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While most sports fans associate Tommy John surgery with baseball pitchers, Hardee underwent that same reconstructive elbow procedure in September after hearing a pop during a career-best javelin throw at the World Games. Yet Hardee not only finished that competition - running the 1,500 meters in a time that, by his standards, was sub-par - but won his second world championship. He recovered in time to take part in the U.S. Olympic trials in late June, turning a timetable that usually requires pitchers to miss a year on its head. Hardee then went out and made the hard work count, finishing second behind Ashton Eaton to earn a spot in London. He beat out reigning Olympic champion Bryan Clay for that second berth, but still figures to have his hands full as he tries for gold considering Eaton set a world record at the trials. Hardee was in fourth place in the decathlon at the Beijing Games but dropped out following no mark in the pole vault. Someone was still impressed, though - Hardee fielded inquiries to try out for the New York Jets by saying “I guess I am the mold for what they’re looking for - tall, fast and I can catch a ball.”
Indoor women's champ tests positive
Tezdzhan Naimova of Bulgaria has tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid after winning the women's 60-meter race at the European indoor championships in March.
Gatlin beats Bolt by narrow margin
Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in 100-meter race at Rome.
Silver medalist banned for doping
The Russian track and field federation says Olympic discus silver medalist Darya Pishchalnikova has been banned for 10 years for doping and will be stripped of her medal.
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