His head covered in a black balaclava, adjusting dark goggles obscuring his eyes, Grigory Rodchenkov grows anxious if any part of his face can be seen.
Noah Lyles is one of four reigning world champions from the U.S. entered in the strongest track meet in 10 months.
Exposing Russia’s state-sponsorship doping scheme forced Rodchenkov into hiding in the United States five years ago. “It’s my security measures because I have physical threats to be assassinated,” Rodchenkov told The Associated Press. Evidence from Rodchenkov that has already turned Vladimir Putin’s Russia into international sporting outcasts continues to be used in cases against athletes along with data from his former laboratory in Moscow.