On Your Marks

WHAT’S THE SCAM? Russian athletes training in Kenya were apparently tested by several con artists posing as doping control officers.

Kenyan officials are investigating, but as yet haven’t determined a motive, although Reuters said, “The athletes suspect that the fake officers planned to use fabricated failed doping tests in an attempt to seek financial reward.”…

A 174-6 (53.18) thrower in ’17, Alyssa Olin opened this year in fine form. The North Dakota State senior PRed on her first three throws, hitting 178-8 (54.46), 183-11 (56.06) & 191-6 (58.36). — ERROL ANDERSON/THE SPORTING IMAGE

World champion long jumper Luvo Manyonga has split with his coach, Neil Cornelius…

IOC president Thomas Bach sounded a bit pessimistic about the war against doping in an interview with Korean journalists, saying, “The moment where we can say, ‘We’ve won it,’ unfortunately will not come.”…

Usain Bolt, pursuing his post-retirement dream of pro soccer, played a March trial with the Borussia Dortmund team in Germany and according to one reporter “showed glimpses of flair.”…

Kenya’s Commonwealth team threatened to stop training until their allowances had been paid and their training kits received. They ended up doing a sit-in protest at their training camp in Australia.

National Olympic Committee head Paul Tergat promised a speedy resolution.

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PRICEY TWEET: Mo Farah got a 5-figure settlement after suing a British journalist for defamation.

The journo had tweeted, “Mo Farah is refusing to speak to newspapers ahead of London 2017. It’s cowardly and he’s doing athletics a disservice.”



The tweet was accompanied by a longer piece that opined that Farah was being misguided by his PR advisors…

South African sprint star Akani Simbine is among some athletes who have been ejected from a stadium in Cape Town after being told they don’t have permission to be there. He is now training on a cricket field…

Berlinger, the company that produces doping sample collection bottles—the type that were breached by the Russians in Sochi—has bowed out of the business.

Now the Anti-Doping Foundation headed by Arne Ljungqvist is working to develop a replacement…

Organizers of this summer’s World Cup in London have come up with a slogan: The Track. The Field. The World.”…

In the dizzying indoor marathon at New York’s Armory, world bests fell to Malcolm Richards (2:19:01) and Lindsey Scherf (2:40:55)…

The IAAF mistakenly paid the Nigerian federation $150,000 instead of the expected $15,000 annual grant.

After the discovery of the overpayment, a refund was requested, but a Nigerian paper reports that no one seems to know where the money ended up…

Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel—who has coached there for 34 years—was apparently dismissed before the outdoor season, but the university is offering no explanation…

It’s not the same as retiring a number in the ball sports, but Florida State is starting a tradition of retiring the jerseys of its past greats.

The inaugural honorees: Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix and ’95 world 400H champ Kim Batten…

Two Jesse Owens medals are headed to the auction block, according to his daughters.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest awards that the U.S. can give a civilian. Both are expected to go in the six figures.

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WILL 007 BE THERE? Organizers of the London Marathon have scored something of a royal coup, arranging for Her Majesty The Queen to be the official starter for this year’s race…

The tiny village of Kabirirsang, Kenya, is claiming honors as the hotbed of 800 running, with its athletes going on to win more than 30 Olympic, World, Commonwealth and African medals…

A road race in Alamosa will loop around 8K of the ’68 Olympic Trials marathon course, and organizers are sponsoring a 50th reunion of the athletes who ran in that Trials.

Winner George Young and runner-up Kenny Moore will be in attendance…

Winning two NCAA titles in recent years wasn’t enough to guarantee the New Mexico XC team new treadmills. A $30,000 request for new equipment was eliminated from the state budget when the governor used her line-item veto, though other Lobo sports had their wishes granted.

 

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