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IAAF President Lord Coe 'wants to axe records' of cheats

By Martyn Ziegler

Published 12/01/2016

On a mission: Lord Coe is out to tackle the drugs cheats
On a mission: Lord Coe is out to tackle the drugs cheats

IAAF President Lord Coe is in favour of erasing World records in international athletics set by suspected drugs cheats, according to UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner.

UK Athletics has announced a campaign for clean athletics including resetting every single World record due to the sport's doping crisis, and says it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete guilty of a serious drugs violation.

Warner said he spoke to Coe earlier yesterday and that the President of international athletics had told him he favoured erasing some individual records instead.

Suspicious World records include the women's 200m time of 21.34 seconds set by Florence Griffiths-Joyner in 1988, the men's shot-put by American Randy Barnes in 1990 - he was later banned for life for steroids - and the women's 400 metres record set in 1985 by East Germany's Marita Koch.

Koch never tested positive but East Germany ran a state-organised doping system and data released in 1992 suggested she was among many athletes who had doped. There were also big suspicions surrounding Griffiths-Joyner, who died suddenly aged 38.

Warner said: "I met Seb Coe and he told me he is in favour of picking off those records that are clearly wrong. If he can do that, wonderful. Let's get on with it. We believe all World records should be reset once necessary measures have been brought in.

"We have the situation now where the 1990 men's shot-put record is still held by someone who was banned for life.

"The difficulty is picking which records are wrong - for example Flo-Jo never failed a drugs test. But there are many records which are simply unachievable by today's standards."

Warner added that World records should not be allowed to stand if set by anyone guilty of a serious doping violation.

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