MADRID (ESP): Spanish media are informing that national record holder at 5000 m Alemayehu Bezabeh (24, Ethiopian origin) has been banned for two years for his involvement in the anti-doping investigation "Operation Galgo." It is the decision of Spain´s Sports Disciplinary Committee. High Council for Sports asked for four year ban while initially Spanish Athletics Federation cleared Bezabeh. The 12:57.25 runner and European CC Champion 2009 was detained by Spanish investigators in December 2010 while traveling with trainer Manuel Pascua, who was also implicated in the case. Bezabeh was also given a 3000 E fine. The decision is based on the facts found during the investigation. These are confirming that the athlete participated actively in the implementation of a method of blood doping. Spanish Athletics Federation issued its view on the case at its website but in summary accepted the decision.
KUMAGAYA (JPN, Jun 10): Yuki Sato won the 10 000 m during first day of Japanese Championships with 28:10.87. Second Akinobu Murasawa posted 28:15.63. In the absence of national record holder Kayoko Fukushi (recovering from recent surgery) in the women race the win for Kayo Sugihara in 32:18.79 over Remi Nakamoto 32:20.81. Masumi Aya achieved new meet record in women hammer 66.32. In men´s 200 m heats Hitoshi Saito was the fastest (20.55, +0.8) and in the 400 m hurdles heats Yuta Imazeki (49.54).
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