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    Proposed Athletics Rule Change Would Erase Some World Records

    All that glitters may retroactively no longer be gold. European Athletics wants to overhaul anti-doping standards for record-breaking athletes — a change that would wipe many pre-2005 records from the books — saying it’s necessary to eliminate any doping doubts. But some athletes, like Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, whose record 2:15:25 marathon from 2003 would be erased, have hit back, calling the plans “cowardly.” The proposal will be presented to the International Association of Athletics Federations in August, but already has the backing of IAAF president Seb Coe.

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