Hosts Russia hold a five points overnight lead over defending champions Germany, 186-181, in the European Team Championships in Cheboksary followng the opening day of competition which saw five event records beaten and one equalled.
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Mo Farah, whose coach Alberto Salazar was alleged to have engaged in past doping violations involving other athletes in his group by a BBC Panorama programme aired earlier this month, has posted a statement on Facebook insisting he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and adding that the last weeks have been “the toughest of my life".
Svein Arne Hansen, the new European Athletics President, has today made good on his intention to include more women in the organisation in announcing the names of the 14 females appointed to Commissions following last weekend’s Council meeting in Oslo.
Russia took two more gymnastics titles here, but a hat-trick on the seventh day of competition was denied them by Belgium’s trio in the acrobatic women’s group all-round final who earned their country its first gold medal of these European Games.
Media pressure on Mo Farah, whose coach Alberto Salazar was alleged to have engaged in doping violations by a BBC Panorama programme aired earlier this month, has continued to grow with a claim by the Daily Mail that he missed two random drug tests before he won his Olympic 5000/10,000 metres double at the London 2012 Games.
Germany’s Henri Junghaenel defeated a stellar field to earn European Games gold medal in the 50 metre rifle prone men's event here, and the second gold of the day, in the new event of the mixed team trap, went to the Slovakian pairing of Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova and world champion Erik Varga, who earned an emphatic 27-21 win over Russia’s newly crowned men’s champion Alexey Alipov and Elena Tkach.
Honour was satisfied at the European Games here today as Azerbaijan’s Aykhan Taghizade and Britain’s Olympic champion Jade Jones earned gold in the respective under 68 kilogram and under 57kg classes.
Ron Clarke, Australia’s revered Olympic distance runner and more recently Mayor of the Gold Coast, has died aged 78 after a short illness.
Azerbaijan’s Dorogan claims Baku 2015 wrestling gold after controversial decision against bloodied Pole
A controversial decision at the European Games here gave home wrestler Anzhela Dorogan gold in the 53 kilogram class against a Polish opponent, Roksana Zasina, who finished the match limping heavily and with blood seeping through a head bandage following a cut sustained in the semi-final.
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Britain’s Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad, who grew up watching videos of boxing greats such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson, has engaged in some classic fighter’s talk ahead of a possible meeting later this week with Aaron Cook.