World records proposal by European Athletics: Which star names would lose out?

Hicham El Guerrouj, Florence Griffith-Joyner and Michael Johnson could lose their world records

Scores of athletes could be stripped of their world records under new proposals from European Athletics.

The governing body only wants records to be recognised if they can stand up to strict new criteria, part of attempts to make a clean break with the sport’s doping scandals.

As a result, any records set before 2005 are now at risk – almost half of the 146 men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor records. These include marks that have never been subject to suspicion, prompting an outcry from many of the existing record holders.

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