Valeria Straneo’s silver medal in the women’s marathon on the opening day of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow was the highlight of the Italian athletics season in 2013 and one of the biggest stories in all of Italian sport, well at least outside football, during the last year. ... Read More
As part of the IAAF’s sophisticated anti-doping programme at the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, blood tests were conducted from 4-18 August for profiling purposes in connection with the Athlete Biological Passport. This programme was conducted in partnership with WADA and the WADA-accredited Laboratory in Lausanne.
Maria Savinova, Russia’s Olympic gold medallist and defending World 800m champion, was in peak form, ready to win another home gold in front of a crowd which included many of her family and friends.
Australia’s defending champion Sally Pearson, who took silver behind Brianna Rollins, admitted that she had allowed herself to hope for gold despite having a season that only really started in June following hamstring injuries.