SWANNY’S WORLD OF SPORT: A great leap of faith required

Almaz Ayana celebrates winning the women's 10,000m.

Almaz Ayana celebrates winning the women's 10,000m.

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The Olympic Games didn’t need a runner competing in her second 10,000 metres winning the race by half a lap and smashing the world record by 14 seconds (one that had been set 23 years earlier by a Chinese lady) and her personal best by 50 seconds.

Almaz Ayana may well be completely clean and her briliant run may well have been down to her religious faith as she claimed, but because athletics has been so lax in punishing cheats, any remarkable run will be viewed with suspicion.

And so it should be. Athletics is reaping what it sowed.