British javelinist in doping case is coached by masters thrower

Joanna Blair is coached by M50 David Burrell.

Athletics Weekly reports a doping case against 31-year-old javelin thrower Joanna Blair of the UK. But since she’s not 35 yet, I care not. What’s interesting is the adverbial phrase in the story’s last sentence: “Coached by masters thrower David Burrell, she was hoping to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.” Uh oh. Bad news for David, an M50 athlete who people may now suspect of being an enabler or worse. I hope that’s not the case. It’s also possible Joanna is telling the truth that a creatine supplement she had been using was contaminated. Anyone know David or who else he coaches? Have contact info for him?

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October 27, 2017

2 Responses

  1. Michael D Walker - October 28, 2017

    I believe that the level of cheating in track and field is pretty high but to be fair, it is a complicated system and contamination of “legal” foods and supplements can happen – look at Ajee Wilson’s case early this year.

  2. JStone - October 28, 2017

    PED use worldwide is rampant! Two of the three links below are UK based.

    Per the first link, 80% of PED users are not athletes!

    Per the second link, needle exchange programs handle mass quantities of syringes from British gyms.

    Finally, it is no secret what the former world-class British hurdler profiled in the last link is doing! One picture is not very clear, but it appears to show back acne and/or small sebaceous cysts.

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