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  • Ethiopia not worried about doping problems

    Athletics chiefs in Ethiopia are not worried about doping problems in the sport and are dealing with them strongly, a senior official said on Saturday.

    The east African nation and neighbouring Kenya have been rocked by a number of positive doping tests in recent years and both countries were placed in "critical care" by the athletics authorities over their drug-testing systems.

    “It (doping) is not worrying us. The few cases that emerged were dealt with squarely and decisively and we have launched a major education programme among young athletes because we know knowledge is power,” Bililign Mekoya, Secretary General of Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF), told Reuters.

    "We are working with our Kenyan counterparts, our national anti-doping organisation and the IAAF to get to root out doping," he added.

    "It does not threaten us now. Our government has done a great job and we are confident that it won’t take root in Ethiopia."

    Ethiopia and Kenya have introduced legislation to criminalise doping. More than 40 Kenyan athletes have tested positive in the past five years.

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  • CHAN 2018: Ethiopia 1 Sudan 1

    Ethiopia and Sudan played to a 1-1 draw in the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 first leg clash here today.

    Saifeldeen scored for the Sudan first in the 76th minute and Abdurahman Mubarak leveled the score for Ethiopia seven minutes later. This was Mubarak’s first international goal.

    The two teams will play the return leg match in Sudan in two-week time.

    Elsewhere in Nouakchott, Mauritania were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Mali, in a game which saw all four goals in the first half.

    Mandala Konte put Mali up in the opening minute before Abdoulaye Gaye converted a penalty to level matters on nine minutes. Samba Moussa ensured Mauritania went up for the first time on the quarter-hour mark only for Aboubacar Diarra to draw even on 21 minutes.

    ‘Les Etalons’ of Burkina Faso came from behind twice to hold neighbours Ghana to a 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou. The Black Stars went up on 14 minutes courtesy Sadick Adams from the spot.

    Mohamed Sylla levelled for the Burkinabes on 55 minutes but their joy was cut short ten minutes later, when Gideon Waja restored Ghana’s lead. Ilasse Sawadogo grabbed the equalizer six minutes from time setting the stage for crucial duel in the return leg on Sunday, 20 August 2017, in Kumasi.

    Fixtures

    Central Zone

    08-11-2017 Congo – DR Congo 0-0

    08-12-2017 Equatorial Guinea vs Gabon

    08-12-2017 Sao Tome vs Cameroon

    Central-East Zone

    08-12-2017 Uganda – Rwanda 3-0

    08-13-2017 Ethiopia vs Sudan 1-1

    North Zone

    08-12-2017 Algeria – Libya 1-2

    08-12-2017 Egypt vs Morocco

    South Zone

    08-12-2017 South Africa – Zambia 2-2

    08-13-2017 Madagascar – Angola 0-0

    08-13-2017 Comoros – Namibia 2-1

    West A Zone

    08-12-2017 Mauritania – Mali 2-2

    08-15-2017 Senegal vs Guinea

    West B Zone

    08-12-2017 Burkina Faso – Ghana 2-2

    08-13-2017 Benin vs Nigeria

    08-13-2017 Niger vs Cote d’Ivoire

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  • IAAF World Championships London 2017- Bosse powers away in exciting 800m final

    As expected, world record-holder Wayne van Niekerk stormed to gold in the men's 400m final to conclude an exciting fifth day of action at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, but the biggest surprise of the evening came from Pierre-Ambroise Bosse when winning the 800m title.

    The evening also included wins for Sam Kendricks in the pole vault, Barbora Spotakova in the javelin and Conseslus Kipruto in the 3000m steeplechase.

    BOSSE SPRINGS A SURPRISE
    Just as he had in the semifinal on Sunday, France's Bosse benefited from world U20 champion Kipyegon Bett's pace-making. But this time round the Frenchman powered away from the tiring Kenyan to take his first global championships medal in a season's best of 1:44.67.

    “I could not understand why nobody was going past me,” said Bosse, who only advanced to the final as a non-automatic qualifier. “Even when I crossed the line, I could not believe it. The others killed themselves and they were already dead in the last 100 metres.”

    Nineteen-year-old Bett had led the race from the gun and was rewarded for his efforts by holding on for bronze in 1:45.21. Meanwhile, European champion Adam Kszczot came through strongly for silver in a season's best of 1:44.95, repeating his position from two years ago in Beijing.

    Roared on by the home crowd, Great Britain and Northern Ireland's 2015 European U20 champion Kyle Langford stormed through from seventh to fourth in the final 100 metres, missing out on bronze by 0.04 in a lifetime best of 1:45.21.

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  • World Championships: Faith Kipyegon wins 1500m gold, Laura Muir fourth

    Britain's Laura Muir just missed out on a 1500m medal as Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won a showdown every bit as tight and dramatic as billed.

    In the contest of the championships so far, Muir led through the first lap before slipping back as the pace dropped.

    With 30m to go, the 24-year-old Scot had battled back into contention only to be overtaken by American Jenny Simpson and South Africa's Caster Semenya in the final strides.

    "I gave it everything I could," said Muir, who missed out on bronze by seven hundredths of a second.

    "I tied up in the last 15 yards. I knew it was close. It happened so late in the race. I couldn't react, but I wouldn't have been able to because I was so tired."

    With Ethiopian defending champion Genzebe Dibaba nowhere and the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan, fastest woman in the world this year, tying up at the death, it was a frenzied end to a race as messy as it was thrilling.

    Muir's fellow Briton, Laura Weightman, crossed the line in sixth place.

    Minutes earlier, Olympic champion Omar McLeod had given Jamaica its first gold medal of these championships as he powered to 110m hurdles gold.

    But it was the 1500m that had the capacity crowd on its feet, and while Muir's effort was brave, there will be debate about whether her tactics were the right ones for the occasion.

    After a first lap of 65 seconds she slowed it down to 71secs on the next, with Hassan and Simpson coming past her as she ceded control.

    At that stage Olympic 800m champion Semenya was way back, but the South African used her speed in the home straight as USA's Simpson once again timed her own effort to perfection as Dibaba went backwards.

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  • Arsenal beats Chelsea in FA Community Shield in new 'ABBA'-method penalty shootout

    After the Premier League and FA Cup winners were locked at 1-1 following an evenly contested 90 minutes, the Frenchman stroked home after Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed for Chelsea, in a shootout that trialled the new 'ABBA system'.

    Chelsea's Victor Moses opened the scoring when he reacted fastest to smash a loose ball past Petr Cech in the 46th minute before Arsenal substitute Sead Kalasinac equalised in the 82nd minute, heading home to cap an impressive performance.

    Chelsea's Pedro was dismissed for a nasty lunge on Mohamed Elneny which led to Arsenal's equaliser, while Arsene Wenger's side also handed a debut to record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

    Chelsea begin their title defence when they host Burnley on Saturday, while Arsenal entertain Leicester City on Friday to kick off the Premier League season.

    At a sun-kissed Wembley, Arsenal, who beat Chelsea in May to win the FA Cup, started brightly with Lacazette, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi all having early half-chances. Arsenal's fluid front three continued to cause the Premier League champions problems and midway through the half France forward Lacazette saw his curling effort cannon off the post.

    Chelsea, who cantered to last season's league title, grew into the game and Spanish winger Pedro drew a save from Cech with a fearsome drive following a swift counter-attack.

    Chelsea's Willian was then booked when referee Robert Madley judged the Brazilian to have dived as he surged past Hector Bellerin into the Arsenal box.

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  • Unbeatable: The Amazing Mo Farah Wins the 10,000 at 2017 Worlds,

    LONDON — Same stadium. Same result. Faster time.

    Five years to the day after he won his first global 10,000-meter title at the 2012 Olympics, Great Britain’s Mo Farah returned to the same London Stadium track and won his last to cap off day one of the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Farah pulled away in the homestretch to win in 26:49.51, sending a capacity crowd of over 60,000 into a state of delirium.

    Farah had to run faster than he ever has in a championship 10,000, with a rotating cast of Africans taking turns pushing the pace. But, as has always been the case since his first title back in 2011, Farah was ready for the challenge and when he took the lead with 640 meters to go, he would not relinquish it. From that point on, the stadium was engulfed in a wall of noise as the partisan crowd roared him home. And once again, their man delivered.

    Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the 20-year old who signaled his intentions early with a shocking 61.02 opening lap, ran bravely throughout, and finished in 26:49.94 to earn silver, his first career global medal at the senior level. Kenya’s Paul Tanui (26:50.60) was third for the third Worlds in a row.

    But this was about Farah’s brilliance, which seems to know no limits. Farah is 34 years old, absolutely ancient for a 10,000 man — six years older than anyone else in the top 12 — yet here he was, running his fastest time since 2011, and the fastest by anyone since his former training partner Galen Rupp set the American record back in 2014.

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