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Allyson Felix headlines dual-race competitors

20 June 2007
www.wcsn.com

By Dave Ungrady

In three of her four outdoor meets this season, 200-meter world champion Allyson Felix competed in two events. She ran the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays on U.S. teams at the Penn Relays in late April. She won the 100 meters and the 400 meters at an IAAF Super Grand Prix meet in Doha, Qatar, in mid-May. Felix won the 400 meters and finished third in the 100 at the Reebok Grand Prix outdoor meet in New York in early June.

After the Reebok 400 meters, Felix said she preferred to focus on running one event each competition and hoped her double-duty days were over. It appears they will continue.

In her first competition since the Reebok meet, Felix will run in the 100 and 200 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships that begin Thursday and end Sunday at Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Felix will be one of several top U.S. sprinters who will attempt the daring doubles, a highlight of the meet that expects to provide loads of entertainment for global track and field fans.

Lauryn Williams, world champion in the 100 meters, will join Felix in the 100- and 200-meter double. Sanya Richards, 2005 world silver medalist in the 400 meters, will attempt a 200- and 400-meter double. Tyson Gay, who has run wind-aided 100-meter times of 9.79 seconds and 9.76 this season, will compete in the 100 and 200 meters along with 2005 world silver medalist Wallace Spearmon and 200-meter Olympic champion Shawn Crawford.

Even 2004 Olympic long jump champion Dwight Philips will take after his manager, Carl Lewis, and is scheduled to also compete in the 100 meters. He is not expected to be a top-three finisher in the sprint race.

Spearmon says his focus will be on the 200 meters, but hopes running the 100 meters this week will provide a lesson in body tolerance.

"It will be good practice for next year for the 100 at the Olympic trials," he said Wednesday from Indianapolis. "It will let me know how my body reacts to running that many rounds. I haven't done this since college."

Spearmon last competed for the University of Arkansas in 2005.



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