WUHAN (Xinhua) --
A half marathon competition, which featured 4,900
runners from China and abroad, was held in China’s Optics Valley
The home athletes
took all the podiums of ladies competition, as Li Chunhua
clocked on one hour 25 minutes and 12 seconds to win the gold.
Xiong Binbin finished second in 1:28:26, followed by Tang Siqin
Eyanae Paul of
Kenya, who beat Yu Tong and Wang Kangmao, both from China,
claimed the men’s title in 1:09:56. Yu and Wang ranked second
and third respectively with 1:10:18 and 1:12:46.
Eyanae Paul said
that it was the first time he has come to Wuhan and he could
still feel the vitality of the city from the modern buildings
and busy commercial districts. He said he hopes to come back to
Wuhan for other races.
Suspended Kenyan athlete agrees
to serve four-year ban
Former world junior 800m champion Kipyegon Bett
has blamed “ignorance” for his four-year ban for using banned
substances. However, the 20-year old is adamant he will return
to prove his critics wrong.
Bett ruled out
making any appeal to challenge the lengthy suspension from all
athletics after his sample tested positive for EPO in
out-of-competition tests conducted in July.
“I was naive and
ignorant. But I will not appeal against the decision,” Bett said
on Monday from Eldoret. “I may have a case against the decision,
but the process is lengthy and expensive. It involves a lot of
money, which I don’t have at the moment.”
Prior to his
out-of-competition test, Bett had missed three tests in
February, which the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) brought up in
the case against the Kenyan. Bett cited lack of adequate
information from his management team for the three missed tests.
His ban was
back-dated to August 2018. Bett is the fifth Kenyan to be nabbed
in as many months by an intense testing campaign mounted by the
AIU and the local Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). Three time
world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, Milan Marathon champion Lucy
Kabuu, African Games silver medalist Boniface Mweresa and Athens
Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei have all picked up doping
Kiprop has since
challenged his results raising integrity issues with officials
who conducted his test. However, all the five are likely to miss
out on the World Championships in Qatar in 2019 and may not be
considered for the Tokyo Olympic Games.