Jessica Ennis-Hill wants gold medal upgrade after rival’s doping

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Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill wants Russian rival Tatyana Chernova to be stripped of her 2011 World Championships gold medal after Russia’s anti-doping agency said Chernova tested positive for an anabolic steroid from the 2009 World Championships.

The Brit Ennis-Hill, who took silver behind Chernova at the 2011 World Championships one year before winning Olympic gold in London, said she’s spoken to Great Britain’s track and field federation and the IAAF, the sport’s international governing body.

“I’m putting my faith in them to look into it a bit more,” Ennis-Hill said, according to British reports. “I definitely want that medal.”

On Jan. 30, Russia’s anti-doping agency announced Chernova’s positive test from 2009 via a 2013 retest. She was given a backdated two-year ban from July 22, 2013, and had results stripped from Aug. 15, 2009, to Aug. 14, 2011.

Chernova beat Ennis-Hill for the World Championship on Aug. 30, 2011.

“Frustration isn’t a strong enough word,” Ennis-Hill said, according the Telegraph. “You train hard for all those years and then people do things like that. It doesn’t seem like she has served a ban. I’m not happy about how the ban has been handled. I can’t really understand it myself.”

Another top heptathlete, Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, said in February that in retrospect, Chernova’s strength as a junior athlete “seemed kind of unbelievable.”

“Although heptathletes won’t openly say anything, there’s a feeling among everyone that we know what [Chernova is] doing, know it’s not right and we don’t agree with it,” Ennis-Hill said, according to the Guardian.

Ennis-Hill is scheduled to compete in a heptathlon for the first time since the London Olympics from May 30-31 in Gotzis, Austria.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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