A round-up of some of the latest from the world of athletics, including news that Elena Slesarenko, Vita Palamar and Denys Yurchenko have been disqualified from the 2008 Olympics

Sixth-placer Chaunte Lowe could get Beijing 2008 medal

Sixteen sportspeople, including four track and field athletes, have been sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after failing retests of stored samples from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The biggest name to test positive is 2004 Olympic high jump champion Elena Slesarenko, who had been in line to receive a 2008 bronze medal after her fellow Russian Anna Chicherova failed a retest.

The IOC have announced that, like Chicherova and Slesarenko, Ukraine’s Beijing 2008 fifth-placer Vita Palamar also failed a retest for the banned steroid turinabol, which means that USA’s Chaunte Lowe could be in line for a bronze medal after originally finishing sixth.

Beijing Olympic pole vault bronze medallist Denys Yurchenko has also been stripped of his medal, which means USA’s Derek Miles could receive an upgrade. Greek triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi, who claimed bronze in Beijing eight years ago, is also among those named by the IOC as being disqualified from Beijing 2008.

Eliud Kipchoge seeks PB

Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge made it clear that his target at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday will be nothing less than an improvement on his five-year-old personal best over the distance.

“The aim is to better my own (personal) record as I treat myself as my biggest competitor. The course here is really flat and it will help in maintaining good speed and producing a good time. I want to go below 59 minutes,” said Kipchoge at a press conference in the Indian city on Thursday.

The race will start at 6.40am local time.

The target times are a personal best 59:25, course record 59:06 and world lead 58:44. With information from organisers.

Valencia Marathon

Sixteen runners with sub-2:10 PBs will be lining up for the Valencia Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers.

The fastest athlete in the race is former Boston and New York Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai (2:03:02 PB) although he hasn’t broken the 2:08-barrier since 2012.

Two more top contenders include Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke (2:04:50) and reigning champion John Mwangangi, who clocked a course record and Spanish all-comers’ record of 2:06:13 last year.

Other sub-2:07 runners in the field are Gilbert Yegon (2:06:18), Peter Kirui (2:06:31) and Mathew Kisorio (2:06:33) but also watch out for Solomon Yego (2:08:31) who ran a 58:44 world lead for the half-marathon in March.

The top runner in the women’s race is Lucy Kabuu (2:19:44), although she hasn’t showed any recent form. The line-up also includes Ethiopians Betlehem Moges (2:24:49) and Aberu Mekuria (2:25:30), Kenyans Valary Jemeli (2:25:26) and Nancy Kiprop (2:27:34) and reigning champion Beata Naigambo (2:26:57) from Namibia.

The 2008 Olympic triathlon silver medallist Vanessa Fernandes (2:31:25) is among the top Europeans.

Millrose Games

Olympic pole vault champion Katerini Stefanidi will go head-to-head with world-leader Sandi Morris in the Millrose Games in New York on February 11, informs organisers.

Stefanidi cleared 4.90m in this meet in February.

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