Stepanova re­turns to run­ning

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BOS­TON: Rus­sian whistle­blower Yu­lia Stepanova will face an in­ter­na­tional field in­doors for the first time in two years when she runs in Bos­ton to­mor­row, the 800m spe­cial­ist re­vealed ear­lier this week. “I hope not to be last with a big space be­tween me and the pre­vi­ous run­ner,” Stepanova, who will com­pete as a neu­tral ath­lete, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view trans­lated by her hus­band Vi­taly Stepanov. The cou­ple helped ex­pose mas­sive dop­ing prob­lems in Rus­sia that led to the coun­try’s track and field team be­ing banned from in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

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