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Warner urges swift action over doping allegations

Warner has urged the IAAF to act swiftly with the stunning allegations. Credit: PA

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner has urged world governing body the IAAF to act "swiftly and openly" with the allegations of systematic doping and corruption in Russian sport.

On Wednesday evening a Germany television documentary presented what it claimed was evidence of widespread drugs use.

The documentary also contended that the corruption extends beyond Russia and implicated the IAAF in covering up the abuse - "grave allegations" the independent ethics commission of international athletics' governing body is already investigating.

We don't need this in a year's time, we need this in a matter of weeks' time," Warner told the Guardian. We don't want to go into the 2015 athletics season with suspicion hanging over Russian athletes.

We can't be going into a European indoor championships in Prague in March with people looking at what they are watching and wondering if they can believe it.

The allegations that have been aired are clearly extremely serious and it's vital the IAAF doesn't pay lip service to any investigation and is seen to thoroughly scrutinise what has or has not gone on here swiftly and openly.

– Ed Warner speaking to the Guardian

'Best and worst day' of James Ellington's career

British sprinter James Ellington has described winning bronze in the 4x100m relay before being disqualified as the "best and worst day" of his career.


Adam Gemili: Losing out on bronze is 'heartbreaking'

British sprinter Adam Gelili has tweeted about his team being disqualified from the 4x100m relay at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow today:

Team GB disqualified over the second changeover

Great Britain has lost its bronze medal to Canada after being disqualified over the second changeover in the 4x100m relay.

Dwain Chambers crossed the line third but the change between Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Ellington took place outside the designated box.

Canada was then awarded third place on appeal.

"It's heart-breaking," Aikines-Aryeetey said. "We found out when we were walking to the medal presentation."


Report: Cameron wants Mo Farah to be knighted

Mo Farah has gone on to repeat his success at the Olympics, for which David Cameron gave the thumbs up last year, at the Worlds in Russia. Credit: Max Nash/PA Archive

Prime Minister David Cameron would "warmly welcome" a knighthood for Mo Farah after the athlete became the first Briton to win both long-distance titles at the Olympic and World Championships, The Sunday Times has reported.

The newspaper quoted Mr Cameron as saying: "The Olympic and world double-double is one of the great sporting achievements. If the honours committee were to recommend Mo for a knighthood, I would warmly welcome it.”

Farah completed the set with victory in the 5,000m at the Worlds in Moscow on Friday, after which he was widely proclaimed as Britain's finest ever athlete.

British and Northern Irish medal success so far

British and Northern Irish athletes have claimed five medals in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow so far, placing them seventh overall in the medal table.

  • Mo Farah: Gold in the men's 10,000m
  • Christine Ohuruogu: Gold in the women's 400m
  • Mo Farah: Gold in the men's 5,000m
  • Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye and Christine Ohuruogu: Bronze in the women's 4x400m relay
  • Tiffany Porter: Bronze in the women's 100m hurdles
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