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World Athletics Championships: "They can test me every day", Hassan gets carried away


World Athletics Championships: "They can test me every day", Hassan gets carried away

Doha (AFP)

"They can test me every day," defeated Dutch Sifan Hassan, the 1,500-meter winner of the Doha World Championships in Qatar on Saturday, following the suspension of coach Alberto Salazar from the anti-doping field.

"I want to show the world that I am a clean athlete, if they want to test me, they can test me every day," said the Dutchwoman in a press conference after her dazzling victory over 1,500 meters in 3 minutes. 51 sec 95, the 6th fastest time of all time, one week after a first title on 10.000 m.

"I believe in a clean sport, I've always been clean, I'll always be, I'm a strong believer in the Oregon Project, I know Alberto, he works very hard, I know that," she insisted. his coach Alberto Salazar, suspended four years on Tuesday by the American anti-doping for "organization and incitement to prohibited doping conduct".

Alberto Salazar is the mastermind of this elite structure in the northwestern United States, funded by the Nike equipment manufacturer, which Hassan joined in 2016 after the Olympics. No athlete in the group - they are seven in Doha - has never been tested positive.

"I am a very high level athlete since 2014. I won titles in the Diamond League, I have always been consistent," she defended herself, moved and annoyed.

"What do people think, that I'm cheating and not being tested?"

"I was so upset that I could not talk to anyone, I just ran as fast as I could, this job can not be beaten by anyone (...) normally I'm not very emotional, but here it makes me crazy, "she said.

Former US sprinter Michael Johnson warned her, however, that she had to learn to live with suspicions as long as her name remained associated with Salazar.

"I understand her anger, but this is something she will have to get used to," said the four-time Olympic champion on the BBC.

"She made the decision to join the Oregon Project and by the time she arrived Salazar was already under investigation," continued The Statue, which won two Olympic gold medals in 400 m (1996, 2000), one in 200 m (1996) and another in 4X400 m (1992).

"Maybe she said to herself, it does not matter to go here, it will not lead to anything, except that it has resulted in something," added Johnson.

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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