Martha Kelner

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Different strokes: how ‘our Usain Bolt’ Adam Peaty rules the pool

With a female coach and fighter’s spirit, the UK swimmer’s rivals say he is redefining breaststrokeIn the midmorning sunshine on Australia’s Gold Coast, the most dominant swimmer in British history launched his hulking frame through the water, easing t…

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Adam Peaty determined to increase his performance and bank balance

The breaststroke swimmer aims at the Commonwealth Games to improve his dominance and become the first to dip under 57sec in the 100mAs the titles have stacked up for Adam Peaty he has become more pragmatic in his approach to success. Still only 23, he …

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Lizzie Simmonds: ‘I am not on funding – and that’s 100% due to my age’

The 27-year-old English swimmer competes at the Commonwealth Games but claims she has been denied British Swimming support because of age discriminationLizzie Simmonds will compete in her third Commonwealth Games, beginning on Wednesday in Australia’s …

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Chris Froome doping investigation looks set to go beyond Tour de France

• Governing body paves way for disciplinary proceedings • Move could prompt legal battle over cyclist’s Tour participationChris Froome’s doping case is likely to remain unresolved beyond this year’s Tour de France, meaning road cycling’s showcase event…

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Australia’s ball-tampering scandal delivers bout of soul-searching

Tearful cricketers face the cameras as national team sees wave of resignations in what could be country’s biggest sporting crisis Australia was on Thursday confronting arguably the gravest sporting crisis in its history as cricket’s ball-tampering scan…

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Chris Froome tells David Lappartient: raise concerns to me not through media

• UCI president said it would be ‘disaster’ for Froome to ride the Tour• Team Sky cyclist is challenging a failed drugs test from 2017Chris Froome has criticised the head of cycling’s world governing body for speaking publicly about his 2017 failed dru…

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UCI president David Lappartient adds to pressure on Dave Brailsford

• UCI president Lappartient calls for investigation of Team Sky• ‘It’s maybe not a mistake but a fault, which is different’Pressure was building on Sir Dave Brailsford to resign from his position as head of Team Sky following the news that they face an…

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Lizzie Deignan welcomes equal pay for Women’s Tour riders

• Deignan: ‘It’s an important step to offer equal prize money’• Emma Pooley: ‘Women’s cycling has a huge amount to offer fans’Cyclists competing in the Women’s Tour in June will for the first time receive the same prize money as their male counterparts…

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Floyd Landis scorns Bradley Wiggins over asthma claim for drug use

• Former drug cheat says ‘no ambiguity’ over triamcinolone• Landis adds Team Sky chief Brailsford must take responsibilityFloyd Landis said the only people who still believe in Team Sky are those who think the US president, Donald Trump, is telling the…

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Tour de France race director slams ‘grotesque’ delay of Chris Froome decision

• Christian Prudhomme says race organisers need position clarified• Froome is still free to race pending response over failed drug testThe race director of the Tour de France has criticised the lack of a decision on Chris Froome’s failed drug test, cal…

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Wiggins case adds to concerns over TUEs, says cycling’s governing body

• UCI has fears about abuse of anti-doping system reinforced• Sir Bradley Wiggins claims to be in a ‘living hell’Cycling’s world governing body said the fallout from the Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky affair has reinforced its concerns about potential ab…

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Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky accused in damning drugs report

Report suggests Team Sky riders took performance-enhancing drugs to win Tour de FranceAn explosive report has suggested Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins used performance-enhancing drugs under the guise of treating a legitimate medical condition in order to…

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Remarkable drugs report shatters Team Sky’s illusion of integrity | Martha Kelner

David Brailsford’s ‘winning clean’ ethos has been exposed as an empty pledge by an inquiry whose findings stretch far and wideIt is only three months since we were last asking whether the latest crisis would signal the end for Team Sky. Now here we are…

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Lower league clubs unhappy at prospect of winter break hitting FA Cup replays

• Fifth-round ties could move to midweek from 2019-20 season• Exeter manager Paul Tisdale: ‘very sad day’ if replays are scrappedLower league club owners and executives are expected to express misgivings about plans to scrap FA Cup replays in order to …

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Bradley Wiggins warns young cyclists that Team Sky will ‘ruin you’

• Wiggins tells young riders to ‘steer clear’ of his former employers• Cyclist vows to have his say on his anti-doping inquiry ‘very soon’Bradley Wiggins has warned young cyclists to steer clear of Team Sky, claiming his former employers will “ruin” th…

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Dave Brailsford defends Team Sky’s decision not to suspend Chris Froome

• Froome preparing to race next week despite threat of ban • ‘For me, there’s no question, he’s done nothing wrong’Sir Dave Brailsford has defended the decision not to suspend Chris Froome as he spoke for the first time about the four-times Tour de Fra…

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