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Leading World athletics Coach Rana Reider to be investigated over sexual misconduct

One of the world’s leading track and field coaches is to be investigated by the US Center for SafeSport after multiple complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him, the Guardian can reveal.

Rana Reider has earned a glittering reputation in the sport after guiding several Olympic and world champions to glory, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic 200m gold medallist Andre de Grasse and the world triple jump champion Christian Taylor.

The American also trains numerous other elite athletes, including Britain’s Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita, from his Florida-based Tumbleweed Track Club. However, the 51-year-old American’s behaviour off the track is to be scrutinised by the US Center for SafeSport organisation, a powerful and independent body that handles investigations and complaints into abuse and misconduct in Olympic sports.

The Guardian has also learned that the allegations against Reider have led to UK Athletics warning Gemili and Neita to cease contact with their renowned coach or their membership into the World Class Programme, including lottery funding, will be suspended. A similar message has been conveyed to other British athletes who were considering moving to the US to train under Reider.

Contacted by the Guardian on Tuesday, Reider denied knowledge of the SafeSport investigation and said he had not been told of UK Athletics’ instruction to Gemili and Neita. “You can call my lawyer because this is news to me,” he added. Reider’s lawyer, Ryan Stephens, said the allegations against his client were “unvetted” and “unproven”. “SafeSport hasn’t issued a notice of allegations to Rana,” he told the Guardian.

“The suspicious timing and motives attached to these unproven attacks on Rana’s reputation need to be fully investigated and vetted, and they haven’t been.” It is understood the warning to Gemili and Neita came about after UKA took advice from its Standards, Ethics and Rules Committee.

Both athletes were then sent a letter, which told them that UKA does not feel it is appropriate for them to continue to be associated with Reiner at the present time. In a statement, UKA told the Guardian: “As part of UK Athletics commitment to ensuring appropriate conduct is consistent across all areas without any exceptions, we completed additional due diligence where issues have been raised about the support personnel of UK athletes.

“Following information from the US Center for SafeSport that multiple complaints of sexual misconduct have been made against Coach Rana Reider and that an investigation in the US is imminent, UK Athletics has informed UK athletes currently being coached by him to cease all association until the conclusion of this process.” Reiner has guided Gemili for most of his career, during which time the popular 28-year-old athlete has broken 10 seconds for 100m and 20sec for 200m and inspired Britain’s relay team to world championship 4x100m relay gold and silver medals in 2017 and 2019.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Neita had a breakthrough year in 2021, running under 11sec for 100m for the first time, reaching the Olympic final and winning 4x100m relay bronze at Tokyo Olympics. On its website the US Center for SafeSport says that its mission is “dedicated solely to ending sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on behalf of athletes everywhere” – and that it is “authorised by Congress to help abuse prevention, education, and accountability take root in every sport, on every court”.

In July 2021 the centre issued an indefinite ban on the coach Alberto Salazar for sexual misconduct and emotional misconduct violations. Reider, who is regarded as a brilliant technical sprint coach, joined UKA after London 2012 after a long US collegiate career to initially oversee the sprints, sprint hurdles, horizontal jumps and relay programmes. He worked with a group of athletes that included Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers and Richard Kilty before leaving in 2014. After departing UKA he criticised some British athletes, saying: “Maybe they get comfortable. Maybe they get the funding. Maybe they’re big fish in a small pond and that’s the way they like it.”

SafeSport has been contacted for comment.

Olympic sprint star shot and killed in Ecuador

Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been killed in his home city of Guayaquil.

The death was confirmed by Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, through his social media account twitter.

“My heart is totally shattered, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel,” said Ibáñez.

“Rest in peace dear Alex, I will miss you all my life.”

The Ecuador Olympic Committee would his passing also.

According to reports Quinonez, 32, was shot dead by unknown persons on Friday alongside a friend, outside a shopping centre in Colinas de la Florida, in Guayaquil. A police investigation into the tragedy is currently ongoing.

The Ecuadorian sprinter competed in 100m and 200m.

At the London 2012 Olympics, he clocked a national record of 20.28 seconds in the heats and went on to finish seventh in the final.

Quinonez won broze at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar, behind Noah Lyles of the United States, and Andre De Grasse of Canada.

 

Where to watch the World Athletics Continental Tour

The 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series continues on Sunday (5) with the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Silesia, Poland.

Sprint stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Andre De Grasse will headline the event, while there will also be a wealth of champions in action in the field events, including a fond farewell to a legend of Polish athletics in Piotr Malachowski.

Here’s how you can follow the action in Silesia.

Follow and watch

Schedule | Entry lists and results

A two-hour live stream of the meeting will be available in a number of territories via the World Athletics YouTube channel, beginning at 17:00 local time, CEST.

The YouTube stream will be geoblocked in the following territories:
Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo – Brazzaville, Congo – Kinshasa, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Czechia, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, Réunion, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, St. Barthélemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Pierre & Miquelon, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, São Tomé & Príncipe, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis & Futuna, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Coverage of the meeting will be available in the territories listed below. Be sure to check local listings – some broadcasts may be live while others will consist of highlights.

FloTrack Australia, USA
OverSport Albania, Kosovo
ArenaSport (AS6 in Bosnia Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, AS1 in Slovenia, AS3 in Croatia) Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovania
Flow Sports
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Barthelemy, St. Kittis and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Martin, St. Vicent and the Grenadies, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobado, Turks and Caicos
Czech TV (Live on ceskatelevize.cz/sport and delayed as of 18:10 local time on Czech TV) Czech Republic
 NENT (Sweden: V Sport 1 and Viaplay, Norway: V Sport 1 and Viaplay, Iceland and Denmark: Viaplay) Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
CCMore Sport 1 Finland
L’Equipe France, French Polynesia, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, French Guyana
sportdeutschland.tv Germany
Sport2 (delayed, 5 September 22:45-00:45 CEST) Hungary
COSMOTE Sport 6HD Greece
Sky Sport Arena Italy
TVP Poland
huste.joj.sk Slovakia
DirecTV Sports Channel Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay
TG4 (highlight delay, no geoblocking) Ireland
SuperSport (GSL1 / SSME / VR3 / VR3A) Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo DR, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madgascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tago, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
ESPN3 (no geoblocking) Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
SPORTV2 (delayed, 6 September 18:00 GMT, no geoblocking Brazil
Swiss Sport TV Switzerland
CBC Canada

 

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Timothy Cheruiyot and Faith Kipyegon are the top ranked Africans in the latest world rankings

World Athletics devised a new global ranking system where athletes score points on a combination of result and place depending on the level of the competition in which the result is achieved. The ranking is based on an average score over a number of competitions over a period of time.

The African continent has managed to get two athletes who have been included in the overall ranking with two times Olympics gold medallist Faith Kipyegon ranked number four in women overall with

Timothy Cheruiyot who is the Olympic silver medallist ranked number nine.

Norways Karsten Warholm and Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands have been ranked as the top athletes in the world.

The rankings pre-Olympics actually help determined what athletes made up the final spots in Japan and were no doubt a reason why the qualifying standards were harder than normal to put a greater importance on the rankings system.

World Athletics has now updated the rankings taking into account the Olympic results on the rankings published on August 18 and then again a few days after the Eugene meeting a week later and they make interesting reading but to some still need a tinkering with.

Ironically the rankings are a better reflection of athletes abilities after Oregon than they were after the Olympics which suggests the organisation hasn’t quite got their priorities right.

When athletes win Olympic golds in the fastest time of the year such as Elaine Thompson-Herah at 100m, Athing Mu at 800m and Sydney McLaughlin and 400m hurdles they should be the world no.1 rather than a very consistent athlete with a better set of marks?

Overall men
while most attention has been on the ranking in individual events, there is an overall ranking and it’s no surprise that Karsten Warholm is now regarded as the top overall athlete from fellow Scandinavian Armand Duplantis. World shot record-breaker Ryan Crouser moved from fifth to third after Eugene moving ahead of Canadians Damian Warner and Andre de Grasse.

1 Karsten Warholm (NOR) 1539
2 Armand Duplantis (SWE) 1535
3 Ryan Crouser (USA) 1500
4 Andre de Grasse (CAN) 1491
5 Damian Warner (CAN) 1473
6 Alison Dos Santos (BRA) 1466
7 Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR) 1465
8 Rai Benjamin (USA) 1463
9 Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) 1444
10 Kenny Bednarek (USA) 1443

 Overall women
Thanks to her versatility from 1500m to 10,000m, Sifan Hassan is comfortably top woman from fellow double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah who has closed the gap significantly after her Eugene run. A recent world record-breaker Yulimar Rojas is not surprisingly third but it does not quite seem right and Femke Bol was fourth overall after the Olympics even though she was clearly only third best at her best event but she lost two places to Faith Kipyegon and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce after their Eugene efforts with the Jamaican likely to move up further after her Lausanne win in next week’s rankings.

1 Sifan Hassan (NED) 1534
2 Elaine Thompson-Herah (JAM) 1515
3 Yulimar Rojas (VEN) 1475
4 Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 1474
5 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 1458
6 Femke Bol (NED) 1455
7 Katie Nageotte (USA) 1444
8 Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (PUR) 1433
9 Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 1430
10 Hyvin Kiyeng (KEN) 1429

 

Olympic heroes return to Action in Eugene

The Olympic Games may be done and dusted, but the 2021 athletics season is far from over as some of the stars of Tokyo 2020 continue their Wanda Diamond League campaigns at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on August 21st.

The eighth meeting of the season will provide an immediate chance to settle some Olympic scores with a whole host of rematches on the track. Men’s 200m gold and silver medallists Andre De Grasse and Kenny Bednarek will go head to head again at Hayward Field, while Athyn Mu, Keely Hodgkinson and Raevyn Rogers make up an Olympic podium full house in the women’s 800m.

The same applies for the women’s 5000m, with reigning Diamond League champion and Olympic gold medallist Sifan Hassan taking on silver and bronze medallists Hellen Obiri and Gudaf Tsegay in the women’s race. All three 5000m medallists (Joshua Cheptegei, Moh Ahmed and Paul Chelimo) will also be in action in a star-studded men’s two-mile race in Eugene.

In the men’s shot put, the USA’s Ryan Crouser will be hoping to add a first career Diamond Trophy to his shiny new Olympic gold medal in the remaining months of the season. He will take on fellow medallists Joe Kovacs and Tom Walsh, who is looking to defend his Diamond League title this year.

Gold and bronze medallists Pedro Pablo Pichardo and Hugues Zango will reprise their men’s triple jump battle on the Diamond League stage, while there could also be a rematch between Olympic and Diamond League champion Mariya Lasitskene and bronze medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh in the women’s triple jump.

Source: diamondleague.com

Andre De Grasse beats Noah Lyles to take gold in 200m race

Canada’s Andre De Grasse added gold to a groaning collection of minor medals with victory in the 200 metres at the Tokyo Olympics games.

De Grasse, operating in the considerable shadow of Usain Bolt for most of his career, had won six bronze and two silver medals from global individual races and relays, but has been on fire in Tokyo.

Showing perfect judgement he ran down leader Noah Lyles to win in a Canadian record of 19.62 seconds to make him the eighth-fastest man of all time over the distance.

“In 2016 I was a kid and inexperienced but now I have so many expectations to come away with medals,” said 26-year-old De Grasse, who won silver behind Bolt in the 200m in Rio.

“I wanted to show the world all my injuries are behind me and I can bring home a gold medal.”

Kenneth Bednarek from USA came in second to take silver in 19.68 while the race Favorite and defending Noah Lyles also from USA crossed the line in third place in a time of 19.74 seconds.

Hamstring injury ends Olympian De Grasse’s season

Canadian triple Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse’s season has been cut short for a second consecutive year by a hamstring injury, the sprinter’s manager said on Monday.

“This past Saturday while running the 200m semi-final at the Canadian Athletics Championships, Andre caught a cramp in his hamstring preventing him from finishing the race,” Paul Doyle said in a statement.

“Sunday, MRI scans revealed a minor grade 1 strain in the Biceps Femoris.  A minor injury, but enough to end what has been a rather tumultuous year for De Grasse.”

A different hamstring injury knocked Canada’s highest ranked sprinter out of the world athletics championships in London last year.

De Grasse had said he felt a “little grab” in his right hamstring while leading his 200m semi-final in Saturday’s race.

The 23-year-old was hoping the injury was just a cramp but tests revealed the strain.

“I will heal quickly from this injury,” De Grasse said in the statement.

“I will go be with my daughter and focus on being a dad for the next few weeks as I heal, and I will plan to come back stronger than ever.”

De Grasse and his girlfriend became the parents of a daughter Yuri on June 22.

“2018 will always be the year I look back at fondly as the year my daughter came into the world” De Grasse said.

Along with last year’s hamstring injury, De Grasse learned this year he was recovering from a bout of mononucleosis that he had suffered from possibly as far back as December of 2017, which affected his early races.

He delayed his return until April but was unable to perform at the level that made him the Olympic 200m silver medalist and 100m and 4x100m relay bronze medal winner at the 2016 Rio Games.

Holder of lifetime bests of 9.91 seconds in the 100 and 19.80 in the 200, De Grasse’s best 100m time this year was 10.15 in his season opener.

He finished third in the 100 at the Canadian championships on Friday, running 10.20.

His 200m season’s best was 20.46.

Laura Muir targeting UK Mile record In London

Double world indoor medallist Laura Muir is planning an assault on the British mile record at the Müller Anniversary Games, the 11th stop of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League, in London on 22 July.

One of Muir’s most memorable career achievements to date came at the same event in 2016 when buoyed by a vociferous home crowd, she broke Kelly Holmes’ 1500m British record en route to a 3:57.49 victory, a record she further lowered to 3:55.22 in Paris one month later.

This year, Muir will have Zola Budd’s 33-year-old mile record of 4:17.57 in her sights in the London Stadium. Eclipsing that will elevate Muir into the event’s all-time top-10. Muir clocked her 4:18.03 personal best at last year’s London meeting where she finished second behind Kenyan Hellen Obiri.

“I just remember it being so loud as I turned into the home straight, it was an amazing experience,” Muir said of her London race in 2016. “Everyone was cheering me to the line, so to get that victory and the record was a fantastic moment in my career.”

After ending her indoor campaign in March with a double medal-winning performance at the World Indoor Championships where she captured 1500m silver and 3000m bronze, Muir embarked on her 2018 outdoor season in Eugene yesterday where she finished second in the 1500m clocking 3:59.30.

Her record attempt adds to an already stellar line-up that includes the 60m world indoor record holder and world champion Christian Coleman, Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse, British international medallists Dina Asher-Smith, Richard Whitehead, Andrew Pozzi, Olivia Breen, Eilidh Doyle and Morgan Lake.