Germany’s Klosterhalfen will train for Olympics under Julian

World championship distance running medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen of Germany will prepare for the Tokyo Olympics later in the year with her coach Peter Julian in Portland, her management said on Tuesday.

Klosterhalfen, 22, won 5,000 metres bronze at the worlds in Doha last year and is considered a medal contender for the July 24-August 9 Games.

She trained under Julian at the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) which was closed after the Qatar event following a four-year suspension for head coach Alberto Salazar for doping rule violations.

Neither Klosterhalfen nor Julian have been implicated in the case which pre-dates her 2018 entry, and no NOP athlete has failed a doping test.

Julian said in late October that he would continue to train his seven athletes which apart from Klosterhalfen include 800m world champion Donovan Brazier of the US.

The five athletes coached by Salazar, including Dutch 1,500m and 5,000m world champion Sifan Hassan, had to sever ties with him immediately.

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