Diane Modahl

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Club:Sale Harriers Manchester
Age Group:V50
County:Greater Manchester
Region:North West
Lead Coach:Vicente Modahl2001-
Previous Lead:Norman Poole-2000

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Diane Modahl, née Edwards (born 17 June 1966) is an English former middle distance runner. Originally from Manchester, of Jamaican parents, she was 800 m champion in the Commonwealth Games of 1990. She competed in four Olympic Games: 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta, and 2000 in Sydney. She came fourth in the 800m at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart, won the Europa Super Cup 800m in 1994, and came third at the 1989 IAAF Grand Prix final behind Ana Quirot of Cuba. She was a finalist at European and World Championships and the Olympic Games and won six British 800m titles. Her career nearly ended in 1994 when her urine sample mimicked a positive reading for the performance-enhancing drug testosterone [citation needed]. Falsley accused of a doping offence, she professed her innocence and was later fully exonerated following an appeal. Fight against positive drug test Following her positive drug test, Modahl was given valium against her will and sent home from the Victoria Commonwealth Games in Canada by the British Athletics Federation [citation needed]. She was subsequently banned from competition [citation needed]. She engaged lawyers to make the case that the laboratory in Lisbon which tested her sample had major flaws in their processing. They argued that the laboratory had stored her urine sample on a table in the stadium in a room heated at 35C for three days, causing serious bacterial degradation [citation needed]. The urine sample had had a pH of 5 at the time the sample had been given but this had changed to 8.85 by the time the sample was tested for banned substances. According to IOC rules at the time, no samples with a pH greater than 7.5 should have been tested as the sample is no longer considered safe. In addition the metabolites had almost disappeared from the readings, whereas if Modahl had administered drugs it would have increased dramatically. The chain of custody was non-existent and the IOC laboratory in Lisbon tried to backdate documents after the event [citation needed]. Modahl said, "I have declared my innocence, I have never taken any banned substance".[1]? In July 1995 Professor Simon Gaskell at UMIST in Manchester completed a six month study on bacterial degradation in urine samples. The study looked at three athletes: Modahl, a tennis player and a jogger. All gave a urine sample when the pH level was 5, and half the sample was frozen, while the other half was stored for three days at the same temperature as the room in Lisbon where Modahl´s original sample was stored (as part of the study the weather details where collected from the meteorological institute in Lisbon to recreate the conditions). The urine samples stored in elevated temperatures all measured pH 9 and all three samples showed a false positive reading for testosterone versus epi-testosterone. This evidence supported Modahl's claim of innocence and she won the appeal. Professor Gaskell joined UMIST as Professor of Mass Spectrometry in 1993, before becoming Head of Chemistry in 1999 and, following the merger of the two institutions (with which he was closely involved), Associate Vice President for Research in the University of Manchester in 2004, and Vice President for Research in 2006. He joined Queen Mary, University of London as Principal in October 2009. The British Athletics Federation lifted Modahl's ban on 25 July 1995 when they lost the appeal hearing in London. On 25 March 1996 the IAAF congress in South Africa also accepted the evidence and cleared Modahl of the charges. The IAAF general secretary Istvan Gyulai said, "We can no longer trust that the laboratories get it right; we have to test the testers more often." Modahl and her husband Vicente wrote a book about their experiences, The Diane Modahl Story - Going the Distance, published in 1995. A second updated edition was released in 1996 after Modahl won her case. Modahl subsequently spent six years pursuing the British Athletics Federation for £450,000 in damages.[2] The High Court ruled against her in 2000, on the basis that no contract existed between her and the BAF.[3] Ultimately, the cost financially ruined Modahl [citation needed] and contributed to the financial collapse of the BAF in 1998, which was replaced by UK Athletics. The case was heard in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords in London, and the panels included prominent judges such as Lord Irvine and Lord Woolf. All three courts stated in their summaries that Modahl "had never used any drugs and should be seen as being innocent of all charges for all future" [citation needed]. The court process involved six hearings from 1996 to December 2000. Modahl returned to competition at the 1996 Olympic Games but pulled a hamstring in the heat 50m from the finish. In 1998 she won the 800m bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in the world class time of 1:58. Career after athletics To mark the 17th Commonwealth Games taking place in Manchester in 2002, the Greater Manchester Universities (Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, Salford University and UMIST) conferred joint honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters on Modahl, Roger Bannister, Clive Lloyd CBE, the Rt Hon Donald McKinnon and Dr Mamphela Ramphele for their great contributions to the Commonwealth.[citation needed]? Modahl is a non-executive board member at NHS Manchester [citation needed], and was the chief ambassador for StreetGames, a charity for inner-city children between 2008 and 2013. She is also the CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, a registered charity founded by her in 2010. DMSF brings athletics coaching opportunities to young people, particularly those living in disadvantaged areas.[citation needed]? She took part in the third series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004. Personal life She is married to Vicente Modahl, an international athletics coach and Players' Agent licensed by The Football Association of England, as well as a UEFA/FIFA match agent [citation needed]; they have three children. Modahl described her husband as "the rock in my life" during the turbulent years, and credited him with spearheading her appeal, saying, "Vicente went head on, too stubborn, driven and angry to give in to anyone. Without him I would never have been cleared of the injustice done to me." [citation needed]. She is also a cousin of Chris Eubank. Achievements Representing England 1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2nd 800 m 2:01.12 1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 1st 800 m 2:00.25 1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd 800 m 1:58.81 Representing Great Britain 1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany semi-finals 800 m 2:00.84 1987 World Championships Rome, Italy semi-finals 800 m 1:59.34 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 8th 800 m 2:00.77 1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 7th 1500 m 4:21.27 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 8th 800 m 2:02.62 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain semi-finals 800 m 2:04.32 1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 4th 800 m 1:59.42 1994 European Cup Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 800 m 2:02.81 European Championships Helsinki, Finland semi-finals 800 m 2:02.18 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States heats 800 m DNF 1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary semi-finals 800 m 2:00.08 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain heats 800 m 2:00.83 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia heats 800 m 2:02.41 References ?IAAF profile for Diane Modahl? BBC story on Modahl ban being lifted ?"BBC SPORT | ATHLETICS | Modahl loses battle for damages". BBC News. 14 December 2000. Retrieved 18 March 2012.? ?Knight, Tom (14 December 2000). "Athletics: Modahl case raises issue of contracts". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 March 2012.? ? vte I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! UK Series 3 Kerry Katona Jennie Bond Peter Andre Lord Brocket Katie Price Alex Best John Lydon Neil Ruddock Diane Modahl Mike Read

Athletes Coached
NameClub AG  Sex  Best Event  Rank  AG  Year  Performance 
Emine CanSale Harriers ManchesterU20W
Yolanda EdwardsSale Harriers ManchesterSENW
Aimee PrattSale Harriers ManchesterU23W3000SCW2ALL20189:50.17

Best known performances

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1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2010 2011 2012

2012 V45 Sale Harriers Manchester
HM1:46:091:45:46109414912WilmslowWilmslow Half Marathon (Inc England Champs)25 Mar 12
Mar4:23:564:23:50169744166501LondonVirgin London Marathon22 Apr 12
2011 V40 Sale Harriers Manchester
5K22:32106173LittleboroughRon Hill's 73rd Birthday 5K22 Sep 11
2010 V40 Sale Harriers Manchester
5KMT21:504363WhitworthAngela Deegan Memorial Cowm Reservoir 5K26 Jun 10
2000 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:02.415h5Sydney, AUSOlympic Games22 Sep 00
8002:02.738CStretfordBMC Gold Standard Races5 Sep 00
15004:18.363CStretfordBMC Gold Standard Races16 May 00
1999 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:00.834h1Seville, ESPIAAF World Championships21 Aug 99
10002:36.298Nice, FRANik/GP17 Jul 99
10002:43.77i5Stuttgart, GERSpark7 Feb 99
1998 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8001:58.813Kuala Lumpur, MASCommonwealth Games19 Sep 98
8002:01.931ASolihullBMC Grand Prix5 Sep 98
1997 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:03.41ASwindonBMC Grand Prix7 Aug 97
1996 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:03.673GatesheadBupa30 Jun 96
800DNF-h2Atlanta GA, USAOlympic Games26 Jul 96
1994 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:00.503Crystal PalaceTSB15 Jul 94
1993 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
40053.382Crystal PalaceBAF13 Jun 93
6001:26.8+mStuttgart, GERIAAF World Championships17 Aug 93
8001:59.123s1Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Championships15 Aug 93
8001:59.424Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Championships17 Aug 93
8002:00.801h3Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Championships14 Aug 93
10002:35.862Don ValleyMcDonalds29 Aug 93
1992 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
40053.28A1Mexico City, MEX-2 May 92
8002:00.393h1Barcelona, ESPOlympic Games31 Jul 92
8002:01.544Don ValleyLucozade14 Aug 92
8002:02.17i2BirminghamAAAs Junior Championship22 Feb 92
8002:04.327s2Barcelona, ESPOlympic Games1 Aug 92
15004:13.52i3Stockholm, SWEDNG5 Feb 92
Mile4:35.325New York NY, USANYG/GP24 May 92
1991 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:03.393GatesheadPearl Assurance9 Aug 91
8002:05.5511Crystal PalaceParcelforce12 Jul 91
1990 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
6001:26.62Papakura, NZLCGWU22 Jan 90
8001:58.654Oslo, NORBisl14 Jul 90
8002:00.603Crystal PalaceParcelforce20 Jul 90
10002:38.022Don ValleyMcVitie16 Sep 90
1989 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester
10002:37.062GraysCRS17 Sep 89
15004:12.31Wythenshawe-29 Apr 89
1988 U23 Sale Harriers Manchester
8001:59.664s2Seoul, KOROlympic Games25 Sep 88
8001:59.662Tokyo, JPNOSatG8 Oct 88
8001:59.781Nice, FRANik10 Jul 88
8002:00.778Seoul, KOROlympic Games26 Sep 88
8002:01.792h4Seoul, KOROlympic Games24 Sep 88
10002:37.601GatesheadKodak16 Jul 88
1987 U23 Sale Harriers Manchester
6001:26.181Crystal PalaceDCrest22 Aug 87
8001:59.304Oslo, NORBisl/GP4 Jul 87
8001:59.346s1Rome, ITAIAAF World Championships30 Aug 87
8002:02.573h3Rome, ITAIAAF World Championships29 Aug 87
1986 U23 Sale Harriers Manchester
8002:01.122EdinburghCommonwealth Games24 Jul 86
1985 U20 Sale Harriers Manchester
40054.172HendonJCf31 Aug 85
6001:28.42CoventryCovG16 Jun 85
8002:02.003Crystal PalaceEvROM14 Sep 85
8002:02.061Le Touquet, FRABvFRAb,BEL17 Aug 85
Mile4:40.784Auckland, NZLEvNZL-20-gst9 Feb 85
Total Performances: 53
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