Salazar, Rupp in spotlight at U.S. trials

Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:33am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Top American coach Alberto Salazar and Olympic 10,000 meters silver medal list Galen Rupp face tough questions at this week's U.S. world championships trials after being accused of anti-doping violations

Rupp, coached by Salazar, is favored to win both distance races at the trials, which begin on Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.

The American is scheduled to run the 10,000 meters on the opening night and the 5,000 on Sunday.

A BBC documentary and a U.S publication last week accused Salazar, who also coaches British double Olympic champion Mo Farah, of anti-doping violations and unethical behavior. Farah was not accused of wrongdoing.

Salazar, in a statement, called the reports "inaccurate and unfounded journalism". He, Rupp and Farah all have denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

The coach, a consultant for British Athletics since 2013, has promised a detailed response that will "show the accusers are knowingly making false statements", but so far he has not spoken publicly.

British Athletics are conducting a formal review into the relationship between Salazar and Farah with a report due in August.

The queries come as Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, who have both served doping bans, are favored to claim top sprint honors on the U.S. team for the Aug. 22–30 world championships in Beijing.   Continued...

May 30, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Galen Rupp (USA) embraces coach Alberto Salazar   in the 40th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports