DAY 5: London World Championships notebook


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Dibabas robbed in city hotel

These championships have been a nightmare for Ethiopian star Genzebe Dibaba. The 1,500 metres world record holder failed to get a medal in Monday’s final won by Kenya’s Faith Chepgn’etich. Worse still, Genzebe and her sister Tirunesh lost an unspecified amount of cash when their separate rooms in a central London hotel were raided by unknown people. Indeed when it rains, it pours!

Too much for Haile to take

Still on Ethiopia’s misfortunes, multiple world record holder and distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie is recovering in Addis Ababa after being rushed to hospital at the weekend after his pressure shot up during Sunday’s marathon races. Gebrselassie, now Ethiopia’s athletics federation president, is fine, but just couldn’t handle Tamirat Tola’s duel with Kenya’s winner Geoffrey Kirui in the exciting men’s race.

Food poising strikes athletes

Several cases of gastroenteritis (bacterial food poisoning) have been reported here, with Botswana’s running star Isaac Makwala forced out of the 200 metres heats with a running (no pun intended) stomach. Tuesday, the sprinter was struggling to be in shape for the 400m final as Public Health England battled to contain the outbreak, issuing a statement reassuring all that things were under control.

Crystal Palace sleeping pods

Premier League club Crystal Palace has introduced sleeping pods for its players to use between training sessions at their training ground in Beckenham, London. The pod is a pop-up inflatable room with beds, developed by the company Snoozebox, which coach Frank de Boer hopes will help his players recover between training sessions.

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