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Paul Kimmage Lays Into BBC Over Hypocritical Justin Gatlin Coverage

Paul Kimmage Lays Into BBC Over Hypocritical Justin Gatlin Coverage

Paul Kimmage ripped into the BBC over their coverage of Justin Gatlin during the World Championship in Beijing - essentially arguing, leaning heavily on the case of a British Olympic champion sprinter, that they would have adopted a very different tone if Gatlin was British.

The BBC commentators turned into unabashed cheerleaders for Usain Bolt during the 100m final. Videos were tweeted out from the BBC Five Live account showing the whooping celebrations among the former athletes that make up the BBC's athletics team.

Steve Cram addressed the accusations of bias by Gatlin's agent Renaldo Nehemiah (described as 'fully justified' by Kimmage) in a panel discussion on Thursday, a contribution which won truckloads of praise from viewers.

Kimmage was not impressed. He has a two word response to the BBC broadcasting team's claims to being fearless enemies of dopers everywhere.

Linford Christie.

Christie tested positive for an anabolic steroid at a race meet in Germany in 1999. Kimmage details how British athletes and former athletes, en masse, decided that Linford Christie was not guilty and that something must be awry with the testing.

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They made this argument, in spite of the fact that Christie also tested positive in 1988.

Among those dismissing the positive tests were Steve Cram, Sally Gunnell, Roger Black and most emphatically of all, Brendan Foster.

Until it is 100 per cent how dare they bring the name of an athlete like Linford Christie into question?

You can read the rest of Kimmage's devastating article here.

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Conor Neville
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