Six athletes to watch out for ahead of World Championships

  • Six athletes to watch out for ahead of World Championships

Six athletes to watch out for ahead of World Championships

The head of Russia's athletics federation (RusAF), Dmitry Shlyakhtin, apologised to the members of the Congress for the mistakes of the past and asked that the ban be lifted.

Global athletics boss Sebastian Coe praised what he described as a candid apology from Russian Federation over a doping scandal on Thursday but reiterated it was not the moment for the country to be readmitted to the sport.

While nothing is ever truly guaranteed at the world championships, it is highly likely that all these athletes are capable of producing truly spectacular performances, as the competition now lies just days away from its official start this Saturday, August 5.

"I think it was a very constructive day and I think progress is being made, but the (Congress) supports the recommendations of the task force that this was not the moment to reinstate Russian Federation", said Coe.

"It is fair to say that the path has not always been completely smooth", he told the Congress.

"I want to pay tribute to Dmitry Shlyakhtin and the colleagues he brought with him when he was elected as RusAF President in early 2016".

He then listed the changes RusAF has made in terms of personnel, the athletes and coaches it has disqualified and the cooperation it has given to the French and Russian criminal investigations into the bribery and doping scandals.

Farah, originally from Somalia, has dominated the 10,000 meter race in the last six years, and only narrowly lost the title to Ethiopian runner Ibrahim Jeilan in the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, reports Efe. "It is an important step on the way to the rehabilitation of Russian athletes".

Luvo Manyonga. He may not have triumphed in Rio last summer, when he claimed Olympic long jump silver behind American Jeff Henderson, but Manyonga has progressed markedly this season, jumping beyond 8.60m - a distance not reached anywhere in the world since 2009 - on four occasions.

"Taking all this into account, the decision of the IAAF Council on the suspension of our Federation from the IAAF membership was probably a forced measure".

But the country remains excluded as a whole after the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted unanimously to maintain the ban on RusAF.

"Their fate is in their own hands", he told the Member Federations.

Russia's athletics boss Dmitry Shylakhtin told an IAAF Congress, held on the eve of the World Athletics Championships, that his country's ban from the sport was correct and that he was determined to fight doping.