Athletics Briefs: Defar debuts in Half Marathon, Botswana's Baloyi fails Drugs test

GABORONE (BOT): Botswana´s 800m Olympian Onalenna Baloyi is reported to have failed a doping test and has been suspended for two years and will miss Commonwealth Games in India. In last edition 2006 in Melbourne he was a finalist. Baloyi clocked this year 1:46.32 and has a personal best of 1:46.06 from 2005. The country's top Olympic official, Mmegi Serufho said on Friday the positive test could have been avoided if Botswana had better facilities at home.

PHILADELPHIA (USA): Olympic medallist and multiple world record holder Meseret Defar will make her half-marathon debut at the ING Rock ‚n‘ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon on Sunday, September 19, organizers told Race Results Weekly earlier this week. For Defar, 26, the race will be more than twice as long as her previous longest race on the roads, the World‘s Best 10-K in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2007. The two-time Olympic Marathon silver medallist Catherine Ndereba, Ethiopia‘s Derartu Tulu and Werknesh Kidane are also in the race.

PRAHA (CZE): Moroccan Muorad Marofit won the Tesco Grand Prix on the road in the centre of Prague in 28:27 over Tanzanian favorite Dickson Marwa (28:29) and Kenyan Henry Chirchir (28:29). Current French half-marathon record holder Abdellatif Meftah was the best European in 29:42 as 8th. Zakia Mrisho of Tanzania won the women 5 km race in 15:41 and missed the course record by 11 seconds. Second Kenyan Hannah Wanjiru 15:58 and third her country-mate Gladys Otero also 15:58.

Courtesy of Alfonz Juck/EME News

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