Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Infeld and Frerichs impress in Lucerne

London-bound athletes Emily Infeld and Courtney Frerichs turned in a pair of impressive performances in Lucerne on Tuesday night (11) as they continue their preparations for the IAAF World Championships, which get under way on 4 August.

Competing in a loaded 3000m field, Infeld clocked a season’s best of 8:55.41 to finish fifth, while Frerichs came home just moments later in sixth, her time of 8:56.99 a lifetime best.

The race was won by Ethiopia’s Azmera Gebru in 8:52.63, with Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui second in 8:53.36 and Jamaica’s Aisha Praught-Leer third in 8:53.43.

Frerichs, who finished 11th in the Olympic final in the 3000m steeplechase last year, has been in outstanding form this summer, the 24-year-old lowering her lifetime best to 9:19.09 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. She booked her place in London by finishing second in the US Championships in Sacramento last month and will join Emma Coburn and fellow Kimbia athlete Colleen Quigley on the US team for the 3000m steeplechase next month.

Infeld, meanwhile, has raced sparingly this season but had made it count every time she takes to the track. The 27-year-old Kimbia athlete, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, booked her spot on the US team when finishing second in the 10,000m at the national championships in Sacramento last month in 31:22.67. The 2015 world bronze medallist over 10,000m will next be in action in Heusden, Belgium, on 22 July, where she will hope to fine-tune her preparations for another tilt at the medal rostrum in London.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Statement from Evan Jager regarding Fancy Bears document

I woke up this morning to find out that my name had been published as a part of a list released by the ‘Fancy Bears’ and they are saying that I had an abnormal blood passport test result. I was incredibly shocked to see my name amongst a list of athletes believed to be “likely doping.” I have so many questions as to how and why my name got on that list. I have never taken any banned substance and have always prided myself on doing things the right way and being a clean athlete.

I have gone through my records looking for the test results or test notification from February 9, 2016 (the date listed as my “last ABP test date”) and cannot find any notification of having taken a drug test on that day. I also was not contacted by USADA/WADA/IAAF regarding an abnormal blood panel test result. There is a possibility that I did take a test that day, but I have no record of it. I am trying to contact the authorities to determine if I was tested that day and how my name could have ended up on such a list.

Though the IAAF has clearly determined that there was no anti-doping rule violation committed, I’m still very saddened about the idea that people might think that I have broken the rules when I, and all those close to me, know that I have not. It has always been important to me to not just do things the right way, but to have the trust of my fans and competitors and to prove to people that you can reach the top of the sport clean. I have never and will never break or try to bend an anti-doping rule. I hope this gets cleared up very quickly and that I can maintain the trust I have worked so hard to build in the running community.

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