PRAGUE (CZE): Czech Athletics Federation confirmed two years ban for shot putter Remigius Machura jr. (20.00 personal best this year on July 7) after his positive out of competition test on July 14 for growth hormone. He will be suspended from August 12 2010 for two years and will miss so also Olympic Games in London. Machura will have so cancelled his second place from national championships in Trinec and also his result from European Championships in Barcelona (18.71 in qualification).
TORONTO (CAN): The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has announced a strong Ethiopian contingent for their event on Sunday ready to challenge Kenyan male supremacy in the Canadian metropolis. Kenyan men have triumphed for the past 5 years in a row on the flat, fast Toronto Waterfront course. Chala Lemi and Gashaw Melese Asfaw, who were 2nd and 3rd in last year‘s race, are both confirmed to return. They were passed in the later stages by Kenneth Mungara, who had to run the fastest marathon on Canadian soil to beat them [2:08:32]. They will be joined by Teshome Gelana and Zembaba Yigeze who ran 1st and 2nd in Houston in January. Organizers are writing on their website. To claim victory and the special laurel wreath being brought from Marathon, Greece, as part of the 2,500th Anniversary celebrations of marathon, the Ethiopian pack will have to get by title defender Mungara, Rono, Jafred Chirchir (2:09:15, 1st in Milan this Spring), Nixon Machichim (2:09:08, 3rd in Rome in March), David Njagi (2:09:44 1st in Valencia in February), and David Tarus (2:09:24 in Eindhoven last Fall). Daniel Rono was the 2006 champion at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront, then lost a thrilling sprint to the line in 2007 to John Kelai, as Kelai broke the 31-year old, previous Canadian All-comers mark with his 2:09:30 win. Disappointed, Rono went onto run 2:06:58 in Rotterdam, then place 3rd in New York and 2nd at Boston ‚09.
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