Klishina, lone Russian in track and field focused on herself

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August 12, 2016
Daria Klishina

RIO DE JANEIRO, AP:

Only one Russian will compete at the Olympic track and field meet.

Darya Klishina's goal is to not put the weight of her whole country on her shoulders.

The coach of the Russian long jumper, who trains and has been drug tested in Florida for the past two-and-a-half years, says part of the preparation involves shielding her from the real-world politics that surround Klishina's presence at the track in Rio de Janeiro next week.

"She certainly is aware of it," Loren Seagrave told The Associated Press in the lead-up to Klishina's competition, which starts next Tuesday.

"She's real good at being Darya Klishina, and not taking on the entire world on her own."

In June, track's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, banned the Russian team from the Olympics after an investigation revealed a culture of widespread, state-sponsored doping within the programme. It permitted exceptions for Russians who could show they had abided by stringent anti-doping rules namely, those who lived, trained and tested in another country.

Klishina was the only athlete who met the standards. She started training with Seagrave in late 2013 and moved to Bradenton, Florida, in early 2014. T

he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which handles drug testing of any athlete living in the United States, regardless of nationality, has tested Klishina's blood or urine 33 times since the end of 2013, Seagrave said.

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