NEW ORLEANS (USA): The Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon & Half-Marathon’s elite women’s field approaches the starting line on Sunday (28) morning. Flat 13.1-mile course that begins at Tchoupitoulas and Race streets and ends outside Tad Gormley Stadium. The two of the world’s best distance runners — Ethiopia’s Berhane Adere, 36, who won a gold medal at the 2002 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Brussels and won the 2006 and 2007 Chicago Marathons with a PB of 1:08.17 from 2001 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Bristol, where she won a bronze medal, and Kenya’s Salina Kosgei, who won the Boston Marathon over Ethiopia’s Dire Tune by a second last April and holds a personal-best 1:07:52, will participate in the event’s half-marathon. “I try to put together a field that will create a race. In an ideal situation, you have the top U.S. runner against two or three established East African runners and one or two Europeans, and try to build a nice international field that you know will produce a competitive race.” Matt Turnbull, the Competitor Group’s elite athlete coordinator. Australian Karen Barlow, who is attempting to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in October in New Delhi, is expected to push for first place in marathon. Local media are writing.
LONDON (GBR): The first successful positive drug test for human growth hormone will send a shiver through some athletes, Olympic officials said to telegraph.co.uk. Human growth hormone, often used in cycles of drug taking with steroids, has long been on the radar of Olympic testers. They started testing for it at the Athens Olympics and continued with a pared back testing regime at the Turin and Beijing Olympics. “Yes we are testing for it,“ said the IOC communications director Mark Adams. „It shows the people who say that HGH cannot be detected, well it can.“
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