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10,000 metre world champion Hassan pledges to “stay clean” after coach Salazar’s doping violation ban

Newly crowned 10,000 metre women's world champion Sifan Hassan has vowed to always "stay clean" after her coach Alberto Salazar was convicted of a doping violation earlier on Tuesday (October 1).

The Dutch athlete beat Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey and Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya to win her maiden outdoor long-distance title on Saturday (September 28), but her gold medal has now been cast in the shadows after Salazar was issued a four-year ban.

Salazar, who is also Mo Farah’s former coach, was banned following a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) and two years of court rulings.

Usada banned the former marathon runner for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project – which Farah was a part of between 2011 and 2017.

Reigning 5,000 and 10,000 Olympic champion Farah split with Salazar in 2017 – the year the coach was first charged by Usada – and has never failed a drugs test.

There is also no suggestion that Dutch middle and long-distance specialist Hassan has broken any doping rules

Hassan joined the Nike Oregon Project in 2016.

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