Ilfracombe’s Olympian Jonathan Edwards could lose his world record

PUBLISHED: 10:58 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 02 May 2017

Jonathan Edwards with the Olympic torch in Ilfracombe.

Jonathan Edwards with the Olympic torch in Ilfracombe.

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Changes to anti-doping rules could see all records set before 2005 rewritten, including those of Jonathan Edwards and Paula Radcliffe

Jonathan Edwards could face having his triple jump world record wiped from the history books after changes to anti-doping rules.

The European Athletics Council (EAC) has accepted a project team’s recommendations to rewrite all world and European records set before 2005 if they do not meet certain criteria.

Mr Edwards, who grew up in Ilfracombe and went to West Buckland School, set his triple jump record of 18.29m in 1995.

In 2012 the Olympian carried the Olympic torch through his boyhood hometown.

In 2002 a mosaic and bronze cast of Mr Edward’s footprint was created on Ilfracombe seafront to mark his record by artists Shannon Ridd and Jonathan Rodney-Jones.

The EAC project team reccomedatiosn, which call for higher technical standards, increased doping control measures and new personal integrity requirements for record holders, will be forwarded to world governing body the IAAF with the recommendation the two organisations coordinate the implementation of new record ratification rules.

The standards proposed by the project team include that world and European records can only be recognised if 1) the performance is achieved at competitions on a list of approved international events where the highest standards of officiating and technical equipment can be guaranteed, 2) the athlete has been subject to an agreed number of doping control tests in the months leading up to the performance and 3) the doping control sample taken after the record is stored and available for re-testing for 10 years.

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