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World Running Update: Ramzi Tests Positive, Defar Sets PR

  • By Sean McKeon
  • Published Jul. 13, 2009
  • Updated Jul. 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM UTC
Tyson Gay after he tied his 100m PR of 9.77. Photo: Victah Sailer

Tyson Gay after he tied his 100m PR of 9.77. Photo: Victah Sailer

Time to digest the weekend’s running news.

The ÅF Golden League is half-way complete and the buzz leading up to the IAAF World Track and Field Championships is growing.  Although the news should be focused on the great times being put up this summer, it is hard to avoid a story involving another Olympic gold medalist getting busted for drugs.

Rashid Ramzi Positive B Test

1500m Olympic gold medalist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain was hoping his B test would come back negative, otherwise he would lose his Olympic medal.  When the dust settled the Olympic champion learned that he would need to relinquish his title, as the second blood test came back positive for banned substance CERA.  Witih this, the IOC will surely name runner-up Asbel Kiprop of Kenya the gold medalist, Nick Willis of New Zealand the silver medalist and Mehdi Bala of France the new bronze medalist.

For More: Bahrain official: Ramzi’s backup sample positive

Defar Sets 10,000m PR

Mesert Defar proved she isn’t the only Ethiopian woman ready to run a sub-30:00 10,000m, as she clocked a PR 29:59.20 in Birmingham, England this weekend.  The former 5000m world champion joined countrywoman Meselech Melkamu as the second Ethiopian woman this year to break 30:00 in the 10,000m.  Melkamu posted the second fastest time in history with her 29:53.80 performance earlier this year in Utrecht, Czech Republic.

For More: Defar clocks 29:59.20 in Birmingham to secure Berlin ticket

Tyson Gay Decides Not To Face Bolt

Although he will be at the London Grand Prix, Tyson Gay will not race Usain Bolt in the 100m.  Gay will take to the track in the 200m and Bolt will be competing in the 100m and 4X100m.  In usual sprint star fashion, the top two athletes will purposely avoid each other leading up to the world championships in Berlin.  Gay has sighted the fact that he needs to tune up in the 200m as the reason why he will not compete in the 100m event.

For More: Tyson Gay to compete at London Grand Prix but not against Usain Bolt

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