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X-Man Carter to run 400m in Birmingham

28 December 2006

American speedster Xavier Carter has been added to the 400-metre field for the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham scheduled for February 17. Read Full Story...

Trio chases Johnson`s mark in 200 meters

27 December 2006

With his fabulous 19.63 dash in the 200 meters in Lausanne last July, Xavier Carter accomplished two significant feats. First, the 20-year-old rose to international stardom by becoming the second-fastest man in history over the half-lap, behind only Michael Johnson`s legendary 19.32 world record run in 1996. But he also did something that the athletics world has been patiently waiting on over for 10 years: help revive the event to the point where a realistic assault on Johnson`s mark would finally be openly discussed. Read Full Story...

Caribbean 2006 sprinting review

27 December 2006

In yet another busy term in track and field, Caribbean athletes challenged the world`s best and came out remarkably successful in a year of sprinting in 2006 — a year that continued the tradition of short sprint excellence in the region. Read Full Story...

100 metre World record can be lowered, expert predicts

24 December 2006

According an expert in the field of extreme values, the 100 metres world record can be lowered by another half-second before man reaches his limits. Read Full Story...

Gatlin looking to help youngsters

23 December 2006

Banned Olympic champion sprinter Justin Gatlin has agreed to be a volunteer coach for the boys track team at his high school this spring. Read Full Story...

Devers plans to compete in 2007

23 December 2006

American Gail Devers, the two-time Olympic women`s 100-meter champion and three-time world 100-meter hurdles gold medalist, is now a coach and an athlete representative agent in addition to competing as an athlete and looking after her charitable foundation. Read Full Story...

Powell ponders double

22 December 2006

Sprint ace looks ahead to World Championships in Osaka. Read Full Story...

Chambers is given track lifeline

20 December 2006

UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins insists British sprinter Dwain Chambers could still have an international athletics career. Read Full Story...

Jones could turn career around at Beijing

20 December 2006

Maybe Marion Jones ought to get on a conference call with Brett Favre and Roger Clemens. A little group therapy on the perplexing subject of retirement couldn`t hurt. Read Full Story...

Gatlin tries another NFL workout

15 December 2006

America`s disgraced Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin has trained with the Arizona Cardinals, having already worked out with the Houston Texans. Read Full Story...

Take it easy, Aries tells Powell over athletes` recognition

15 December 2006

Following a statement made by world record holder, Asafa Powell, voicing his disappointment with level of recognition being given to other athletes who have performed well for the country, Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) president Howard Aries, said the country recognises the more superb performances. Read Full Story...

Powell calls for more Jamaican athletes to be recognised

14 December 2006

Jamaican world record holder and IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, Asafa Powell, voiced his disappointment at the lack of recognition given to other athletes who have served the country well. Read Full Story...

Jones considers quitting athletics

14 December 2006

Sydney Olympic triple athletics gold medallist Marion Jones has revealed she may quit the sport after a series of drug controversies. Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis hopes Powell is clean

14 December 2006

British Olympic and European sprint relay gold medalist, Mark Lewis-Francis, is hoping that Jamaican World record holder, Asafa Powell, is clean and free from using drugs, following the suspension of several top athletes, including American Olympic and World champion Justin Gatlin. Read Full Story...

Powell makes legendaries look like nothing, says Lewis-Francis

14 December 2006

His disappointment from losing the 2004 Athens Olympic gold medal is now behind him and is now seen as the world`s most visible sprinter. Read Full Story...

Can Chambers make it in NFL?

14 December 2006

The coaches at the NFL Europe training camp in Cologne obviously expected British sprinter Dwain Chambers to be fast. But they were taken aback by quite how quick he was. Read Full Story...

Liu repeats in record style at Asian Games

13 December 2006

Liu Xiang achieved his twin aims of gold and a new Asian Games record when winning the men`s 110m hurdles at Khalifa Stadium on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Chambers` track future in doubt

12 December 2006

British sprinter Dwain Chambers will miss the indoor season and may not race again, says his agent Cubie Seegobin. Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis chases indoor medal

11 December 2006

British sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis says he has trained harder than ever this winter and is targeting a medal at the European indoors in March. Read Full Story...

Jamaican Campbell to sit out 2007 indoor season

8 December 2006

2004 Athens Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell of Jamaica will not compete in the 2007 indoor season. Read Full Story...

Cities target 2011 and 2013 Worlds

5 December 2006

Five cities have confirmed they will bid to host the 2011 and 2013 World Athletics Championships. Read Full Story...

Houston Texans flirt with banned Gatlin

5 December 2006

It`s like pulling the lever at the casino or grabbing a few lottery tickets at the convenience store. You don`t really expect to hit the jackpot, but there`s always that tantalizing chance for instant riches. That`s how the Houston Texans must have been looking at things on Nov 29 when they conducted a 90 minute workout for Justin Gatlin, the Olympic champion sprinter and would be wide receiver. Read Full Story...

Career change? Sprinter Gatlin tries out for NFL

30 November 2006

Banned from the track for eight years due to evidence of blood doping, disgraced Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin is now trying to catch on with the NFL`s Houston Texans. Read Full Story...

South Africa relay team get World gold medal.

24 November 2006

South Africa`s 4x100m relay team at the 2001 world championships have been belatedly awarded the gold medal after initial winners the United States were disqualified, Athletics South Africa (ASA) said on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Gardener targets Glasgow comeback

22 November 2006

Jason Gardener is planning to make his competitive comeback at the Glasgow International match on 27 January. Read Full Story...

Lalova fully recovered from broken leg

20 November 2006

Ivet Lalova, the 22-year-old Bulgarian sprinter who suffered a horrendous injury in Athens in 2005, has fully recovered and is back in training. Read Full Story...

Powell, Simpson and Richards receive local congratulations

16 November 2006

The Jamaica Teachers` Association has extended their applause to the world`s fastest man, Asafa Powell, after the sprinter was named International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Powell and Richards are 2006 World Athletes of the Year

13 November 2006

Jamaican ace speedster, Asafa Powell and Jamaican-born American quarter-miler Sanya Richards were named 2006 World Athletes of the Year at the prestigious 2006 World Athletics Gala in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d`Eté, Monte-Carlo, on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Gatlin hurt athletics - Richards

13 November 2006

World Female Athlete of the Year Sanya Richards believes Justin Gatlin`s ban for doping offences has cast a shadow over athletics in the United States. Read Full Story...

Powell`s efforts not favoured, but Simpson selected by IAAF

11 November 2006

Despite matching the men`s 100-metre world record time of 9.77 seconds on two occasions this season, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell was not among the shortlist of athletes in line to capture the 2006 Performance of the Year award. Read Full Story...

Jones may still have a case to answer over tests

10 November 2006

Marion Jones, the American sprinter exonerated of a doping charge this summer, may have her case reopened. Jones tested positive for EPO on June 23 at the United States Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, where she won the 100 metres. However, when her urine sample was tested for a second time, the `B sample` came up negative and, as is standard practice, she was cleared of all charges. Read Full Story...

Chambers joins NFL training camp

7 November 2006

British sprinter Dwain Chambers is aiming to relaunch his career in American football during an NFL Europe training camp in Cologne this week. Read Full Story...

Graham to be charged with blocking probe

2 November 2006

Two Justice Department officials told The Associate Press that Trevor Graham, former coach of Olympian track star Marion Jones and the infamous sprinter Justin Gatlin, is expected to be charged with obstructing a federal investigation on steroids in sports by making false statements to authorites. Read Full Story...

Powell and Simpson selected as CAC athletes of the year

31 October 2006

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Thanou considering British switch

27 October 2006

Banned Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou could move to Britain, according to her lawyer Dr Gregory Ioannidis. Read Full Story...

Jamaica`s Fenton quits athletics

18 October 2006

Jamaica`s Lorraine Fenton, one of the leading women`s 400m runners in the last decade, announced her retirement on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

It`s Deon Hemmings-McCatty

17 October 2006

Atlanta`s Olympic Games 400m hurdles gold medallist Deon Hemmings-McCatty on Tuesday night received the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence, the brainchild of former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. Read Full Story...

Powell`s coach calls for action against drug cheats

16 October 2006

Stephen Francis, coach of 100-metre co-world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica, has called on the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), governing body of track and field, to formulate methods of dealing with the ongoing issues of drug cheating in the sports. Read Full Story...

Powell, Simpson among those in line for IAAF Athlete of the Year award

13 October 2006

Jamaican sprinter and 100m world record holder, Asafa Powell and compatriot, Sherone Simpson, who both recorded the best season thus far in their respective careers in this past campaign, are among the athletes in line to win the IAAF 2006 Male and Female World Athlete of the Year award. Read Full Story...

Ohuruogu submits drugs ban appeal

11 October 2006

British athlete Christine Ohuruogu has submitted an appeal against a one-year suspension for missing doping tests to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Read Full Story...

Powell honoured again by Lucozade Sports

9 October 2006

Jamaican 100m world record holder Asafa Powell picked up another award in recognition of a dominating season when Lucozade Sports staged a welcome home party for the sprinter last Thursday night at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. Read Full Story...

Powell`s latest world record time ratified

5 October 2006

Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell has had his 100-metres World record time of 9.77 seconds, achieved at the Weltklasse IAAF Golden League meeting in Zurich, Switzerland ratified by the sport`s governing body, the IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Read Full Story...

Spearmon sets dazzling 200m mark

28 September 2006

American Wallace Spearmon has become the third fastest man in history over 200m as he claimed victory at the Daegu International in South Korea. Read Full Story...

Powell promises to make up for Yokohama false start

26 September 2006

Following a disappointing final race to in what was an exceptional season leading up to the finale, Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell has vowed to make up for false-starting out of the 2006 Super Meet in Yokohama on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Jumpy Powell `too anxious` at start line

24 September 2006

World record holder Asafa Powell`s remarkable season ended on a flat note when the Jamaican was disqualified before his 100-meter race in Japan on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Johnson feels Jones should quit

21 September 2006

Michael Johnson believes Marion Jones should quit athletics despite her `B` test for erythropoietin (EPO) testing negative. Read Full Story...

Successful return for Williams-Darling at IAAF World Cup

19 September 2006

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling made a surprise comeback to the track and helped the Americas team win gold in the women`s 4x400-metres relay at the 10th IAAF World Cup in Athletics in the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Chambers targeting return

18 September 2006

Dwain Chambers is still eager to represent Great Britain in the 4x100 metres relay, despite being banned from competing in future Olympics after a two-year drugs suspension. Read Full Story...

IAAF World Cup Results

17 September 2006

Men, 100m (1.1 wind)
1. Gay Tyson (USA) - 9.88
2. Obikwelu Francis (POR) - 10.09
3. Burns Marc (TRI) - 10.14 Read Full Story...

Ohuruogu is hit by one-year ban

15 September 2006

England`s Commonwealth 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu has been given a one-year ban for missing three out-of-competition drug tests. Read Full Story...

Jones pulls out of World Cup meet

14 September 2006

Marion Jones has opted to end her season after pulling out of this weekend`s IAAF World Cup in Athens. Read Full Story...

Still no 200m lane for Simpson at IAAF World Cup

13 September 2006

Despite leading the world in both the 100m and 200m, Jamaica`s Sherone Simpson is still finding it difficult to get a lane in the women`s half-lap field for this weekend`s 10th IAAF World Cup in Athletics, which will be hosted in Athens, Greece. Read Full Story...

Powell out of 100m at World Cup

11 September 2006

World record holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of the 100m at next weekend's IAAF World Cup in Athens. Read Full Story...

Powell extends undefeated streak in the 100m

10 September 2006

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell continued his unbeaten run this season with another win in the 100-metres, this time at the 4th IAAF World Athletics Final (WAF) on the green track at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday evening. Read Full Story...

Gay runs blistering 200-meters at Final

10 September 2006

Tyson Gay equaled the third fastest time ever run in the 200-meter sprint to clinch victory in 19.68 seconds on the closing day of the World Athletics Final on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Jones validated by negative `B` test

9 September 2006

That`s the word that jumps to mind in the wake of the news that Marion Jones is up and running again. After all the doping rumors and unsubstantiated speculation that have followed Jones through Olympic glory and beyond, it seemed that there was finally proof in the pudding when her `A` test for EPO came back positive. But then came word that the backup `B` test did not detect the banned endurance enhancer, which was worth not only a ticket to race again but a major public image boost for Jones. Read Full Story...

Powell aware of the challenge Gay will produce in Stuttgart

9 September 2006

Despite boasting an undefeated run of 15 races under his belt, Asafa Powell, the co-world record holder in the 100-metres will be mindful of American sprinter Tyson Gay when they clash in the dash at this weekend`s 4th IAAF World Athletics Final at the Gottleib Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart, Germany. Read Full Story...

Gay says Powell is almost perfect, but isn`t unbeatable

9 September 2006

Ever since he became known to the international public, the world record holder over 100-metres, Asafa Powell of Jamaica, has been on the radar of many top athletes and though he suffered a slight setback in his exciting career last year, which caused him to sit out for a while, nothing in the category has changed. Read Full Story...

Jones cleared after negative test

7 September 2006

Ex-triple Olympic champion Marion Jones has been cleared of doping allegations after her `B` sample proved negative. Read Full Story...

Powell going for more glory in Stuttgart

7 September 2006

The world`s fastest man and arguably one of the best sprinters of all time, Asafa Powell, the Jamaican sprint ace, will now turn his attention to this weekend`s 4th IAAF World Athletic Finals in Stuttgart, Germany, following last weekend`s jackpot winning performance in Berlin. Read Full Story...

Powell conquers and divides money in perfect six

4 September 2006

What are we to make of the 100 metres? On the one hand it has caused the sport almost intolerable grief, with its succession of high-profile doping controversies, brought to a head this season by the cases of Justin Gatlin and Marion Jones. On the other, it remains the irresistible centre of attention.
So it was here yesterday when Asafa Powell raised interest in the event above all others on the programme in the final Golden League fixture of the season. To the undoubted approval of the 49,112 spectators in the Olympic Stadium, Powell completed an unbeaten league season — six wins out of six — and earned a share of the $1 million (about £530,000) jackpot. Read Full Story...

Berlin Golden League Results

3 September 2006

Men, 100m (-0.5 wind)
1. Powell Asafa (JAM) - 9.86
2. Gay Tyson (USA) - 9.96
3. Scott Leonard (USA) - 10.07 Read Full Story...

Powell takes 100m dash in poor conditions in Poland

1 September 2006

Three Jamaicans, including 100-metres World record holder Asafa Powell secured victories in appalling wet and cold conditions at the Pedro`s Cup meet in Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Powell, Wariner, Richards and Dibaba go for gold Sunday in Berlin

1 September 2006

For four athletes who are undefeated in their feature events on the Golden League circuit, the thoughts have turned from a run for fun to a dash for cash. Read Full Story...

Richards takes 400-meter, heads for $1m

31 August 2006

Sanya Richards, the 5`8`` engineering major at Texas who has wowed crowds since her junior days in 2002, will be running for gold Sunday in Berlin. But this gold isn`t just a medal - it`s a $1 million jackpot for athletes who outperformed their competition throughout the Golden Leagues this year. Richards is one of only four in contention. Read Full Story...

Powell could race in the 200m at IAAF World Cup

31 August 2006

Already a dominant force in the 100-metre this season, world record holder, Asafa Powell of Jamaica is now seeking a new challenge and a half-lap personal best may very well be his new objective for the latter part of the outdoor season. Read Full Story...

Powell swipes at officials after missing world record in Brussels

28 August 2006

An angry Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell, blamed officials at the Memorial Van Damme Golden League meeting on Friday for a poor start, which he said may have denied him the shot at breaking his 100-metres World record. Read Full Story...

Jones `B` test `in next few days`

28 August 2006

Former triple Olympic champion Marion Jones will have her `B` sample tested this week, according to her lawyer. Read Full Story...

Nike suspends Gatlin`s contract

26 August 2006

Already banned from U.S. Olympic Committee training sites, Justin Gatlin`s coach isn`t welcome at Nike headquarters, either.
The shoe company has terminated its contract with Trevor Graham and suspended its contract with Gatlin until further notice, Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said. Read Full Story...

Memorial Van Damme Results

25 August 2006

Men, 100m (0.3 wind)
1. Powell Asafa (JAM) - 9.99
2. Brunson Marcus (USA) - 10.06
3. Scott Leonard (USA) - 10.11 Read Full Story...

Powell hails Gatlin for cooperating

24 August 2006

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who is now the sole owner of the men`s 100-metre world record, following the doping ban of his main challenger Justin Gatlin, applauded the World and Olympic champion for his willingness to cooperate with the doping authorities. Read Full Story...

Gatlin given ban

23 August 2006

World and Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has been banned for a maximum of eight years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after admitting he committed "a doping violation". Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis won an appeal of his Olympic ban for marijuana

23 August 2006

Sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis won an appeal of his Olympic ban and will be able to compete again for Britain despite a failed doping test last year. Read Full Story...

Gatlin medals must go - Thompson

23 August 2006

Double Olympic champion Daley Thompson says Justin Gatlin`s achievements should be wiped from the record books. Read Full Story...

Gatlin could be stripped

22 August 2006

Justin Gatlin will be stripped of his share of the 100m world record if he is found guilty of a doping offence, the International Amateur Athletics Federation have confirmed. Read Full Story...

Jones `shocked` by positive test

21 August 2006

Former triple Olympic champion Marion Jones has made her first official comment since testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Read Full Story...

America sets pace in race to catch the drugs cheats

21 August 2006

The success of policing drugs in athletics in the United States needs to be replicated in other countries, especially in Eastern Europe, according to Professor Arne Ljungqvist, a lifelong leading anti-doping campaigner. Ljungqvist was speaking here yesterday after it was reported that Marion Jones had returned a positive sample in a test conducted by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Read Full Story...

Powell seeks new finishing strategy to improve world record

21 August 2006

Still smarting from his hat-trick of world record runs, Jamaican Asafa Powell is now left wondering what he needs to do next to get to the finishing line a bit quicker than the 9.77-seconds record this season. Read Full Story...

Sprinter Jones reportedly fails drug test

19 August 2006

Five-time Olympic medallist Marion Jones failed a drug test at the U.S. national track championships in June, the Washington Post reported Friday, citing sources with knowledge of the test results. Read Full Story...

Lifetime ban may come next week

19 August 2006

Olympic champion Justin Gatlin expects to learn next week what charges the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) may bring against him for a positive drugs test, his attorney has said. Read Full Story...

Relay squad provide GB`s sole win

19 August 2006

Britain`s 4x100m squad held off America to secure the host nation`s only win on day one of the four-nation Norwich Union International in Birmingham. Read Full Story...

Marion Jones` coach sure she`s clean

19 August 2006

Marion Jones` coach said he had received a text message from the former Olympic champion telling him traces of erythropoietin (EPO) had been found in her failed drug test at June`s U.S. championships. Read Full Story...

Powell equals record

19 August 2006

Asafa Powell matched his own world record last night after running 9.77secs to win the Weltklasse Golden League meeting in Zurich. Read Full Story...

Campbell bows out at Celtic Cup

18 August 2006

British sprinter Darren Campbell announced his retirement after winning a low-key 100m race at the inaugural Celtic Cup in Grangemouth. Read Full Story...

Weltklasse Golden League Meeting Results

18 August 2006

Men, 100m
1. Powell Asafa (JAM) - 9.77
2. Gay Tyson (USA) - 9.84
3. Scott Leonard (USA) - 9.97 Read Full Story...

Aikines-Aryeetey takes Junior 100m gold

17 August 2006

Harold Abrahams, Alan Wells, Linford Christie ... Harry Aikines-Aryeetey?
Maybe, just maybe.
In the sensational Aikines-Aryeetey, winner of the 100m dash at the World Junior Track and Field Championships Wednesday in Beijing, Great Britain has its finest sprint prospect in years. Read Full Story...

Drugs row pair on same track again

17 August 2006

Darren Campbell and Dwain Chambers will appear on the same track just days after a drugs row overshadowed their part in Great Britain`s victory in the 4x100 metres at the European Championships. Read Full Story...

Last outing for sprinter

16 August 2006

Darren Campbell has confirmed he will "definitely be retiring in the next week" as he reiterated he has no regrets about his anti-drugs stance at the European Championships where he refused to share in Great Britain`s 4x100metres relay celebrations. Read Full Story...

Urged to spill the beans

15 August 2006

Darren Campbell insists he has no personal issues with Dwain Chambers despite his anger at losing two championship medals following his team-mate`s drugs ban. Read Full Story...

Ottey still breaking records at 46

14 August 2006

Even at age 46, legendary sprinter Merlene Ottey is still buzzing as she entered the record books again when she sped to victory in the women`s 100-metres at the Sunday Mail Scottish Athletics Championships in Glasgow Saturday. Read Full Story...

Campbell angry at losing medals

14 August 2006

Darren Campbell has said that losing two medals because of Dwain Chambers` doping abuse was behind his move to boycott a lap of honour in Gothenburg. Read Full Story...

Simpson, Burns to compete at Monaco Grand Prix

14 August 2006

In-form Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson and Trinidadian Marc Burns, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, have been confirmed for the 2006 Meeting Herculis - IAAF Super Grand Prix, which is scheduled for Monte Carlo on Sunday 20 August. Read Full Story...

Campbell row clouds GB relay gold

13 August 2006

Darren Campbell refused to join his team-mates on a lap of honour after Britain`s 4x100m victory at the European Championships. Read Full Story...

Gevaert battles to sprint double

11 August 2006

Belgian Kim Gevaert added the 200m crown to her 100m gold to wrap up a brilliant sprint double at the European Championships in Sweden. Read Full Story...

Simpson could cut down Campbell in the 100m ranking

11 August 2006

With only 28-points separating her from the Sherone Simpson, this campaign`s current in-form sprinter, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell is likely to lose her top spot in IAAF World 100-metres event rankings, after announcing on Wednesday that she would no longer complete this year. Read Full Story...

Golden Obikwelu takes 200m title

10 August 2006

Portugal`s Francis Obikwelu made it a sprint double when he went away from the field to take 200m gold at the European Championships in Gothenburg. Read Full Story...

Ottey gave her best, but failed to medal at Euro Championships

10 August 2006

After just failing to make it into the deciding race in the women`s 100-metres at the European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden on Wednesday, Jamaican-born Slovenian sprinter Merlene Ottey says she gave her all, but it was just not enough against some strong competitors in the event. Read Full Story...

Gatlin looks to "exceptional circumstances" for appeal

9 August 2006

Justin Gatlin plans to plead “exceptional circumstances” in a bid to beat the drug case against him.
The world and Olympic 100 metres champion faces a lifetime ban after testing positive for testosterone which constituted his second doping violation. Read Full Story...

Raquil late surge wins 400m gold

9 August 2006

Marc Raquil produced a desperate surge for the line to snatch the 400m title at the European Championships as Britain`s Tim Benjamin came sixth. Read Full Story...

Obikwelu storms to 100m triumph

8 August 2006

Portugal's Francis Obikwelu was crowned European 100m champion after blitzing the rest of the field in Gothenburg. Read Full Story...

Chambers ready for European test

6 August 2006

Dwain Chambers will seek to regain the title he lost after failing a drugs test when the European Championships begin in Sweden on Monday. Read Full Story...

Gatlin coach gets US Olympic ban

4 August 2006

Justin Gatlin's controversial coach Trevor Graham has been banned from using US Olympic Committee training centres and facilities. Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis hits back at Regis

3 August 2006

Mark Lewis-Francis has responded angrily to former athlete John Regis' fierce criticism of the current crop of young British sprinters. Read Full Story...

GB sprinting is in crisis

2 August 2006

Former European 200m champion John Regis says British sprinting is in crisis ahead of next week's European Championships in Gothenburg. Read Full Story...

Powell might not have to share the world record after all

2 August 2006

Jamaican sprint ace, Asafa Powell, the current joint-world record holder over 100-metre, could stand as the sole possessor after his main challenger and the second half of the duo Justin Gatlin admitted to failing a drug test prior to equalling the world mark. Read Full Story...

Jamaican-born coach Graham faces two-year ban

2 August 2006

American legend Michael Johnson, a five-time Olympic mediallist, said Jamaican-born coach Trevor Graham, the man in charge of American sprinter Justin Gatlin, should be banned from coaching track and field, following the latest hiccup in his training camp, which saw another athlete being tested positive for doping. Read Full Story...

Calls for lifetime ban

31 July 2006

World anti-doping chief Dick Pound has demanded Justin Gatlin be banned for life after confirming the sprinter's `B' sample had tested positive for the banned drug testosterone.
The Olympic and world 100m champion announced on Saturday he had failed a drug test following the Kansas Relays in April and now Gatlin's lawyer Cameron Myler, as well as Pound, have confirmed the second sample was also positive. Read Full Story...

World’s fastest man fails drug test

30 July 2006

Justin Gatlin, the world and Olympic 100m champion, faces a life ban after last night admitting he had failed a drugs test. The 24-year-old American sprinter released a statement after he was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he had tested positive for “testosterone or its precursors” after running a relay race in Kansas City in April. Read Full Story...

Gatlin has been sabotaged - coach

30 July 2006

Justin Gatlin's coach Trevor Graham claims the World and Olympic 100m champion has been "set up" after the sprinter failed a drugs test. Read Full Story...

Powell absolutely clean - agent

30 July 2006

Powell shares the record with American Justin Gatlin, who admitted on Saturday that he had failed a drugs test.
Powell's agent, Paul Doyle, told BBC Sport he realised questions would be asked about his client, but could guarantee he did not use illegal drugs. Read Full Story...

Jamaica's Powell claims 11th consecutive sprint title at London

29 July 2006

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell extended his title-taking streak to 11 races this year after clocking 9.91 seconds to win the men's 100 meter at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in London on Friday.
Powell, who holds the world mark of 9.77 seconds jointly with American Justin Gatlin, speeded up half way of the race to record his ninth sub-10 second time of 2006. Read Full Story...

Powell set to combat fear of giving it everything

28 July 2006

The X-Man and express man promised yesterday to make the Norwich Union London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace this evening a night to remember. Read Full Story...

Jones alone as she tries to recapture form of her golden past

28 July 2006

It seems many years since the former queen of athletics lost her crown, but the reaction of the crowd at Crystal Palace this evening will be fascinating. Read Full Story...

Sprinter not ruled out

28 July 2006

Injury-troubled Dwain Chambers will still be considered for a place on the Great Britain team for the European Championships despite missing today's Norwich Union London Grand Prix because of injury. Read Full Story...

Powell takes gold at Super Grand Prix

26 July 2006

Asafa Powell, the Jamaican co-world record holder in the 100m, was unable to break his tie with Justin Gatlin and establish a new record all his own. Nonetheless, the Jamaican took gold and set a new stadium record at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden. Powell finished in 9.86 seconds, just .09 seconds off his record mark and well ahead of the rest of the field. His finish was one-hundredth of a second faster than Maurice Greene's previous track record, set in 1999, and earned him a 1-carat diamond worth about $10,000. Read Full Story...

Caribbean runners dominate the sprints at Thessaloniki

25 July 2006

Despite several challenges from European athletes seeking qualifying standards for Euro Championships, which begin in two weeks time, Caribbean athletes were virtually unstoppable on the track at the 2006 IAAF Olympic Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece on Monday July 24. Read Full Story...

Powell chases stadium record in Stockholm

25 July 2006

Already the overwhelming favourite to take the 100-metre dash at Tuesday's DN Galan Super Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, joint world record holder Asafa Powell has said he wants to leave with the meet record. Read Full Story...

DN Galan Results

25 July 2006


1. Powell Asafa (JAM) - 9.86
2. Gay Tyson (USA) - 9.97
3. Brunson Marcus (USA) - 10.09
4. Crawford Shawn (USA) - 10.14
5. Williams Christopher (JAM) - 10.18
6. Thomas Dwight (JAM) - 10.18
7. Kimmons Trell (USA) - 10.24
8. Carter Xavier (USA) - 10.27 Read Full Story...

Did Powell relinquish another world record opportunity?

24 July 2006

Jamaican 100-metres joint-world record holder Asafa Powell may be distraught after he could very well have let two glorious opportunities to lower the mark slip by already this season. Read Full Story...

X-Man taking the fast track towards new world order

22 July 2006

Until yesterday, he had never heard of Paula Radcliffe. Until two weeks ago, he had never travelled outside the United States and, only two weeks before that, he did not even hold a passport. Until last month the sport worldwide was barely aware of him and his future appeared to be in American football. Then, without warning, Xavier Carter announced himself to international athletics. Read Full Story...

Powell to run at Varinoyianna meeting

17 July 2006

As he continues to prove to the world that he's the fastest man on earth, Jamaica’s world renowned sprinter Asafa Powell has been confirmed to take part in the Varinoyianna EAA Outdoor Meeting in Rethymno, Greece on Friday 21 July. Read Full Story...

Dwain fears

16 July 2006

Dwain Chambers' bid to crown his comeback from a two-year drugs ban by claiming the European 100 metres title appeared to be in jeopardy last night after injury forced him out of the Norwich Union trials final in Manchester. Read Full Story...

Dwain still the best of British

15 July 2006

Rehabilitated drug cheat Dwain Chambers should easily clear the first hurdle to regaining his European 100m title at the Norwich Union trials in Manchester today. Read Full Story...

Wariner underlines threat to Johnson record

15 July 2006

Spurred on by the X-factor, Jeremy Wariner last night ran the fastest 400 metres since Michael Johnson broke the world record in Seville seven years ago. Wariner, the world and Olympic champion, maintained his unbeaten record in the Golden League this season with a performance that promoted him from seventh to fourth on the all-time list. Read Full Story...

Simpson says Powell is now her hero

14 July 2006

Jamaican Sherone Simpson, the current world leader at both the 100m and 200m this season, has said training with fellow countryman Asafa Powell, one of two men holding the 100-metre world record of 9.77 seconds, has had a great impact in her career. Read Full Story...

Gatlin pulls plug on showdown

14 July 2006

The on-again, off-again showdown between 100 meter sprint kings Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell is off again.
On Friday, Gatlin pulled the plug on a tentative meeting again Powell in two weeks, withdrawing from the London Grand Prix because of a leg injury which he suffered at last month's U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. Powell has continued to run on the European circuit despite a tender groin and is scheduled to compete on July 28 at Crystal Palace. Read Full Story...

A billion people can't be wrong as nation celebrates new world mark

13 July 2006

As birthday presents go, breaking a world record and receiving the adulation of a billion people is not bad. China woke yesterday to the news that Liu Xiang, an athlete from Shanghai who turns 23 today, had shattered Colin Jackson’s 13-year-old world record for the 110 metre hurdles. Read Full Story...

"X-Man" Carter versus Asafa Powell

13 July 2006

New sprint sensation Xavier "X-Man" Carter is confirmed for DN Galan, Tuesday July 25 at Stockholm Olympic Stadium. Carter who was the surprise winner in Lausanne in the 200 metres with 19.63 will go against world record holder Asafa Powell, Jamaica in the 100 metres. Read Full Story...

Jones and Simpson at it again

12 July 2006

Jamaica's 100-metre world leader Sherone Simpson, the Commonwealth Games 200m champion, will seek revenge against American multi Olympic champion Marion Jones when they go head-to-head for the second time in four days at Tuesday’s Athletissima Super Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, a meet that has attracted twenty World and Olympic champions. Read Full Story...

100m guessing game

11 July 2006

Asafa Powell will not compete in tonight's IAAF Super Grand Prix in Lausanne in place of fellow world 100 metres record holder Justin Gatlin.
The 23-year-old will instead concentrate on preparing to keep a clean sheet at the third IAAF Golden League meeting of the season in Rome on Friday. Read Full Story...

Jones back with fast time, Powell failed to break record in Paris

9 July 2006

Marion Jones is still winning, and she's getting faster.
Jones ran her fastest time in nearly four years, winning the 100 meters in 10.93 seconds Saturday at the Gaz de France meet. It was her best performance since giving birth to her son in June 2003.
The 2000 Olympics triple gold medalist ran away from Sherone Simpson and Torri Edwards in the last 30 meters to clock the second-best time of 2006. The only faster time this season is 10.82 by Jamaica's Simpson. Read Full Story...

Campbell to return

8 July 2006

Jamaica's Olympic 200m champion, Veronica Campbell, will make her comeback from injury at next Tuesday's Athletissima Super Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Campbell, who missed last month's National Championships, will face a strong field in the women's 100 meter on her return from injury. Read Full Story...

Powell vs. Gatlin: It's inevitable

7 July 2006

There are those who can appreciate the highly anticipated Justin Gatlin-Asafa Powell match race in the 100 meters as pure sport.
And there are others who will appreciate it as pure business.
Before Gatlin and Powell, the co-world record holders at 9.77, inevitably settle into the starting blocks against each other to answer the question of who's the world's fastest man, words like "leverage" and "negotiations" will be tossed around so frequently it would make Don King smile. Who will show Gatlin and Powell the most money? That's the business issue that must be decided before the sporting issue of world's fastest can be determined. Read Full Story...

Powell million dollar hunt continues in Paris

6 July 2006

Jamaican world-class sprinter Asafa Powell, the co-world record holder over 100-metre headline a star-studded line in the event as his hunt for a million dollar in the IAAF Golden League continues at the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis, the second leg of the jackpot, in the Stade de France, on 8 July. Read Full Story...

Powell will run at DN Galan in Stockholm

5 July 2006

Jamaica's joint 100-metre World record holder Asafa Powell, has agreed to run at this year's DN Galan - IAAF Super Grand Prix, in Stockholm on Tuesday July 25.
Powell, who suffered a groin injury in London and had to pull out of last year's meeting, is now fully fit and the organsers are excited about him agreeing to compete at the Stockholm Stadium. Read Full Story...

Capel accepts two-year ban

3 July 2006

Sprinter John Capel has accepted a two-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.
Capel, 27, tested positive Feb. 18 at the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England. He was stripped of his fifth-place finish in the 60 meters and third-place finish in the 200 there.
The start of his two-year suspension was set back to March 15, when track's world governing body imposed a provisional suspension, USADA said. Read Full Story...

Bailey backs Powell to break 100m record

2 July 2006

Canadian Olympic 100 metres gold medallist, Donovan Bailey, believes Asafa Powell will lower the world 100m record.
Jamaican-born Bailey, who won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, described Powell as an "amazing athlete".
Bailey said he has no doubt that Powell can go faster. Read Full Story...

Gatlin pulls out of Athens GP with injury

1 July 2006

Olympic and world 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has pulled out of Monday's Athens grand prix because of a leg injury.
Organisers told reporters on Sunday the American sprinter had sustained a "mild strain". Read Full Story...

Chambers falls short in a shaky second coming

29 June 2006

Like the new City of Malaga Stadium, where the two-day European Cup is being staged, Dwain Chambers looked short of the finished article last night. Chambers, wearing a Great Britain vest for the first time in almost three years, was so despondent at his defeat in the 100 metres that he said he needed “to go back to the drawing board”. Read Full Story...

Dwain's ready for a fun run

28 June 2006

Dwain Chambers is adamant he can forget the past and reproduce his world-class form on his return to Great Britain duty in Malaga today. He said yesterday: "After the pressure of what I've had to deal with this last two-and-a-half years, this is fun for me."
The disgraced sprinter will wear Norwich Union GB team colours for the first time since returning from a two-year drugs suspension when he competes at the SPAR European Cup. Read Full Story...

Powell confident in his abilities

28 June 2006

Jamaican co-world record holder over 100-metres, Asafa Powell, says he's capable of running any sprint event competitively at the moment, as he's in the best shape of his life.
Following a premature end to his season last year, Powell, who shares the world record with American Justin Gatlin, said he went back to the drawing board to correct some technical problems he had the previous season and is now confident he's the world's number one sprinter. Read Full Story...

Sanya Richards wins 400m at US meet

25 June 2006

Richards blew away the field to win the women's 400 in a world-leading 49.27 seconds. The 21-year-old runner, aiming for Valerie Brisco's American record of 48.83, has the three fastest times in the world this year. Read Full Story...

US Outdoor Championships

25 June 2006

No matter what transpires in Marion Jones' celebrated - and often clouded - track and field career from here on out, they will forever be comparing her to the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.
So it was Friday at the USA Outdoor Championships at Carroll Stadium. Read Full Story...

Gatlin won 100m title at USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

24 June 2006

Justin Gatlin, the Olympic and World champion, won 100m title at the US Championships in Indianapolis on Friday.
Gatlin led from start to finish in the final, but a 1.2 metres-per-second headwind did not allow him to attack the world record of 9.77 seconds he shares with Jamaican Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Marion Jones makes triumphant comeback

24 June 2006

Marion Jones won her 14th U.S. championship but first sprint title since 2002. Her time was 11.10, putting her seven-hundreds of a second ahead of two world champions, Lauryn Williams and Torri Edwards. Read Full Story...

Jones' chance to answer doubters

23 June 2006

In 2004, a Nike commercial featured the company's most recognizable sponsored athletes competing in sports other than their own. Lance Armstrong was in a boxing ring. Andre Agassi was the Red Sox shortstop.
Marion Jones, track and field's biggest name, was a gymnast.
"What if . . . ?" the ad asked.
After all that has happened on and off the track the past couple of years for Jones, the "What if" ad seems particularly fitting.
What if Jones hadn't found herself involved in the same doping scandal that has tainted Barry Bonds? What if she indeed took steroids with her ex-husband, as he alleges? What if she didn't, as she adamantly states?
And most germane to the here and now: What if Marion Jones' comeback is for real? Read Full Story...

Chambers gets Spar call-up

22 June 2006

Dwain Chambers has been selected for the SPAR European Cup meeting next Wednesday, with hopes he can help the Norwich Union Great Britain men's team reach the IAAF World Cup later this summer.
The top two teams at the two-day meeting in Malaga will qualify for the money-spinning competition taking place in Athens on September 16-17, with Britain's chances increased with the inclusion of Chambers. Read Full Story...

In battle of Gatlin-Powell, athletics wins

20 June 2006

Every sport can receive a jolt of enthusiasm from time to time when two competitors clearly rise above the field and prompt intense debates about who's No. 1.
Whether it's Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier, the Lakers and Celtics of the 1980s or Texas-Southern California in last year's college football national title game, the aura of two truly dominant forces battling for superiority can only enhance that sport's popularity.
World athletics is experiencing that same type of buzz right now, thanks to 100m superstars Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell, who share the world record at 9.77 and are warily circling each other in advance of their scheduled July 28 match race at Crystal Palace Stadium in London. Read Full Story...

Olympians Richards, Williams and Hurd have points to prove at USA Track & Field National Championships

19 June 2006

USATF's world class track athletes will converge on Indianapolis this weekend for the 2006 USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships, but three have points to prove, messages to deliver and titles to capture - enter Sanya Richards, Lauryn Williams and Tiombé Hurd. Read Full Story...

Fun News. Justin Gatlin:"Under the right conditions, I can run the 100 in 3.2 seconds."

17 June 2006

American sprinter Justin Gatlin recently announced that he can easily surpass his own world record in the 100 meters (9.77 seconds) by nearly 6.5 seconds if the conditions are just right. Read Full Story...

World will have to wait for showdown

16 June 2006

In another example of the sport undermining its own best interests, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell did not meet for a 100-meter showdown in Gateshead, England, on Sunday.
They were supposed to line up and race but Gatlin's agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, pulled his client out of the meet and said there never was an agreement for a head-to-head meeting. Read Full Story...

Leg injury could end Campbell's outdoor season

14 June 2006

Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell could miss the rest of the season, following a leg injury sustained during the women's 200-metre dash at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead, England.
According to reports from her manager, the Jamaican has a torn muscle in her left quad, which could keep her out of competition until mid August. Read Full Story...

Chambers regains top ranking on return to the track

12 June 2006

Dwain Chambers may have been little more than an extra on the set of Asafa Powell’s world record yesterday but, on his comeback from a drugs ban, he re-established himself as Great Britain’s No 1.
Finishing third behind Powell and Michael Frater, two Jamaicans, Chambers recorded 10.07sec, a time that no Briton has run during his absence from the sport. Read Full Story...

Norwich Union British Grand Prix Results

11 June 2006


100m (1.5 wind)
1. Powell Asafa (JAM) - 9.77
2. Frater Michael (JAM) - 10.06
3. Chambers Dwain (GBR) - 10.07
4. Devonish Marlon (GBR) - 10.16
5. Lewis-Francis Mark (GBR) - 10.20
6. Conwright Kaaron (USA) - 10.24
7. Collio Simone (ITA) - 10.30
8. Aikines-Aryeetey Harry (GBR) - 10.38 Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell equals men's 100 meters world record at British Grand Prix

11 June 2006

Asafa Powell ran 9.77 seconds at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix to equal the 100-metre world record he holds with Justin Gatlin.
Powell had some words for rival Gatlin after the race: "That's how you run a world record."
"I told everyone I can run as fast as I want to when I want to. I said I would do my best here and I didn't let them down." Read Full Story...

Chambers, IAAF comes to agreement

10 June 2006

The International Association of Athletics Federations struck a deal on Friday for British sprinter Dwain Chambers to return to action following his two-year drugs ban.
World athletics' governing body revealed that they have accepted an offer from the European 100metres champion to reimburse them with the appearance fees and purse money he won during the period he was using drugs. Read Full Story...

Ottey still has European Championships competition thoughts

10 June 2006

Jamaican-born Slovenian veteran sprinter Merlene Ottey aims to run at August's European Championships after making a successful comeback to the track at Spain's Rivas International.
Ottey, 46, who has not been active since the 200m semi-final at the Athens Olympics, battled a strong headwind to win the 100m in 11.94 seconds. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell heads Caribbean sprinters for Paris Golden League meet

10 June 2006

Asafa Powell, the joint world record holder over 100 metres, heads four Caribbean sprinters already confirmed for the men's dash at the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint Denis, the second leg of the six meeting IAAF Golden League on Saturday 8 July 2006. Read Full Story...

Cash row could rule out Dwain

9 June 2006

Fresh doubt has been cast on Dwain Chambers' participation in Sunday's Norwich Union British Grand Prix at Gateshead.
It was revealed yesterday that no deal has been struck with the International Association of Athletics Federations to allow Chambers to compete. And meeting organisers admit it is far from certain he will appear. Read Full Story...

Powell's powering up

8 June 2006

Perceptions of Jamaica's sporting pedigree have not been enhanced by the recent exploits of the island's underperforming footballers on UK soil, the Reggae Boyz delivering a stark demonstration of the reasons for their failure to reach the World Cup by providing shooting practice for those bound for the German finals over the course of the last 11 days.
For those with the Caribbean close at heart, it is perhaps fortunate that the next Jamaican scheduled to showcase his talents here is much better at what he does.
It will be Asafa Powell's intention to repair shattered reputations when he makes his maiden appearance in the North-East this weekend. Unlike his crushed compatriots, the 23-year-old is at the peak of his profession. Read Full Story...

Gatlin, Powell scheduled to meet in London on July 28

8 June 2006

Drums are already beating. Barbs between the protagonists are flying. Legal wagering shops will soon be setting "the line." In short, buildup to the Justin Gatlin-Asafa Powell match race -- scheduled for the Norwich Union London Grand Prix meeting on July 28 -- is under way.
Fast Track, the organizer and promoter of the London Grand Prix event, has confirmed that the two have indeed agreed to race at famed Crystal Palace Stadium. Read Full Story...

Powell plans to set record straight and take world by storm

7 June 2006

Dwain Chambers will appear in the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Sunday, albeit perhaps in name only. An official yesterday put the likelihood of Chambers making his return from a drugs ban in the 100 metres at 50-50, but whether or not the Briton runs, Asafa Powell, the joint world record-holder, will have him in his sights.
In London yesterday, Powell gave his opinions on Chambers in particular and British sprinting in general, on Justin Gatlin’s controversial world record, on his rivalry with the American, on doping and on why he expects to be the undisputed world’s fastest human by the end of the year. But first, Chambers’s track record at Gateshead. Read Full Story...

Powell has 9.70 world record on his mind

7 June 2006

Asafa Powell is tired of sharing the 100-metre world record with Justin Gatlin. He wants it back for himself.
The Jamaican sprinter plans not only to break the current mark of 9.77 seconds - but to smash it. Read Full Story...

Gardener to lead Powell

6 June 2006

Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Jason Gardener will lead the British challenge against joint world record holder Asafa Powell at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis optimistic about season after first European appearance

5 June 2006

Olympic 4x100m relay gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis says he's satisfied with the start of his European campaign, despite failing to make an impression at the IAAF Golden League Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, on Friday, June 2. Read Full Story...

Reebok Grand Prix 2006 Results

4 June 2006


100m (-0.1 wind)
1. Justin Gatlin (USA) - 9.87
2. Tyson Gay (USA) - 10.04
3. Leonard Scott (USA) - 10.0
4. Bernard Williams (USA) - 10.29
5. Clement Campbell (USA) - 10.36
6. Trell Kimmons (USA) - 10.37
7. Tyree Gailes (USA) - 10.46
8. Danny Tutskey (USA) - 10.89 Read Full Story...

Marion Jones continues her comeback with Reebok Grand Prix win

4 June 2006

The former Olympic champion took 100m victory in 11.06 seconds ahead of Veronica Campbell (11.11), Torri Edwards (11.23) and Lauryn Williams (11.44).
Her time matched her fastest mark of the year, which she first ran in her opening meet in Mexico last month, and also ensured that she could celebrate her third win in as many races she has contested this year on her comeback. Read Full Story...

Reebok Grand Prix. Quotes.

4 June 2006

Marion Jones:
''Overall, I felt pretty good. The conditions weren't great, but any time you get a victory, it's another step.''

Lauryn Williams about Marion Jones:
"She won, right? So she was excellent." Read Full Story...

Chambers earns more payback time

3 June 2006

Dwain Chambers, the disgraced European 100 metres champion, may be only four days away from his first race in nearly three years after the world governing body said here last night that it was attempting to expedite an agreement that would free him to run in Belgrade on Wednesday. Should Chambers show form there, he could make his British comeback in Gateshead next Sunday. Read Full Story...

Gatlin targets fast time at New York Reebok Grand Prix

2 June 2006

Following his impressive start to the season, including a flashing world-leading, world record equalling 9.77 seconds at the Qatar Super Grand Prix leg of the IAAF World Athletics Tour in Doha, last month, Justin Gatlin now wants sole possession of the world mark. Read Full Story...

Lauryn Williams, Marion Jones join Reebok Grand Prix

2 June 2006

Lauryn Williams, the reigning World Champion, and Marion Jones, 2000 Olympic gold medalist, have been added to the lineup for the Reebok Grand Prix this Saturday, June 3, organizers announced today. They will join a strong 100-meter field that already included Veronica Campbell of Jamaica, the Athens triple-medalist who owns the fastest time in the world this year. Read Full Story...

Powell start million dollar hunt with two sub-10 seconds - Bislett Golden League report

2 June 2006

Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion produced another Sunday morning stroll in winning the men's 100m dash over a modest field in the Bislett.
The 23-year-old Jamaican who shares the world record of 9.77 with American Justin Gatlin, easily won the race on a chilly night with a 9.98 performance over American Shawn Crawford, the Olympic 200m champion at 10.02. Read Full Story...

Sharing the record for now might not be so bad after all for Powell

1 June 2006

Jamaican co-world record holder Asafa Powell says sharing the record with American rival Justin Gatlin has helped him to concentrate on lifting his performances at every meet.
At the IAAF Grand Prix track and field meeting in Qatar, Doha last month, Gatlin, the World and Olympic champion, equalled Powell's record mark of 9.77 seconds and although he's confident he's the still the fastest man on the planet, the Jamaican is happy that the spotlight is not solely on him anymore.
"I'm still the fastest man, no doubt," Powell was quoted as saying in a Reuters report. "Everybody wanted to beat me. Now that he (Gatlin) has equalled the record people will go after him also, so the spotlight is off me."
On Friday (June 2) Powell will start his hurt for the Golden League million dollar jackpot in Oslo, but more interestingly, the 23-year-old says he's ready to make his move on being the sole owner of the world record. Read Full Story...

Meeting of world record-holders put on hold for near future

1 June 2006

Bottom line: The Justin Gatlin-Asafa Powell race for the title of "world's fastest human" won't happen until the price is right.
It's perfectly clear now that Gatlin, the American who ran off with gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, won't answer the same starting gun as Powell, the Jamaican who rocketed to the 100m world record of 9.77 seconds in Athens last June, only to see Gatlin equal it at Doha, Qatar, two weeks ago, for anything less than top dollar.
A Gatlin-Powell clash was booked for the Norwich Union Grand Prix Meet in Gateshead, England, on June 11. However, the much-anticipated showdown has evaporated in a mist of conflicting statements. Read Full Story...

Bolt, Ferguson and Moreno score wins in Ostrava

31 May 2006

Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt, Bahamian 2000 Olympic 'Golden Girl' Debbie Ferguson and Cuba's Yipsi Moreno scored victories at the IAAF Super Grand Prix Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The meeting was the only eastern European stop on the IAAF World Athletics Tour for the year. Read Full Story...

Olympic champ pulls out

30 May 2006

The showdown between the fastest men on the planet, scheduled for Gateshead next month, has been called off.
Reigning Olympic and world 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has pulled out of the Norwich Union British Grand Prix on June 11 where he was set to face Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Jones' comeback continues with easy win

30 May 2006

Marion Jones' start may have been awful, but her finish was nothing short of awesome.
The triple gold medalist out of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games has never been known for her speed out of the starting blocks, but her explosiveness in the latter stages of her races has often been something to behold.
So it was on Sunday in the eastern Netherlands community of Hengelo.
Seven of the eight competitors lined up against the 30-year-old Jones beat her out of the starting blocks, but none was close to her by the finish of the featured women's 100m dash at the annual Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, Holland's biggest day on the international athletics calendar. Read Full Story...

Jersey's Barber headlines star-studded Ostrava meet

30 May 2006

Four-plus decades after Yogi Berra hung up his baseball spikes, Montclair, New Jersey claims home to another world-class athlete.
This time, the sport is track and field, not baseball. This time, it's not a he but a she.
She is Me'Lisa Barber, 25, the 1998 graduate of Montclair High School and 2002 University of South Carolina alumna, who is intent on proving herself the fastest woman on earth. Read Full Story...

2006 Prefontaine Classic Results

29 May 2006


100 meters, Race 1 (1.0 wind)
1. Justin Gatlin (USA) - 9.88
2. Leonard Scott (USA) - 10.16
3. Michael Frater (Jamaica) - 10.17
4. Jordan Vaden (USA) - 10.27
5. Anson Henry (Canada) - 10.34
6. DeBryan Blanton (USA) - 10.36
7. Joshua Norman (USA) - 10.44
8. Ernest Wiggins (USA) - 10.51

100 meters, Race 2 (2.5 wind)
1. Asafa Powell (Jamaica) - 9.93
2. Shawn Crawford (USA) - 10.04
3. Jason Smoots (USA) - 10.05
4. Francis Obikwelu (Portugal) - 10.12
5. Marc Burns (Trinidad) - 10.14
6. Mardy Scales (USA) - 10.23
7. Rodney Martin (USA) - 10.25
8. Mark Jelks (USA) - 10.52 Read Full Story...

Gatlin run away with Prefontaine Classic separated 100m dash

29 May 2006

Justin Gatlin, the World and Olympic champion won the 2006 Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix separated men's 100m dash race over Jamaican Asafa Powell here in Eugene, Sunday afternoon.
The co-world record holders, at a time of 9.77 seconds, raced in two sections of the 100m and Gatlin came out on top after posting an impressive 9.88sec in the opening section, which was better than Powell's run of 9.93 in section two. Read Full Story...

Facts About Prefontaine Classic

28 May 2006

The Prefontaine Classic is the premiere track & field meet in the United States. Since 1996, it has been ranked first among all annual track & field meets in the U.S. by the IAAF, the international governing body for the sport. Read Full Story...

Jones chases ghosts, dreams to Hengelo

27 May 2006

Marion Jones never did get to match Fanny Blankers-Koen's four-gold medal performance on the Olympic stage. The Californian wound up with three golds and two bronzes at the 2000 Sydney Games, just short of the quadruply golden feats of "The Flying Flying Dutchwoman" at the 1948 London Games.
But Jones -- despite her dismal performances the past two seasons, and the ongoing debate over her alleged drug involvements, hasn't given up the chase. Read Full Story...

Bath Bullet on target for title

26 May 2006

Jason Gardener has set his sights on claiming the 100 metres title at the European Championships in Gothenburg in August as he seeks to make up for his disappointment at the Commonwealth Games.
The "Bath Bullet" failed to make an impression in Melbourne because of injury but he is gearing himself up to succeed Dwain Chambers as the European champion.
Gardener, the British number one for the last two years, said: "I said even before the Commonwealths my major aim this year would be winning in Gothenburg."
"My training's going really well and I'll start my season by competing in Oslo and then Belgrade before appearing at Gateshead." Read Full Story...

Powell, Gatlin lead superstars for Prefontaine Classic

26 May 2006

It may not be a head-to-head clash, but the gala between joint world record holders Asafa Powell of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of USA will headline this year's Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting on Sunday, May 28 at the Hayward Field in Eugene. Read Full Story...

Johnson to help fast-track British sprinting talent

25 May 2006

Michael Johnson, the 200 and 400 metres world record-holder who has been among the most vociferous critics of British athletes in recent years, could soon be working from the inside for UK Athletics.
Johnson said yesterday that he had been approached by Dave Collins, Great Britain’s performance director, with a view to taking up an official role with UKA. “I think I can be a help, not a hindrance,” Johnson, the former Olympic and world champion from the United States, said. Read Full Story...

Spearmon v. Bolt matchup added to Reebok Grand Prix

25 May 2006

Wallace Spearmon and Usain Bolt will face each other at 200 meters in the Reebok Grand Prix on June 3, organizers announced today, in a matchup featuring the two fastest men in the world so far this year and two of the most dynamic young sprinters in the sport. Read Full Story...

Barber joyful Campbell not bothered after Jones' come performance

25 May 2006

On May 14 at the Gala Banamex 2006 track and field meeting in Xalapa, Mexico, American former Olympic sprint queen Marion Jones silence her critics with an impressive first time performance since sitting out for 11 months, while opening the eyes of her opponents who were left stunned by her season opener.
However, while her fellow American team mate MeLisa Barber, the 2006 World Indoor 60-metre champion from Moscow, Russia, assessed her performance and was full of praised for Jones, Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell, said Jones' time wasn't a bother to her. Read Full Story...

Gardener joins star-studded 100m lineup in Gateshead

25 May 2006

Great Britain's Olympic relay gold medallist Jason Gardener will contest the men's 100-metres dash at the Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead, London on June 11, meet organizers announced on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Richards wants to stay number one

24 May 2006

Jamaican-born American 400 metre runner Sanya Richards says she's determine to work hard to maintain her world number one position in the event this season.
Richards, the youngest female quarter-miler to dip under 49 seconds when she won at the IAAF Zurich TDK Golden League last season, currently leads the World Ranking with 1394-points, 11 more than World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling from the Bahamas and she said she's hoping to build on that performance. Read Full Story...

Bolt, Collins confirmed for Ostrava's Golden Spike

24 May 2006

St Kitts and Nevis' 2001 World Championships 100-metres champion Kim Collins is set to make his first appearance this season, following a late start in his preparation, when he goes up against Jamaican World Junior record holder Usain Bolt at next Tuesday's Ostrava's Golden Spike in the Czech Republic, organisers announced on Wednesday.
Collins, a 100m speciallist, who surprisingly grabbed a bronze medal at the Worlds in Helsinki, last summer despite not even being on the radar, will run the 200m, an event in which he holds a career best time of 20.20sec in honour of the late Hungarian IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai, who passed away last month.
Joining Collins in the event will be fellow Islander, Bolt, who has already produced two impressive performances this season, 20.08 and 20.10, and his the only man with a personal best below the 20sec barrier. Read Full Story...

Adidas Track Classic Results

23 May 2006

100m (1.5 wind)
1. Marcus Brunson (USA) - 10.01
2. Tyson Gay (USA) - 10.04
3. Marc Burns (TRI) - 10.04
4. Leonard Scott (USA) - 10.05
5. Dwight Thomas (JAM) - 10.11
6. Bernard Williams (USA) - 10.17
7. Trell Kimmons (USA) - 10.17
8. Terrence Trammell (USA) - 10.20
9. Aaron Armstrong (TRI) - 10.34 Read Full Story...

Campbell runs 10.99 to win at Adidas Track Classic

22 May 2006

Olympic champion Veronica Campbell of Jamaica broke 11 seconds to win the women's 100m dash at the Adidas Track Classic held at the Home Depot Center here in Carson, California, on Sunday.
Shaking off back-to-back defeats to compatriot Sherone Simpson in the 200m, Campbell returned to win the dash in 10.99sec. The time was her second sub 11sec performance in two-years, following her 10.96 clocking to win last year. Read Full Story...

Powell and Gatlin to run different 100m races at Prefontaine Classic

21 May 2006

Joint 100 metres world record holders Asafa Powell and his archival rival Justin Gatlin will race in separate short sprint races at the Prefontaine Classic scheduled for May 28 in Eugene, Oregon, organisers confirmed on Wednesday.
According to the meet organiser, Tom Jordan, both sprinters have been placed in different races so as to "whet" the appetite of the long awaiting show-down between them at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead, London on June 11. Read Full Story...

Chance to sprint with the very best

21 May 2006

Sixteen North East children will be given the opportunity of a lifetime next month to compete at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix on the same track as the fastest men in the world.
Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell - the two fastest men ever over 100m - will race at the Gateshead meeting on June 11. And UK Athletics is looking for the quickest youngsters in the region to show their own talents on the day in a couple of specially arranged races as part of the Fastest Kids In The North initiative. Read Full Story...

Agent: Marion Jones to race in Europe this season

20 May 2006

Former American Olympic sprint queen Marion Jones will compete in European this summer her manager said on Friday.
Jones is already scheduled to compete at Hengelo and Brussels after a successful 100 metre season debut last weekend in Mexico.
"She will have her first European race at Hengelo (on May 28) and at least one other at Brussels (on August 25)," said manager Charles Wells. Read Full Story...

Chambers may return from ban to race at Gateshead

19 May 2006

Dwain Chambers may be cleared to make his comeback from a drugs ban in time for the Norwich Union British Grand Prix 100 metres in Gateshead on June 11, a race featuring Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell, the joint world record-holders. Chambers has served a two-year suspension but cannot compete until he has arranged to repay dishonestly earned prize-money. Read Full Story...

Gatlin's agent calls for a review of Powell's world record

18 May 2006

Following the adjustment of Justin Gatlin's world record performance by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday, the American sprinter's agent Renaldo Nehemiah has called for a review of the mark set by Jamaican Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Mistake robs Gatlin of outright record

18 May 2006

IT TOOK less than ten seconds to run but five days to admit that it had all been a terrible mistake. Accustomed as it is to wiping out records after the discovery of the use of drugs, the IAAF is not so used to the position that it found itself in yesterday — having to cancel a world record because officials got it wrong. Read Full Story...

Bolt preparing to complete a full season, says manager

18 May 2006

After becoming the youngest-ever World Junior Champion in the history of athletics when he won the title at the 2002 Championships in Kingston, and then sizzled to the record of 19.93 seconds at the age of 17, Usain Bolt has struggled to complete a full season.
It's evident that Bolt is wrapped in talent and when he gets going his performances on the track provide the full coverage. In fact, the 19-year-old sprint sensation has been hailed by several track and field legends as perhaps the man most likely to take the half-lap race close to its status of the late 1990s, when former American sprinter Michael Johnson, the record holder at 19.32, dominated. Read Full Story...

Spearmon, top hurdlers set for Sunday’s adidas Track Classic

17 May 2006

Wallace Spearmon, the 2005 World Championships 200-meter silver medalist, and a star-studded group of hurdlers have been added to the field for the adidas Track Classic this Sunday (May 21), organizers announced today. In a marquee match-up, Spearmon will face Jeremy Wariner, the 400-meter Olympic champion who is stepping down in distance here as he looks ahead to a possible 200m-400m double at the 2008 Olympics. Read Full Story...

Gatlin’s time corrected to 9.77 – EQUALS 100m World Record

17 May 2006

The IAAF has just been informed by Tissot Timing of an error in the reading of the result recorded by Justin Gatlin (USA) in the 100m at the IAAF Super Grand Prix Meeting in Doha, Qatar on Friday 12 May 2006. Read Full Story...

Fasuba's coach hit back at performance comments

16 May 2006

Pierre-Jean George, the coach of Nigerian sprinter Olusoji Fasuba has hit back at comments suggesting that his pupil is no where near sub-10 seconds form and that the newly crowned African record holder will not break the barrier again this season. Read Full Story...

Sprint kings set to meet

16 May 2006

Organisers of the Norwich Union British Grand Prix are adamant that Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell will meet next month in Gateshead for their first 100m head-to-head of the season.
The two are scheduled to do battle at the June 11 meeting less than a month after Gatlin broke Powell's world record, although a report in USA Today suggested the face-off might not happen. Read Full Story...

Powell says Gatlin is a coward if he withdraws from Gateshead show-down

16 May 2006

The much anticipated 100 metres show-down between two of track and field's most exciting sprinters in this era could be a no-show, after a report suggested that American Justin Gatlin, the newly-crowned world record holder over the distance, may pull out of the Gateshead Grand Prix in England. Read Full Story...

Williams-Darling wins 400m title in Mexico

15 May 2006

The Bahamian, who won the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, earlier this year clocked a season-best time of 50.28 seconds to defeat home favourite Ana Guevara, who crossed the finish line in 51.08.
"I am happy with my race and my time," Williams-Darling was quoted as saying. "Ana (Guevara) is a great athlete and I am sure we will see her running faster this year." Read Full Story...

‘Gatlin borrowed my record’ – Powell

15 May 2006

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell, speaking for the first time since his record was broken, said that American Justin Gatlin borrowed his title. Read Full Story...

Boldon: “I’m not buying it” – Gatlin’s 9.76 and Fasuba’s 9.84 record runs

15 May 2006

The debate as to whether the world record performance by Justin Gatlin at the Qatar IAAF World Super Tour in Doha, on Friday, reached another height after former Trinidad sprinting star Ato Boldon said he's not buying into it.
"It's not about Gatlin per se. There is no hating going on," Boldon, who is one of few athletes to win Junior and Senior World Championships gold medals said.
Looking back at both Gatlin and Olusoji Fasuba performances at the meeting, Boldon, who featured in two world record races during his career, said the race looked nothing of record breaking status.
"Sorry, the race (was) not impressive for either of them (Gatlin and Fasuba). Start is below average at best for Gatlin, and his finish wasn't amazing enough to say oh yeah that is a 9.7 anything." Read Full Story...

Marion Jones impresses in first race in nearly a year

14 May 2006

Former Olympic sprint queen Marion Jones of USA opened her 2006 track and field campaign with a victory after she clocked the second fastest time in the world this year to win the women's 100 metre dash at the Gala Banamex Veracruz 2006 held at the Heriberto Jara stadium in Xalapa, Mexico, Saturday afternoon.
Jones raced to finish line in 11.06 second in a -0.5 head-wind to leave compatriot and ex-world champion Torri Edwards in a distance second at 11.30. U.S. Virgin Islands' Laverne Jones finished third in 11.48, while crowd favourite Ruth Grajeda could only managed 11.99 for fifth. Read Full Story...

Gatlin leaves his mark on Super Grand Prix

14 May 2006

The 24-year-old, Brooklyn-born Raleigh, N.C., resident had just broken the world 100m record with a sensational 9.76-performance on Friday in the IAAF Super Grand Prix meet in Doha, the Qatari capitol, when he was asked by members of the international press corps, assembled for a telephonic press conference, to put it all into words. Read Full Story...

Justin Gatlin Breaks World Record in 100 Meters

13 May 2006

World Record Video

World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin broke the 100-metre world record with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix.
"I am the best of the best because I am the Olympic champion, the World champion and the World record holder now," said Gatlin. "I thought I would do it and I kept my word. I am a man who likes challenges and my acceleration today was phenomenal." Read Full Story...

Powell off to Santo Domingo to see off Gatlin’s challenge in Doha

12 May 2006

After matching American Justin Gatlin's world-leading performance this season of 9.95 seconds at the Jamaica International in Kingston, last weekend, Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell will now turn his attention to this Saturday's Felix Sanchez Invitational in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Read Full Story...

Marion Jones to Compete in 100 Meters Race After 11 Month Absence

11 May 2006

Former Olympic gold medal sprinter Marion Jones of the United States will compete for the first time in 11 months when she races in the 100 meters against compatriot and former world champion Torri Edwards in Veracruz, Mexico. Read Full Story...

Clash of Titans for Tyneside

10 May 2006

The long-awaited sprint showdown between the two fastest men on the planet will take place at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at Gateshead's Inter-national Stadium next month.
The mouthwatering clash was confirmed today when Asafa Powell, the world 100m record holder, agreed to a face-to-face with Olympic champion Justin Gatlin.
There is no other scheduled meeting between the pair before Tyneside, so by the time the June 11 showdown comes round it will be more than a year since they both finished in the same race. Read Full Story...

Rising stars predicting record breaking year next season

10 May 2006

Some of the world's top sprinters and hurdlers are predicting that new world records will be set at Osaka's Nagai Stadium when it hosts the 2007 World Championships.
Justin Gatlin of the United States, who ran 9.95 seconds on Saturday in his first 100 metres of the season to win the blue riband event of the IAAF Japan Grand Prix, said he believed that fast times were inevitable.
"In 2007, I think you will see the track will produce many very fast times, some of the fastest times in the world," said Gatlin, the Athens Olympics 100m champion. Read Full Story...

Campbell has no excuses after back-to-back defeats

9 May 2006

Jamaican Olympic 200 metre champion Veronica Campbell says she has no excuses after suffering her second defeat to countrywoman Sherone Simpson at the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meeting at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Tonique Darling, Alan Webb join Reebok Grand Prix lineup

9 May 2006

Tonique Darling, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 World Champion at 400 meters, and Alan Webb, a 1500-meter finalist at the 2005 World Championships, will compete at the Reebok Grand Prix on June 3, organizers announced today. Read Full Story...

Powell blames poor start on race starter

8 May 2006

World record holder Asafa Powell finally broke the 10 seconds barrier for the 100-metre dash this season despite a poor start in front of his home supporters at the third annual Jamaica International Invitational meeting, held in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Wariner big winner, track big loser

7 May 2006

The Modesto Relays turned 65 on Saturday, and Northern California's most prominent track and field senior citizen showed a few creaks.
Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner decisively won the 400-meter dash, then groused a bit that the 26-year-old track at Modesto Junior College has lost its bounce and needs resurfacing.
After Christian Cantwell won the shot put with a lackluster effort, the world leader complained about a lack of atmosphere, adding, "It seems like there's no energy here." Read Full Story...

Gatlin opens season with 9.95 seconds in Japan Grand prix

6 May 2006

Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the United States ran a blistering 9.95 seconds in his first 100-metres of the new season.
It was a great start to 2006 for Gatlin, who has declared his goal this year is to break the 9.75 second barrier and smash the world record of 9.77 held by Asafa Powell. The Jamaican clocked 10.10 seconds a week ago in the US. Read Full Story...

Triangular rivalry in women’s 200m at Jamaica Invitational

5 May 2006

When the starter's gun goes off to send the women's 200 metres runners on their way at the third edition of the Jamaica International Invitational at National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, a triangular rivalry between three of the world's rising sprinters will be the main highlight. Read Full Story...

Gatlin chasing new records at Japan Grand Prix

5 May 2006

Olympic champion sprinter Justin Gatlin of the United States will run his first 100-meter sprint of the season here this weekend with his sights set on smashing the world record. Read Full Story...

Event is not going to run

4 May 2006

Great Britain's 200 metres male sprinters will be out of pocket next month after their event was dropped from the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at Gateshead.
The news comes after three years of underachievement by the athletes at major championships, with organisers Fast Track preferring instead to stage a 110m hurdles race at the June 11 event. Read Full Story...

Johnson wants world’s fastest man to electrify

3 May 2006

American sprint legend Michael Johnson, one of most accomplished track and field athletes in his era, said the new upraising stars lack the drive to bring the excitement back in the sport.
Johnson, who became the first man in history to medal in both the 200m and 400m at the same Olympics in 1996 at Atlanta, singled out Jamaican soft spoken sprinter Asafa Powell as a talented but low key competitor, adding that the Jamaican world record holder is too quiet.
"Asafa Powell should be one of the more visible athletes in the sport but most people probably would not recognise him if they saw him walking down the street," Johnson said "because he rarely has anything to say about anything."
"I'm certainly not suggesting that an athlete should try to be something he's not, but the sport and the athletes are in desperate need of a little more excitement." Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell predicts to run 9.65

3 May 2006

World 100m record holder, Asafa Powell, has been predicted to run 9.65 seconds this season.
Powell, who holds the world 100m record of 9.77, which was done on June 14, 2005 in Athens' Olympic Stadium, has showed significant improvement within the last four seasons.
According to the 'statistical forecasting model', which inputs previous years performances to predict future results, Powell has it in him to run 9.65 seconds this season. Read Full Story...

Felix Sanchez coming home to NYC for Reebok Grand Prix

2 May 2006

Felix Sanchez, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion at the 400-meter hurdles, will compete in the Reebok Grand Prix on June 3, organizers announced today. Also added to the lineup, which is expected to include dozens of Olympic and World Championship medalists, is the reigning 5000-meter Olympic gold medalist, Meseret Defar. Read Full Story...

U.S. vs. Jamaica rivalry thrills fans, athletes

30 April 2006

If you closed your eyes and absorbed the sounds yesterday, it was easy to imagine that this was the closing seconds of the 1960 NFL championship game and that Chuck Bednarik was not allowing Jim Taylor to get up and that the Eagles were about to become world champs.
The roar was that deafening, that energetic, that lasting.
But this wasn't an NFL title game that was being played at good old Franklin Field; it was the storied Penn Relays, and all the commotion was being caused by the first of yesterday's six "USA vs. the World" races before nearly 50,000 sun-splashed spectators.
Heck, there's so much excitement for these races that even the long lines at the Jamaican jerk chicken stands grow short. Fans rush back to their seats, chant their country's name, wave their flags. And turn Franklin Field into a frenzied outdoor version of the Palestra. Only instead of Penn-Villanova on the hardwood, it's the United States vs. Jamaica on the track. Read Full Story...

Powell takes 100m dash at Penn Relays

29 April 2006

Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell easily won the men's Olympic Development Men's 100m dash100 metres at the 112th Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field on Saturday 29 April.
Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth champion from Melbourne, Australia, clocked 10.10 second to win in front of an estimated 50,000 crowd. Finishing second to Powell was American Rodney Martin, who clocked 10.24 sec, while fellow countrymen Anthony Buchanan, 10.25, took third. Read Full Story...

Maurice Greene, Lisa Barber return to adidas Track Classic

27 April 2006

Maurice Greene, the dominant sprinter in the world for the past decade and one of the greatest of all time, and Lisa Barber, the latest American sprint sensation, are the newest additions to a star-studded field at the 2006 adidas Track Classic on May 21, organizers announced today. In addition, hip-hop artist and film star Bow Wow will perform as a special guest.
The adidas Track Classic will begin at 12:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, and will be broadcast live on ESPN from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PT. (4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET). Read Full Story...

Caribbean sprinters confirmed for Prefontaine Classic

26 April 2006

Three Caribbean sprinters have already been confirmed for one of the premier track and field meets in the United States, the annual Prefontaine Classic, organisers announced on Monday.
The May 28 meeting at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, will see Jamaicans Dwight Thomas, Michael Frater and Trinidad and Tobago's Darrel Brown lining up in a 100m event, which also includes American Justin Gatlin. Read Full Story...

Global nutritional brand signs Jamaican Powell as spokesperson

25 April 2006

Nutrilite, one of the leading global nutritional brands, has signed Jamaican 100m world record holder Asafa Powell as a global spokesperson, a source told Caribbean Net News on Monday.
Powell, who clocked 9.77 seconds at an IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Athens, Greece, last summer, was introduced to the product by his older brother Donovan, three months prior to breaking the record and he admitted that it gave him extra energy to perform. Read Full Story...

Jamaicans among international stars for 2006 Reebok Grand Prix

25 April 2006

Jamaican sprinters Veronica Campbell, Sheri-Ann Brooks and Omar Brown are among the list of international stars down to compete at the 2006 Reebok Grand Prix scheduled for June 3.
Campbell was the most decorated female athlete at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in Greece, with three medals. She won gold in the 200m and sprint relay and secured a bronze medal in the 100m finals behind Belarus' Yuliya Nesterenko and American Lauryn Williams.
The 23-year-old Sportswoman of the Year in Jamaica followed up that performance with silver in the 100m at the World Championships in Helsinki, Greece, last summer. Read Full Story...

U.S. track star Felix is cat-quick

20 April 2006

You know those old tales about an aspiring performer being discovered at the corner drugstore? Allyson Felix, who grew up not far from Hollywood, is the track superstar who was discovered while running past fence posts.
If you watch Felix taking her long, perfectly paced strides, you sense this is nature’s way of saying, “Here you have it, folks: a born sprinter.” Nobody realized that, though, until Felix was in ninth grade in her native Los Angeles.
Felix will be one of the featured performers at the Kansas Relays, which begin today at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Felix, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s 200 meters, will compete at 2:50 p.m. Saturday in the invitational women’s 100. That race will also feature Kansas City’s Muna Lee, a 2004 Olympic finalist in the 200. Read Full Story...

Guevara, Campbell added to top field for adidas Track Classic

20 April 2006

Mexico’s Ana Guevara, the 2003 World Champion at 400 meters, and Veronica Campbell of Jamaica, the #1 female track athlete at the 2004 Olympic Games, have joined the roster of top international athletes set to compete in the adidas Track Classic on May 21, organizers announced today.
The finals-only event will begin at 12:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, and will be broadcast live on ESPN from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PT. (4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET). Read Full Story...

Veronica Campbell, Nick Willis set for Reebok Grand Prix

18 April 2006

Veronica Campbell, the most successful female track athlete at the 2004 Olympics, and Nick Willis, who last month won the 1500-meter gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, are among the international stars set to compete at the 2006 Reebok Grand Prix on June 3, organizers announced today.
In Athens, Campbell won two gold medals (200m and 4x100m) and a bronze (100m) for Jamaica, and recently earned a 200m silver at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Named the 2004 Sportswoman of the Year in Jamaica, Campbell’s winning time of 22.05 in her 200m victory in Athens was the fastest in the world for 2004, and no woman has run faster in the last five years. Read Full Story...

Gatlin, Powell eye Athens showdown

14 April 2006

A 100m showdown between world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic and world champion Justin Gatlin is being negotiated for Athens in early July, the sprinters' agents said on Thursday.
"Athens on the third (of July) probably sounds like the place," Gatlin's manager Renaldo Nehemiah said when asked where the two rivals might meet for the first time this year.
Powell's agent, Paul Doyle, and Athens Super Grand Prix meeting athletes' liaison Georgios Constantopoulous also confirmed talks were under way for Gatlin and Powell to meet in the Greek capital on July 3.
Doyle said he also was discussing the possibility of a Powell-Gatlin meeting at Gateshead, England on June 11, but organiser Ian Stewart said that was not likely.
"The expectation level of the (financial) figures for Powell are off the chart," Stewart said in a telephone interview from England.
If Powell and Gatlin were to race in Britain, "it more likely would be London (28 July) than Gateshead", Stewart said. Read Full Story...

Marion Jones delays comeback

13 April 2006

American former sprint queen Marion Jones has delayed making her athletics comeback because she is still some weeks away from a return to competitive action, according to her agent Charles Wells.
Jones, the 2000 three-time Sydney Olympic champion was not listed among the competitors down to participate at Saturday's Walnut Mount SAC meeting in California, a meeting she usually uses to launch her season.
"She's (Jones) still not ready," Wells was quoted as saying on Friday. "In another three weeks she should be ready to make an appearance." Read Full Story...

US sprint stars Wariner, Felix set for adidas Track Classic

13 April 2006

Jeremy Wariner and Allyson Felix, two of the brightest young stars in American track and field, are among the dozens of Olympic and World Championship medalists expected at the 2006 adidas Track Classic on May 21, organizers announced today.
The finals-only event will begin at 12:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, and will be broadcast live on ESPN from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PT. (4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET). Read Full Story...

Gatlin feels the need for speed

12 April 2006

Reigning world and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin said on Tuesday that he is taking aim this year at Jamaican Asafa Powell's world record of 9.77 seconds.
Gatlin said he hopes to run 9.75 seconds this season, adding: "If Asafa can do it, I can do it."
The world record becomes Gatlin's prize in an outdoor season without a World Championships to await.
"It would be a great time to try for the 100m world record," Gatlin said. "I'm the world champion. Of course I want that world record." Read Full Story...

Sprint king Justin Gatlin to headline Reebok Grand Prix

11 April 2006

Justin Gatlin, the reigning Olympic and World Champion at 100 meters, will headline the 2006 Reebok Grand Prix, organizers announced today. It will be the first time Gatlin, a Brooklyn native, has ever run outdoors in New York City.
“The first time I was in Icahn Stadium, I knew you could run sub-10 on that track,” said Gatlin in a media teleconference today, referring to his appearance at the grand opening of the stadium last spring. “It’s New York, hey. It’s where I was born, where I was raised. There’s not a lot of tracks I can call home, that have a home feel about them, and I think this can be one of those places for me.” Read Full Story...

Gatlin invites Lewis-Francis to join his camp

4 April 2006

American World and Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has once again offer Britain sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis the opportunity to team up with him in training in the United States.
Following the miserable performances by British sprinters at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, last month Lewis-Francis, a former world junior champion could well consider Gatlin's invitation.
"I have good chemistry with the British guys," Gatlin told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme on Sunday.
"They are a very good group - and although I don't know any of their coaches, I think they need more discipline and guidance."
"As for Mark, I have told him to come out here and train with me. He and I are the same age and have the same goals, so why not go there together and do it?" Read Full Story...

Barber targets fast times in 2006

2 April 2006

American sprinter Me'Lisa Barber, the recently crowned World Indoors 60 metres champion in Moscow, Russia, has her sights set on producing fast times this season.
"My goals for this season are to stay injury free and to run under 11 seconds in the 100m and run 22.20 and below in the 200m," said Barber who snatched the women's 60m title in Moscow ahead of World 100m champion and fellow American Lauryn Williams.
Barber will open her outdoor campaign in the women's 100 meter dash at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on on May 30 and she's aiming to become only the second woman to dip under 11-seconds on Czech Republic soil.
"I feel as those these goals are very attainable as long as I stay positive and healthy," said the American who holds personal bests are 11.04sec and 22.37sec in the sprints. Read Full Story...

Powell says he never intended run under 10-second in Melbourne

24 March 2006

Jamaican high-profile sprinter, Asafa Powell, who on Monday won his first major championships gold medal at the 18th Commonwealth Games being held at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, said he never intended to break the 10-second barrier during his flamboyant run to win the 100 metre finals in Melbourne.
Powell exploded from the blocks like a shot from a gun, but just when it seems as if he would crack 10-secs for his first global title, the Jamaican superstar switched-off the stream in the last 10 metres of the race with knowledge that gold was already in his grasp to cross the line in 10.03sec.
Despite the impressive manner at which the world record holder took the crown, you could sense the disappointment among the 79,000 spectators, who had earlier watched him coast through his semi-finals effortlessly in the same time. Read Full Story...

Relay blunder stuns England

24 March 2006

Defending champions England embarrassingly crashed out of the 4x100 metres relay at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne today.
Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis failed to exchange the baton on the final takeover after Lewis-Francis appeared to set off too early.
It summed up a disastrous Games for the sprinters with Devonish last in the 100m final and no British representative in the 200m final for the first time since 1966.
Lewis-Francis was also disqualified from the heats of the 100m for a false start, Darren Campbell disqualified from the 200m for running outside his lane, and Christian Malcolm and Jason Gardener flew home early through injury. Read Full Story...

Bahamian Williams-Darling blames competition timing for her surprise loss

23 March 2006

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling has blamed the timing of the competition at the 18th Commonwealth Games, now taking place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), as the main reason for her surprise defeat in the women's 400 metres finals on Tuesday.
Williams-Darling, who had predicted that she would run a sub-50 seconds time in a bid to emulate her hero, Australian Cathy Freeman, who won the Olympic, Commonwealth and world championship gold, was on her way to fulfill that dream until she was run down by the same runner for the second time in the event.
After a quick start and a steady flowing 300m, the Bahamian was caught on the final bend by England's Christine Ohuruogu, who repeated her semi-final performance to leave the 'red hot' favourite disappointed. Read Full Story...

Powell ready to renew rivalry with Gatlin

22 March 2006

Fresh from his first ever international title, Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell says he is now ready to resume his rivalry with American Olympic and World champion Justin Gatlin.
Powell clocked 10.03 seconds to win the men's 100 metres dash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia on Monday and he's confident that he can match Gatlin, who has dominated for the last two years.
"People have beaten Gatlin millions of times and I'll meet him when I'm ready," Powell was quoted as saying on BBC Sports website. Read Full Story...

Williams-Darling is beaten by Christine Ohuruogu

21 March 2006

European under-23 silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu rounded off a great night for England when she beat the Bahamas’ Tonique Williams-Darling in the women’s 400m, the last event of the programme. Ohuruogu clocked a personal best of 50.28 to leave the World and Olympic champion trailing in her wake in the shock result of the night.
Ohuruogu ran a wonderfully-judged race. With Williams inside her, she saved enough strength to come back at the Bahamian and Williams-Darling’s team-mate Christine Amertil, in the final straight. The 21-year-old student crossed the line metres clear to set a personal best.
“I couldn’t ask for more than that,” she said afterwards. “I messed up in Helsinki (at the 2005 World Championships) and wasn’t going to let the chance slip by me again. I was just praying at the start and telling myself to do it.” Read Full Story...

Powell all set to take on Gatlin

20 March 2006

New Commonwealth 100m champion Asafa Powell says he is ready to take on Olympic and World champion Justin Gatlin after his gold in Melbourne.
"People have beaten Gatlin millions of times and I'll meet him when I'm ready," Powell said.
"Gatlin has two titles on me but I'll go out and do what I have to do." Read Full Story...

Powell wins 100 at Commonwealth Games

20 March 2006

Asafa Powell has a gold medal to go with his world record in the 100 meters. He might have made things easier by looking at the finish line and not at himself.
The Jamaican made a rookie mistake Monday when he took an extended look at himself on a giant TV screen as he led his semifinal across the finishing line, drifting into an adjoining lane. Commonwealth Games officials decided he did not impede Canada's Anson Henry.
"It's all over now and I'm the gold medalist - it's great," said Powell, who had matching times of 10.03 seconds in the semifinal and final, well off the world record of 9.77 he set in Athens, Greece, last June.
Asked if he felt bad about the lane-crossing, Powell replied: "No, why should I? I was way ahead."
Coming back from a groin problem that sidelined him for the 2005 world championships, Powell said he didn't want to overextend himself in cool conditions before a crowd of almost 80,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
"It feels real good, I can't get over it," he said. "I ran pretty easy and I got the gold medal." Read Full Story...

Bahamian Williams-Darling ready to run fast

15 March 2006

Bahamian World and Olympic 400 metres champion Tonique Williams-Darling said that after slow start to her season's build up, she is now in shape to race consistently at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which starts in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday.
Williams-Darling, who became the first Bahamian woman to win an Olympic individual gold medal, arrived in Melbourne on Sunday with the ambition of breaking 50-seconds in the one-lap event.
"Right now I feel like I'm in 49 (seconds) shape for the final and 50 for the rounds," Williams-Darling told the press in Melbourne. Read Full Story...

Alleyne Francique won 400m at World Indoors

13 March 2006

Francique, who will also compete for the Commonwealth Games title later this month in Melbourne, Australia, covered the first half of the race steadily before taking the lead at the sound of the bell to finish in a season-best time of 45.54.
"It was my race and of course I have to be satisfied that I was able to defend my title," said Francique, who finished fourth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens after being picked as the favourite.
"I just ran as I wanted and as I planned. This gives me more motivation for the Commonwealth Games."
California Molefe of Botswana came back from fourth place to finish second in 45.75, while Bahamian Chris Brown, a finallist at the World Championships in Helsinki, last summer took the bronze medal in a national record time of 45.78.
Another Islander Davian Clarke of Jamaica, the silver medallist from Budapest two-years-ago, was fourth with another season-best 45.93. He came home ahead of American champion and two-time World Indoor silver medallist Milton Campbell (46.15) and Russian Dmitriy Petrov, in 47.33. Read Full Story...

Scott – "My transition to track and field has done wonders for me"

10 March 2006

Moscow, Russia - Less than a half hour after winning the World title in the 60m, Leonard Scott was understandably beaming. His joy was not only because he was just crowned World champion, but because it signalled to the 26-year-old that his victory was a sign of more to come.
“It was a great day,” he understated. “But it started out kind of rocky though.”
That rocky start was the result of a false start in the morning’s opening round, caused by a barely audible starter’s pistol that hindered both the men’s and women’s first round races. Not called back, Scott dashed through to the finish before learning of the false start. Read Full Story...

Leonard Scott and Me'Lisa Barber won 60m at World Indoors

10 March 2006

Scott, 26, began the competition with the distinction of having the quickest reaction time in last summer’s 100m final at the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki.
He was sixth then, but this time he has a gold medal to go with any accolades about being fast out of the blocks, which he did again with 0.124.
But what followed was the coronation of a champion because Scott looked supreme. As Russia’s Andrey Yepishin closed in, so the American found an extra ounce of power. The workrate of his legs was immense, the strength taking him to the line and to glory. Read Full Story...

Powell wins 100 in Commonwealth Games tuneup

9 March 2006

Asafa Powell won the 100 meters in 10.29 seconds on Thursday at a tuneup for the Commonwealth Games, finishing well off his world record of 9.77 seconds.
Powell, who returned to competition in January after missing six months with a groin injury, beat Trinidad's Darrel Brown by 0.05 seconds at an IAAF World Tour event. Australia's Joshua Ross was third in 10.41.
"I was quite nervous out there," Powell said. "I haven't been on the (Melbourne) track for almost a year now, so I need the confidence. But I'm the world record holder and I had to prove that I am." Read Full Story...

Obadele Thompson concentrating on Beijing Olympics

3 March 2006

Barbados' top male sprinter and lone Olympic medallist in an individual event, Obadele Thompson, said his decision to skip this month's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, was to give his aching body enough time to recover from the injuries he's been suffering from for the past two years.
The man who ran the fastest-ever 100 metres under any conditions, at 9.69 seconds at high altitude in Texas, USA, in 1996, said his mind was well set on competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and wants to give his body sufficient rest so as to make the right preparation for the Games. Read Full Story...

Williams-Darling confirmed for Commonwealth Games

28 February 2006

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling has announced that she will be competing at next month's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
After weeks of speculation, the Olympic and World 400m champion confirmed with the Bahamian Athletic Federation that she will try to emulate her hero Cathy Freeman and chase the only gold medal not yet in her possession.
It is still uncertain as to whether the 30-year-old will compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow, but she made it clear what her intentions were at this point. "I decided to focus on Australia. I've got to go to the Commonwealths," Williams-Darling said. Read Full Story...

Powell says he’s ready for Commonwealth Games

22 February 2006

Jamaica's 100m world record holder Asafa Powell says he's in good shape and is looking forward to competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, next month.
Powell, who opened his season with a 48.28 seconds third place finish in the men's 400m at a local meet in Kingston on January 28, will fly to Melbourne next week after a final tune-up competition this weekend.
The world's fastest man, who at one stage, was reported to be in doubt for the Games because of a slow recovery from injury he sustained last season in London, revealed that he was now over that and was ready to hit the track.
"I'm in good form," Powell was quoted as saying in a local newspaper in Melbourne on Tuesday.
"It will be great to get out there and get rid of the long trip. "The 400s have been a pretty good, and that's a really good test of my form." Read Full Story...

Spearmon goes to the top of the 200m in the latest IAAF World Rankings

21 February 2006

Wallace Spearmon (USA) became the first new Event Rankings leader of 2006. The 21-year-old World Championships silver medallist overtook his rival and compatriot Tyson Gay for the top spot after winning in Birmingham over the weekend. Spearmon ran 20.68 (1291 points), while another American, John Capel, the 2005 World bronze medallist, was third with 20.88 (1230 points). Capel, who was World champion in 2003, also moved up in the Event Ranking to 8th, overtaking Aaron Armstrong of Trinidad and Tobago. Fourth place in the race went to Omar Brown of Jamaica with 21.09 (1188 points) who improved to 14th position. Read Full Story...

Tobin's run steals the show from Bekele and Isinbayeva

20 February 2006

In front of a high-powered audience including Sebastian Coe and Paul Deighton, the chairman and chief executive respectively of the London Olympic Games Organising Committee, British success was thin on ground at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday. The biggest shock was that there was no new world record — the first time in six years that has happened.
But another good win for Robert Tobin — the only Briton to win one of the international programme events — confirmed that Great Britain’s strong heritage in the 400 metres is in good hands. Tobin eased past a rejuvenated Daniel Caines in the last ten metres and heads to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne next month, via the Gold Coast training camp, in contention for a medal.
The 400 metres will be one of the strongest events in Melbourne. But it has opened up in the past three weeks after the withdrawals through injury of Tim Benjamin, of Wales, who finished fifth in the World Championships in Helsinki last summer, and Tyler Christopher, of Canada, the bronze medal-winner in Helsinki. Read Full Story...

Nigerians fly to 100m (10.13) and 400m (44.99) yearly leads

14 February 2006

In dry and hot weather, James Godday recorded on Saturday (11) the first sub-45sec lap of the season. The 400m specialist, based in the Czech Republic, ran his first competition since the World Championships in Helsinki, last August, where he set his former personal best (45.30). The impressive 44.99, he clocked last weekend was produced virtually alone, making him a strong medal candidate for Melbourne, where he aims to break the African record (44.17) set by Innocent Egbunike in 1987. Godday who was only 3 years old when that record was set, will not compete again until Melbourne. Read Full Story...

World Indoor 4 x 400 record by U.S. squad in Fayetteville

12 February 2006

The U.S. squad of Kerron Clement, Wallace Spearmon, Darold Williamson and Jeremy Wariner capped the second day of the Tyson Invitational with a World indoor record of 3:01.96 in the 4 x 400m relay.
The quartet eclipsed the previous mark of 3:02.83 set by Andre Morris, Dameon Johnson, Deon Minor And Milton Campbell with their win at the 1997 World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan.
"Yesterday was a challenge. Today was just like icing on the cake," said Spearmon, who set a World best of 31.88 in the 300m on Friday evening. "With guys like this you really don't have a choice but to break a world record. Darold and Jeremy have done it for the last four years. We had Kerron on the team, he was a great guy to add. So I was the weakest link. It kind of felt like I was along for the ride." Read Full Story...

Jones settles out of court with Conte

9 February 2006

Marion Jones and Victor Conte have attempted to close one chapter in the Balco steroid saga that has engulfed athletics for three years by settling a defamation lawsuit brought by Jones, the former Olympic champion at 100 and 200 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay.
Jones and Conte decided against more public airing of their dirty linen. The case — the settlement terms of which have not been disclosed — promised to be messy and the stakes were high for Jones and Conte, the infamous Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative owner with an A-list sporting clientele that once included Dwain Chambers, the British sprinter.
Jones filed the $25 million lawsuit in December 2004, after Conte alleged on television that he had supplied her with banned stimulants. Conte alleged that Jones had been taking the substances when she won five medals, including three golds, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Read Full Story...

Jamaican government rewards Powell for world record

9 February 2006

Jamaica's 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell will reap more reward for his stunning run in Athens, following a report that the country's government has compensated the sprint with a land grant.
According to reports from Kingston, Percival James Patterson, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, revealed that Powell "will receive a lot and proper housing in recognition of his world record performance.”
Patterson also said that Powell will receive similar treatment to that given to the Reggae Boyz, who were successful in their quest to qualify for the World Cup in France, almost eight years ago. Read Full Story...

A new mom at 39, Devers returns to the track

3 February 2006

After her first race since the Athens Olympics, Gail Devers and her baby daughter were all smiles.
"This is where I've been," Devers said Friday night, holding 7-month-old Karsen Anise after finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Millrose Games.
"I heard everyone say I retired," she said, as Karsen gurgled and cooed. "I told you guys, I'm only going to say the r-word one time."
Devers went to Athens seeking her first gold medal in the 100 hurdles. But, running with a bad calf, she fell before her first hurdle in the opening heat. She didn't speak publicly after the Olympics and didn't run again, which made the on-track future of the 39-year-old sprinter appear uncertain. Read Full Story...

Gardener digs deep to record double success

30 January 2006

Jason Gardener consolidated his role as the world’s leading indoor sprinter in Germany yesterday to complete a successful weekend in which he added a fifth successive Norwich Union International 60 metres title in Glasgow on Saturday.
Gardener, 30, has got there by dedication and a clean record on drugs, overcoming a history of injuries to win an Olympic gold medal as a member of Great Britain’s 4 x 100 metres team at Athens in 2004.
As a triple European and reigning world indoor 60 metres champion, he has succeeded where too many of his countrymen have failed. One of Britain’s more erudite athletes, Gardener spoke at the weekend of his concern at the expectation being loaded on young British sprinters, especially Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. After winning the 100 and 200 metres at the World Youth Championships last year, Aikines-Aryeetey was installed as a face for London 2012. Read Full Story...

Powell returns to track

29 January 2006

One hundred metres world record holder Asafa Powell finished third over 400m in his first race in six months.
Powell, who has been out with a groin injury since June, ran 48.01 in his home town of Kingston, Jamaica.
Powell is expected to run at another local meet on 25 February before leaving for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in March.
Powell, 23, set a world best of 9.77 in Athens last year but was injured for the World Championships in August. Read Full Story...

Relay team spy silver lining to Dovy drugs scandal

24 January 2006

The Great Britain men’s sprint relay team, stripped of one set of championship medals and standing to lose another over the Dwain Chambers doping affair, may soon be asked to return a third set. But there will be no disgruntlement this time as a bizarre drugs scandal in France raises the prospect of Britain handing back bronze medals in exchange for silver.
Lueyi Dovy, who anchored the France 4 x 100 metres team to victory at the World Championships in Helsinki last year, is being questioned over suspected possession of drugs after his sister, a pharmacist, is reported to have informed police that he had asked her to look after growth hormones. Depending on the outcome, France stand to lose their world title. Read Full Story...

Commonwealth Games still on for Powell, says manager

18 January 2006

Paul Doyle, the agent of Asafa Powell, the world's fastest man over 100 metres is confident that the Jamaican will be fit to compete at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in March.
Reports from Australia last Sunday suggested that Powell could miss the Games due to an ongoing groin injury. However, Doyle told Australian newspaper The Age that the world record holder is still keen on running in Melbourne.
"You can never say anything is 100 per cent...but we certainly don't see him pulling out at this stage," Doyle said.
With that thought in mind, Doyle added that Powell was still going through some discomfort in the groin area and still had some way to go to complete his rehabilitation from the injury. Read Full Story...

Powell doubtful, Collins out of Commonwealth Games

16 January 2006

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the 100m world record holder, may withdraw from the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in March.
A report from Australia also noted that 2003 world 100m champion Kim Collins from St Kitts and Nevis would definitely miss the event. Since completing his season in 2005, where he surprisingly won a bronze medal, Collins has not resumed training, which effectively rules him out of running in Melbourne.
Powell, who injured his groin at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in London last summer, has not fully recovered from the injury, and according to teammate Sandie Richards, the sprinter may be forced to pull out. Read Full Story...

Gatlin targets Powell’s world record this season

12 January 2006

American Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has set his main target for the forthcoming track and field season on breaking the world record of Jamaica's Asafa Powell.
"I'm coming after the world record," Gatlin told reporters, after arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Tuesday, for the second annual Douglas Forrest Development meet.
"I know he (Powell) is coming after the World Championships and Olympic Games gold medals, so right now, in our minds, we want to be what each other is.
"I want to be a world record holder, he wants to be a champion," the American added. Read Full Story...

Hasely Crawford inducted into CAC Hall of Fame

10 January 2006

At the annual awards function of the National Amateur Athletic Association of Trinidad and Tobago which was held at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom in Port-of-Spain, on Saturday (7 Jan), 1976 Olympic 100m champion Hasely Crawford was inducted into the CAC Athletic Confederation (CACAC) Hall of Fame.
Crawford became Trinidad and Tobago’s first and only gold medallist in Olympic history when he captured the men's 100m title at the Olympic Games, in Montreal, Canada on 24 July 1976. A large man (1.90 / 87kg), Crawford won the title in 10.06 seconds to beat Jamaica’s Don Quarrie, who two days later would become 200m gold medallist, and Ukraine’s 1972 defending double sprint champion, Valeriy Borzov (URS). Read Full Story...

Williams-Darling plans stress-free year

9 January 2006

World and Olympic 400-meters champion Tonique Williams-Darling from the Bahamas is planning a stress-free year, seeing that there are no major championships in the forthcoming track and field season.
In 2004, Williams-Darling, 29, struggled for motivation ahead of the Athens Olympic Games and after striking gold at the World Championships in Helsinki last summer, she revealed the triumph had been a roller coaster experience for her.
"I would say that being able to pull off the Olympic title and then come back a year later and pull off the World Championship title has just been a roller coaster experience for me," Williams-Darling said after her remarkable victory in Helsinki last August.
"It is not an easy experience. I will tell you, definitely, that in the off-season it was just a struggle to go out there every day and practice because, coming off the Jackpot races and after the Olympics experience, you are just kind of worn out mentally. It’s not even physical." Read Full Story...

South Africa gifted gold after Montgomery's ban

5 January 2006

The United States, race winners in Edmonton in 2001, have been stripped of the title after former team member Montgomery was banned for two years last month and had all his results from March 2001 annulled.
The decision to award the golds to Morne Nagel, Leeroy Newton, Matthew Quinn and Corne du Plessis doubled South Africa's gold medal tally from the 2001 event.
Trinidad and Tobago will be awarded the silver medals and Australia have been promoted to third. Read Full Story...

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