To play with the crowd was awesome and I'm sure they appreciated it – I start the Mexican wave, it was fun.

'It was kind of a goodbye to London. I was just having fun in the crowd. I came here to become a legend and I was a legend too I was telling them thank you for the support.'

London 2012 Olympics: Keshorn Walcott lands javelin gold

Trinidad teenager Walcott completes remarkable double by landing javelin gold

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21:53 GMT, 11 August 2012

Trinidad's Keshorn Walcott completed a
remarkable double by taking a surprise Olympic javelin gold less than a
month after becoming world junior champion.

Trinidad is better associated with
cricket – Brian Lara, after all, is the island's favourite son – or
sprinting. Their relay team did claim bronze behind Jamaica
and the USA.

Teen sensation: Gold medalist Keshorn Walcott

Teen sensation: Gold medalist Keshorn Walcott

But now we must think javelin after Saturday night's extraordinary competition in the Olympic Stadium which saw Walcott win gold with a throw of 84.58 metres.

In winning the title Walcott became only the second non-European to take the crown in 100 years of the Olympic Games, the last being an American back at the 1952 Helsinki Games.

He took the lead in the first round with a healthy opener of 83.51 metres and increased it in the second round with 84.58 metres which proved to be enough to win on the night, despite the Ukraine's Oleksandr Pyatnytsya third effort of 84.51 metres with Finn Antti Ruuskanen back in third after a throw of 84.12m.

Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago

There had looked to be plenty of potential winners in the field, including defending Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen from Norway and the Czech Republic's Vitezslav Vesely, who threw 88.34 metres in the qualifying rounds and is coached by three-time Olympic champion Jan Zelezny.

However, Thorkildsen could only manage sixth as Walcott, just 19, and winner of the world junior title earlier this summer, proved too strong on the night and as a result may just have provided another sporting option for the children of Trinidad.

'I just went out there to relax and enjoy it and it worked for me,' said Walcott, after his second-round effort was good enough for gold.

'It means everything to me. I just train my hardest and try to enjoy every time I come out.'

It was Trinidad and Tobago's first victory in an Olympic field event.

London 2102 Olympics: Mo Farah and Usain Bolt give golden ending to Games

Golden greats: Mo stuns the world by doing long-distance double as sprint king Bolt sets new record

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23:57 GMT, 11 August 2012

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Mo Farah and Usain Bolt provided an extraordinary finale to the track programme of the Olympic Games with a fourth athletics gold medal for Britain and a relay world record for Jamaica.

With the curtain coming down on a universally acclaimed London Games on Sunday, Farah held his nerve in a final lap of the 5,000m to become the seventh man in history to win the 5,000m-10,000m double — and dedicated his two medals to his twin girls, who are due to be born in 12 days.

Bolt, in what may be his farewell to the Olympics, then anchored a Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake to break their own world record with 36.84sec in the 4x100m, beating the Americans, who also broke the old world record in 37.04sec.

Trading places: Mo Farah celebrates with Usain Bolt's trademark Lightening Strike while the Jamaican sprinter copies the Brit's Mo-Bot celebration

Trading places: Mo Farah celebrates with Usain Bolt's trademark Lightening Strike while the Jamaican sprinter copies the Brit's Mo-Bot celebration

In the record books: Bolt poses on the podium after winning the men's 4X100 relay

In the record books: Bolt poses on the podium after winning the men's 4X100 relay

Boxer Luke Campbell added to the British gold haul, realising his lifetime dream as he floored Ireland’s John Joe Nevin on his way to a 14-11 victory and the Olympic bantamweight title at ExCeL on Saturday night.

Earlier Ed McKeever had powered to victory in the men’s 200m kayak canoeing, the 28-year-old dominating the K1 single final with Spaniard Saul Craviotto Rivero taking silver and Canada’s Mark de Jonge bronze.

Farah received the loudest acclaim of the night as he sprinted for gold and said: ‘The crowd were amazing. They made an incredible noise. These medals are for my two girls, who haven’t been born yet, hopefully. They could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It’s amazing.

Boxing to gold: Luke Campbell won gold in the boxing ring

Boxing to gold: Luke Campbell won gold in the boxing ring

'They’re twins so there’s one for each.’

As for his short-term future on the track, Farah said: 'I don’t know what’s going on. I’m taking one race at a time. The Olympics doesn’t come round often. It's all worked out well.

'I’m just amazed. Two gold medals — who would have thought that

'I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me. All my coaches from previous years and all the people who’ve been involved in my life. I can’t thank everybody enough.

Paddle power: Ed Mckeever celebrates after winning the gold medal in the kayak single 200-meter men's final

Paddle power: Ed Mckeever celebrates after winning the gold medal in the kayak single 200-meter men's final

'I want to say particularly to my wife, with her carrying twins, it hasn’t been easy but I didn’t want to know about it.

'If anything happens she promised she wouldn’t let me know so I’m glad it all worked out well.’

He added: ‘It’s been a long journey, grafting and grafting, but anything is possible.'

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB disqualified from sprint relay

Baton blunder! Team GB disqualified as Jamaica cruise through… without Bolt

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19:04 GMT, 10 August 2012

Great Britain's sprint relay woes continued as another baton changeover mistake cost them a place in the 4×100 metres final at the Olympic Stadium.

The host nation were disqualified when anchor leg runner Adam Gemili set off too early as he was about to take the baton from Danny Talbot.

The 18-year-old slowed down dramatically, but the changeover still occurred outside the designated area.

Gemili sprinted for the line and came home second, but the fact he immediately put his hands to his head told the story.

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Where it all went wrong: Daniel Talbot (right) passes the baton to Adam Gemili

Where it all went wrong: Daniel Talbot (right) passes the baton to Adam Gemili

Tyson Gay ready to forget Justin Gatlin animosity – London 2012 Olympics

Gay ready to forget Gatlin animosity as American rivals team up for relay

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12:27 GMT, 10 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Tyson Gay has admitted he will have to suppress any animosity he feels towards drug cheat Justin Gatlin for the benefit of the US 4x100m relay team.

Gay, 30 on Friday, missed out on bronze in the individual 100m final by just one one-hundredth of a second to compatriot Gatlin, also 30, who is competing in London after returning from a four-year ban.

Gay, the second fastest man ever, has been vocal in his opposition to athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs and struggled to hide his distaste that Gatlin had denied him a first Olympic medal.

Missing out on a medal: Gay finished fourth in the 100m final

Missing out on a medal: Gay finished fourth in the 100m final

The pair join up as part of the US sprint relay team, which competes in the first round on Friday at 7.45pm.

'It's tough,' said Gay, who has fought back from a serious hip injury earlier in the season.

'Everybody knows my stance on drugs. I work real hard so I don't want to be cheated out of nothing. Nobody does.

'I really have no choice at this point to speak (out) because we're in the relay together. I can't be having animosity, a lot of hatred – I don't want it to affect the team. We're a team when we run the 4×100.

Out of the running: Gatlin pipped countryman Gay to a bronze medal

Out of the running: Gatlin pipped countryman Gay to a bronze medal

'I speak to him. I'll put a lot of things to the side for the team. At this point there's really nothing I can do about it. My personal coach has to talk to him, my personal coach has to put him on the relay.

'So I can't really say it's a conflict of interests it's just something that has to happen. I can't really go around being mad, not speaking to this guy because it would add more stress on me which is unnecessary.'

Speaking on behalf of his sponsor Omega, Gay added: 'I've already got a lot going on in my life as well. It's one of those things where you have to roll with the punches. It's something that has already been accepted by America and a lot of the other athletes and I just kind of roll with it.'

London 2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps helps United States win 4x100m relay

Phelps ends career with 18th gold medal as United States win 4x100m medley relay

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 4 August 2012

Michael Phelps signed off from the pool with an 18th gold medal as the United States won the 4x100m medley relay final.

Japan took silver with Australia winning bronze in third.

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Glory days: Michael Phelps won gold on his final appearance in the pool

Glory days: Michael Phelps won gold on his final appearance in the pool

London 2012 Olympics: Missy Franklin out to stop Fran Halsall

Beware Missy Missile! Franklin out to stop Halsall from gaining Olympic glory

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22:00 GMT, 23 July 2012

Fran Halsall will have to dodge ‘The Missile’ if she is to win the blue-riband 100m freestyle race on August 2.

American Missy Franklin is a 17-year-old who two months ago attended her high school prom, but she has size 11 feet, an armoury of world titles, and an unnerving ability to home in on a target – hence her fearsome nickname.

Franklin will compete in seven events at the Aquatics Centre with an outside chance of becoming the first woman to win seven golds in a single Games.

The Missile: Missy Franklin is gunning for gold

The Missile: Missy Franklin is gunning for gold

She burst onto the global radar by winning three golds, one silver and one bronze at the 2011 World Championships, her first major long-course international meet, and has continually improved since.

Last December she swam the final freestyle leg of the US team’s world record for the 4x100m short-course medley relay and she also holds the world record for 200m backstroke short-course.

Her 100m freestyle personal best of 53.63sec is a distance off Halsall’s 52.87sec, but that was set before the ban on hi-tech swim suits.

In London Franklin will race the 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, plus three relay events.