|Club:||Sale Harriers Manchester|
|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 . 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 . She was subsequently banned from competition . 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 . 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 . Modahl said, "I have declared my innocence, I have never taken any banned substance".?
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. The High Court ruled against her in 2000, on the basis that no contract existed between her and the BAF. Ultimately, the cost financially ruined Modahl  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" . 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.?
Modahl is a non-executive board member at NHS Manchester , 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.?
She took part in the third series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004.
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 ; 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." . She is also a cousin of Chris Eubank.
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
?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.?
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|Emine Can||Sale Harriers Manchester||U20||W|
|Yolanda Edwards||Sale Harriers Manchester||SEN||W|
|Aimee Pratt||Sale Harriers Manchester||U23||W||3000SCW||2||ALL||2018||9:50.17|
|2012 V45 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|HM||1:46:09||1:45:46||1094||149||12||Wilmslow||Wilmslow Half Marathon (Inc England Champs)||25 Mar 12|
|Mar||4:23:56||4:23:50||16974||4166||501||London||Virgin London Marathon||22 Apr 12|
|2011 V40 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|5K||22:32||106||17||3||Littleborough||Ron Hill's 73rd Birthday 5K||22 Sep 11|
|2010 V40 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|5KMT||21:50||43||6||3||Whitworth||Angela Deegan Memorial Cowm Reservoir 5K||26 Jun 10|
|2000 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:02.41||5||h5||Sydney, AUS||Olympic Games||22 Sep 00|
|800||2:02.73||8||C||Stretford||BMC Gold Standard Races||5 Sep 00|
|1500||4:18.36||3||C||Stretford||BMC Gold Standard Races||16 May 00|
|1999 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:00.83||4||h1||Seville, ESP||IAAF World Championships||21 Aug 99|
|1000||2:36.29||8||Nice, FRA||Nik/GP||17 Jul 99|
|1000||2:43.77||i||5||Stuttgart, GER||Spark||7 Feb 99|
|1998 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||1:58.81||3||Kuala Lumpur, MAS||Commonwealth Games||19 Sep 98|
|800||2:01.93||1||A||Solihull||BMC Grand Prix||5 Sep 98|
|1997 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:03.4||1||A||Swindon||BMC Grand Prix||7 Aug 97|
|1996 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:03.67||3||Gateshead||Bupa||30 Jun 96|
|800||DNF||-||h2||Atlanta GA, USA||Olympic Games||26 Jul 96|
|1994 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:00.50||3||Crystal Palace||TSB||15 Jul 94|
|1993 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|400||53.38||2||Crystal Palace||BAF||13 Jun 93|
|600||1:26.8||+||m||Stuttgart, GER||IAAF World Championships||17 Aug 93|
|800||1:59.12||3||s1||Stuttgart, GER||IAAF World Championships||15 Aug 93|
|800||1:59.42||4||Stuttgart, GER||IAAF World Championships||17 Aug 93|
|800||2:00.80||1||h3||Stuttgart, GER||IAAF World Championships||14 Aug 93|
|1000||2:35.86||2||Don Valley||McDonalds||29 Aug 93|
|1992 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|400||53.28||A||1||Mexico City, MEX||-||2 May 92|
|800||2:00.39||3||h1||Barcelona, ESP||Olympic Games||31 Jul 92|
|800||2:01.54||4||Don Valley||Lucozade||14 Aug 92|
|800||2:02.17||i||2||Birmingham||AAAs Junior Championship||22 Feb 92|
|800||2:04.32||7||s2||Barcelona, ESP||Olympic Games||1 Aug 92|
|1500||4:13.52||i||3||Stockholm, SWE||DNG||5 Feb 92|
|Mile||4:35.32||5||New York NY, USA||NYG/GP||24 May 92|
|1991 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:03.39||3||Gateshead||Pearl Assurance||9 Aug 91|
|800||2:05.55||11||Crystal Palace||Parcelforce||12 Jul 91|
|1990 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|600||1:26.6||2||Papakura, NZL||CGWU||22 Jan 90|
|800||1:58.65||4||Oslo, NOR||Bisl||14 Jul 90|
|800||2:00.60||3||Crystal Palace||Parcelforce||20 Jul 90|
|1000||2:38.02||2||Don Valley||McVitie||16 Sep 90|
|1989 SEN Sale Harriers Manchester|
|1000||2:37.06||2||Grays||CRS||17 Sep 89|
|1500||4:12.3||1||Wythenshawe||-||29 Apr 89|
|1988 U23 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||1:59.66||4||s2||Seoul, KOR||Olympic Games||25 Sep 88|
|800||1:59.66||2||Tokyo, JPN||OSatG||8 Oct 88|
|800||1:59.78||1||Nice, FRA||Nik||10 Jul 88|
|800||2:00.77||8||Seoul, KOR||Olympic Games||26 Sep 88|
|800||2:01.79||2||h4||Seoul, KOR||Olympic Games||24 Sep 88|
|1000||2:37.60||1||Gateshead||Kodak||16 Jul 88|
|1987 U23 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|600||1:26.18||1||Crystal Palace||DCrest||22 Aug 87|
|800||1:59.30||4||Oslo, NOR||Bisl/GP||4 Jul 87|
|800||1:59.34||6||s1||Rome, ITA||IAAF World Championships||30 Aug 87|
|800||2:02.57||3||h3||Rome, ITA||IAAF World Championships||29 Aug 87|
|1986 U23 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|800||2:01.12||2||Edinburgh||Commonwealth Games||24 Jul 86|
|1985 U20 Sale Harriers Manchester|
|400||54.17||2||Hendon||JCf||31 Aug 85|
|600||1:28.4||2||Coventry||CovG||16 Jun 85|
|800||2:02.00||3||Crystal Palace||EvROM||14 Sep 85|
|800||2:02.06||1||Le Touquet, FRA||BvFRAb,BEL||17 Aug 85|
|Mile||4:40.78||4||Auckland, NZL||EvNZL-20-gst||9 Feb 85|
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