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Olympic champ makes drug test results public

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Olympic champ makes drug test results public
Robert Harting in action. Photo: Sven Hoppe / Picture Alliance / DPA
18:00 CEST+02:00
After the recent doping revelations which have rocked athletics, Germany's Olympic discus champion Robert Harting has made his blood-test results public to remove any doubt about his performances.

"When it's clear how we work, and things are known right down to our core, then it's out of the question that anything would show up," Harting told German broadcaster ARD on Sunday, having given his permission to release the data.

Alongside Harting, Germany's 800m runner Robin Schembera and race-walker Andre Hoehne have also made the results of their tests public.

The trio have taken the step in a bid to be transparent and their blood readings have been released from the IAAF's databank.

In early August, the Sunday Times published a report on a leaked database of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes that revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping, and sent shock waves through the sporting world.

The IAAF hit back at those allegations describing them as “sensationalist and confusing" although the Sunday Times made yet more allegations this Sunday.

Harting is the reigning Olympic and three-time world champion, having won discus gold at Berlin in 2009, Daegu in 2011 and Moscow in 2013.

But the 30-year-old will sit out the Beijing world championships, which start on Saturday, as he recovers from tearing his cruciate knee ligament last September.   Bild am Sonntag cited a poll showing that the SPD could only count on support from 24 percent of voters versus 43 percent for Merkel's conservatives.
   
The opposition Greens would tally 11 percent and the far-left Linke 10 percent, according to the survey conducted by independent opinion research firm Forsa.

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