Fe­male ath­letes step for­ward

Mercury (Hobart) - - SWIMMING, NRL, LAWN BOWLS -

TRACK and field is fac­ing a pub­lic reck­on­ing with the treat­ment of fe­male ath­letes.

For­mer teen run­ner Mary Cain’s ac­count last week of al­leged phys­i­cal and emo­tional abuse at the re­cently dis­banded Nike Ore­gon Project is prompt­ing more ath­letes to come for­ward. Amy Yoder Be­g­ley, a 10,000m run­ner, said she was told she had the “big­gest butt on the start­ing line.” Kara Goucher’s hus­band said the Olympian en­dured “dis­gust­ing” com­ments by coaches. Nike is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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