After winning bronze in the Heptathlon Kelly Sotherton condemned the silver medallist as a drug cheat. After a “we don’t want her sort in the sport” diatribe and a statement that she personally wouldn’t speak to a drug cheat, Sotherton said that everyone knew that British athletics strongly condemned drugs cheats.
“It’s hard to trust someone who has failed a test. When they come back and are still improving, it’s even harder.”
“You still have doubts and 99% of us have doubts about certain athletes – and unfortunately she’s one of them.”
“When you compete against people who have failed drugs tests, and then they carry on improving when they’re supposed to be clean – how can that be possible?
“I hope she’s clean, I really do because it would please me and everyone else. We’ll find out, we keep battling on but unfortunately you’re always going to get the cheats.”
“I would support a four-year ban or a life ban (for testing positive rather than missing a test),” said Sotherton the day before Christine Ohuruogo reached the final of the women’s 400 metres.
Michael Rasmussen remains unemployed.