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World’s sexiest athlete poor performance at Euro Championships blamed on outfit change

Alica Schmidt is no stranger to modelling different outfits given she’s long juggled a track career with her title as the ‘world’s sexiest athlete’.

However, the 2022 European Championships in Munich proved no place for a change of wardrobe after the blue-eyed beauty qualified for the semi-finals of the 400 metres. She booked her place in the penultimate stage of her specialty event after running one of her quicker times at the Olympiastadion (52.52 seconds).

Schmidt did so wearing a yellow and black leotard, but that onesie was ditched in favour of a vest-and-trunks combo for Tuesday’s final. The 23-year-old went on to finish dead last in her semi and failed to move onto the final, leading some to criticise her decision to change.

Schmidt had enjoyed a great start to the European Championships in her bodysuit outfit (Image: @alicasmd/Instagram)

Only once so far this year has Schmidt recorded a slower competitive time in the 400 metres, and some spectators believed the dip in form was down to dress code. Athletics is one of those sports where even the most minute advantage (or otherwise) can mean the difference between winning and losing, and superstitions are rife.

“Don’t mess with good juju Alica,” read one recommendation from Barstool Sports, questioning the mid-competition change. Sports media company Outkick suggested Schmidt was “playing with fire” by switching up her apparel, calling her decision to change a winning formula “inexplicable.”

Their story added: “I’m not saying Schmidt deserved to lose, but she had to know she was playing with fire switching her outfit.

“You don’t wash your uniform during a hit streak and you don’t switch the track outfit until after the finals. I don’t know why sports works that way, but it just does.”

As well as being a successful athlete and model, Schmidt also worked as a fitness coach for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund during their 2020/21 campaign. But despite a growing portfolio of work outside her first passion, the prospect has maintained her preference is to be a success in athletics.

However, her performance dipped and some questioned her change into a two-piece (Image: Getty Images)

“I just want to be perceived as an athlete, I want to inspire young people and give them an insight into my beautiful sport,” she told Bild. “The fact that I get to meet so many incredibly interesting people is still unbelievable for me and I am infinitely grateful for all these experiences.”

One such key to success is learning from past mistakes, and Schmidt will know better than most where she went wrong in Munich. It’s debatable as to just how much say her clothes had in that regard, though it’s undeniable there was a stark contrast between her 400-metre displays this week.

While she may not have lived up to her billing at the European Championships, Schmidt is focused on earning a place in Germany’s squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The sprinter missed out on selection for the Tokyo Games last year but is building her profile again in the hopes she can feature in France.

 

Source: dailystar.co.uk

Caster Semenya to open 2022 season with a 3000m Race

Double Olympic women’s 800m champion will return to competitive racing for the first time since June 30, 2021 when she failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

Caster Semenya returns to competitive distance running on Wednesday (23 March), nearly 10 months after failing to achieve the qualifying mark for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

The two-time 800m Olympic champion, who scaled up to the longer distances due to the World Athletics’ testosterone rules, will line-up in the women’s 3000m at the second meeting of the Athletics South Africa Grand Prix, at Greenpoint Athletics Stadium in Cape Town.

The South African will be up against local stars, led by former national 5000m champion and two-time world cross country finalist Kesa Molotsane, plus her training partner Glenrose Xaba, a seasoned long-distance runner.

Semenya hasn’t raced competitively since 30 June 2021, when she finished in fourth place in a 5000m meet in Belgium in 15:50.12, missing out on her targeted 15:10.00 which meant she didn’t qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

The South African 5000m national champion, who raced to her personal best of 15:32.15 in May 2021 has since spent most of her time off the track coaching athletes at the Masai Athletics Club which operates with her wife Violet, in Pretoria and Soweto.

Semenya’s background

In May 2019, a World Athletics eligibility ruling came into effect which prevents female athletes with Differences in Sexual Development (DSD) from competing in women’s events from 400m to one mile (1600m), unless they reduce their testosterone levels.

The 31-year-old Semenya vowed following that ruling that she would not take any testosterone suppressing medication, terming the rules discriminatory and unfair.

The runner challenged the World Athletics rules and lost the cases at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2019 and at the Swiss Federal Supreme court in 2020. She then moved a third lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights in February 2021.

The triple 800m world champion shifted her focus on the 5000m, having originally decided to go for the 200m in March 2020.

Semenya won the women’s 800m titles at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.

Source: olympics.com

Belarusian sprinter says those behind her early Olympic exit should be punished

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya who defected at last year’s Tokyo Games told Reuters on Friday she had fought hard for the United States to penalise those responsible for her early Olympic exit and that she hoped international sports bodies would join in punishing them.

“They deprived me of my right to take part in the Olympic Games and the I think that sanctions should be imposed against them,” Tsimanouskaya told Reuters.

“I would also like the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international federation (World Athletics) to respond to this case and make decisions regarding the people who participated in the attempt to remove me from Tokyo.”

On Thursday the United States said it was imposing visa restrictions on several Belarusian nationals, citing Tsimanouskaya’s case and repression against athletes from the country.

Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record

United States Athing Mu crushed her own American record by winning the women’s 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

Two weeks after the Tokyo Games ended, a pair of Olympic medalists closed out their historic seasons with American records at Hayward Field.

The 19 year-old in crushed her own American record by winning the women’s 800 1:55.04, improving on the previous time of 1:55.21 which she set while winning the gold medal in Tokyo on August 3.

“I knew this was probably going to be a little tougher because [of] coming off the Olympic Games and running a personal best there. So, I wasn’t looking at time, I just wanted to come here and run with whoever is out there and just be competitive,” said Mu.

Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. PHOTO: Mathew Quine/ Diamond League

Because of her front-running style, the competition wasn’t a factor for Mu in her Diamond League debut.

Cannabis rules in sport should be reviewed-World Athletics chief

The rules on the use of cannabis by athletes should be reviewed, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said on Tuesday, after rising track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Games following a positive test for the substance.

The sprinter, aiming to become the first American in 25 years to win the women’s 100m Olympic title after Marion Jones was stripped of the 2000 gold, tested positive for cannabis last month at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials after streaking to victory in the 100m.

She was hit with a one-month ban and had her trials results annulled, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games. Richardson said at the time her action came while she was dealing with the news of the death of her mother. She also took the drug in Oregon, where its use is legal.

“It should be,” Coe told a small group of reporters on Tuesday when asked if the rule should be reviewd. “It is sensible, as nothing is set in tablets of stone.”

“You adapt and occasionally reassess. The Athletics Integrity Unit is absolutely the best organisation to look at this,” said Coe, a former double Olympic 1500m champion.

“I have spoken to (AIU chairman) David Howman about that. The AIU will look at this in the light of current circumstances.”

Richardson’s suspension sparked an outpouring of sympathy, including from President Joe Biden, and calls for a review of anti-doping rules. The Games, however, will take place without one of the biggest young names in athletics.

Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but if athletes can prove that ingestion is unrelated to performance, then receive a shorter ban than the usual two or four years for other banned substances.

“I am sorry for her,” Coe said. “That we have lost an outstanding talent.”

“It is not unreasonable to have a review on it. She will bounce back. It is a loss to the competition.”