IAAF confirms that Ukraine’s Anna Mishchenko is to lose her results since June 2012 which includes her 2012 European 1500m medal

Mishchenko stripped of 2012 medal

The IAAF has confirmed that 2012 European 1500m medallist Anna Mishchenko of Ukraine has been suspended for two years for abnormalities in her biological passport.

Mishchenko is banned until August 2017 and all of her results from June 28, 2012, have been annulled, including her medal-winning performance from the European Championships in 2012.

Mishchenko originally crossed the line third in Helsinki, behind Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin and Gamze Bulut, but Cakir Alptekin was later handed an eight-year ban and lost results including her London 2012 Olympic 1500m title and 2012 European 1500m gold.

Mishchenko’s loss of results would mean silver in the 1500m for Spain’s Nuria Fernandez and bronze for Germany’s Diana Sujew.

Morocco’s Rkia El Moukim, who placed 10th in last year’s London Marathon, has also been banned for biological passport abnormalities and is suspended until February 2018 (with all results from March 19, 2011, annulled) and sub-2:10 Kenyan marathon runner Cyrus Njui has been banned for eight months for an in-competition positive at Hokkaido Marathon in Sapporo last August.

Kiprotich, Kiplagat and Kirui in Tokyo

Renowned championship runners Stephen Kiprotich, Abel Kirui and Edna Kiplagat are among the big names taking part in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday.

Kiprotich was second last year in a Ugandan record of 2:06:33 and was third in 2012 before winning the Olympic title in London. Other favourites include 2014 champion and 2015 Chicago Marathon winner Dickson Chumba, two-time Amsterdam Marathon winner Bernard Kipyego, Berlin Marathon runner-up Eliud Kiptanui and third-placer Feyisa Lilesa.

Kirui is a two-time world champion but has struggled with injuries – including a stress fracture – in recent seasons while the fastest athlete in the field, Emmanuel Mutai with a 2:03:13 PB, was only 11th in London and fourth in Berlin last year.

In the women’s race, Kiplagat faces a strong Ethiopian contingent including reigning champion Birhane Dibaba, former winner Aberu Kebede, world junior record-holder Shure Demise and two-time Istanbul Marathon winner Amane Gobena. World marathon silver medallist and last year’s runner-up Helah Kiprop also competes.

This race is one of the designated selection races for the Japanese men’s marathon team for Rio and the leading domestic runners in the field include Masato Imai (2:07:39 PB), Arata Fujiwara (2:07:48) and Kohei Matsumura (2:08:09).

Last race of WMM 2015/16

Victory in Tokyo would put Dickson Chumba equal with Eliud Kipchoge at the top of the 2015/16 Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX standings with 50 points. Likewise, Birhane Dibaba (34 points), Helah Kirop (32 points) and Aberu Kebede (16 points) are all within striking distance of Mary Keitany who leads the women’s rankings on 41 points.

The points system is: 25 points for a win, 16 points for second, 9 points for third, 4 points for fourth and 1 point for fifth and the best results from two races count towards their ranking.

Beitia against Trost

Ruth Beitia takes on Alessia Trost and in-form Doreen Amata in the high jump on home soil at the Meeting Ville de Madrid (EA Indoor Permit) on Friday.

Another interesting clash in the jumps is between Yolimar Rojas of Venezuela and Jamaican Kimberly Williams in the triple jump while Thiago Braz starts as the commanding favourite in the pole vault.

The men’s shot put is arguably the strongest event on the programme with Tim Nedow, Konrad Bukowiecki, German Lauro and Carlos Tobalina all in action.

On the track, Michelle-Lee Ahye headlines the women’s 60m while Americans Jeff Porter and Jarrett Eaton face in-form Hunagarian Balasz Baji in the 60m hurdles.

Highlights in the middle distances: Nataliya Lupu vs. Margaret Wambui in the 800m (she is seeking the Portland standard after already having been selected by Kenyan Federation), Kevin Lopez and Amine Laalou in the 1500m and a strong 800m field including Jeremiah Mutai, Manuel Olmedo and Luis-Alberto Marco.

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