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Oct 31, 2014

Kenya’s Mutai goes for New York hat-trick

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – A doping scandal threatened to overshadow Geoffrey Mutai’s run at a New York City Marathon hat-trick and Wilson Kipsang’s bid for an eye-popping bonus after their compatriot Rita Jeptoo failed a drugs test.

The two Kenyans are among the headliners for Sunday’s race but were suddenly sharing the spotlight with Jeptoo on Friday after Athletics Kenya said the winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons the last two years failed a doping test

Sep 25, 2014

Eugene to bid for IAAF world championships

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Eugene, Oregon will bid for the 2019 IAAF world athletics championships, seeking to become the first U.S. city to host the biennial event, officials said on Thursday.

Barcelona and Doha are also bidding for the championships, which attract the world’s top athletes and thousands of spectators.

Jul 21, 2014

Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely

RALEIGH North Carolina (Reuters) – Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website on Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now unlikely to race against Justin Gatlin this year.

The six times Olympic gold medalist added the Aug 17 “Mano a Mano” 100m on Copacabana Beach to three previously announced races in what he said was his finalised schedule for 2014.

Jul 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur intensifies as it heads for North Carolina

, July 3 (Reuters) – The first hurricane of the
Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday with winds forecast
to exceed 100 mph (160 km per hour) as it reaches North Carolina
coast, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their July Fourth
holiday plans amid evacuation orders.

Hurricane Arthur was about 110 miles (175 km)
south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with current
maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour),
U.S. forecasters said.

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July 4 holiday

By Colleen Jenkins and Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Arthur threatened to douse some July 4 holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials ordered evacuations of some low-lying coastal areas, closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds.

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season (link.reuters.com/baw32w) was close to reaching hurricane strength, forecasters said on Wednesday, leaving some businesses worried about taking a financial hit.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July Fourth holiday

By Colleen Jenkins and Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Arthur was expected to reach hurricane strength by Thursday, dousing some July Fourth holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds.

Tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches were issued along North Carolina’s coast after the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season strengthened overnight, U.S. forecasters said on Wednesday.

Jun 26, 2014

IAAF will not appeal Gay’s one-year doping ban

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not appeal the one-year ban handed down to Tyson Gay for doping which has put the United States’s second-place finish in the 4×100 meters relay at the 2012 London Olympics in jeopardy.

Gay, the world’s joint second fastest man, was banned for one year following a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid and stripped of all results from July 2012.

Jun 26, 2014

Athletics-IAAF will not appeal Gay’s one-year doping ban

June 26 (Reuters) – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not appeal the one-year ban handed down to Tyson Gay for doping which has put the United States’s second-place finish in the 4×100 metres relay at the 2012 London Olympics in jeopardy.

Gay, the world’s joint second fastest man, was banned for one year following a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid and stripped of all results from July 2012.

Jun 3, 2014

WADA will not appeal sprinter Gay’s one-year ban

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will not appeal banned American sprinter Tyson Gay’s controversial one-year doping ban, it said on Tuesday.

The global agency said the ban, which has been widely criticized in Europe as too lenient, was “compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code.”

May 21, 2014

Athletics-Records could tumble at inaugural World Relays

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Olympic and world champions will gather in the Bahamas this weekend for a special global meeting that has no field events or individual competitions but the promise of world records and rich cash prizes.

The inaugural IAAF World Relays are all about speed as Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake join Kenyan double world champion Asbel Kiprop and a host of other world-class runners in challenging global records in the men’s and women’s 4×100 metres, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and 4×1,500m relays.