New doping allegations reported in track and field

New doping allegations reported in track and field

Published Aug. 2, 2015 1:21 a.m. ET

LONDON (AP) An investigation by British and German media outlets alleges that one-third of medals in track-and-field endurance races at the Olympics and world championships over a 10-year period were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious doping tests.

German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper say they obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. They say the files came from the database of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were leaked by a whistleblower.

ARD and The Sunday Times asked Australian anti-doping specialists Robin Parisotto and Michael Ashenden to review the data.

They reported that 800 athletes, competing in disciplines ranging from the 800 meters to the marathon, registered blood values which are considered suspicious under World Anti-Doping Agency standards.