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Former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack, center, arrives at the Paris courthouse, Monday, June 8, 2020. A sweeping sports corruption trial opened Monday in Paris involving allegations of a massive doping cover-up that reached to the top of world track and field's governing body. Lamine Diack, 87, who served as president of the body for nearly 16 years, is among those accused of receiving money from Russian athletes to hide their suspected doping so they could compete at the Olympics in 2012 and other competitions. His son Papa Massata Diack is also charged in the case. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Trial of Diacks exposes dark backdrop of track golden era

Jun. 18, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As Usain Bolt set the world ablaze, making athletics the hottest ticket at the Olympic Games, the sport was also being eaten from within. That grim picture has emerged from a corruption trial in Paris that has shown how the thrilling era for track fans was poisoned behind the scenes by a...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Christian Coleman, of the United States, poses after winning the men's 100 meter race during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Reigning world champion Coleman insists a simple phone call from drug testers while he was out Christmas shopping could’ve prevented the latest misunderstanding about his whereabouts, one he fears could lead to a suspension. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

World's fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

Jun. 17, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

The likelihood that the world’s fastest man, Christian Coleman, might miss the Olympics next summer increased Wednesday when he received a provisional suspension for failing to be home when drug testers showed up last year. Coleman, the reigning world champion at 100 meters, said his latest flare-up with...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Katerina Stefanidi, of Greece, competes in the women's pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters will take their turn to compete in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards since they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Stefanidi overcomes heat to win pole vault Garden Clash

May. 16, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

The strategy of reigning Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi throughout a fast-paced, race-against-the-clock pole vault competition: keep cool. Not exactly easy on a sweltering day or with a shaky hand struggling to set the bar back on the holder late in the competition. The Greek standout stayed calm and...

FLE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Katerina Stefanidi from Greece celebrates after winning the women's pole vault event during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting at Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters will take their turn to compete in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards since they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities.  (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, FIle)

Next up: Women's pole vaulters take turn in Garden Clash

May. 14, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

The bar: Set high by the men's competition. Their mission: Raise it even higher. Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. It's a rare track and field competition contested during the coronavirus pandemic. Individually,...