ON YOUR MARKS — September

All was glittering gold as the second half of the Diamond League winners were feted in Brussels. (JIRO MOCHIZUKI/IMAGE OF SPORT)

PLENTY OF DOHA TESTS. To help in keeping tabs on “biological passports,” the Athletics Integrity Unit plans to collect more than 700 blood samples at the WC, with another 600 urine tests…

Various Olympic organizations might need to beef up their legal budgets. The Washington Post reports that the Department of Justice is investigating the USOPC as well as several specific sports bodies. In addition, the attorneys general in California and Indiana have opened their own probes. There has been IRS involvement in the federal investigation, which reportedly has touched on USATF…

Josanne Lucas, who won ’09 WC bronze for Trinidad in the 400 hurdles with an NR 53.20, is now a U.S. citizen. She last competed in ’16…

Hurdle legend Roger Kingdom has taken a new position as speed coach for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers…

Caster Semenya has signed with a South African women’s soccer team, JVW, but insists she hasn’t retired from track…

The Bahamas, still reeling from Hurricane Dorian, is struggling with the cost of sending its small team to Doha. Shaunae Miller-Uibo has pledged $25,000 to hurricane relief efforts…

Budapest, which will host track’s World Championships in ’23, has decided not to bid on the ’32 Olympics…

Div. II’s Missouri–St. Louis is adding track & cross country.

Dennis Craddock, 73, passed away on August 14 in Chapel Hill. The longtime coach at North Carolina, his teams won 45 ACC team titles in cross country and track…

Noted marathon statistician Marty Post died in June…

USTFCCCA Hall Of Fame coach Artis Davenport, 92, died September 7, in Manvel, Texas. The longtime head at Southern–New Orleans, his teams won 3 NCAA Div. III titles and 4 in the NAIA…

David Rudisha survived an August 25 car accident in Kenya without injury. The crash occurred when a tire blew on his SUV and he went head-on into a bus…

A high school in Texas has been sued after a pole vaulter fractured his skull and lost part of his brain in a practice accident. The suit claims that the mat was more than two-feet short…

It would have been big news in South Korea had the country landed its first-ever World Champs medalist when Daegu hosted in ’11. Turns out they did, but it took 8 years to disqualify 3 Russians for various doping offenses so that the original 6th-placer, Hyun-Sub Kim, now has bronze in the 20K walk…

Changes have been made to the Olympic Trials marathon course in Atlanta. The 6M loop is now an 8M loop, which helped eliminate some hills and turns. It will also help accommodate a bigger field than originally expected…

Italy’s Rieti meet, originally set for September 8, has been canceled once again…

In Orange County, California, a woman was arrested for grabbing a passing high school cross country runner and trying to push him off a bridge. No one was seriously injured, luckily…

College sports may soon be in upheaval over a bill that has unanimously passed the California assembly, forbidding schools in the state from revoking scholarships or eligibility from athletes who profit from their name or image. The state senate also resoundingly passed a version of the bill. Once they are reconciled, it all depends on the governor, who will likely be lobbied heavily by the NCAA…

Major League Baseball has warned its players of the “very real risk” of over-the-counter sexual enhancement pills containing banned substances…

A professor at Britain’s University of Brighton is nearing completion on a genetic test that some are calling the most significant anti-doping measure since the biological passport. The researcher, Yannis Pitsiladis, sits on the IOC’s medical and science commission and has been working on the methodology since ’06…

If the Olympics are on your bucket list, note that Tokyo organizers are offering a package that includes luxury seats for all track events, opening and closing ceremonies, and fine dining, all for just $60,000…

The 110-acre piece of land that holds the remains of the Pittsburgh’s Carrie Blast Furnace has been painstakingly transformed into one of the nation’s most unique cross country courses. In August, the Pitt Panthers used the venue to host their first meet in 42 years…

When ESPN’s Max Kellerman trashed track & field athletes as failures in other sports, Prep AOY Matthew Boling showed he’s already world-class at tweeting with his comeback: “Looked this guy up and saw he used to make music. Talk about failure…”

With coach Ricardo Santos now at Stanford, the BAA High Performance team has named Olympian Morgan Uceny as interim coach…

Overall HS athletic participation declined last year for the first time in 30 years, with football and basketball leading the way. However, track & field still saw gains. It remains the No. 2 sport for boys (after football) and No. 1 for girls…

The Great Scottish Run has broken new ground by being the first major race to add a category for gender neutral competitors. The move came in response to criticism the race faced last year…

British 800 runner Kyle Langford was almost booted from the Doha team after a second alleged incident involving verbal abuse of another athlete. He was fined last month for an attack on an official…

The NCAA has issued an official reprimand for unsportsmanlike conduct to Texas A&M-Commerce, noting that a student athlete and an assistant coach made “derogatory and threatening remarks toward officials,” and re-entered “the venue after being escorted out and instructed not to return.” The two are suspended from the next two championships and the school has to reimburse per diem and travel costs…

WADA has suspended its accreditation of the laboratory in New Delhi for up to 6 months…

Zara Hyde Peters, a former distance runner and past CEO of British Triathlon, has been hired as the new CEO of UK Athletics…

A proposed reorganization of the USOPC will increase athlete participation on the board from 20% to 33%…

Ashley Spencer on what it’s like being an athlete: “There’s never a moment when I’m not hungry.” ◻︎

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