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    GB runner banned for a year after using CAR to drive part of 50-mile ultra-marathon race – but still didn’t win

    BRITISH ultra-marathon runner Joasia Zakrzewski has been banned for one year after using a CAR for part of a race.Scot Zakrzewski, 47, finished third in the 2023 GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool 50-mile race.
    Joasia Zakrzewski pictured with her race number at the GB Ultras Manchester to LiverpoolCredit: Facebook
    She insists she did not intentionally cheat but has been slapped with a one-year banCredit: Facebook
    But she was later disqualified and admitted to using her friend’s vehicle to cover part of the course.
    UK Athletics have subsequently found her guilty of breaching their code of conduct for senior athletes – slapping her with a 12-month ban.
    The runner, who finished 14th in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, claimed she had suffered a leg injury at around halfway.
    She insists she was considering dropping out, but received encouragement to finish in a “non-competitive” manner.
    One of her miles was clocked at just one minute and 40 seconds, with Zakrzewski estimated to have been in the car for around 2.5 miles of the course.
    After crossing the line, she accepted a third-place medal and wooden trophy.
    Zakrzewski, who denied deliberately cheating in the race, has subsequently admitted this was a “massive error”.
    A UK Athletics disciplinary panel rejected her reasoning and said her submission was “contrary to the evidence of the marshals, evidence which the respondent did not seek to challenge or contest, by way of cross-examination at the hearing”.
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    The statement went on to add: “Further, the claimant had collected the trophy at the end of the race, something which she should have not done if she was completing the race on a non-competitive basis.
    “She also did not seek to return the trophy in the week following the race.
    “Even if she was suffering from brain fog on the day of the race, she had a week following the race to realise her actions and return the trophy, which she did not do.
    “Finally, she posted about the race on social media, and this did not disclose that she had completed the race on a non-competitive basis.”
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    John Nuttall dead aged 56: Ex-Team GB Olympics star suffers heart attack as legend wife Liz McColgan reveals tragic news

    TEAM GB Olympic hero John Nuttall has passed away aged 56.His wife, former 10,000-metre world champion Liz McColgan, announced Nuttall suffered a heart attack on Thursday morning.
    John Nuttall passed away after suffering a heart attackCredit: INSTAGRAM
    Nuttall in action during the 5000 metres in the European Athletics Championships in 1994Credit: Getty
    She paid tribute to her late husband in a social media post, revealing her heartbreak.
    Liz wrote: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart I write this.
    “My husband John Nuttall died yesterday morning with a sudden heart attack.
    “A much loved dad, son, brother and husband. For those that loved John our hearts are breaking”.
    Nuttall competed for Team GB in the 5,000 metres at the 1996 Olympic Games.
    He also raced in the 1993 and 1995 World Championships and won bronze at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
    After hanging up his boots Nuttall became an elite coach and supported Team GB long-distance runners at London 2012.
    His daughter Hannah Nuttall is an Olympic athlete who competes in middle-distance and cross-country running events.
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    And his son Luke Nuttall is a British Paralympic athlete who competes in the 1500m in the T46 classification.
    Tributes have poured in for Nuttall, who was currently coaching Qatar, from across the sporting world following the news of his sudden passing.
    McColgan’s daughter Eilish wrote: “It’s hard to find the words right now… Our family suffered a huge loss yesterday with the sudden passing of my step-father John.
    “We’ve spent the last 6 weeks here in Doha, with my mum and John, and so his passing has been a huge shock. We are still trying to process it.
    “There is such a huge outpouring of love from both Doha & everyone back home. It just reinforces how many people thought so highly of him. He will be missed by us all 💔”
    Qatari athlete Abubaker Haydar Abdalla wrote: “My condolences to his family and all.
    “A mentor, coach and friend. RIP John Barry Nuttall.”
    Triathlete Islam Sallam added: “Very sad day for the sports community in Doha.
    “We lost, not just a friend, but a father figure that we always looked up to and went to for advice and support.
    “Rest in peace, John. We will miss you. Our hearts are with you Liz”.
    Glamour model Nell McAndrew said: “Oh my goodness Liz, this is heartbreaking. So sad. Thinking of you and your family. Lots of love”.
    Others who had worked with John over the years flocked to the comments of Liz’s post to share their condolences.
    One person posted: “We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. Coach John will always be remembered for his kindness, his love for the job, and his understanding of how to motivate young athletes. What a loss”.
    Another commented: “Oh my. No. I am so saddened and heartbroken for you and your families.
    “John will always remain such a light and role model in my life. Sending hugs and thoughts Liz”.
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    Someone else shared: “We are so sorry for your family’s loss. What an amazing human he was. The community will surely miss his kindness and care”.
    While a close one said: “I’m shocked! So very sorry to hear this Liz, he was an amazing man. Thoughts with you at this difficult time”. More

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    Inside haunting abandoned £32BILLION Beijing Olympics stadiums with Games venues deserted, disused and dilapidated

    THE WORLD looked on in awe in 2008 when Beijing hosted the Olympic Games.Back then, China was praised for staging an incredible show for the entire globe to watch thanks to a combination of incredible architectural feats and excellent organisation.
    The venues and stadiums from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing have been abandoned – including the white-water venueCredit: AFP or licensors
    Small reminders that this concrete eye-sore hosted the Olympics remain via the colourful floats left abandoned on the courseCredit: AFP or licensors
    The venue has been left to dry upCredit: AFP or licensors
    Some of the venues are starting to be swallowed up by greeneryCredit: AFP or licensors
    But the state of the Olympic stadiums and venues from 15 years ago, which China splashed £32BILLION on, has left the world in shock.
    The water-sport parks are now completely dried-up, including the once glittering white-water rafting run which is now in absolute ruin.
    It now appears to be little more than a concrete eyesore.
    The beach volleyball stands are now reduced to rust and rotting wood.
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    And the once show-stopping BMX track now looks more like a jungle with a rusty frame poking its ugly head through the greenery.
    Sprawled across Beijing are more haunting reminders of the memorable Games.
    Mascots including Nini, Yingjing and Beibei are lying in tatters across the grounds.
    Once sparkling signage is now covered in grime or warped through weathering.
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    But the impressive Bird’s Nest Stadium is still in use to this day and it would appear to be the only one still going strong.
    Beijing is not the only host city to fall foul of the post-Olympics hangover.
    Rio de Janeiro is suffering a similar fate after the 2016 Games and the same goes for Athens after they hosted the Olympics in 2004.
    In Brazil, a number of venues are in utter disrepair with their £9billion Games legacy in tatters.
    The same goes for Greece where their Olympic Stadium, which holds a larger capacity than all English grounds except Old Trafford and Wembley, had to shut down recently due to poor maintenance.
    Now we wait and see how Tokyo deals with its venues after the 2020 Olympics.
    Even the Olympics mascots – Nini, Yingjing and Beibei – have been left unattended lying on the groundCredit: AFP or licensors
    The Beijing 2008 venues weren’t maintained after the Games – with the BMX track now overgrownCredit: AFP or licensors
    The volleyball stadium has begun to rust and rotCredit: AFP or licensors
    The 2008 Olympics cost a staggering £32billion – but venues like this pool have dried upCredit: AFP
    Some stadiums have been completely neglected, with signage decaying and rustingCredit: AFP or licensors
    Eerie reminders of what once was – such as this frame at the BMX venue, remain visibleCredit: AFP or licensors
    China received immense praise when they staged the Olympics – but the big winner now is the greenery that is breaking throughCredit: AFP or licensors
    Signing for the Games is now covered in grimeCredit: AFP or licensors
    Sad reminders of what was once a gleaming beacon remainCredit: AFP or licensors
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    World’s sexiest swimmer Andreea Dragoi goes braless as she reveals in all black very risky Halloween outfit

    SAN Jose State star swimmer Andreea Dragoi charms her adoring fans with her latest social media post revealing her Halloween costume.The social media star and college athlete, 20, took to Instagram to share with fans her “very fashionable costume” on Wednesday to celebrate the October holiday. 
    Andreea Dragoi wowed fans with her Halloween costumeCredit: instagram/dragoi_andreea
    Dragoi is a star for San Jose State’s swim teamCredit: instagram/dragoi_andreea
    Dragoi shared a series of images to her social media from her night out on Halloween in San Jose, California.
    She dressed up in an all-black skirt and corset top with matching heels while wearing horns in her hair and posing for the camera with the caption: “Spooky szn.”
    Fans rushed to Instagram to comment, with the post showered with compliments from followers.
    One fan said: “Prettiest costume ever!!”

    Another: “Very fashionable costume!!”
    A third said: “Wow, you are so gorgeous.”
    A fourth expressed: “The cutest lil devil!!!!”
    And SJSU teammate Mya Azzopardi wrote: “A devil never looked so pretty.”
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    Dragoi has had a busy summer, participating in numerous European model events.
    However, now the 20-year-old is back on campus preparing for the season.
    Earlier this week, she shared images of posing with teammates after practice.
    The Spartans started their 2023 season on September 30, beating Nevada 61-48.
    Next up for Dragoi and SJSU will face UC Santa Barbara, who they’ll be hosting on October 28.
    Dragoi often draws comparisons to LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne as her following on social media continues to skyrocket.
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    Glam British athlete Lauryn Davey shows off toned figure in ‘after hours’ selfie as fans say ‘you look incredible’

    LAURYN DAVEY has stunned fans as she showed off her “incredible” figure.The 24-year-old heptathlete posed in workout gear for the sexy snap.
    Lauryn Davey stunned fans after a workoutCredit: instagram @laurynlouisedavey
    The beauty showed off her bum in tight shortsCredit: instagram @laurynlouisedavey
    Lauryn often strips down to revealing bikinis
    She has 24,600 followers on social mediaCredit: Instagram @laurynlouisedavey
    Davey wore a tight blue top and figure-hugging grey shorts as she flaunted her curves.
    The Olympic hopeful captioned the post “after hours” with her 24,600 Instagram followers begging to see more.
    One said: “Absolutely gorgeous and so damn hot.”
    Another added: “What a bum.”
    A third commented: “God you look incredible.”
    Davey is no stranger to leaving her fans in awe, recently catching the eye as she stripped down to a blue bikini.
    And the blonde bombshell also dazzled while going for a dip in revealing swimwear.
    She lives a jet-setting life and always leaves little to the imagination abroad, visiting Spain, Switzerland and Sweden of late.
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    The Welsh athlete is hoping to make 2026 Commonwealth Games in Australia and the 2028 Olympics in the United States.
    She is not contention for the Paris Olympics next year as she is focusing on her studies as a medical student at Swansea University.
    Lauryn is a heptathleteCredit: Instagram @laurynlouisedavey
    She is hoping to represent Team GB in the futureCredit: Instagram @laurynlouisedavey
    She studies at Swansea UniversityCredit: Instagram @laurynlouisedavey
    The beauty travels the world and strips down to tight outfits on her travelsCredit: Instagram @laurynlouisedavey More

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    ‘World’s sexiest athlete’ Alica Schmidt reveals TINY wages for competing on track and why she turned to social media

    ALICA SCHMIDT has lifted the lid on the challenges athletes face to make a living.The 24-year-old has been dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete”.
    Alica Schmidt has opened up on the financial difficulties of being an athleteCredit: AFP
    She has been dubbed the ‘world’s sexiest athlete’Credit: Reuters
    Schmidt is hoping qualify for next year’s OlympicsCredit: Instagram / @alicasmd
    The beauty makes extra money via social mediaCredit: Instagram / @alicasmd
    Schmidt is a 400m runner, who has competed at the World and European championships.
    She was also part of Germany’s relay team at the last Olympics but did not step onto the track as she was a reserve.
    The beauty has revealed that athletes often struggle to cover their costs despite them performing at an elite level.
    Schmidt said: “In principle, I have to say that it is not easy for most German track and field athletes to make a living from sport.
    “If we are in the squad, in the national team, we receive £611 from Sporthilfe.”
    She added that they also receive money from their clubs but “that’s usually not enough to make a living from.”
    Especially when “you have travel and hotel costs that are not always covered.”
    Many athletes have to study or have part-time jobs on the side of their sporting dreams and Schmidt makes her extra cash via social media where she boasts 4.7million followers on Instagram.
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    The blonde bombshell added: “I am grateful that I earn my money with social media and can save myself another part-time job.”
    Schmidt’s millions of adoring fans are often left in awe and she recently wowed in a blue bikini.
    She also caught the eye in a stunning black dress.
    Schmidt is hoping to make the German team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
    Alica Schmidt has ran at the World ChampionshipsCredit: Getty
    The German has 4.7m followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram / @alicasmd
    Her influencer status means she does not need a part-time job to fund her careerCredit: Instagram / @alicasmd
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    World’s sexiest athlete Alica Schmidt shows off incredible figure and toned abs as fans hail her as ‘a true goddess’

    ALICA SCHMIDT has been hailed as a “true goddess” by her adoring fans.The German runner is considered by many as the “world’s sexiest athlete”.

    Alica Schmidt wowed fans with a recent upload on InstagramCredit: Instagram
    She was hailed as a ‘true goddess’ by her followersCredit: Instagram
    In the post Alica insists life is not about being ‘perfect’Credit: Instagram
    Alica, 24, has built up a massive online following with many keen to follow her career.
    The runner also attracts plenty of interest with her stunning pictures.
    She has now wowed her followers yet again with a new Instagram post.
    In the upload, Alica shows off her figure and toned abs as she was candidly pictured in her running gear.
    She accompanied the snap with the caption: “Life isn‘t about being perfect.
    “It‘s about being so ridiculously passionate that people think you‘re a little crazy.”
    And her 4.7million followers loved the picture as they flooded the comment section.
    One gushed: “Obsessed😍.”
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    Alica competes in the Women’s 4 x 400m relayCredit: Getty
    She represents GermanyCredit: Reuters
    She is aiming to compete in the Paris OlympicsCredit: EPA
    A second wrote: “You’re so inspiring.”
    A third commented: “A true goddess.”
    A fourth said: “Beautiful woman.”
    A fifth pinned: “Perfect.”
    Alica has a massive online followingCredit: Getty
    She has 4.7million followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram
    While another added: “You’re an adorable, unbelievably gorgeous, stunning woman.”
    Alica competes in the 4x400m mixed relay and her goal is to make it to the Paris Olympics next year. More

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    Watch heartbreaking moment triathlete falls just a YARD from the finishing line after leading race for 13 MILES

    THE Challenge Vieux Boucau triathlon ended in heartbreak for German athlete Mika Noodt.The 23-year-old led for almost the entire running stage before he was pipped to the finish line by Frenchman Mathis Margirier with less than a metre to go.
    Mika Noodt tripped over less than a metre before the finish line at the Vieux Boucau triathlonCredit: 2022 Getty Images
    Noodt said he ‘lost control’ of his legsCredit: Instagram @challengefamily

    After turning the final corner, Noodt initiated a final push as he powered down the home straight.
    With just a few steps to go he looked over his shoulder to find Margirier hot on his heels.
    But before he could cross the finish line, the German “lost control” of his legs and fell to the floor.
    His rival then clinched the win in dramatic fashion while the crowd looked on in shock.
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    After the race, Noodt said: “It’s insane, I gave everything but I lost control of my legs.
    “I’ve never experienced this – he was too fast, but that’s racing – I gave it everything I had!”
    Meanwhile, Margirier revealed he didn’t think he would be able to get the win until the final stage of the race.
    He said: “It was really hard today. I wasn’t feeling good on the bike so in the middle of the bike, I was just waiting for the finish.
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    “The first lap of the run was so hard, I had no energy. But when I saw Mika slowing down, in the last 10 metres I was second, but I could sprint and he couldn’t so I finished first!”
    Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee also took part in the inaugural Challenge Vieux Boucau, but he finished sixth. More