Sprinter tests positive
Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste,who won a world 100 metres bronze medal in 2011 and was a real prospect for Moscow,has tested positive for a banned substance,the Trinidad Express newspaper reported on Saturday. Baptiste,26,has returned home from the world championships where she was due to run in the first round of the 100m heats on Sunday morning. She has voluntarily withdrawn from the competition and is heading back to her base, the newspaper quoted Trinidad and Tobago team manager Dexter Voisin as saying. Voisin did not say that Baptiste had tested positive but the newspaper said a reliable source had confirmed it. Voisin said another Trinidad & Tobago woman sprinter,Semoy Hackett,24,had also withdrawn from the championships and returned home voluntarily. They both left this morning, said Voisin.
Natalia Semenovas hopes of reaching the discus final at the world championships were shattered when the Ukrainian suffered a bloodied and broken nose in a freak accident just before Saturdays qualifying round. The European championship bronze medallist was accidentally hit in the face by Polish athlete Zaneta Glanc who had mimed a throw while holding the discus as she sat in the athletes area next to the discus circle at Moscows Luzhniki stadium. Semenova had to be patched up by officials under the blazing morning sun in the competition area. The 31-year-old,sporting a dressing on the bridge of her nose to cover the cuts and bruises,bravely continued with qualifying but managed only one legal throw of 55.79 metres,well down on her seasons best of 61.41,to finish bottom of the group.