An Olympic Hurdle: Why Is the Decathlon Only for Men?

Chasing opportunity and equality, women are campaigning for their own 10-event competition, rather than just the heptathlon, at the Paris Games in 2024.

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An Abortion, a Missed Drug Test and Changed Records Mean Trouble

Brianna McNeal said she didn’t open her door to antidoping officials because she was traumatized after having an abortion. They don’t believe her story.

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Did a Burrito Cost American Runner Shelby Houlihan Her Olympic Dream?

Shelby Houlihan, a medal favorite, will miss the U.S. Olympic trials after she tested positive for a banned steroid. She has blamed a food-truck meal.

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Tamara Press, Olympian Whose Feats Raised Questions, Dies at 83

She won three gold medals in the 1960s but was the focus of speculation about her gender. She retired after pulling out of a track meet that would have required a sex test.

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A Double Amputee’s Hopes for the Olympics Are in Jeopardy

Blake Leeper qualified for the world championships in track and field in 2019, but officials maintain his running blades make him too tall.

#leeper-blake-1989, #running, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

Sprinter Christian Coleman Barred From Tokyo Olympics

Christian Coleman of the United States is the reigning world champion in the 100 meters and has never failed a drug test, but he missed three tests in 2019, resulting in an 18-month suspension.

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Russia Track Officials Suspended for Aiding a Doping Lie

With investigators closing in, the high jumper Danil Lysenko needed a paper trail to support his story. Top Russian track officials provided it.

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Why Did the World’s Fastest Man Miss Drug Tests — and a Shot at the Olympics?

Christian Coleman was poised for a major breakout at the Tokyo Games this summer, but he was suspended for two years for missing drug tests. How did that happen?

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Another Double Amputee’s Fight for the Olympics Is Dealt a Major Setback

Blake Leeper says his prostheses level the playing field. But World Athletics has successfully argued that they give him an unfair advantage by making him artificially taller.

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Track’s Caster Semenya Loses Appeal to Defend 800-Meter Title

A ruling by the Swiss Supreme Court appears to have nixed any chance for the South African star to defend her title in her signature event at the Tokyo Olympics next summer.

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Who Should Compete in Women’s Sports? There Are ‘Two Almost Irreconcilable Positions’

Some experts say inclusion and competitive fairness conflict as leaders consider how to regulate the athletic participation of transgender women.

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Six Feet? Try Seven Separate Tracks

Call it extreme social distancing. Track and field athletes will compete in eight disciplines at seven different tracks in Europe and the United States.

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Athing Mu Might Be America’s Fastest Teenager. How Much Faster Will She Be in 2021?

Mu was heading for the Olympic Trials with a shot to make the United States team when the Tokyo Games were postponed. A year from now, she and other budding stars should be that much better.

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