Bolt rivals out in the cold
Moscow - Usain Bolt will be without his biggest rivals Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake, and a long list of absentees at the world athletics championships also includes the likes of David Rudisha, Kenenisa Bekele, Blanka Vlasic and Jessica Ennis-Hill. Injury and doping cases are the main reasons for the no shows, but also missing is former 800 metres champion Caster Semenya, who simply failed to meet the qualifying criteria. Blake won the 100m world title in 2011 after fellow-Jamaican Bolt was disqualified for a false start, and is the second fastest man over the distance along with Gay on 9.69 seconds, but is sidelined for the Moscow worlds with a hamstring injury.
"Everyone is disappointed especially as many of the athletes are well known to us," the president of the ruling body IAAF, Lamine Diack, said. Bolt said that the cases are "setting us back a little bit," but added: "As a person I can't focus on this ...
Missing doping offenders include 1 500m Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin, one of several Turkish athletes caught doping over the past months. Hosts Russia have had their share of doping cases, with Olympic discus silver medallist Darya Pishchalnikova recently banned for 10 years.
Injuries are depleting the Moscow field as well.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24