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American Taylor retains Olympic triple jump gold

first_imgBy Jack Stubbs in Rio de JaneiroRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Christian Taylor of the United States retained his Olympic men’s triple jump title yesterday, recording the longest jump of the year to claim the podium top spot.Taylor, the defending Olympic and world champion, made his mark of 17.86 metres with his first jump, staking a claim for the gold medal that his rivals were unable to match.His American teammate Will Claye took silver and China’s Dong Bin went home with bronze after they recorded 17.76 and 17.58 respectively, also at their first attempts.“The job is done,” Taylor told reporters. “I never thought on my first jump that would be the gold medal.“I wanted it so much. It came together, the stars aligned.”In what soon developed into a predictable tussle for silver and gold from within the U.S. team, the rest of the field in Rio fell behind to join the spectators watching Taylor and Claye re-enact their Olympic duel from London four years ago.“It’s just who executes better on that day. We’re equally talented,” Claye said. “We’re all beatable. I just have to come back and get my win next time.”A notable absentee was world silver medallist Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Cuba, who would have been a challenger for the gold, having posted several marks at 18 metres and further in 2015.The 23-year-old has reportedly struggled with an ankle injury and opted not to jump in Rio, smoothing the way for Taylor.`Taylor’s road to Rio has been a rocky one after a worsening knee injury forced him to switch his take-off leg following his 2012 Olympic triumph, a radical move in one of the most technically challenging events in athletics.After a “game-changing” 2015, the 26-year-old was once again clearing the 18-metre mark, making a jump of 18.21 metres at the Beijing world championships to claim second place in the all-time list behind Briton Jonathan Edwards’ 1995 world record of 18.29.Speaking before the Games, Taylor had said the world record was within his sights but his winning mark yesterday fell more than 40 cm short.“I wanted the world record but it wasn’t to be,” he said. “Now the fire burns even stronger because I know it’s in the tank.”last_img

WADA leaks raise a lot of questions – Putin

first_imgBy Jack StubbsMOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) records leaked by hackers raised a lot of questions with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances, TASS news agency reported.“It raises a lot of questions,” Putin said. “It seems as if healthy athletes are taking drugs legally that are prohibited for others, and people who are clearly suffering from serious illnesses, major disabilities, are suspected of taking some kind of substances and banned from the Paralympic Games.”“What they did, cannot fail to be interesting to the international community, the sporting community first of all,” Putin said.His comments came just hours before hackers released a third batch of drugs test data involving 11 more athletes.As recently as Wednesday WADA had confirmed athlete data had been leaked by a Russian cyber espionage group with hackers releasing information on 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.The hacking group, known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers, was also blamed by WADA on Tuesday for posting medical data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.The group yesterday posted further doping test results of athletes from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and Denmark.Among them were several Rio Games champions including Britain’s cycling gold medallist Laura Trott and boxing champion Nicola Adams as well as Australian rowers Kimberly Brennan, who won gold, and silver medallist Alexander Belonogoff.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) called the release of the data an “outrageous” breach of confidentiality and offered to assist WADA in communicating with Russian authorities over the matter.“This is an unacceptable and outrageous breach of medical confidentiality that attempts to smear innocent athletes who have not committed any doping offence,” IOC president Thomas Bach said yesterday.“In some cases, it is also a breach of confidentiality for athletes whose cases have not yet been finalised.”WADA considers the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for the agency’s investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia and led to virtually the entire track and field team being banned from last month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Russia was also banned from sending a team to the Paralympic Games.“The IOC fully supports the actions taken by WADA to deal with the leak, including the measures that are being taken to bring this activity to an end with the help of IT experts and in requesting assistance from the Russian authorities,” Bach said in his statement.“I have informed the WADA president Sir Craig Reedie that the IOC will also assist WADA in any way required, including communicating with the Russian authorities, to underline the seriousness of the issue and request all possible assistance to stop the hackers.”WADA has said it believes the hackers gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.According to WADA, the account includes confidential medical data such as Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organisations to allow athletes to take certain substances.The agency’s independent McLaren report, released in July, said that Russians had swapped positive doping samples for clean ones during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the support of the Russian secret service.last_img read more