Reece Prescod becomes first Team GB athlete to forgive CJ Ujah publicly

  • Ujah’s failed drugs test cost GB a 4x100m silver in Tokyo
  • ‘We’ve spoken and me and CJ are cool,’ says Prescod

The sprinter Reece Prescod has become the first British athlete to publicly forgive CJ Ujah for failing a drugs test and costing Team GB a 4x100m relay silver medal at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Prescod, who ran the 100m for Team GB in Japan and was a reserve for the 4x100m team, revealed that he had reached out to Ujah – who has blamed a contaminated supplement after the banned substances ostarine and S23 were found in his urine – and hoped to see him running again.

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Indigenous Firsts: breaking down NBA barrier

From Cathy Freeman becoming the first track athlete to win Commonwealth Gold in 1990 to Joe Johnson becoming the first Indigenous AFL/VFL premiership player in 1904.Check out the Indigenous Sporting Firsts in our interactive below. We will add two new moments every day throughout the month until we have all 50.Indigenous Sporting Firsts

‘Science, stopwatch, and a bit of art’: GB rowers’ mission to rekindle magic

Athletes seeking to restore the days of serial Olympic success have endured a testing transition to the post-Gröbler era

It is a bright, chilly morning on the Redgrave Pinsent rowing lake near Caversham as, one stroke at a time, the UK’s elite rowers start to put some clear water between themselves and their disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics. For the first time since Moscow in 1980, an era so remote that East Germany topped the medals table on the lake, Team GB’s rowers returned home without winning one of the 14 golds on offer. Nearly £25m of mostly lottery-based funding sent 41 rowers to Japan, more than any other nation in the competition, and a silver and a bronze were all they had to show for it.

The bronze came in the men’s eight, on 30 July 2021, the final event of the regatta. It was the same day Beth Shriever, who was forced to raise £50,000 via crowdfunding to qualify for Tokyo after UK Sport initially decided not to support her, won gold in the BMX. It was also the day Josh Bugajski, one of the eight, launched a stinging attack on the legendary former coach Jürgen Gröbler, who left the programme abruptly in August 2020, describing him as someone who “destroys the souls” of some of his athletes.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk apologises for taking partner to Brisbane Olympics meeting

Queensland premier says it was a ‘mistake’ to bring Reza Adib to ‘informal catch-up’ with IOC officials

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says it was a mistake to take her partner to a meeting with Olympic officials after former Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates’s farewell in Sydney.

Palaszczuk on Tuesday said she should not have invited her boyfriend, Dr Reza Adib, to the meeting of Olympic officials on Sunday morning.

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Modern pentathlon confirms obstacle racing will replace equestrian from 2024

  • Governing body makes ‘landmark decision’ despite opposition
  • New discipline to be added after 2024 Olympics following testing

The governing body of modern pentathlon has taken the “landmark decision” to replace equestrianism with obstacle racing despite widespread opposition from athletes.

The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne said obstacle racing had been chosen from 60 potential options because it was “dynamic and attractive to global audiences”, and had “a simple and safe infrastructure for training”.

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