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Thursday 17 April 2014

In Brief: Corruption is rife, claims Kiptanui

Moses Kiptanui, one of the most successful athletes in the proud history of Kenyan running, claims doping is rife among athletes in the east African country.

The three-times 3,000m steeple­chase world champion, now coaching, alleges that many athletes use performance-enhancing drugs as a shortcut to wealth. "The information shows that there are a good number of athletes out there who are using drugs," said Kiptanui (42).

"They want to get money by all means, either by a genuine way or another way. We have put rules in place. If we don't use these rules then athletes will still use these drugs."

Kiptanui also alleges widespread corruption around the world. "If you can bribe somebody today or tomorrow, then (a test result) is gone," he said. "All over the world there is corruption in sport. It is not only a matter in Kenya."

However, David Okeyo, secretary-general of Athletics Kenya, said Kiptanui should provide evidence to back up his claims and called on him to name names.

It was mission accomplished for West Waterford's David McCarthy when he qualified for the upcoming European Indoors in Gothenburg at Boston's BU Valentine Invitational.

McCarthy won the 3,000m in 7:51.24, well inside the necessary 8:00.0 standard – which Leevale's Olympian Ciaran O'Lionaird has also achieved with a run of 7:53.69 in America two weeks ago.

Snooker

Ken Doherty's Welsh Open run came to a disappointing end after he suffered a 5-3 defeat to Stuart Bingham in their quarter-final in Newport.

The 1997 world champion made a strong start with a break of 88 in the first frame and he then stretched his lead to 2-0 after emerging best from a safety battle.

The Dubliner's game went downhill after he blew a superb chance to take a 3-1 lead into the mid-session interval, missing the brown and opening the door for Bingham to draw level.

Doherty narrowly won the fifth frame but lost the next three after a series of mistakes to crash out.

Tennis

Defending champion Roger Federer suffered a shock 6-3 7-5 defeat by Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who has yet to lift a tour title during his 13-year career, in the World Indoor Tournament quarter-finals.

The top seed struggled with his first serve throughout and was broken three times in the opening set. Benneteau (31) broke again early in the second set before the world No 2, backed by a capacity crowd of 10,500, broke back.

Federer had chances to break again in the 11th game, but world No 39 Benneteau managed to hold him off before clinching victory on his first match point as a backhand pass from the Swiss went out.

Benneteau next meets compatriot Gilles Simon or Martin Klizan of Slovakia.

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