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Caribbean sprinting year in review

28 December 2005

The Caribbean region displayed yet another remarkable year of sprinting in 2005, despite winning just one gold medal in this category at an IAAF major championship.
Blessed with speedsters such as Jamaica's Asafa Powell, who lit-up the men's division with an astonishing world record in the 100-metres, Chandra Sturrup and Tonique Williams-Darling from the Bahamas, as well as Veronica Campbell of Jamaica, the region enjoyed highly rated positions for both indoor and outdoor on the IAAF world top list. Read Full Story...

Williams-Darling gunning for Commonwealth Games gold

14 December 2005

Bahamas’ World and Olympic 400-metres champion Tonique Williams-Darling has announced that she will be going for another gold medal next season, this time it’s the Commonwealth Games title in Melbourne next March.
The Bahamian, who finished the year as the second best performer behind Jamaican-born American sprinter Sanya Richards with a time of 49.30seconds, was eying the World Indoor Championships in Moscow, but has now added the Commonwealth Games title to her agenda.
"I decided to focus on Australia," Williams-Darling told the Herald Sun last week.
"I had my eyes on indoors (world championships in Moscow) and my coach was asking what I was going to do because the Commonwealths are relatively early in the season. Read Full Story...

Montgomery retires

14 December 2005

Former world 100 metres record holder Tim Montgomery has announced his retirement, one day after receiving a two-year doping ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "I'm done. I have retired," Montgomery told Reuters in a telephone call fron his Hampton, Virginia residence on Wednesday.
Montgomery also confirmed he had split up with his partner Marion Jones, the triple Olympic champion from the 2000 Sydney Games.
"It's kind of hard to be underneath the same household when you are going through some of the same things," he said.
"We decided to remain friends so we can concentrate on making a future for our (two-year-old) son. We decided to make a decision to better ourselves for our kid." Read Full Story...

Chambers confession set to wipe out past triumphs

12 December 2005

Punished for his dishonesty, Dwain Chambers will next be penalised for his honesty. So, too, will his Great Britain team-mates. The world governing body will ask today for a copy of the tape in which Chambers admitted to taking drugs for at least a year before he was caught. The probable outcome will hit Britain’s results book hard.
Istvan Gyulai, the secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), indicated yesterday that he expected all of Chambers’s results to be annulled from the earlier period during which he confessed to taking drugs. It covers 2002, when Chambers won the European 100 metres title in Munich. Read Full Story...

Gardener thinks Powell can be beaten at Commonwealth Games

1 December 2005

One month after Jamaican 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell declared his intention to win three gold medals at next March’s Commonwealth Games, Great British's number one ranked sprinter Jason Gardener has played down the Jamaican's chances of winning the 100m.
Gardener, a finallist at the last Games in Manchester, said he does not think Powell can reproduce his world record form at a major championship.
"I think he's (Powell) vulnerable and the jury is out whether he can perform at a major championship," Gardener said.
"The MCG in March will be a whole different ball game for Asafa and, as at any major championship, you have to win rounds and then the final. It's not just about getting yourself up for one race." Read Full Story...

American duo shine in the East

19 September 2005

Olympic gold medallist Justin Gatlin and Allyson Felix proved their endurance as a draining seven month athletic season drew to a close by pulling off an American sprint double at the Yokohama meet on Monday.
Gatlin clocked 10.04 seconds to beat Olusoji Fasuba of Nigeria and Christopher Williams of Jamaica who both clocked 10.13 in the men's sprint.
World 200m champion Felix won the women's 100m in 11.05, beating her compatriot Me'Lisa Barber and Julia Chermoshanskaiya of Russia.
"My hamstring was a little bit tight about 20 metres to the finishing line, but it was a good race, I think my performance was good, the competition was great," said Gatlin. Read Full Story...

Wins for Williams-Darling, Sturrup and Williams in Shanghai

17 September 2005

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling, compatriot Chandra Sturrup and Jamaica's Christopher Williams recorded wins at the IAAF 2005 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix meeting at the Shanghai Stadium in China on Saturday.
Williams-Darling comfortably won the women's 400-metres while, Williams and Sturrup took the men's 200m and women's 100m respectively.
Williams-Darling, the world no.2 ranked female 400m runner, clocked 50.25 seconds to win that event Saturday night, thus ending another successful season in which she not only won the world title, but also established a new personal best of 49.55 in doing so. Read Full Story...

Williams-Darling to close season at Shanghai Grand Prix

16 September 2005

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling will close off her 2005 outdoor season this weekend at the 2005 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, China's first-ever IAAF-sanctioned meeting.
Williams Darling, who was recently overtaken by Jamaican-born American sprinter Sanya Richards in the latest IAAF women's 400m Event Ranking, will face American world no.3 ranked Monique Hennagan and Svetlana Pospelova of Russia, who is ranked at no.5 in the event. Read Full Story...

Powell withdraws from 100 to ruin showdown with Gatlin

18 August 2005

Asafa Powell withdrew Thursday from the Weltklasse meet because of a groin injury, ending the prospect of a 100-meter showdown between the new world-record holder and world champion Justin Gatlin.
The Jamaican tore a ligament at the Crystal Palace meet in London on July 22 and has not raced since.
"I felt that I am not yet ready and that I would not post a good time," said Powell, who set the world mark of 9.77 seconds in Greece on June 14. "It is frustrating to not be able to run. Because I knew after my performance in Athens that I could have pushed the world record in this season even further." Read Full Story...

Wariner makes double

14 August 2005

It is six years since that sultry night in Seville when the Bahamas' women's sprint relay quartet delivered one of the shock results in World Championships history.
But their male 4x400 metres counterparts nearly came up with a bigger surprise tonight, as they took on the mighty United States and pushed them all the way in the final event of these 10th IAAF World Championships.
It took a last-leg split of 43.55 according to the official Seiko timing by Jeremy Wariner, the individual 400m champion, to finally breakaway from the dogged pursuit of the Bahamians, as he brought the Americans home in 2min 56.91sec, to 2:57.32, a Bahamas national record, bettering the time set in Edmonton in 2001, when they also took silver to the United States. Read Full Story...

Russians win gold

14 August 2005

The Russian quartet of Yuliya Pechonkina, Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalya Antyukh and Svetlana Pospelova took gold in 3min20.95sec with Jamaica in silver two and half seconds down and Great Britain taking bronze.
After the disqualification of the Americans in the semi-final for a lane infringement it was clear barring disaster the Russians would have little trouble reclaiming the title they last won in Seville 1999.
Led off in lane five by 400m hurdles gold Pechonkina she gave Krasnomovets a slender lead over Britain’s Lee McConnell from Jamaican Shericka Williams. At the break Jamaica had overtaken the GB squad with Poland closing fast. Out in front Krasnomovets was laying the foundations of a Russian victory. Behind there was a tremendous scrap brewing between Novlene Williams JAM, Donna Fraser GBR and Monika Bejnar POL. Read Full Story...

France clinch closest relay final

13 August 2005

We knew there would be a new champion for the first time since 1997 when the United States crashed out of the semi-finals yesterday. But few would have guessed it would be France.
The French took the gold from Trinidad and Tobago in the closest sprint relay final in World Championships history. The French won in a world leading time, 38.08, while Trinidad set a national record 38.10 for silver leaving the Olympic champions Great Britain trailing in third place in their best time of the year 38.27. Read Full Story...

USA wins women's 4x100-meter relay.

13 August 2005

After taking both individual sprint titles the United States women won the 4x100m relay gold medal for the fourth time at a World Championships this evening.
After watching their men’s team fail to make it through to the final, the women played it safe.
Comfortable changes between Angela Daigle, Muna Lee and Me’Lisa Barber brought the baton to the hand of 100m champion Lauryn Williams who powered down the home straight ahead of Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell to win in 41.79 a world leading time for 2005. Read Full Story...

American teen sensation Felix wins 200 metres title

12 August 2005

USA’s Allyson Felix fulfilled all the promise of her brilliant youth to become the youngest ever world 200m champion in Helsinki this evening.
The 19-year-old produced a stunning display of sprinting to win the gold medal in 22.16, coming from behind in the home straight to overhaul France’s Christine Arron and Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell.
“Coming off the curve I was a little bit worried because I realised that Christine and Veronica had started very fast,” she said. “But I tried to give it all I had and I knew that I usually am strong in the end.” Read Full Story...

Wariner sets personal best to win 400 title

12 August 2005

American Jeremy Wariner confirmed his status as the top one-lap sprinter after racing away to gold in the 400 meters at the world championships on Friday in a personal best time.
The Olympic champion ran a perfect race, easing ahead on the bend and pulling away from the field down the home straight, to win in 43.93 for the fastest time in the world this year.
Compatriot Andrew Rock finished strongly to overtake a tiring Tyler Christopher and take silver in a personal best of 44.35.
Christopher, Canada's first finalist in the event, held on for third place in a national record of 44.44.
Wariner's victory was his first time under 44 seconds and the 21-year-old was ecstatic to have broken the barrier. Read Full Story...

'History man' Gatlin grabs golden double

11 August 2005

Justin Gatlin of the United States added the men's 200 metres title to his 100m crown at the world athletics championships.
The 23-year-old Olympic 100m champion timed 20.04 seconds to lead a United States cleansweep as Wallace Spearmon took silver (20.20sec) and defending champion John Capel the bronze as he ran a season's personal best in 20.31sec. Another American Tyson Gay was fourth.
"I am here to make history. It was a powerful race and a great victory for us (the Americans). I want to show the world that I am champion!" said Gatlin. Read Full Story...

Olympic champion grabs world crown.

10 August 2005

Tonique Williams-Darling added the world 400m title to the Olympic crown she won last year in one of the most thrilling races of the world Championships so far on a rain soaked track at Helsinki’s Olympic stadium.
The Bahamian came from behind over the last 50 metres to overcome this year’s world leader and pre-event favourite Sanya Richards in 49.55, her best of the year.
Richards of the USA took the silver in 49.74 while defending champion Ana Guevara of Mexico claimed the bronze with her best run of the year, 49.81. Williams-Darling now joins Perec and Cathey Freeman in holding both titles simultaneously. Read Full Story...

Williams “puts the whole thing together” better than in Athens.

8 August 2005

After her runner-up finish Oslo’s Bislett Games at the TDK Golden League meeting less than two weeks ago, 100 metre Olympic silver medallist Lauryn Williams spoke frankly about her post-Olympic campaign.
“It’s not as great as I thought it would be,” she said.
At the time, she notched just one win in eight races. After her 10.93 win at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium on Monday night, those previous outings were all but forgotten. Read Full Story...

Gatlin uses super surge for one-sided win in 100 at track and field worlds

7 August 2005

Justin Gatlin didn't just win the 100 meters at the world track and field championships, he dominated it like no other sprinter in the meet's history.
The 23-year-old Olympic champion bolted away from the overmatched competition Sunday night to win in 9.88 seconds, 17-hundredths of a second ahead of runner-up Michael Frater of Jamaica. The margin of victory was the largest in the 10 world championships that have been held since the meet's inception in 1983.
"I think it really stakes the claim that I'm the champion,'' Gatlin said. "I run like a champion. I show up big when it's time to show up big.'' Read Full Story...

Injury Knocks World Record Holder Out of 100

31 July 2005

A groin injury will prevent world record holder Asafa Powell from competing in the 100 meters at the world track and field championships in Helsinki, his agent said Sunday.
The 22-year-old Jamaican pulled up with a torn ligament in his right groin at the Crystal Palace meet in London on July 22. The world championships begin Saturday.
"He's still in pain right now," agent Paul Doyle said in a telephone interview from Rome. "He hasn't been able to do any training at all." Read Full Story...

Powell breaks world 100m record

14 June 2005

Jamaican Asafa Powell set a new men's 100m record of 9.77 seconds at the Athens Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
Powell had predicted earlier this week that he would beat Tim Montgomery's previous best of 9.78, which the American set in Paris three years ago.
The 22-year-old stunned a quality field but had to wait several minutes for the time and wind level to be checked before the record was confirmed.
He said: "It shows no-one knows how fast a man can run." Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis misses out in Milan

2 June 2005

Britain's Mark Lewis-Francis finished second in the 100m in Milan on Wednesday, his first race since cannabis was found in his system. Read Full Story...

Swiss snub Jones over poor form

2 June 2005

Organisers of Switzerland's annual Athletissima meeting say they are not inviting Marion Jones to run in their 5 July event because of her lack of form. Read Full Story...

Jones soundly beaten in Holland

29 May 2005

Former Olympic champion Marion Jones was well beaten over 100m as she returned to the European track in the Thales-FBK Games IAAF Grand Prix. Read Full Story...

Collins gets doping ban reduction

19 May 2005

Sprinter Michelle Collins' ban for doping offences has been reduced from eight to four years, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Thursday. Read Full Story...

Gatlin breezes to Japan victory

7 May 2005

Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin clocked 10.15 seconds as he won his first Grand Prix race of the season. Read Full Story...

Jones gets back to winning ways

1 May 2005

US sprinter Marion Jones won her first race in 11 months after claiming victory in a 100m on the Caribbean island of Martinique on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Gardener begins Worlds build-up

21 April 2005

Olympic 4x100m relay gold medallist Jason Gardener is preparing for his first outdoor event of the season. Read Full Story...

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