Gullible fans were titillated by reports on Sunday that Mo Farah had been disqualified from his 10,000m win at the 2017 World Championships, and that 2017 Barkley Marathons finisher John Kelly has given up ultrarunning and triathlon in favour of open water swimming in the canals of London.

The story explains that several thousand views of the footage of Farah’s brief step inside the track on the final lap of the race was not caused by another runner’s elbow, and that he must therefore be stripped of his medal.

John Kelly, the American who became just the 15th finisher in the history of the race at last year’s Barkley Marathons (and then crewed for Robbins at this year’s event), reported via Twitter that he has quit ultrarunning and triathlon and plans to move his family to a canal boat in London so he can “swim commute everywhere.”

The LetsRun.com site went on to say that not only was Farah stripped of his gold medal, but that Americans Christian Coleman (who won the 60m) and Keni Harrison (who won the women’s 60m hurdles) were also DQ’d–Coleman for attaching his bib with only three instead of the regulation four safety pins, and Harrison for a “little-known rule” that winners must try to congratulate the second- and third-place winners after the race with a handshake or a hug, which she failed to do.

All the athletes are said to be recovering nicely from the hoaxes.

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