A look at some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics
Semenya, Jebet and Carter for Doha
Olympic champions Caster Semenya, Ruth Jebet and Michelle Carter are the latest names confirmed for the Doha IAAF Diamond League on May 5, informs organisers.
Semenya will face Olympic 800m silver and bronze medallists Francine Niyonsaba from Burundi and Margaret Wambui from Kenya, while Jebet faces world steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng and Emma Coburn, who won silver and bronze medals behind her in Rio de Janeiro last summer.
Carter will go head-to-head with Olympic bronze medallist and two-time European indoor champion Anita Marton in the shot put.
Previously announced names include Elaine Thompson, Dafne Schippers and home favourite Mutaz Essa Barshim.
Taylor vs Claye in Eugene
The two best triple jumpers in the world – Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye – will go head-to-head at the Prefontaine Classic on May 26 in a stellar field that includes all three medallists from the Rio Olympic Games.
Also jumping is Alexis Copello, Max Hess, Melvin Raffin and Troy Doris.
European U23 Championships
According to preliminary entries, some 1109 athletes from 42 countries want to be at the 11th European U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz this July.
Top home medal hopes will be Ewa Swoboda, Sofia Ennaoui and Konrad Bukowiecki.
Rising Australian stars shine
The rising stars of Australian sprinting shone on day two of the Australian Athletics Championships, with Riley Day and Ella Connolly cruising to meet records in the 100m with 11.59 (+0.5, U18 girls) and 400m with 52.96 (U18 girls) at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.
In the boy’s under 16 pole vault, Sasha Zhoya cleared 4.92m at age 14 to improve both the Australian record and the world best for athletes of his age. He will also compete in the men’s pole vault later in the week.
Jake Doran ran 10.47 (+2.0) in the heat of the boy’s under-18 100m to qualify for the Commonwealth Youth Games. Later in the finals the winner was Edward Osei-Nketia in 10.56 (+1.5), while the under-20 winner Jordan Shelley clocked 10.52 (+0.2).
Athletes call for investigation
Three athletes who believe they were cheated out of Olympic medals in the women’s long jump at the 2004 Olympics are reportedly calling for an investigation into the outcome of the final, informs insidethegames.biz.
Russian athletes claimed a clean sweep but the three medallists all subsequently failed drug tests. Fourth, fifth and sixth-placers Bronwyn Thompson, Anju Bobby-George and Jade Johnson have urged their respective federations to support their case before they consider approaching the IAAF and IOC.
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