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Usain Bolt's Olympic dance creator shot and killed

26 December 2008

The dancer and choreographer who created the dance used by Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt to celebrate his victories at the Beijing Olympics was shot to death at a Kingston nightclub on Friday, police said. Read Full Story...

Most disappointing moment

15 December 2008

The U.S. track and field team provided its share of pleasant surprises at the recent Beijing Olympics. Among them were LaShawn Merritt’s win in the men’s 400m, Stephanie Brown Trafton’s gold in the women’s discus and Dawn Harper’s victory in the 100m hurdles.

But the failures of the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m relay teams clouded those and other proud performances by the Americans in Beijing.

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Liu could return from surgery in May

8 December 2008

China's world champion in the 110m hurdles, Liu Xiang, could be back on the track in May after successful foot surgery in the United States, local media reported on Monday.

The 2004 Olympic gold medalist, who was robbed of the chance of defending his title in Beijing in August by the injury, underwent a three-hour operation on his damaged right Achilles tendon in Houston on Friday.

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Liu Xiang has successful surgery

6 December 2008

Doctors expect former world and Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang to run again after he had surgery Friday in Houston for a foot injury that forced him to withdraw at the starting line during the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Professor: 100m record could drop to 9.48

1 December 2008

Usain Bolt's stunning world record in the Olympic 100m final is still a long way from how fast the human body can go, according to a study by a U.S. professor.

Shortly after Bolt ran 9.69 seconds in Beijing, Stanford University biology professor Mark Denny set about to estimate just how fast humans will be able to run. He concluded that male sprinters could eventually get the 100 record down to 9.48 seconds and women could run the distance in 10.39.

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Johnson is lying - Bolt

30 November 2008

Michael Johnson, track & field’s legend, said he did not feel anyway when he loss his world 200m record, but his predecessor Usain Bolt doesn’t believe him for a minute.

Shortly after Bolt’s blistering 19.30 seconds run, which lowered Johnson’s 12-year-old mark of 19.32, the former American star of the track said he did not feel any way.

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Greek hurdler banned 2 years

27 November 2008

Former Olympic hurdles champion Fani Halkia has been suspended for two years for doping, Greek sports officials said Thursday. Read Full Story...

Liu unsure if he will defend world title in Berlin

24 November 2008

Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang said he was unsure if he would be fit to defend his world title in Berlin next year as he prepared to go under the knife to resolve a painful foot problem. Read Full Story...

Montgomery admits doping ahead of Sydney Games

24 November 2008

Disgraced former world record-holder Tim Montgomery said he took testosterone and human growth hormone before the Sydney Olympics, and does not deserve the gold medal he won in the 400-meter relay. Read Full Story...

Bolt, Isinbayeva named Athletes of the Year

23 November 2008

Olympic champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia were named 2008 World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Gala on Sunday.

Bolt, 22, captured three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, sweeping the 100 and 200 meters and running the third leg on the victorious 4x100m relay.

His run of 9.69 seconds in the 100 and 19.30 in the 200 were world records, as was the 37.10 performance by the Jamaican relay squad.

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Men's Track & Field Year 2008 in Review

21 November 2008

Male Athlete of the Year -- Usain Bolt

Newcomer of the Year -- Abubaker Kaki

Comeback performer of the Year -- Angelo Taylor

Best performance -- Kenenisa Bekele

Most inspirational performance -- Bryan Clay

Unsung performance -- Dayron Robles

Most dramatic performance -- Steve Hooker

Best in the field -- Andreas Thorkildsen

Breakout performance -- Samuel Wanjiru

Best decision -- Andrey Silnov

Biggest upset -- Tomasz Majewski

Biggest disappointments -- U.S. 4x100m / field events

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Mills: Bolt not the greatest yet

19 November 2008

The coach of triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is prepared to wait a while longer before declaring the Jamaican the world's greatest ever sprinter.

Glen Mills, who guided Bolt to victory in the 100 and 200 meters in world record times at this year's Beijing Games, believes his charge has plenty more to prove.

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Greene run off 'Dancing with the Stars'

12 November 2008

Maurice Greene won't be running around the Dancing with the Stars ballroom anymore.

The former Olympic-champion sprinter and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, were eliminated Tuesday from ABC's popular dancing competition. The pair received a total score of 48 out of 60 from judges for their quickstep and paso doble routines Monday. After viewer votes were combined with the judges' scores, the 34-year-old Olympic gold medalist was dismissed.

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Bolt shortlisted for 2008 World Athlete of the Year

10 November 2008

Jamaica's three-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt was among six Beijing gold medalists shortlisted for the 2008 World Athlete of the Year awards on Monday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said. Read Full Story...

Liu needs surgery

5 November 2008

Former world 110m hurdles record holder Liu Xiang has been informed by doctors in the USA that his calcified Achilles tendon requires an operation.

Liu Xiang and his coach Sun Haiping arrived in Houston, Texas last Thursday (Oct. 30), where the Chinese star was examined at the Memorial Hermann Medical, which also offers medical treatment to Houston Rockets players like fellow Shanghai sports icon Yao Ming.

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Coach: Liu Xiang may need psychological help

29 October 2008

World 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang may need psychological help to deal with the memory of his dramatic exit from the Beijing Olympics, according to China's head athletics coach. 

The former world record holder was scheduled to depart for the United States on Wednesday to consult with doctors over the injury that robbed him of the chance to defend his Olympic title on home soil.

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Jones: 'I will never run again'

29 October 2008

Disgraced U.S. sprinter Marion Jones told talk show host Oprah Winfrey in an interview aired on Wednesday she will never compete again, but feels she would have won five Olympic medals even without an illegal drug. Read Full Story...

Liu to seek medical advise in U.S.

22 October 2008

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will head to the United States next week to seek advice on the Achilles injury that robbed him of the chance to defend his 110-meter hurdles crown at the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Liu's coach confident of recovery

21 October 2008

Sun Haiping is confident of a full recovery for World 110m Hurdles champion Liu Xiang whose pull-out from his Olympic title defense in the opening round at the Beijing Olympic Games was one of the media headlines of the fortnight of sports competition in the Chinese capital. Read Full Story...

Lewis named to USATF audit panel

14 October 2008

Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, has been selected as a member of USA Track and Field's seven-person audit panel, CEO Doug Logan announced on his blog Monday. 

The committee will analyze the selection process for the team, coaching and preparation for international competitions. Members will also study the performance of the Beijing team, in particular national relay team preparation and training.

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Bolt says he is in no hurry to run 400m

11 October 2008

Despite receiving encouragements from a number of leading coaches and pundits to move up and run the 400-metres, Jamaican sprint phenomenon Usain Bolt says he is sticking to running the 100m and 200m for a while. Read Full Story...

Powell's parents don't like him dancing

10 October 2008

While thousands of jubilant fans globally celebrated the recent exhibitions of Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell doing the newest Jamaican dance moves, Gully Creeper and Nuh Linga, his parents his parents do not approve his flaunts. Read Full Story...

Jamaica's Campbell-Brown eyeing world sprint double

9 October 2008

Reigning two-time Olympic 200-metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown says she aims to win the women’s sprint double at next year’s IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, but will continue to follow her desire one step at a time. Read Full Story...

Hurdler denies 'knowingly' taking steroids

7 October 2008

Greek hurdler Fani Halkia blamed a "malicious act" by unspecified people for a failed doping test that ruled her out of the Beijing Olympics.
The 29-year-old Halkia insisted Tuesday that she never intentionally used banned performance-enhancing drugs. Read Full Story...

Powell gives Bolt the edge

6 October 2008

Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell, the 2006 Commonwealth Games 100-metres champion, has admitted that double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt was well ahead of him in the sprinting department this season. Read Full Story...

Olympic champion Walker not feeling the 400m hurdles

3 October 2008

Despite dominating the 400-metres hurdles all season and going all to the way to winning the Olympic title in Beijing in August, Melaine Walker admits she is not a huge fan of running the event. Read Full Story...

Cuban hurdler Garcia retires

2 October 2008

Former Olympic hurdles champion Anier Garcia is retiring from the sport after battling a series of injuries.

Garcia, who beat Allen Johnson and two other Americans to win the 110-meter hurdles at the 2000 Sydney Games, said Thursday in a telephone interview from his Havana home that he was sad to be leaving the sport. But he added that he was happy the Cuban team has already found his successor in world record-holder Dayron Robles, who won gold in the 110-meter hurdles in Beijing.

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Garcia, two-time medalist, retires at 32

2 October 2008

Former Olympic hurdles champion Anier Garcia is retiring from the sport after battling a series of injuries.

Garcia, who beat Allen Johnson and two other Americans to win the 110-meter hurdles at the 2000 Sydney Games, said Thursday in a telephone interview from his Havana home that he was sad to be leaving the sport. But he added that he was happy the Cuban team has already found his successor in world record-holder Dayron Robles, who won gold in the 110-meter hurdles in Beijing.

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Bolt's world records ratified

2 October 2008

Usain Bolt's three world records at the Beijing Olympics were officially ratified Friday by athletics' world governing body.
The Jamaican sprinter set new marks in the 100 and 200 meters and also ran the third leg of the fastest ever 4x100m relay along with countrymen Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Greek sprinter denies doping charges

30 September 2008

A Greek sprinter who failed a dope test days before the Beijing Olympics told a prosecutor on Tuesday he was not aware he was being given performance-enhancing drugs.

Tassos Gousis, 29, said he and disgraced 2004 Olympic champion Fani Halkia had presented a case against unknown individuals for putting their life in danger by administering the drugs without their knowledge, court officials said.

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American Spearmon could switch training base to Jamaica

29 September 2008

American reigning World Championships 200-metres bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon is contemplating a switch in training base to Jamaica for the forthcoming season.
Spearmon, though not inking the final details just yet, is thinking about joining the Maximizing Velocity and Power (MVP) Track Club, which produced two individual Olympic champions in Beijing last month under the guidance of head coach Stephen Francis. Read Full Story...

I know I'm clean, says Bolt

29 September 2008

Usain Bolt, who shattered the world record each time to capture Olympic gold in the 100 metres, 200 and 4x100 relay, dismissed speculation his sudden rise to supremacy was aided by doping. Read Full Story...

Bolt: 'I know I'm clean'

26 September 2008

Usain Bolt, who shattered the world record each time to capture Olympic gold in the 100 meters, 200 and 4x100 relay, dismissed speculation his sudden rise to supremacy was aided by doping.

“I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,” the Jamaican told Reuters in a telephone interview on Friday.

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Bolt appears as special guest and starter at Seiko Super Meet

25 September 2008

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, continued his high demand for appearances following his dominating performances at the Olympics when he appeared as a special guest at Tuesday’s Seiko Super Meet in Kawasaki.

Bolt was a VIP guest at the meeting and Japanese fans were delighted to have their first look at the Jamaican since he set the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing alight with three world record setting performances.

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Bolt appears as special guest and starter at Seiko Super Meet

25 September 2008

The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, continued his high demand for appearances following his dominating performances at the Olympics when he appeared as a special guest at Tuesday's Seiko Super Meet in Kawasaki. Read Full Story...

Bolt appears as special guest and starter at Seiko Super Meet

25 September 2008

The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, continued his high demand for appearances following his dominating performances at the Olympics when he appeared as a special guest at Tuesday's Seiko Super Meet in Kawasaki. Read Full Story...

Jamaican sprinters lead Caribbean charge in Daegu meeting

25 September 2008

MVP sprinters Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, two of the stars on the Jamaican world record breaking sprint relay team in Beijing, lead a host of Caribbean athletes, down to close their season at the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships meeting in Korea on Thursday.

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Mills says demand increases after Bolt success this season

25 September 2008

Glen Mills, coach of the world's fastest man and Olympic sprint double champion Usain Bolt, said there is a significant increase in interest from other countries wishing to send their athletes to join his Kingston-based training camp. Read Full Story...

Mills says demand increases after Bolt success this season

25 September 2008

Glen Mills, coach of the world's fastest man and Olympic sprint double champion Usain Bolt, said there is a significant increase in interest from other countries wishing to send their athletes to join his Kingston-based training camp. Read Full Story...

Not interested in 400m, Mills says Bolt sticking to 100/200 for now

24 September 2008

Despite numerous calls for Usain Bolt to boldly take a swipe at the 400-metres his coach Glen Mills says the sprint marvel is not interesting and is quite content with continuing to run shorter distances. Read Full Story...

Campbell-Brown leads three Jamaican winners at Shanghai Grand Prix

22 September 2008

Olympic 200-metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown led a Jamaican trio of victories at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on Saturday.
Compatriots Shericka Williams and Michael Frater, who were members of the successful Jamaican Olympic team last month, were the other first place finishers in the afternoon. Read Full Story...

Bolt wanted for Australia Athletic Series

19 September 2008

Jamaican golden boy Usain Bolt is being targeted by Athletic Australia for their summer World Athletics Tour.
Bolt, the triple Olympic gold medallist from the recent Beijing Games, is fast becoming most wanted by track and field organisers and the Australians are hoping to lure the sprinter for their outdoor season, which starts next February.
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Powell powers home again

18 September 2008

Jamaica's former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell continued his impressive form since finishing out of the medals at the Olympics as he eased home here on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Lewis laughs at Jamaica's drug testing programme; dismisses Bolt's Olympic performance

15 September 2008

American Olympic multi-gold medal winner Carl Lewis believes Jamaica has a laughable drugs-testing programme and has questioned the remarkable performance of sprint sensation Usain Bolt in Beijing.
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Powell defends Bolt after Lewis goes on attack

15 September 2008

Jamaica's Asafa Powell leapt to the defence of compatriot and sprint sensation Usain Bolt here on Saturday after ex-Olympic champion Carl Lewis questioned Bolt's performances in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Powell foresees 9.5 seconds 100 meters

13 September 2008

Asafa Powell forecast on Friday the 100 meters world record could be cut to as low as 9.5 seconds in 2009.
Powell, speaking ahead of this weekend's world athletics final, has seen his previous world record of 9.74 lowered twice this year by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, who ran 9.69 to take the Olympic title, with Powell well back in fifth. Read Full Story...

Bolt only went all-out once this season

13 September 2008

New world sprint king, Usain Bolt, has confessed that he has only gone maximum speed once in all his races this season.
Bolt, a customary 200 metres speciallist, stepped down in early May to run the 100m in addition to his specialty and dominated both events all year. Read Full Story...

American legend Lewis says IAAF president was wrong to compare Bolt's feat with his

13 September 2008

American nine-time Olympics gold medalist Carl Lewis believes IAAF President Lamine Diack was wrong to compare his achievements with those accomplished by Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt at the just completed Beijing Olympic Games.
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Bolt, Campbell-Brown are UNESCO Champions for Sport

13 September 2008

World and Olympic triple record holder Usain Bolt and double Olympic Gold Medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown have been appointed UNESCO Champions for Sport.

Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, made the disclosure at a news conference this morning. She read from a letter she received from Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO in which he stated his decision to appoint Usain and Veronica UNESCO Champions for Sport.

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Watch IAAF World Athletics Final LIVE

12 September 2008



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Stuttgart, Germany

Saturday 9/13 (9:00a- 12:30p)

Sunday 9/14 (7:30a- 11:00a)

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“Is Usain Bolt clean?

12 September 2008

American track & field legend Carl Lewis has questioned Usain Bolt’s world record breaking performances.

Bolt, 22, broke two individual records at the just concluded Beijing Olympic Games, but according to Lewis, in an interview with US magazine Sports Illustarted, is Bolt clean.

“…When people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all-time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.”

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Bolt braced for 2009 Powell and Gay challenge

12 September 2008

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt believes sprint rivals Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay will come out firing in 2009, determined to mount a supercharged response to his record-breaking exploits.
Bolt picked up three golds at Beijing as well as setting three world records. Read Full Story...

Bolt's 100m world record won't stand for long, says Frater

11 September 2008

Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Michael Frater of Jamaica believes it is just a matter of time before the men's 100-metres world record is lowered again, given the form produced by his fellow countrymen Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt this season. Read Full Story...

Jamaicans Campbell-Brown and Carter take 100m dashes in Zagreb

10 September 2008

Jamaican Olympic relay champion Nesta Carter and compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown, the Olympic 200 gold medalist won the men's and women's100-metre dashes at the Zagreb Grand Prix on Tuesday.
Carter, the lead off runner on the Jamaican world record breaking team, clocked 10.23, while Campbell-Brown posted in 11.10 to take the women's race.
Meanwhile, American Dawn Harper, the unexpected 100-meter hurdles gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing, won in 12.65 seconds, beating Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-London by 0.05 seconds.
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada, who took bronze at the games, was third in 12.86, and silver medalist Sally McLellan of Australia was fourth. Read Full Story...

Powell set for Szczecin but doubtful for Stuttgart

9 September 2008

Jamaica's Asafa Powell, winner of the 100m at the IAAF Grand Prix at Rieti last weekend, will compete in Szczecin, Poland on September 17 but is doubtful for the world athletics final in Stuttgart, his agent Paul Doyle said on Monday.
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Powell wins but misses world mark at Rieti

8 September 2008

Jamaica's Asafa Powell failed in his bid to set a new 100m world mark at the IAAF Grand Prix meeting at Rieti on Sunday as he clocked 9.82sec in the final, having timed 9.77sec in his heat. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell runs 9.82 in Reiti Grand Prix

7 September 2008

Jamaican former World record holder Asafa Powell ran away with the men's 100 meters dash in 9.82 seconds at Sunday's Rieti Grand Prix.
Powell ran faster in his semifinal heat on Sunday, clocking 9.77 — 0.08 seconds off the current world record of 9.69 set by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt at last month's Beijing Olympics.
After seven races in five days I'm a little tired," Powell said. "Now, I'm going on vacation.
"The rivalry with Usain will resume in 2009, which will be an important year with the world championships, but who knows if he and I will have the same form as this year." Read Full Story...

Rain king Bolt beats Powell in athletics season farewell

6 September 2008

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Golden League meet here on Friday, beating compatriot Asafa Powell in a time of 9.77sec to bring the curtain down on his record-shattering season. Read Full Story...

Bolt not thinking about 400 metres record just yet

6 September 2008

Jamaica's triple Olympic sprint champion and Usain Bolt said on Friday he was not yet thinking about running the 400 metres or trying to break Michael Johnson's nine year-old world record in the event.
"I am not thinking about that (400 metres) for now," Bolt told reporters after his victory in the 100 at the Memorial Van Damme Golden League meeting in Brussels.
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Watch IAAF Rieti 2008 Grand Prix LIVE

5 September 2008



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Rieti, Italy

Sunday, September 7 (3-5p EDT)

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Bolt chases down Powell to win Brussels 100m showdown

5 September 2008

Usain Bolt chased down countryman Asafa Powell to win the men's 100m in a remarkable 9.77 seconds in a -1.3 headwind to win at Friday's Memorial Van Damme meeting.
In fact, it was a Jamaican 1-2-3-4 sweep as Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, who with Bolt and Powell won gold in a world record time at the Olympics took third and fourth respectively.
Powell, as usual, got out to his familiar rocket start and looked to have the race in the bags after Bolt stumbled slightly after his early steps.
However, Bolt, the Olympic triple gold medallist, deciding not to end his season on a losing note, made his familiar move at the 60m mark to win the race by three-metres.
"Asafa is a really fast guy. I'm getting used to chasing him," Bolt said.
Powell finished second in a fast 9.83, with Carter taking third in 10.07 and Frater completing the sweep, at 10.08.
"I came out to run fast," Powell said. "Usain really put on the pressure." Read Full Story...

Marion Jones leaves Texas prison

5 September 2008

Former U.S. sprinter Marion Jones left a federal prison in Texas on Friday after serving a six-month sentence for lying to prosecutors about steroid use that helped her win five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Jones, 32, left the minimum security facility in San Antonio, Texas, at 8 a.m. CDT (1300 GMT), a prison spokeswoman said. Read Full Story...

Bolt leads battle of three speed kings

5 September 2008

Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt takes on world champion Tyson Gay and Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell in a mouth-watering, first-ever 100 metres clash here on Friday.
Bolt, who stunned the Beijing Olympics with gold medals and world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, faces his two rivals who have plenty to prove at the Golden League meeting. Read Full Story...

Tyson Gay pulls out of Brussels 100m showdown

4 September 2008

World champion Tyson Gay will miss out on competing in one of the strongest 100 meters lineups ever assembled for a Golden League event after he withdrew from Friday's Memorial Van Damme meeting through injury.
The American was due to face triple Olympic sprint champion and world record holder Usain Bolt and fellow Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell, who ran the joint second-fastest 100 of all time on Tuesday, in front of a capacity 50,000 crowd.
But Gay said he did not want to risk further damage to the hamstring injury that dogged his Olympic bid last month in Beijing where he failed to reach the final.
"I will not make it on Friday. I really wanted to compete, but I can't race," Gay said after training on Thursday. Read Full Story...

Bolt not surprised at Asafa's second-fastest 100m

4 September 2008

Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt on Wednesday said he was not surprised that Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell posted the second-fastest 100m at a meeting in Lausanne.
Powell's time of 9.72sec at the IAAF Super Grand Prix event was 0.03sec outside the world mark that Bolt set at the Beijing Games on August 16. Read Full Story...

Powell still searching for reasons for major championships flops

2 September 2008

Former 100-metres World record holder Asafa Powell is still puzzled as to why he is unable to deliver at major championships.
The Jamaican 2006 Commonwealth Games champion, arguable the most successful sprinter on the European circuit, has not been able to transfer those outstanding performances at the big stages.
Powell, in the last three major championships, was tipped has a strong favourite to win at least one gold medal, but has only managed to win a bronze medal, this coming at the World Championships in Osaka, last summer.
His latest disappointments came only weeks ago at the just concluded Beijing Olympics when he failed to medal in the 100m, after entering the event heavy favourite for a top three spot.
"I perform better in Grand Prix and Golden League races rather than in big championships, but I cannot explain the reasons," Powell said at the media conference for Tuesday's 2008 Athletissima meeting in Lausanne. Read Full Story...

Powell sizzled to 9.72; Usain Bolts to 19.63 in Lausanne

2 September 2008

Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell equalled the second fastest 100-metres time of all-time when he clocked 9.72-seconds to win the men's dash at the Athletissima Grand Prix in Lausanne.
Powell winning matched the previous world record set in May by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, who lowered it to 9.69 at the Beijing Olympics.
Despite his impressive performance, which was a personal best Powell was still stinging from his fifth place finish at Beijing.
"I'm very happy," Powell said. "It is a bit late, but I'm very happy after all that I have been through this year."
"He did well tonight and I congratulate him," Bolt said of Powell, who won the race over runner-up Walter Dix of the United States (9.92) and Jamaica's Nesta Carter (9.98). Read Full Story...

Bolt, not Phelps for Beijing individual performer

1 September 2008

Despite winning a record eight gold medals and getting all the attention of American television broadcasters, swimming super star Michael Phelps was not the best individual performer at the Beijing Olympics, according to the Denver Post newspaper.
Instead, Jamaican sprint phenomenon Usain Bolt was picked by the newspaper for his three world record gold medal performances in the 100, 200 metres and 4x100-metre relay.
"Usain Bolt, sprinter, Jamaica, best individual performance. Sorry, Michael Phelps," the paper said.
"With swimmers breaking 74 world records in 2008 — including 24 at these Olympics — we no longer are impressed with world swim records.
"But when Bolt breaks track's two sprint marks for the first sprint double in 24 years, then runs a leg on the sprint relay that breaks a third record, that grabs our attention," the Denver Post stated. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell wins 100m at Gateshead Grand Prix

31 August 2008

Former World record holder Asafa Powell, who anchored Jamaica's 4x100m team to a World record in Beijing, won the men's 100m in gloomy conditions at the Gateshead Grand Prix on Sunday.
Powell clocked 9.87-seconds on a wet track to take the event ahead of countryman and training partner Nesta Carter, the lead off man on the Jamaican record breaking squad, as Caribbean athletes swept the top four places.
Carter posted 10.13sec to finish second, while Trinidadian Marc Burns a finallist in Beijing, took third in 10.16 and St Kitts and Nevis' Kim Collins, 10.23.
In the women's 100m Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser had to settle for second behind American Lauryn Williams, who the victory in 11.24secs.
Fraser, the last runner to leave the blocks, finished second in 11.29, Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was third in 11.42. Jamaica's Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson failed to duplicate that performance and finished last in 11.67. Read Full Story...

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30 August 2008



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Gateshead, UK

Sunday, August 31st (10a-1p EDT)

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Caribbean Olympic heroes target more success in Gateshead

30 August 2008

Several of the Caribbean Olympic heroes, including individual champions Shelly Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker, in addition to relay gold medallists Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter, are set to resume their seasons at the Gateshead Grand Prix on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Bahamian Williams-Darling to quit track and field

29 August 2008

Bahamian quarter-miler, Tonique Williams-Darling, says she is retiring from track and field, less than a week after watching her reign as Olympic champion end in Beijing, China.
Williams-Darling has been absent from the track since September 2006 and several reports had suggested that she was on the verge of quitting the sports. The 32-year-old, however, played down those remarks in July, stating that she was eyeing a 2009 return.
But speaking to a local newspaper this week, the 2004 Athens Olympic gold medallist, confessed that she had been considering the decision for while.
"It has been several things," Williams-Darling explained in the Nassau Guardian. "Prior to just sitting down and watching the games for these last couple of weeks, there has been several things that had happened in the last two years that kind of signal to me that things were changing and moving in a different direction.
"First the separation from my coach who has been very instrumental in my career, moving to a different state with my husband (Dennis) as he begins his coaching career and with my pregnancy earlier in the year, those were the kind of things that had my career slow down right before the Olympics." Read Full Story...

Usain Bolt was on track for 9.52 in Beijing

29 August 2008

Usain Bolt’s coach Glen Mills believes the Jamaican sprint marvel was on track to run 9.52 seconds in the 100 metres at the Beijing Olympics, had he not eased up to celebrate at the finish.
Bolt clocked 9.69 seconds to win gold in a world record-breaking performance but slowed to celebrate the phenomenal win 10 metres before the finish.
“Bolt’s first 60 metres was very good. I was told that with an all-out finish after the opening 60 metres, Usain was projected to run a 9.52,” Mills told reporters ahead of today’s Weltklasse Golden League meeting in Zurich, Wednesday evening.
“I haven’t seen the complete biomechanical report from Beijing yet, but I can say that Usain had a good start by his own standard.”
Meanwhile, any doubts as to whether Bolt would continue to run the 100 metres after his incredible season this year were put to rest by Mills.
“This is only his first year of running the 100 metres, his first year with serious work in the event,” said Mills.
“In two more years he should be peaking at this distance and by then I am certain he will be down to there (9.50 or faster).” Read Full Story...

Usain Bolt stars in Zurich

29 August 2008

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt clocked 9.83-seconds in a -0.5 m/s to win the men's 100m dash at Friday's Weltklasse meeting in Zurich
Bolt once again dominated the race from start to finish, to cruise home ahead of American Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix, at 9.99secs and Trinidadian Richard Thompson, who finished second in Beijing, be had to settle for third on Friday in 10.09.
Though Bolt continued his winning ways, he couldn't take advantage of Weltklasse organizers' bonus offer of $50,000 US and a kilogram bar of gold worth $27,000 if he broke the world record of 9.69 seconds he set in Beijing.
"It was good, but my start was not too good," Bolt said. "I concentrated on winning and as I'm starting to get a cold I was not able to think about any faster time." Read Full Story...

Gay or not, Bolt couldn't have been stopped

27 August 2008

Former World and Olympic champion Linford Christie says double Olympic champion and world record-holder Usain Bolt would have still won the sprint double even if American champion Tyson Gay had been fully fit.
Gay won the sprint double at the World Championships in Osaka, last year but an injury at the United States trials in early July sidelined him and forced him to enter the Olympics without a single competitive race under his belt, and with lingering questions over his fitness.
"Gay is a good athlete and he would have pushed Bolt hard," said Christie, the only man to have held the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth 100m titles simultaneously.
"But I don't think he would have beaten him, considering what Bolt achieved with such an ease. He was on a different planet altogether." Read Full Story...

Campbell-Brown says Flo-Jo's records out of reach

27 August 2008

Reigning Olympic 200-metre champion Veronica Campbell-Brown believes female sprinters will continue to play second fiddle to the men until someone gets close to or breaks Florence Griffith-Joyner's world records.
Before a capacity crowd at the Bird's Nest Stadium last week, the Jamaican ran her heart out to clock a personal best of 21.74 seconds and defend her Olympic half-lap title, but was still a long way off the 20-year-old world record.
Her fellow countryman Usain Bolt was the highlight of the Olympics, blazing the track to set new world records in the 100 metres and 200 metres events.
"It's a touchy subject, but if I should be honest, I really believe men get more attention in this sport," Campbell told the broadcast media here. "It's based on the fact that the world record in the 100m and 200m for men is reachable.
"For me, my PRs (personal records) are 10.85 and 21.74, which I just accomplished here and I only ran that once. It is hard for me to even think about the world record." Read Full Story...

Usain Bolt set for big Euro bonuses

25 August 2008

European meeting organisers are prepared to increase their cash and appearance fees if track and field's newest great, Usain Bolt can match or better his breathtaking performances from the Beijing Olympics.
Bolt racked up two individual gold medals in world record fashion in both the 100m and 200m to thrill fans inside the Bird's Nest Stadium in the last seven days.
The 22-year-old also collected gold and another world record as a member of the Jamaican quartet that lowered a 15-year-old world record in the 4x100m relays. Read Full Story...

Michael Johnson says Bolt could break his 400m record too

24 August 2008

American legend, Michael Johnson, who at the beginning of the season tipped countryman Jeremy Wariner to break his 400-metres World record, is now backing Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt to lower the mark, after watching him erased his 200m record.
Bolt produced a stunning run of 19.30-seconds to break Johnson 12-year-old 200m world record of 19.32secs, and after watching the performance live from the commentary box, the American said his quarter-mile world best could also fall to the Jamaican as well.
"Congratulations, Usain Bolt! It's incredible," Johnson was quoted as telling news wire service Reuters.
"It leaves you speechless but yes, I did (think he would break my record). He needs to set himself some other goals. He could be world record holder in 100, 200 and 400." Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: U.S. sweeps gold in 4x400 relays

23 August 2008

American sprinters waited until the last day of track and field competition Saturday at the Beijing Olympics to win medals in the sprint relays.
Sanya Richards, who finished a disappointing third in the 400 meters, ran down Anastasia Kapachinskaya of Russia on the anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay to clinch a gold medal for the U.S. women in 3 minutes, 18.55 seconds. Russia took silver in 3:18.82; Jamaica was third in 3:20.40.
The other U.S. runners were Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix and Monique Henderson. Richards and Henderson were members of the U.S. team that won gold in the event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The Americans relied on the event they have dominated since the 1996 Olympics to deliver their first relay gold of 2008.
The U.S. men's team of LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville and Jeremy Wariner won gold in the relay in an Olympic record 2:55.39. The Bahamas was second in 2:58.03 and Russia was third in 2:58.06. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008. Relay report: Jamaica men breaks World record; Women drops baton

22 August 2008

Usain Bolt collected his third gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday when Jamaica, anchored by former world record holder Asafa Powell, won gold in the men's 4x100m relay in World record fashion.
The women's team, however, did not have the same luck as they failed to finish a race they were tipped to win the gold medal in.
The quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Bolt and Powell, were unstoppable on the night, as Jamaican blasted to a new world record of 37.10seconds, shattering the old mark of 37.40, previously held by USA.
"It's a great feeling," said Powell of Jamaica's 4x100m triumph.
"I was really excited to go out there and give Usain his third world record."
It was double joy for the Caribbean as 100m silver medallist Richard Thompson anchored Trinidad & Tobago to second place in 38.06sec. Japan ran 38.15 to take the bronze. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Clay wins decathlon for USA

22 August 2008

American Bryan Clay outclassed the opposition to win gold in the Olympic decathlon on Friday, leading from start to finish in the two-day competition. His winning margin of 240 points was the most convincing in the multi-disciplined event since 1972.
Clay, who was born in Texas, grew up in Honolulu and has both African-American and Japanese-American parentage, had victory in his pocket after building a huge 479-point lead going into the 10th and final discipline.
The 28-year-old could even afford to jog around the 1,500 meters as the battle for silver and bronze took place well in front of him.
"I'm going home and getting something to eat and then straight to bed," Clay, who finished with 8,791 points, told reporters. "I've been telling people I'm in the best shape of my life, I've been training unbelievably hard." Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Veronica Campbell-Brown defends 200m Olympic title

21 August 2008

1. Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) - 21.74
2. Allyson Felix (USA) - 21.93
3. Kerron Stewart (JAM) - 22.00
4. Muna Lee (USA) - 22.01
5. Marshevet Hooker (USA) - 22.34
6. Sherone Simpson (JAM) - 22.36
7. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) - 22.61
8. Cydonie Mothersill (CAY) - 22.68

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown ran superb turn and powered home to victory to defend her Olympic 200m title with a time of 21.74seconds.
In the men's 4x100m USA and defending champions Great Britain were disqualified. On the women's side the baton also went down.
Back to women's 200m finals where Campbell-Brown, who ran a personal best on the day, led home American World champion Allyson Felix, who was totally outclassed in finishing second in a fast 21.93 seasonal best.
At the World Championships in Osaka, Japan last season, Felix out ran her Jamaican counterpart in a thriller. But here tonight, it was all Campbell-Brown as Felix, though looking good in the rounds did not really look like the threat she was a year ago
Jamaica continued their good showing in the sprints when the Caribbean nation picked up another medal at these Games, following Kerron Stewart's bronze medal -- out leaning American Muna Lee in 22.00 to 22.01. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: LaShawn Merritt wins 400 meter gold; Jeremy Wariner second

21 August 2008

1. LaShawn Merritt (USA) - 43.75
2. Jeremy Wariner (USA) - 44.74
3. David Neville (USA) - 44.80
4. Chris Brown (BAH) - 44.84
5. Leslie Djhone (FRA) - 45.11
6. Martyn Rooney (GBR) - 45.12
7. Renny Quow (TRI) - 45.22
8. Johan Wissman (SWE) - 45.39

American LaShawn Merritt obliterated the field, including defending champion Jeremy Wariner, to win the Olympic men's 400 meters title on Thursday by the widest margin since 1896.
Merritt sealed a seventh straight gold in the event for the U.S., starting relatively slowly before blasting down the final straight to cross the line in a personal best of 43.75 seconds.
"I said nothing is going to get in my way." Merritt told reporters. "I said before the race this is my domain and I'm going to get it done. The game plan was to get out and use what I have. I'm 6'3". I went over some stuff last night and saw that some people were taking less steps than me in the race. And I'm 6'3", so why is that? I'm not using what I have. So I used my stride length and ran a great race."
Wariner, visibly frustrated and upset, finished a distant second in 44.74 seconds and David Neville took third with a spectacular dive for the line to complete a U.S. sweep of the medals. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: U.S. sprint relays fail to advance

21 August 2008

The United States failed to advance out of the first round of the men's and women's 400-meter relays at the Olympics Thursday, dropping the batons approaching the anchor legs in both races.
In the men's race, anchor Tyson Gay, part of the American team that won the relay at last year's world championships, did not get the baton from third-leg runner Darvis Patton on Thursday night. When Gay reached his hand back for the exchange, he never got a grasp of the baton.
Gay accepted blame for the mishap. "The stick was in my hand," he said. "I felt it hit my hand. We had some good handoffs in practice, so everything was going well. It was probably my fault. Some people say that when it hits the hand, you should have it. I'm a veteran. I've ran the relays, I've never dropped a baton in my life."
"My job is to never let go until he securely has the baton," Patton said. "I thought he had it but he didn't. It's unfortunate it happened in the Olympic Games. We were confident."
In the women's race, anchor Lauryn Williams flubbed her exchange with Torri Edwards and the metal stick dropped to the ground.
"Somebody somewhere's got a voodoo doll of the U.S.," said Williams. "I have no idea what could've gone wrong. Our plan was to come out here, play it safe, have safe passes and lay it all on the track tomorrow."
Williams was unsure what went wrong. "We saw a few of the replays and it looked like it was a good handoff. The stick had a mind of its own. It wasn't my fault and it wasn't Torri's fault. It's just unfortunate."
"I thought the baton was secure and I let go, but I guess it wasn't," said Edwards. "This was our revenge. We were going to go to the finals and win. It's very heartbreaking." Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Cuba's Robles takes hurdles title

21 August 2008

1. Dayron Robles (CUB) - 12.93
2. David Payne (USA) - 13.17
3. David Oliver (USA) - 13.18
4. Ladji Doucoure (FRA) - 13.24
5. Artur Noga (POL) - 13.36
6. Maurice Wignall (JAM) - 13.46
7. Richard Phillips (JAM) - 13.60
8. Jackson Quinonez (ESP) - 13.69

World record-holder Dayron Robles of Cuba swept to victory in the Olympic 110 meters hurdles on Thursday to take the athletics gold medal hosts China had been craving for one of their own.
The bespectacled 21-year-old combined pace and sublime technique to cross the line a meter clear of the field in 12.93 seconds and win the title China's injured Liu Xiang claimed in Athens four years ago.
The confident Robles was the only runner to go under 13 seconds and celebrated by striking a strongman pose before summoning a Cuban flag from the crowd. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Even Bolt left stunned at 19.30

21 August 2008

Newly crowned 200-metres world record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica, said he too was amazed at breaking the world mark Wednesday night in Beijing.
The 21-year-old executed well from start to finish, running into a headwind of -0.9 m/s to axe .02seconds off American great, Michael Johnson's previous world record of 19.32-secs.
"I'm shocked, I am still shocked," Bolt said on the IAAF website on Wednesday."I knew the track was a fast track but I didn't think this was possible.
"I have been aspiring to the world record for so long. It is a dream come true. I got out good, I ran the corner as hard as possible and once I entered the straight told myself to 'keep it up, don't die on me now.'"
After Bolt had shattered his own 100m world record in comfortable fashion, Johnson said he believed Bolt had the talent to lower the 200m record, but despite his majestic performances this season, he was not ready to erase his Atlanta Olympic mark.
Johnson had actually predicted a time of 19.5 seconds for Bolt in Beijing, and was convinced, even before the gun went off that his record was still in good shape for another year.
"Look, he's going to do it. He's going to break the 200m world record there's no doubt about it," Johnson said earlier this week.
"It's very possible for him (to break the record). It's just not going to happen this year."
Bolt, evidently, did not take notice of Johnson's comments and with the entire stadium pushing him towards the feat, the Jamaican sped home to become the first man since countryman Don Quarrie, to clinch both the 100m and 200m world records at once.
"I knew the track was a fast track but I didn't think this was possible," an emotional Bolt said afterwards.
Meanwhile, Johnson, keeping his fingers crossed as Bolt powered down the homestretch, perhaps had hoped to see the initial flashed time change from 19.31 to at least 19.32 to keep his name close to the mark.
But when the time was rounded down to an even faster time, the American, whose mark once stood as impossible, knew he had been replaced by a true legend.
"He got an incredible start," Johnson said. "Guys of 6-5 should not be able to start like that. It's that long, massive stride.
"He's eating up so much more track than others. He came in focused, knowing he would likely win the gold and he's got the record."
Bolt, who turns 22 on Thursday, has undoubtedly given himself a personal gift and will round things off with perhaps another gold medal in the 4x100m. Will this be another world record? Who knows? We just have to wait and see. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Usain Bolt added the 200m crown to his Olympic 100m title in an incredible new world record of 19.30

20 August 2008

1. Usain Bolt (JAM) - 19.30
2. Churandy Martina (AHO) - 19.82
3. Shawn Crawford (USA) - 19.96
4. Walter Dix (USA) - 19.98
5. Brian Dzingai (ZIM) - 20.22
6. Christian Malcolm (GBR) - 20.40
7. Kim Collins (SKN) - 20.59
Wallace Spearmon (USA) - DQ

Jamaica sprint sensation Usain Bolt magnificently joined a handful of elite athletes who have won an Olympic sprint double when he completed the feat at the Beijing Games in world record style Wednesday night.
Bolt, the world record holder in the 100m booked his place in Olympic history when he added the 200m world record to his name with sensational 19.30 to break Michael Johnson's old mark of 19.32secs.
Bolt covered the field in the first 50m and then turned on the heat in the final 100m -- leaving all the celebrations for after the finish. Evidently Bolt never listen to the world of Johnson, who last week said the Jamaican world only run 19.50 at the Games, thus meaning he would not have erased the record.
However, Bolt stood tall and became the first man since Carl Lewis 24 years ago in Los Angeles to win an Olympic sprint double.
Dutch Antilles' sizzled to a national record of19.82secs to take gold while American defending champion Shawn Crawford took the bronze medal in 19.96.
World Championships bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon had finished third, but was later disqualified Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Melanie Walker grabs another gold for Jamaica at 400-meters hurdles

20 August 2008

1. Melaine Walker (JAM) - 52.64
2. Sheena Tosta (USA) - 53.70
3. Tasha Danvers (GBR) - 53.84
4. Anastasiya Rabchenyuk (UKR) - 53.96
5. Anna Jesien (POL) - 54.29
6. Ekaterina Bikert (RUS) - 54.96
7. Zuzana Hejnova (CZE) - 54.97
8. Tiffany Williams (USA) - 57.55

Fresh off the energy of Usain Bolt’s world record victory in the 200 meters, Melanie Walker continued Jamaica’s prominence in the sprints Wednesday at the Beijing Olympics when she won the 400-meters hurdles in an Olympic record and personal best 52.64.
Walker’s win came in the event immediately following Bolt’s record run in the 200 meters. It was the first individual medal in a world championship or Olympics for the 25-year-old Walker, who entered the Games with the fastest time in the world this year. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Campbell-Brown leads Jamaicans in 200m semis; Bolt well set to complete double

19 August 2008

Defending Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown won her quarter-finals round of the women's 200m when she finished ahead of American world champion Allyson Felix in a relaxed 22.64 seconds here in Beijing Tuesday night.
Her countryman Usain Bolt set himself up well to win an unprecedented sprint double when he literally jogged home to 20.09secs to win his semi-finals ahead of defending champion Shawn Crawford of USA, second in 20.12. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Campbell-Brown, Felix safely through opening 200m heats

19 August 2008

Defending Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica eased into the next round of the women's 200m dash after she finished first in her heat in a patient 23.04 seconds here in Beijing Tuesday morning.
The Jamaican who was not involved in the 100m after failing to make the top three at the Jamaica championships in June, came home just ahead of Kadiatou Camara (MLI) 23.06.
American world champion Allyson Felix, the woman that is expected to battle hard with Campbell-Brown for the Olympic crown, also looked impressive when winning the opening heat in 23.02.
The fastest of the morning was however, USA's Muna Lee with a swift 22.71 to take heat two just in front of Frances' Muriel Hurtis-Houairi (22.72) and Cayman Islands' Cydonie Mothersill (22.76).
Jamaicans Sherone Simpson (22.94) and Kerron Stewart (23.03) who both shared the silver medal in the 100m after a photo finish failed to separate them, also made it through to the next round. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Jeremy Wariner leads U.S. qualifers on the track

19 August 2008

Americans Jeremy Wariner, LaShawn Merritt and David Neville all qualified for the final on Thursday.
Wariner, the defending Olympic champion, won his heat in 44.15.” Coach Ford and Michael (Johnson) both wanted me to work on the first 200 meters like I did yesterday,” he said. “I worked the turn a lot better today. I was able to shut it down with 50 meters to go. It was a real good time with the way I ran. I'm excited about Thursday."
Merritt won heat three in 44.12, the fastest semifinals time. "I set it up well, so I didn't have to run as hard coming home,” he said. “That's what it is all about. A lot of countries haven't been through three rounds like we did at nationals. The U.S. team has an advantage in these rounds. I know how to run a preliminary. I know how to get through a semifinal and the final is all about leaving it on the track."
Neville finished second in heat two in 44.91. “I thought I got out well and then I came off the first turn and I saw everyone was pretty far ahead but I didn't panic,” he said. “I just kept with my rhythm.” Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Britain's Ohuruogu wins gold in women's 400

19 August 2008

1. Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) - 49.62
2. Shericka Williams (JAM) - 49.69
3. Sanya Richards (USA) - 49.93
4. Yulia Gushchina (RUS) - 50.01
5. Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) - 50.03
6. Tatyana Firova (RUS) - 50.11
7. Rosemarie Whyte (JAM) - 50.68
8. Amantle Montsho (BOT) - 51.18

Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain continued her 400-meter unbeaten streak alive in 2008, winning the 400 meters Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics in a season’s best 49.62. American Sanya Richards led the race until the final stretch when a leg cramp slowed her to a bronze medal finish.
Ohuruogu won her second consecutive world title. She won the event at the 2007 world championships and has won her last seven 400-meter races, dating back to September 2007.
Richards, who finished sixth in the event at the 2004 Athens Olympics, felt the cramp about 20 meters into the final stretch and ran 49.93, .13 seconds off her best time of 2008.
"I thought, 'Oh no, not now,'" she said on NBCOlympics.com. "I hoped to have a big enough cushion to pull through, but it just got tighter and tighter."
Shericka Williams of Jamaica won the silver medal in a personal best 49.69. Williams and Richards won their first individual medals in a world championship or Olympic Games. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: American Harper wins 100-meter hurdles

19 August 2008

1. Dawn Harper (USA) - 12.54
2. Sally McLellan (AUS) - 12.64
3. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (CAN) - 12.64
4. Damu Cherry (USA) - 12.65
5. Delloreen Ennis-London (JAM) - 12.65
6. Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) - 12.66
7. LoLo Jones (USA) - 12.72
8. Sarah Claxton (GBR) - 12.94

An American won the women’s 100-meter hurdles Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics, but it was not Lolo Jones as anticipated.
Dawn Harper, who had not won a major U.S. or international race all season, won the gold medal in a personal best 12.54 seconds. Sally McLellan of Australia won the silver medal in 12.64 and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada won bronze, also in 12.64. Jones finished seventh in 12.72, her second slowest time of 2008.
Harper almost did not qualify for the Beijing Games. She finished third at the U.S. Olympic trials in early July, but earned the last qualifying spot by .007 seconds ahead of the fourth place runner.
Jones, who won the trials, had not lost a race since June 6, when she finished second at the Bislett Games in Norway. Jones has the top time in the world this year at 12.43, while Harper entered the Games with the 10th best time at 12.58.
Damu Cherry of the United States finished fourth in 12.65. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Usain Bolt moves into semis with 20.29; Isinbayeva does it again

18 August 2008

Jamaica's Usain Bolt took another step closer to completing his sprint double feat when he eased into the semi-final round of the men's 200-metres dash at the Olympics in Beijing, Monday night.
It was a night of celebration for Russian Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who stamped her class in the event when she heightened her own world record with a clearance of 5.05m. She improved her previous mark of 5.04m. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Asafa Powell says he was not ready for the big stage

18 August 2008

Four years after fading to fifth place in the last Olympic Games 100 metres, Jamaica's former world record holder Asafa Powell admits he was just not ready for the big stage, which caused him to mess up big time Saturday night.
After failing in the last couple of years to land a major global title on the big stage, Powell promised that this year would be the year of delivery.
But after looking well set to win a medal in men's 100m event at the Beijing Olympics, the Jamaican choked once again and was left disappointed Saturday night.
"I wasn't ready for the big stage yet," a disappointed Powell told reporters after failing to make his mark in Beijing.
"I'm not sure what happened. I messed up big time, my legs died on me." Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Lolo Jones leads U.S. trio into 100m hurdles finals

18 August 2008

American women ran the three fastest times in the semi-final rounds of the 100 meter hurdles Monday at the Beijing Olympics and qualified for the final scheduled for Tuesday.
Lolo Jones, who owns the fastest time in the world this year, led all qualifiers with a personal best 12.43 and won the first of two semifinal heats. "I don't remember the start too much," Jones said. "Once in the middle I got my rhythm. Once I got my rhythm, everything clicked."
Damu Cherry won the second semifinal in 12.62, followed is second place by Dawn Harper in 12.66.
"I knew I had to turn it up today to make the final," Cherry said. "You do what you gotta do. I feel better today. I had the flu. I'm going to do what I have to do."
"Besides kicking one of the hurdles, it was a good race for me," said Harper.
Brigitte Foster Hylton, raned third in the world this year, finished third in heat two in 12.76. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Angelo Taylor leads U.S. sweep in 400 hurdles

18 August 2008

1. Angelo Taylor (USA) - 47.25
2. Kerron Clement (USA) - 47.98
3. Bershawn Jackson (USA) - 48.06
4. Danny McFarlane (JAM) - 48.30
5. L.J. van Zyl (RSA) - 48.42
6. Marek Plawgo (POL) - 48.52
7. Markino Buckley (JAM) - 48.60
8. Periklis Iakovakis (GRE) - 49.96

Every time Angelo Taylor thought he’d hit rock bottom, he found out things could get even worse.
No need to worry about that free fall anymore. Not after Monday when he became an Olympic gold medalist—again.
“This is so mountain top,” Taylor said after leading an American sweep in the 400-meter hurdles that helped rejuvenate the U.S. team.
It’s hard to imagine Taylor bursting across the finish line in first, not after the path his life took following his gold-medal performance as a 21-year-old at the 2000 Sydney Games.
He suffered microfractures in his shins, was arrested after a police officer said he found him naked in a car with a 15-year-old girl, lost his Nike contract.
Taylor had to go out and find a real job, getting up at the crack of dawn to squeeze in a full day’s work laying wire as an electrician in suburban Atlanta, just so he could still get to the track to train.
The training became Taylor’s escape, his way of remembering what once was good.
But he didn’t know exactly what he was training for.
Gold in Beijing, it turns out. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Jamaica sweeps women's 100m event

17 August 2008

1. Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM) - 10.78
2. Sherone Simpson (JAM) - 10.98
2. Kerron Stewart (JAM) - 10.98
4. Lauryn Williams (USA) - 11.03
5. Muna Lee (USA) - 11.07
6. Jeanette Kwakye (GBR) - 11.14
7. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) - 11.19
8. Torri Edwards (USA) - 11.20

When it comes to these Olympic sprints, the Jamaicans jam.
In a sweep that will trigger yet another celebration back on the Caribbean island, Shelly-Ann Fraser won the gold and Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart finished in a dead heat for the silver in the women's 100-meter dash Sunday.
Counting Usain Bolt's world-record win the night before, that makes it two golds and two silvers for a country that had never won gold in an Olympic 100 meters before this year.
Yeah, mon.
Fraser pumped her fist as she finished in 10.78 seconds and her teammates finished 0.20 second back — the same margin Bolt won by the night before when he hot-dogged to the finish in 9.69. He was at the Bird's Nest, too, for his gold-medal ceremony before the women's race.
Fraser knew she had won and smiled wide, showing those braces, and then went to pick up the green, yellow and black Jamaican flag. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Usain Bolt eases into 200m quarter-finals; Liu Xiang out of the Olympic with an injury

17 August 2008

Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica started his sprint double hunt when cruised into the quarter-final round of the men's 200m after finishing second in his heat in an effortless 20.64.
Sadly for the hosts though defending Olympic 110m hurdles champion Xiang Liu, who is caring for an injury was unable to defend his title -- pulling out after the first step in his heat with an Achilles injury. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Usain Bolt cruises to 9.85 in 100m semi-finals; Tyson Gay out

16 August 2008

World record holder Usain Bolt and his fellow Jamaican countryman Asafa Powell won their semi-finals of the men's 100-metres in the Beijing Bird Nest Stadium Saturday night.
In fact, the two lead six Caribbean contenders for the title in the finals, with only Americans Walter Dix and Darvis Patton getting through to the title race. Their fellow countryman and world champion Tyson Gay did not make the finals after finishing fifth in his semis.
Bolt clocked another cruising 9.85 seconds to beat Dix (9.95) and Trinidadian Marc Burns, who came home in 9.97. Another Jamaican Michael Frater ran a work man like 10.01 to win the final slot from the heat.
The 21-year-old rush through the opening half of the race before shutting down in the last 20m --- proving that Donavon Bailey's 9.84 Olympic record is seriously under threat.
Meanwhile, Powell also looked impressive when winning the second semi-finals in 9.91 seconds, but unfortunately for Gay, he did not make the finals after finishing fifth in 10.05. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Usain Bolt smashes the world record to win the men's 100m dash in 9.69!!!

16 August 2008

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1. Usain Bolt (JAM) - 9.69
2. Richard Thompson (TRI) - 9.89
3. Walter Dix (USA) - 9.91
4. Churandy Martina (AHO) - 9.93
5. Asafa Powell (JAM) - 9.95
6. Michael Frater (JAM) - 9.97
7. Marc Burns (TRI) - 10.01
8. Darvis Patton (USA) - 10.03

Jamaican Usain Bolt continued his strong recent stretch of commanding runs, winning the gold medal in the men's 100m dash Saturday night while setting world and Olympic records at 9.69.
Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago finished second in 9.89 and American Walter Dix earned the bronze in 9.91. Both runners ran personal bests.
Former world record holder Asafa Powell finished in 9.95. The other American in the final, Darvis Patton, finished eighth in 10.03. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Bolt, Powell impressive, Gay looked uneasy in 100m first round

15 August 2008

Favourites Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell Tyson Gay all made it through their first rounds of the men's 100 metres dash at the 29th Olympiad in Beijing, Friday morning.
But while Powell and Bolt took a Sunday morning strolled, Gay did a lot more work to finish first in his first race since hurting his hamstring at the U.S. trials.
Bolt, the Jamaican world record holder in the event got the ball rolling when he cruised through heat one in a time of 10.20 seconds.
The 21-year-old ran all the way in his comfort zone and went even slower with 50-metres go to beat Antigua's Daniel Bailey, who finished second in 10.24.
"Tonight, tonight, tonight," Bolt said as he quickly made his to the cool down area to prepare for the next round.
Bolt's fellow countryman Asafa Powell got out from the blocks like a rocket and then eased down in final 40m to win heat two in 10.16. Former world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis finished right behind him in 10.17. All three Jamaicans made it through, as Michael Frater won heat four in 10.15.
Another comfortable run came from Trinidadian Ricardo Thompson, who like Bolt, cruised home in 10.24 in heat three.
Gay took heat five in 10.22, but like his arch rivals did not look as comfortable as he has been in the last couple of seasons. The American was actually running faster than usual in these early rounds and seem to be fighting all the way. Read Full Story...

Olympic Games 2008: Bolt cruises to 9.92 to move into 100m semi-finals. Powell and Gay are in semifinals too.

15 August 2008

World record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica was again on a Sunday morning cruise and yet still he looked the most impressive in the men's 100 metres quarter-finals in the Beijing Bird Nest Stadium Friday night.
Like he did in his first round heat, which he comfortable won in 10.20 seconds, Bolt got out to a modest start, but got into his racing form very quickly before easing to 9.92 seconds, the fastest time of second round.
The run from the 21-year-old again cemented his status as the strong favourite for the gold medal. Read Full Story...

Jamaican female sprinters ready to prove their worth

14 August 2008

Jamaican female sprinters are brimming with confidence and are ready to share the publicity with their male compatriots.
The focus in recent months have been geared towards the men's 100m, which features world record holder Usain Bolt and his Jamaican countryman Asafa Powell, and Shelly Ann Fraser and Sherone Simpson, two of the islands top contenders for a medal in the women's 100 metres are both ready to run into the spotlight as well.
"I'm going into the championships to medal," Simpson said. "I've worked hard for the months, so I do think that my hard work will pay off." Read Full Story...

Ten Days of Athletics at the Beijing Games

14 August 2008

Starting Friday, the top athletics athletes from around the world will command the main Olympic stage at the Beijing Games. Hundreds of athletes will compete in 47 events on the roads, track and fields.
Universal Sports has previewed one highlighted event per day along with a few others we feel also deserve mention. Read Full Story...

Gay not buying Powell's pressure release story

13 August 2008

American World sprint double champion Tyson Gay says he is not buying into the burden relief story of Asafa Powell.
Earlier this season, Powell commented that he was happy that fellow countryman Usain Bolt had released the pressure off of him by breaking his world record with a sizzling run of 9.72 seconds in May.
The bold statement has certainly been evident in Powell's recent performances, but Gay is believing otherwise.
"Him (Powell) saying Usain Bolt has taken the pressure off him, I don't buy into that too much," Gay was quoted as saying. Read Full Story...

IAAF removes U.S. 4x400 world record

12 August 2008

Athletics' ruling body International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday removed the men's 4x400m relay world record from the books after Antonio Pettigrew admitted to doping in May.
The American team of Pettigrew, along with Tyree Washington, Jerome Young and Michael Johnson had run a world record of time 2 mins 54.20secs to win at the 1998 Goodwill Games in Uniondale, New York, but that has now been scratched.
The IAAF confirmed that the new official 4x400m mark would go to another U.S. relay team, that achieved a time of 2:54.29 on August 22, 1993 in Stuttgart, Germany. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell confident of delivering this year

12 August 2008

Commonwealth Games champion Asafa Powell says this is the year to finally deliver what he has been promising for the last four years.
Despite being arguable the top 100m sprinter in the last few season's, Powell has failed to land a major championships title, which has many believing he is only a one race competitor.
Nevertheless, the former world holder who loss his world mark to fellow countryman, Usain Bolt in May, has been looking sharp on his return from injury and he is confident he will win gold in Beijing.
"This time, I am going do it," a confident Powell told reporters. "I am feeling very confident. My training is going very well, and I have only one aim in mind.
"While I am not focusing on what happened in the past, I can't erase it. It's part of my history, but now I have a chance to write a new history. I am going out there to win the race." Read Full Story...

Former world record holder Jackson backs Robles to win 110m hurdles in Beijing

12 August 2008

Former world record holder Collin Jackson believes Dayron Robles of Cuba will win the men's 110 metres hurdles event at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
A demanding battle has been slated in the event between Robles, the current world record holder and China's Liu Xiang, the former, but Collins said that the Cuban consistency throughout the season has given him a big edge.
"I'll always look for Robles, with the times he's run this year, as consistent as he's been, as fluent as he's been," Jackson told reports on Monday. "I'd definitely call him the winner." Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell says drug tests could affect his 100m performance

12 August 2008

Jamaica's Asafa Powell fears that the continuous blood tests he has received in the last few days can affect his chances of winning his first Olympic Games 100 metres title.
The former world record holder confirms that he has been tested four times in the last two weeks of arriving in Beijing, and he is concerned that he will be weakened for the finals as a result.
"Two days ago, I got pretty upset because since I've been here they've tested me four times," Powell, one of the favourites to win the 100m gold medal said.
"They take blood. I'm saying that they're taking so much blood, we're going to be very weak before the final of the 100m." Read Full Story...

Bolt and Gay will not catch me, says Powell

12 August 2008

A year ago at the World Championships in Osaka, Asafa Powell had the gold medal in his sight but surrendered his lead in the 100m and was caught by American Tyson Gay and Derrick Atkins.
After watching the tape over and over the Jamaican went back to the drawing board and worked on those specific weak areas and he is now confident that if he gets out in the lead neither Gay nor countryman Usain Bolt will chase him down.
"A lot of people are saying Usain and Tyson are very strong finishers but if I get out in front of them no matter how they are finishing, they won't even close on me," Powell told reporters on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Sotomayor: Robles fine for 110-meter hurdles

11 August 2008

Retired high jump world champion Javier Sotomayor says fellow Cuban Dayron Robles has no reason to worry about his upcoming duel with China’s Liu Xiang in the 110 meter hurdles race. Liu is the one who should worry.
“The shape Dayron is in this year, he really has no reason to worry,” Sotomayor told The Associated Press on Monday during a visit to the boxing venue. “He just has to concentrate and continue to race the way he’s been doing since the current season started and everything will be fine.” Read Full Story...

Gay says 100m winner may have to produce a world record

11 August 2008

American world champion Tyson Gay believes a time faster than 9.7 seconds would have to be run to win the Olympic 100-meter final in Beijing.
Gay, who ran a wind aided 9.68 secs at the U.S. trials said he has been focused on that that feat since his defeat to Jamaican Usain Bolt, who produced a world record of 9.72 in May to win at the Reebok Grand Prix.
"When Bolt ran 9.72, I realized that I had to run a 9.6 to beat him and that's what I trained my mind to do," Gay told a news conference on Monday. Read Full Story...

Sanchez racing against time to defend Olympic crown

11 August 2008

Reigning Olympic 400m Hurdles champion Felix Sanchez of Dominican Republic is suffering from a left foot injury and is currently running race on his own to be ready in time to defend his title in Beijing.
Sanchez, out of competitive competition for almost a year now, has been plagued by series of injuries since winning a silver medal at last summer's World Championships in Osaka, and although he made the trip to Beijing, the hurdler is praying for a miracle. Read Full Story...

Michael Johnson says track 'needs' a great men’s 100

11 August 2008

American sprinting great Michael Johnson believes the men’s 100 meters at these Olympics should provide a welcome jolt for track and field. As long as Tyson Gay’s troublesome hamstring holds up, that is.
“It has the potential to be one of the top events of the games,” Johnson, the four-time Olympic gold medalist and world recordholder in the 200 and 400, said Monday. “I think the sport needs it, so hopefully it materializes into what it has the potential to be.” Read Full Story...

Tyson Gay says he's "injury free"

10 August 2008

World champion Tyson Gay ran an impressive 100-meter time trial on Sunday and said he was experiencing no pain from a July hamstring injury.
"I'm happy with today's workout. I'm injury free, no pain," the American told reporters after a workout at Beijing Normal University.
"I have been looking for an indicator to let me where my confidence is going to be at, and today let me know that," he said after running sprints of 60, 80 and 100 meters.
The session was the first Gay workout open to the media since he strained his left hamstring in the heats of the 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials on July 5. Read Full Story...

Greene says Bolt has surpassed rivals this season

9 August 2008

Former Olympic champion and world record holder Maurice Greene believes Jamaican champion Usain Bolt is a cut above his rivals in the men's 100 metres this season.
Bolt has dominated the sprints this season, winning nine of his ten races while in the process running a world record of 9.72 seconds in the 100m in New York on May 31.
He has been tipped by many to win the dashes at the Beijing Games and Greene believes the Jamaican has certainly established him. Read Full Story...

Carl Lewis says top gold came from Johnson

8 August 2008

Nine-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis has no doubts about the most treasured of his gold medals -- the one stripped from drug cheat Ben Johnson.
The U.S. track athlete and Johnson, a Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter, were among the best known sportsmen in the world in 1988 and intense rivals when they raced in the 100 metres at the Seoul Games where Johnson won in world record time.
But three days after beating Lewis, Johnson tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol and was stripped of the gold medal that was awarded to Lewis. Read Full Story...

Caribbean quartet ready to make Beijing 100m interesting

8 August 2008

While the eyes of the world will likely be focused on Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, as well as American Tyson Gay, four other Caribbean sprinters are planning a surprise in the marquee 100 metres event at the Olympic Games.
World Championships silver medallist Derrick Atkins from the Bahamas, Dutch Antilles' Churandy Martina and the Trinidadian pair of Richard Thompson and Marc Burns lead the Caricom charges looking to upset the odds. Read Full Story...

Beijing Olympics officially open

8 August 2008

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were officially declared open Friday with stunning welcoming ceremony in the showcase Bird’s Nest stadium. Read Full Story...

Crawford targets Beijing 200m gold

7 August 2008

American sprinter Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games 2004 champion, says he would love for people to stop calling him the defending Olympic champion.
"I don't have to defend the 2004 gold medal," Crawford told reporters at the U.S. training camp on Wednesday. "I have that.
"The goal now is to win the gold medal that Beijing organisers will hand out August 20." Read Full Story...

Kerron Clement believes U.S. can sweep 400m hurdles in Beijing

7 August 2008

World Championships 400 metres hurdles champion Kerron Clement is backing USA to sweep the medal in the event at the Beijing Olympics.
Clement will be joined by rivals Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor and he sees the sweep a strong possibility.
"It's definitely a possibility. I have confidence in it," Clement said. "I'm feeling pretty well and really excited that I'm running fast." Read Full Story...

Jamaican stars back in training after dispute

7 August 2008

MVP Track Club members, including former world record-holder Asafa Powell and former world silver medallist Michael Frater, have decided to put their differences with Jamaican Olympic officials aside by reporting for relay practices on Tuesday.
Powell, along with clubmates Frater, Sherone Simpson and Shelly-Ann Fraser, skipped Sunday and Monday sprint relay practice sessions arranged by the Jamaican management staff at a pre-Olympic training camp here. The group was then summoned to an emergency meeting to iron out the row, and eventually both parties came to an agreement.
"They (MVP athletes) all gave their full commitments and turned up for training on Tuesday morning and participated at the required pace," team manager Ludlow Watts confirmed in a statement Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Gay declares himself fit for Beijing 100m

5 August 2008

World sprint double champion Tyson Gay said he will be fit to battle for the gold medal in the 100 meters glory at the Beijing Olympics next week.
The American had been forced to miss several competitions, including a clash with Jamaican Asafa Powell in London last week with a hamstring injury, sustained in the 200 meters quarter-finals at the U.S. trials.
But Gay said his training has been going well and has no doubts he will be ready for the start of the 100 meters on August 15. Read Full Story...

Bolt prepared for Beijing double

5 August 2008

Four days after getting the green light to chase the unprecedented sprint double in Beijing, World 100m record holder Usain Bolt said he is definitely ready for the dual.
After months of speculations, Coach Glen Mills confirmed Bolt's participation in both the 100m and 200m at the Olympic Games and the 21-year-old who ran only the 200m at the last three global athletics competitions, is excited about going the rounds.
"I am going out there to win the double," Bolt, whose world record of 9.72seconds and career best of 19.67secs, leads the world over 100m and 200m this season. Read Full Story...

Athletics Notes: Post Beijing Clash of Titans Set

5 August 2008

Sprint stars Tyson Gay of the United States and Asafa Powell of Jamaica have committed to running the 100 meters at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead, England on August 31, meet organizers announced Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Bolt's 100m World record ratified by the IAAF

4 August 2008

Usain Bolt's stunning 9.72 seconds performance which set a World record in the men's 100 metres on May 31, was ratified by the IAAF on Monday.
Running only his fourth 100m this season and what then was the fifth in his career, Bolt destroyed a talented 100m field at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City, to erase the previous record of 9.74 held by compatriot Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Powell determine to win gold at Beijing Olympics

4 August 2008

After missing out at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan last summer, former world record holder Asafa Powell says he is determine to strike gold at the Beijing Olympic Games, which begin on Friday.
With 100 metres world record holder Usain Bolt, who on Saturday was given the green light by Coach Glen Mills to sprint double officially added the line up and American world champion Tyson Gay optimistic about being fit for the Games, a world-class field is expected to wrestle for the title. Read Full Story...

Row over Jamaica's track and field camp

2 August 2008

A major disagreement has surfaced over Jamaica's preparation for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The row is between the Jamaica Olympic Association (JAAA) and members of the MVP Track Club who have differing views ahead a pre-Olympic training camp in Tianjin Province.
World renowned MVP coach Stephen Francis had hoped to keep his ten Jamaican athletes, which include strong medal favourites Asafa Powell, Bridgette Foster-Hylton and Melaine Walker, under his guidance for next week to compete his training schedule. Read Full Story...

Sheri Ann Brooks still buzzing, says coach

2 August 2008

Despite being below the radar this season, Jamaica's Commonwealth Games champion Sheri Ann Brooks has the confidence to get back to the top of her game once again, this according her coach Marlon Malcolm.
Brooks, a member of Jamaica's world sprint relay silver medal team from Osaka, Japan last summer, has been shadowed by the performances of her fellow Jamaican countrywomen -- led by Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, but Malcolm said her confidence has not dropped. Read Full Story...

Usain Bolt will run sprint double in Beijing

2 August 2008

World record holder Usain Bolt will run the sprint double at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, his coach Glen Mills confirmed Saturday.
"He will run both," Mills said in a media statement Saturday.
Bolt had expressed his interested in running both events at the Games but believed his coach would make the right decision for him.
The decision sets up the biggest race of the Olympics with Bolt facing compatriot and former world record holder Asafa Powell and American world champion Tyson Gay. Read Full Story...

2000 U.S. relay team stripped of gold medal

2 August 2008

The International Olympic Committee stripped gold medals Saturday from the U.S. men’s 1,600-meter relay team that competed at the 2000 Olympics in the aftermath of Antonio Pettigrew’s admission that he was doping at the time. Read Full Story...

Tyson Gay not in Jason Gardener's medal pick

31 July 2008

Great Britain's Olympic relay gold medallist, Jason Gardener believes fellow countryman Simeon Williamson can win a medal in the men's 100m at the Beijing Olympic Games next month. Read Full Story...

I'm a patient coach, I'm under no pressure, says Bolts coach Glen Mills

31 July 2008

Usain Bolt has been tipped by the pundits to dominate the sprint events at the forthcoming Olympic Games next month, but his coach Glen Mills says he is under no pressure to make hasty decisions.
Mills, a veteran sprint coach who is responsible for Bolt's successes at the senior level, will in the coming weeks make a decision on whether the Jamaican runs the both sprint events in Beijing or just his specialty, the 200m. Read Full Story...

Powell headlines 100m field at Herculis 2008 meeting

29 July 2008

Former world record holder, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, fresh from back-to-back victories in Stockholm and London last week, will go for his third consecutive 100m win when he leads a competitive line up at the Herculis Grand Prix meeting in Monaco on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Jamaicans Powell, Stewart win 100m titles; Isinbayeva breaks world record at Herculis 2008 meeting

29 July 2008

Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Kerron Stewart won the men's and women's 100m dash titles at the Herculis 2008 track and field meeting in Monaco on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

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28 July 2008


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Ato tips Bolt to clean up sprints in Beijing

28 July 2008

Trinidad and Tobago's four-time Olympic Games medal winner Ato Boldon tips Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt to clean up the sprints at the Beijing Games next month.
Boldon, a world renowned retired sprinter, who is now a track and field television broadcast analyst for CBS and NBC Sports, said he is confident Bolt will win the sprint double -- should he line up in both events -- in addition to the gold he picks Jamaica to win in the men's sprint relay. Read Full Story...

I was joking around in Stockholm says Powell

28 July 2008

Asafa Powell says his almost embarrassing defeat to countryman Usain Bolt at the DN Galan Super Grand Prix in Stockholm last week was a result of him joking around half-way through the race. Read Full Story...

Olympians get last licks at Monaco Super GP

28 July 2008

With world champion Tyson Gay recovering from a hamstring injury and world record holder Usain Bolt done with competition until the Beijing Olympics, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell headlines the field in the 100 meters at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco on July 29, the last meet prior to the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Bolt eases to 19.76secs; Campbell-Brown sizzled to 10.87 at London Grand Prix

26 July 2008

Word 100m record holder Usain Bolt ran the fastest all-comers 200m dash in UK when he blasted his way to victory in the men's race in 19.76seconds (-0.4 m/s) at the Aviva London Grand Prix.
Veronica Campbell-Brown fired home to victory in the women's 100m with a blistering 10.86-seconds. Read Full Story...

Bolt cruises to stunning 200m win

26 July 2008

Usain Bolt underlined his Olympic credentials with a stunning victory in the 200m at the London Grand Prix.
The 100m world record holder eased home in 19.76 seconds ahead of Wallace Spearmon and Ireland's Paul Hession. Read Full Story...

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25 July 2008


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Bolts says he definitely wants to double in Beijing

25 July 2008

World 100 metres record-holder Usain Bolt has again expressed his interest in doubling at the Olympic Games in Beijing next month.
Speaking to reporters on the eve of the two day Aviva London Grand Prix meeting, the lanky Jamaican acknowledged he is targetting the 100 and 200 Olympic gold medals, but understands that his coach knows best.
"I definitely want to double," Bolt said. "This is an Olympic year, and you have to take it seriously. But I don't know what I'll be doing - that's up to my coach." Read Full Story...

Sprinter Powell eases to 100m win

25 July 2008

Jamaica's Asafa Powell cruised to victory in the 100m at the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace to complete his preparations for the Beijing Olympics.
The ex-world record holder won in 9.94 seconds ahead of Trinidad's Marc Burns, with Britain's Craig Pickering eighth. Read Full Story...

I can win Olympic gold - Powell

24 July 2008

Asafa Powell has hit back at claims that he lacks the mental strength to win Olympic athletics gold this summer. Read Full Story...

Chambers 'scared' of being caught

24 July 2008

Dwain Chambers has said he felt like there was a dark cloud hanging over him every time he competed when on drugs. Read Full Story...

Gay pulls out of London clash against Powell

23 July 2008

American sprint ace, Tyson Gay on Wednesday pulled out of a match up with Jamaican Asafa Powell because he is still nursing a hamstring injury. Read Full Story...

Donavon Bailey says only perfection will stop Bolt in Beijing

23 July 2008

Former Olympic champion Donavon Bailey believes it is going to take something flawless from one of the world's top sprinters to stop Usain Bolt from winning the Olympic title next month.
Bailey, a Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter said with the power that Bolt has shown in both the middle and at the end of races, the like of Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay will have to deliver something perfect from the start and hold on to it to see off the world record holder
"For Tyson or Asafa to beat Usain, they would need to have a flawless start and a flawless acceleration phase and still stay relaxed," Bailey was quoted as saying in an SI.com article. Read Full Story...

Powell powers past Bolt at Beijing tuneup

23 July 2008

Jamaica's Asafa Powell got off to a fine start and then held on to beat compatriot and world record-holder Usain Bolt in the men's 100 meters at a Grand Prix meeting on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Williams takes on Olympic-caliber field

23 July 2008

Generally lost in the excitement that followed Asafa Powell's victorious return to competition at the Stockholm Super Grand Prix was the timely triumph of another superior 100-meter sprinter. American Olympian Lauryn Williams performed a feat that could fairly be considered grander than Powell beating fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, the man who has succeeded him as the world-record holder in the event. Read Full Story...

Injured Gay out of London meeting

23 July 2008

World 100m champion Tyson Gay has pulled out of his showdown with Jamaica's Asafa Powell at Crystal Palace because of a hamstring injury. Read Full Story...

Williams takes on Olympic-caliber field

23 July 2008

Generally lost in the excitement that followed Asafa Powell's victorious return to competition at the Stockholm Super Grand Prix was the timely triumph of another superior 100-meter sprinter. American Olympian Lauryn Williams performed a feat that could fairly be considered grander than Powell beating fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, the man who has succeeded him as the world-record holder in the event. Read Full Story...

Powell wins, but Bolt looked the better

22 July 2008

Despite coming out champion in an exciting match up with fellow countryman Usain Bolt at the DN Galan Super Grand Prix 2008 meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday, Asafa Powell has to acknowledge that the World record holder definitely looked the better of the two. Read Full Story...

Powell beats Bolt in Stockholm clash

22 July 2008

Former World record holder Asafa Powell left fellow countryman Usain Bolt in the blocks and powered his way to victory in the men's 100m dash at the DN Galan Super Grand Prix meeting on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Jones seeks presidential pardon

22 July 2008

Disgraced U.S. sprinter Marion Jones has asked President George W. Bush to commute her six-month prison sentence for lying to prosecutors about her steroid use, a Justice Department spokesman said on Monday. Read Full Story...

Athletics Notes: Olympians in Europe, D.C.

22 July 2008

Olympic 400-meter champion Jeremy Wariner is one of dozens of top athletes who plan to compete in final Olympic tune-up races through July 29 in Europe. Wariner is entered in the 400 meters the DN Galan Stockholm Super Grand Prix meet on July 22, which will be his last race before the Beijing games. Read Full Story...

Ottey misses out on eighth Games

22 July 2008

Merlene Ottey has failed in her final attempt to achieve the 100m qualifying time that would have taken her to an unprecedented eighth Olympic Games. Read Full Story...

Bolts says he's the best

21 July 2008

Jamaica's Usain Bolt said on Friday that his performances this summer have proven that he is the best sprinter in world. Read Full Story...

Chambers has his eyes set on Beijing relay team

21 July 2008

Dwain Chambers has revealed he would welcome the chance to be part of a British sprint relay team at the Olympics – if he wins his High Court battle to compete in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Stockholm hosts latest Super Grand Prix

21 July 2008

Don't blame American David Oliver if he dreams that the 110-meter hurdles at Wednesday's DN Galan Super Grand Prix meet in Stockholm, and by surreal extension even the Beijing Olympics, could magically take place in Berlin. Oliver has raced world-record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba 15 times and has beaten him only twice, both times in Berlin, including a 0.01-second victory on June 1 at the DBK-ISTAF Golden League meet. Read Full Story...

Powell says he will be fit for London clash with Gay

20 July 2008

Jamaica's former World record holder Asafa Powell has said he will be ready to face American sprint ace, Tyson Gay in the 100-metres at Friday's Aviva London Grand Prix. Read Full Story...

Lolo makes another Olympic statement

20 July 2008

American Lolo Jones won gold with an impressive 12.69 in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the Mitin de Atletismo Ciutat de Barcelona, a European Athletics Permit Meeting, on Saturday. The victory comes on the heels of Jones' victory in the same event at the U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month, and should give the hurdler confidence as she enters the home-stretch of her preparations for next month's Olympic games in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Robles sends Olympic message to everyone, not just to Liu

19 July 2008

Cuba's world record holder Dayron Robles send another warning to everyone, including former world record holder Liu Xiang when he blasted to a thrilling 12.88-seconds to win the men's 110m hurdles in the IAAF Golden League meeting - Gaz Paris Saint-Denis - in France last night. Read Full Story...

Ottey not the only veteran looking to Beijing, Russian Privalova too

19 July 2008

Former world and Olympic champion Irina Privalova is back after almost eight years away from athletics, hoping to qualify for the Beijing Games. Read Full Story...

Ottey going for Olympic number-eight

19 July 2008

Jamaican-born sprinter Merlene Ottey will make only last attempt to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The 48-year-old Ottey, will race twice in four days at meetings in the Slovenian city of Maribor today and Tuesday in an attempt to become the first athlete to take part in eight Olympic Games.
"Of course she wants to run at these (Beijing) Games because she would be the first ever to participate at eight consecutive Olympics," Ottey's Slovenia coach Srdjan Djordjevic was quoted as saying to Reuters News.
"If there are ideal weather conditions, she could qualify." Read Full Story...

Chambers sets London 2012 target

19 July 2008

Sprinter Dwain Chambers still hopes to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, despite failing in an attempt to overturn his lifetime Games ban. Read Full Story...

Chambers loses Olympic High Court bid

18 July 2008

Sprinter Dwain Chambers today lost his High Court bid to be allowed to compete at next month's Olympic Games in Beijing.
Mr Justice Mackay refused to grant an injunction to temporarily suspend a lifetime ban on Chambers competing at the Olympics. The ban was imposed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) because of his self-confessed past use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The judge issued his ruling this morning after spending yesterday listening to the conflicting arguments over the athlete's attempt to win an injunction suspending the bylaw before a full trial of the issues in March next year. Mr Justice Mackay returned to the London court this morning to give his ruling to a packed courtroom and the athlete himself. Read Full Story...

Former MLS boss Logan moves to USATF

18 July 2008

USA Track & Field hired Doug Logan, the former commissioner and president of Major League Soccer, as its next chief operating officer Thursday night. Read Full Story...

No Beijing for British sprinter Chambers

18 July 2008

Sprinter Dwain Chambers cannot take part in the Beijing Olympics next month after failing to gain an injunction against a British Olympic Association (BOA) ban in the High Court on Friday. Read Full Story...

Athletics Notes: Hartwig hopes for Beijing bid

18 July 2008

As a 32-year-old, Jeff Hartwig felt primed to establish himself as an Olympic medalist when he entered the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. Hartwig, who finished 11th at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, set an American pole vault record and recorded the top jump in the world, 6.03 meters, at a meet in Arkansas nine days before he took his first jump in Eugene. Read Full Story...

"I made a statement today," says Wariner after beating Merritt in Paris; 12.88 for Robles

17 July 2008

World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner recorded a confident-boosting victory over main rival and countryman LaShawn Merritt in the men's 400m dash at the Meeting Gaz de France - Golden League Meeting - in Paris Friday night. Read Full Story...

Atkins says he's a championships runner, not a one shot hitter

17 July 2008

Bahamian World Championships 100-metres silver medallist Derrick Atkins says the attention being given to his main rivals this season will not unsettle his preparations for the Olympic Games. Read Full Story...

IAAF says no to Pistorius accusation

17 July 2008

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rejected on Thursday an accusation from double-amputee Oscar Pistorius that it was desperate to stop him competing at the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Local fave Gevaert wins 100 meters in Liege

17 July 2008

LIEGE, Belgium - Germaine Mason crossed the bar at 2.30 meters but narrowly failed to clear the 2.34-meter bar. The British high jumper boosted his confidence on his way to the Olympic games, and so did Belgium's Kim Gevaert after winning the 100-meter race in 11.28 seconds. Gevaert regained confidence after recently suffering a slight setback due to injury problems. Read Full Story...

Doubts over Liu's Olympic fitness

17 July 2008

China's star track athlete Liu Xiang has admitted he has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, but says he is confident of Olympic success. Read Full Story...

Bolt ready to run even faster in London

16 July 2008

Jamaica 100m world record holder Usain Bolt has promised to deliver something special when he takes the track to run the 200m at the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting next weekend. Read Full Story...

Pistorius fails to qualify for Beijing 400

16 July 2008

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius said he was happy with his season's achievements on Wednesday despite missing out in his last bid to qualify for the 400 meters at next month's Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Coach Graham receives lifetime ban

16 July 2008

Track coach Trevor Graham received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Tuesday for his role in helping his athletes obtain performance-enhancing drugs. Read Full Story...

Track to Beijing winds through Europe

15 July 2008

A small group of U.S. athletes who will compete at the Beijing Olympics next month will fine-tune their fitness this week at two meets in Europe. Read Full Story...

Suspected Greek doper may run in Beijing

15 July 2008

Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who was banned for two years after a doping scandal on the eve of the Athens 2004 Olympics, has made the team for next month's games and could travel to Beijing, officials said on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Bolt runs fifth-fastest 200 ever

14 July 2008

Jamaica's Usain Bolt laid down another marker for the Beijing Olympics when he ran the fastest 200 meters of the year at the Athens Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 21-year-old, who broke the 100-meter world record at the end of May, clocked 19.67 seconds, cruising home to a comfortable victory.
It was a personal best for Bolt and the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
However, he again played down suggestions that he would soon break Michael Johnson's 12-year-old record of 19.32.
"It is a very hard record to get, but someone will take it one day and hopefully I will be that person -- maybe next year," he said. Read Full Story...

Campbell-Brown flashes to 10.92-secs; Bolt 19.67! national record at Athens Grand Prix

13 July 2008

Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown highlighted the Caribbean performances at Sunday's Tsiklitiria 2008 Grand Prix meeting in Athens with two outstanding efforts.
After watching Campbell-Brown destroyed a strong field to win the women's 100m dash in 10.92-seconds, Bolt blasted his way to world leading 19.67-seconds National record to win the men's 200m dash. Read Full Story...

Chambers wins trial, awaits court verdict

13 July 2008

Dwain Chambers achieved the first stage in his bid to run at the Beijing Olympics when he won the 100 meters final at the British trials on Saturday and must now await a legal ruling on his eligibility. Read Full Story...

Ruling will go my way - Chambers

13 July 2008

Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers believes he will be allowed to compete in Beijing after winning the 100m title at the Olympic trials in Birmingham. Read Full Story...

American system keeps Gay out of Olympic 200m

12 July 2008

The U.S. Olympic Committee leaders are backing the system used in recent years to choose the American team for major championships, thus ending any chance Tyson Gay of competing in the 200m in Beijing.
"It does come with challenges, such as what Tyson Gay experienced," said USOC chief of sport performance Steve Roush.
"That's one of the drawbacks, but I think ultimately, of the 600 athletes we'll take over, the win-or-go-home atmosphere prepares them for what they're going to be faced with at the Games."
Gay, the reigning world sprint double champion, suffered a hamstring injury during his 200m quarter-finals Saturday evening, which knock him out of the race at the Olympics. Read Full Story...

Bolt, Campbell-Brown lead Caribbean contingent for Athens Grand Prix

12 July 2008

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown will lead a strong Caribbean group for Sunday's Tsiklitiria 2008 Grand Prix meeting in Athens. Read Full Story...

My world record was to stop the yapping, says Isinbayeva

12 July 2008

Russian reigning Olympic and World champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who on Friday improved her own Pole Vault world record, said her feat was to send a message to those questioning her abilities in an event she made her own in the last four years. Read Full Story...

Maurice Greene praises another Jamaican sprinter

12 July 2008

Olympic Games gold medallist, American Maurice Greene, said Dexter Lee's execution is a key part of doing well in sprinting. Read Full Story...

Chambers is Britain sprint champion

12 July 2008

Troubles sprinter Dwain Chambers won the final of the 100m British Olympic trials with an impressive time of 10.00 seconds on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Injuries call to question selection process

12 July 2008

At the end of the 2007 season, Michelle Perry was on track to become a U.S. Olympian in the 100-meter hurdles at the upcoming Beijing games. A 2004 Olympian, Perry won the 2005 and 2007 world championships and was the top-ranked hurdler in the world from 2005 through 2007. At 29 she is nearing the end of her elite track career. Read Full Story...

Record falls, Pistorius misses mark in Rome

12 July 2008

Russia's world and Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva set a world record of 5.03 meters at Rome's Golden Gala on Friday.
The 26-year-old cleared the bar with ease to surpass the record of 5.01 she set at the 2005 Helsinki world championships. Read Full Story...

Chambers storms to 100m victory

12 July 2008

Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers powered to victory in the 100m at the British Olympic trials to move a step closer to securing a place in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell injured again; Isinbayeva sets world record in Rome

11 July 2008

Russian world, Olympic and European pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women's Pole Vault competition at the IAAF Golden Gala meeting in Rome.
Meanwhile, former World 100m record holder Asafa Powell is again injured and will not run the finals of the men's 100m dash. Read Full Story...

Chambers to prove a point in Birmingham

11 July 2008

Dwain Chambers plans to use his vast experience to outmanoeuvre his younger 100 metres rivals when the three-day UK National Championships and Olympic trials get under way in Birmingham tomorrow. Read Full Story...

Former world record-holder Powell hurt

11 July 2008

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell's Olympic preparations suffered a slight setback on Friday when he pulled up in his heat of the 100 meters at Rome's Golden Gala with a groin strain. Read Full Story...

Powell preparations hit by injury

11 July 2008

Asafa Powell's build-up to the Olympics has suffered a blow after he pulled up with a groin strain during a 100m race at Rome's Golden Gala. Read Full Story...

Allyson Felix sets to star in Golden Gala 400m

10 July 2008

The real star of the 400m show will definitely be the American 200m world champion Allyson Felix who is also a great athlete on the double distance. The American, after a brilliant performance in the 200m during the Eugene Olympic Trials, will try to reach once again in the 400m the time of 49,83 which she obtained last May in Doha placing herself at the top of the world seasonal ranking; another goal set by Felix will surely be to come close to her personal best of 49.70. Read Full Story...

Campbell-Brown wind-aided 10.85 leads four Caribbean wins in Thessaloniki

10 July 2008

Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown led the way for four Caribbean winners at the 2008 "Olympic Meeting" in Thessaloniki on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Powell says he is on a mission

10 July 2008

Former 100 metre world record holder Asafa Powell is looking to Friday's Golden League meeting in Rome to send out a message to his opponents at next month's Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Maurice Greene tips Bolt for Olympic glory

10 July 2008

Former World and Olympic champion Maurice Greene, has tipped Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt to win the Olympic Games 100m gold medal in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Powell happy not to be Beijing favorite

10 July 2008

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said on Thursday he was pleased he was no longer the favorite for the 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Jamaican sprinter takes World Junior 100m crown

9 July 2008

Jamaican sprinter Dexter Lee won the 100-meter sprint in 10.40 seconds Wednesday at the world junior championships. Read Full Story...

Chambers to learn fate next week

9 July 2008

Sprinter Dwain Chambers will find out next week if he will be allowed to run for Britain at the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Athletics Notes: Tales of glee and misery

8 July 2008

Since its first meet in 1908, the U.S. Olympic track and field trials has not lacked for melodramatic appeal. It has provided an emotional mix of triumph and tragedy, of jubilation and crushing disappointment. Its simple formula that requires finishing among the top three to qualify for the games is unrivaled by any other global track and field federation.
The 2008 edition completed July 6 provided the expected twists of harsh fate and turns of good fortune. Here's a collection of highlighted reflections with a spice of perspective. Read Full Story...

Jones and Lagat shine as U.S. trials wrap

7 July 2008

Kenyan-born Bernard Lagat sprinted to victory in the men's 1,500 meters to claim his second Olympic berth on the final day of the American trials on Sunday. Read Full Story...

American sprinter Gay pulls up lame in 200

6 July 2008

Tyson Gay will not be able to attempt a 100-200-meter double at the upcoming Beijing Olympics after he failed to finish his quarterfinal heat in the 200 meters Sunday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. Read Full Story...

Gay set to be ready for Olympics

6 July 2008

World champion Tyson Gay is expected to be fit to run the 100m at the Olympics in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Top sprinters primed for Beijing

5 July 2008

Allyson Felix still has work to do to earn her trip to Beijing.
If things keep going the way they did Friday, it won't be hard work.
Felix coasted to a victory in her 200-meter preliminary heat, leaving her three races away from earning the Olympic spot that pretty much seems preordained.
She would already be in had she finished in the top three last weekend in the 100, but that didn't happen, so she must get there in her best event.
She won her heat in 22.68 seconds, wiping the brow below her white headband when it was over, then heading quickly off the track. Quarterfinals and semis are Saturday, and finals are Sunday. Read Full Story...

Merritt upsets Wariner in 400 meters

4 July 2008

Jeremy Wariner isn't invincible anymore -- a point LaShawn Merritt proved once again Thursday night.
Merritt pulled out his second upset of the year over the world's supposed fastest 400-meter runner, pulling away from Wariner in the final 150 meters to win the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Read Full Story...

Bolt, Stewart, Campbell-Brown and Powell head Jamaica's Olympic team

2 July 2008

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt, former record holder Asafa Powell, Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and Jamaican women's sprint double champion Kerron Stewart head Jamaica's team for this summer's Beijing Olympic Games. Read Full Story...

Fasuba sees hope for Nigeria's athletics

2 July 2008

African fastest man and 60metre world champions, Olusoji Fasuba has ahead of the forthcoming summer Olympic in Beijing, China, predicted a bright future for Nigeria's athletics. Read Full Story...

Track stars head to Spain for Beijing tune-up

2 July 2008

Many athletes who have qualified to compete in the upcoming Beijing Olympics are scheduled to take part July 5 in the 2008 Meeting de Atletismo Madrid Grand Prix Series in Spain. Read Full Story...

Jamaican Ennis-London wants to go 12.30 in Beijing

1 July 2008

Delloreen Ennis-London, a bronze medallist in the women’s 100m Hurdles at last year's World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan says she wants to run her fastest time-ever this summer. Read Full Story...

Coach Mills ready to tone Bolt down with Beijing in mind

1 July 2008

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt is too fast at the moment and his training will have to be adjusted if he is to peak for the Olympic Games, says his coach Glen Mills. Read Full Story...

Athletics Notes: At trials, winners finish third

1 July 2008

In Eugene, Ore., third place is the new first.
Sure, winners at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials gain the title of national champion and, due to the global prominence of American athletes in the sport, many are considered medal favorites, if not gold contenders, at the Beijing Olympics.
Still, the feeling of accomplishment at the trials can often be grander for those who finish in third place and capture the last automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Compelling thrills and spills, compliments of the bronze-medal brigade, saturated the first four days of the trials. Read Full Story...

Usain confirmed for Weltklasse Zurich Golden League

30 June 2008

Two months before this year's meeting on August 29th Weltklasse Zurich has added the Jamaican new 100m world record holder Usain Bolt to its illustrious list of participants. Read Full Story...

Gay wins 100 meters in near-record fashion

30 June 2008

World champion Tyson Gay ran the fastest 100 meters of all-time to win the U.S. Olympic trials on Sunday, a wind-assisted 9.68 seconds.
The victory put Gay into his first U.S. Olympic team, but the wind speed of 4.1 meters per second deprived the 25-year-old of a world record.
Only marks set with assisting winds of 2.0 meters per second or less can be considered for record purposes. Read Full Story...

Gay tops Greene in the record books

29 June 2008

Tyson Gay got quite a fright in his first race Saturday. He set a record in his second.
Gay broke Maurice Greene's American mark in the 100 meters by running 9.77 seconds in his quarterfinal at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
"It tells me I'm in pretty good shape," Gay said. "We've got two more rounds left." Read Full Story...

Wind-aided 100 helps Hooker to record

28 June 2008

Allyson Felix owns Olympic and world championship medals, and is seen by many as a possible star of the Beijing games.
Lauryn Williams has her share of medals, too.
Torri Edwards won a world title.
And Marshevet Hooker, whose primary track accomplishments so far came in college, managed to put that entire trio on notice: She appears to be peaking at the top-three-in-one-race U.S. Olympic track trials. Read Full Story...

Amputee Pistorius' Olympic effort extended

26 June 2008

South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been given extra time in his bid to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in August. Read Full Story...

Cuba's Robles the clear favorite in Lille

26 June 2008

New 110-meter world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba headlines the latest IAAF Grand Prix, the 14th Lille Metropole Gaz de France Region Nord/Pas-de-Calais meet, Friday in France. Read Full Story...

Judge lifts reinstatement, Gatlin off track

25 June 2008

A U.S. federal judge blocked on Tuesday a bid by banned Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin to compete in this week's American trials for the Beijing games. Read Full Story...

Collegian enters trials on top of the world

24 June 2008

Of the nine American track and field athletes sitting atop the world rankings of their respective events entering the Olympic trials that begin this weekend, all but one brings credentials of global conquest. Read Full Story...

Justin Gatlin cannot run in Beijing

24 June 2008

While U.S. sports officials must abide by an American court ruling allowing Justin Gatlin to race at the U.S. Olympic trials, world bodies made it clear the banned 100-meter Olympic champion is not eligible to participate in either the games or other international events. Read Full Story...

Pickering will miss European Cup

16 June 2008

Craig Pickering's Olympic preparations suffered a blow after he was forced to pull out of this weekend's European Cup because of a minor hamstring strain. Read Full Story...

Ohuruogu expects tough times to repeating Osaka gold medal position in Beijing

13 June 2008

British sprinter Christine Ohuruogu expects a much more challenging time to repeat the number one position in the 400m at the Beijing Olympic Games following her victorious performance at last summer's World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
In Osaka, Ohuruogu (49.61) surprisingly came from the pack to snatch victory away from her fellow British teammate Nicola Sanders in 49.65 and Jamaica's Novlene Williams (49.66).
However, with several other athletes, including American pre-Olympic favourite Sanya Richards, who missed the world championships, expected to bring their A-game believes this time will be tougher. Read Full Story...

Robles breaks 110m Hurdles World-record in Ostrava meeting

12 June 2008

Cuban top hurdler Dayron Robles set a new world record in the men's 110-meter Hurdlers after clocking 12.87 seconds to win at the Golden Spike meet on Thursday.
The 21-year-old moved away from the field convincing at the 60m mark to erase the old mark of 12.88, set by China's Liu Xiang in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2006. Read Full Story...

Usain Bolt named United States Sports Academy's Athlete of the Month

11 June 2008

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt was been named the United States Sports Academy's Male Athlete of the Month for the month of May.
The Jamaican was rewarded for his 9.72-seconds world record performance achieved at the Reebok Grand Prix meet in New York City, on May 31.
Bolt, 21, improved fellow countryman Asafa Powell's previous world mark of 9.74, set in Italy during an IAAF Grand Prix meeting last September. Read Full Story...

Bahamian Atkins targets sub-10 seconds in Ostrava

11 June 2008

Bahamian World silver medallist Derrick Atkins is looking forward to running fast at the Thursday's Zlata Tetra Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Atkins, however, would not predict a time in which he would run, but said he felt great and sub-10 seconds was possible.
At the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway on Friday, the Bahamian ran a slight wind-aided time of 9.98-secs for victory, following a sluggish start, and he is hoping for another performance in that area in Ostrava.
"I definitely feel great," he said in a press conference for the meeting at the Hotel Atom on Monday. "But I cannot say what for time I can achieve. It can be great to run sub 10s again." Read Full Story...

Lolo Jones predicts meet record in Ostrava

11 June 2008

With countries such as the United States, Canada and Jamaica staging trials for the upcoming Beijing Olympics or national championships in the coming weeks, the IAAF track and field schedule has been trimmed down through early July. Read Full Story...

Taylor hurdles setbacks, eyes Beijing gold

11 June 2008

If U.S. Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor has a motto, it should be: "I'll be back."
Eight years ago, Taylor struck gold at the Sydney games in the 400-meter hurdles, realizing a dream as a 21-year-old that he had been working towards since he graduated from high school four years earlier.
He also won gold in the 4x400 meters in Sydney and two years later he was the U.S. champion in the 400 meters. But his career went into a downward spiral through injury and legal troubles and it looked like it might never recover.
Now he is attempting to bounce back and take on a feat that nobody has previously achieved: to win gold in the 400 meters and the 400-meter hurdles at the Beijing Olympics in August. Read Full Story...

World-record hasn't changed me, says Bolt

10 June 2008

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt has said that nothing about him had changed since running the world mark at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, on 31 May.
The Jamaican broke fellow countryman Asafa Powell's 9.74-seconds previous mark with a flashing 9.72-secs at the Icahn Stadium, but he said there is no extra-hype in his approach to the track.
"My life has not changed since then (running the world record)," Bolt said on his arrival in Ostrava for the IAAF Golden Spike Grand Prix.
"Only journalists take more interest in my personality. I still have clear target – Olympic Games in Beijing," he added. Read Full Story...

Trinidadian Darrel Brown defends Prefontaine 100m title

9 June 2008

Trinidad and Tobago’s Darrel Brown defended his 100-metre dash title on a beautiful Sunday at the 2008 Nike Prefontaine Classic Track and Field meeting at a newly renovated Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Read Full Story...

Powell prefers Beijing gold to fastest man alive title

9 June 2008

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who lost his world record to countryman Usain Bolt last weekend, said he prefers a gold medal in Beijing to being known as the fastest man in the world.
"The world record is easy," said Powell, who is in Eugene to watch the Prefontaine Classic on Sunday. "The real challenge is getting the gold medal." Read Full Story...

Bolt record run takes the pressure off me, says Powell

8 June 2008

Jamaican former World record holder Asafa Powell believes Usain Bolt has done him a world of good by taking away the record he set in the 100-metres in Italy last September.
Powell, who is currently in Eugene as a spectator with his MVP Track Club for the Prefontaine Classic, said it was quite overwhelming to match his performances time-after-time, but now that Bolt has lowered his previous mark of 9.74-seconds to 9.72-sec, he can now concentrate on just running.
"Well, I guess it takes away some of the pressure off me and people can stop bothering me now," a spirited Powell said on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Chambers misses Olympic standard

8 June 2008

Dwain Chambers missed out on the Olympic 100m qualifying time on his British comeback on Sunday.
Chambers clocked 10.28 seconds in Birmingham, 0.07 secs outside the official 'A' standard qualifying time. Read Full Story...

Three Caribbean wins in Oslo Golden League meeting

7 June 2008

Caribbean athletes captured three wins at the IAAF ExxonMobil Bislett Games - Golden League meeting in warm conditions at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway on Friday. Read Full Story...

Gatlin drugs ban appeal rejected

6 June 2008

Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin has failed in his appeal to have his four-year drugs ban halved. Read Full Story...

Carl Lewis won't put pressure on Olympic 100m favourites

6 June 2008

American sprint legend Carl Lewis has said that he would not pick a name from the group of athletes vying for the 100-metre title at this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
However, Jamaican World record holder Usain Bolt, his fellow countryman Asafa Powell, the former record holder and American world sprint double champion Tyson Gay are the three athletes he believes are currently strongest for the illustrious global crown.
Lewis said his reason for not announcing a possible contender for title was merely to keep the pressure off, while the sprinters prepare for the Olympics. Read Full Story...

Powell to warm up for Bolt at Trinidad Championships

6 June 2008

Jamaica’s former world record holder Asafa Powell is expected to make an appearance at the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium later this month.
According reports reaching Caribbean Net News, the sprinter is scheduled to run in the 100m dash as a warm for the Jamaica Championships to be held at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica from June 27-29. Read Full Story...

Olympics set for new doping rule

6 June 2008

Doping offenders at the Beijing Olympics will be banned from the next Games in London 2012, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Read Full Story...

Chambers comeback bid saddens Coe

5 June 2008

London 2012 chief Lord Coe says Dwain Chambers' decision to challenge his lifetime Olympic ban in court is damaging the image of athletics. Read Full Story...

'Bolt is clean as a whistle' says coach Glen Mills

4 June 2008

Glen Mills, the coach of Jamaican 100-metres world record holder Usain Bolt said, despite the current dilemma in the world of athletics these days, with so many of the sport’s top athletes being busted for cheating, he is 100-percent sure the world’s fastest-man is clean.
Bolt, the new world record holder with a sparkling 9.72-seconds, achieved at the weekend, has denied taking any form of enhancing drugs and has never failed a drug test, but with track and field going through a predicament these days, every world class performance will raise eyebrows. Read Full Story...

Coach will make decisions, says Bolt

4 June 2008

Usain Bolt may be the fastest-man on the planet, but his coach, Glen Mills said all the decisions about what he runs at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, this summer, will be made by him in the coming weeks.
Following Bolt’s superb 9.72-seconds world record in New York, at the weekend, the media was flooded with quotes about his decision to double in Beijing.
"I will be definitely going for the double (at the Olympics)," Bolt said after breaking the record on Sunday. "I broke the record, so I guess that's made the decision easier."
However, despite those comments, Mills said no absolute decision has been made about what Bolt will run at the Olympics - adding that the decision is not Bolt’s to make. Read Full Story...

Chambers wins ahead of ban appeal

4 June 2008

Dwain Chambers has won his first 100m race since August 2006 in a time that qualifies him for the British Olympic trials in Birmingham on 11 July. Read Full Story...

Bolt to resume 200m work-out, after running 100m world-record

3 June 2008

Newly crowned world 100-metre record holder Usain Bolt has said that he will be focusing more on his 200m preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China, now that he has accomplished the world mark for the shorter sprint.
"Right now I am just trying to work on my 200m because I did a lot of 100m training," he said. "It's really time to focus on my 200m.
"I've been doing the 200m for six years," he explained. "I've been working hard on that race for a long time. I think I can be the best there, too."
Bolt, who ran 20.72 as a 15-year-old at the World junior Championships in Kingston in 2002, was seen as a 200m speciallist, but at the Reebok Grand Prix Saturday night in New York City, the Jamaican dominated the men’s 100m with a world record performance of 9.72-seconds to totally erase that perception. Read Full Story...

Fastest man on planet eyes Olympic gold

3 June 2008

Usain Bolt established himself as the fastest man on the planet on Saturday by setting a world record in the 100 meters. Now the 21-year-old Jamaican has his eyes on a bigger prize -- Olympic gold in athletics' blue ribband event.
"I'm definitely going to run the 100 in the Olympics," Bolt told Reuters after his electrifying time of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok grand prix broke the mark of 9.74 set last September by his compatriot Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

100-metre sprint showdown looms

3 June 2008

The two fastest 100 metres sprinters of all-time could race in Jamaica later this month.
New 100 metres world record holder Usain Bolt will run both the 100 and 200 at the June 27-29 Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston, his coach said on Sunday.
Among his rivals in the 100 is scheduled to be compatriot Asafa Powell, the world record holder until Bolt clocked 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Bolt breaks world-record, Campbell-Brown runs world-leading time - Caribbean Reebok report

2 June 2008

There is a saying that goes “three-times lucky,” but it took Usain Bolt four tries to break the men’s 100m world record and he is not complaining one bit. It was only weeks ago he was seen as the world’s second fastest-man ever over the shortest event outdoors, now at the fourth annual Reebok Grand Prix at the Icahn Stadium here in New York City, he says he does not have to chase the top mark, because it now belongs to him. Read Full Story...

Wins for Jamaicans Simpson and Carter in IAAF Golden League opening meet in Berlin

2 June 2008

Caribbean athletes recorded two wins at the DKB-ISTAF Berlin, the opening meeting of the IAAF Golden League series, in Berlin’s Olympic stadium Sunday afternoon.
Jamaicans Sherone Simpson and Nesta Carter, who both trained together with former world record holder Asafa Powell in Kingston, were the top podium athletes on the day. Read Full Story...

Campbell-Brown delighted with her performance after warm-up incident

2 June 2008

After recovering from a slight warm-up scare where she crashed into another athlete warming up for their event, Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown said she was just happy to come out injury free and put down a big-time performance in the wet conditions at the Icahn Stadium in New York City, Saturday night. Read Full Story...

Pistorius wins thrice at paralympic meet

2 June 2008

South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius won the 100 and 400 meter races at the Dutch Open on Sunday as he gears up for a bid to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. Read Full Story...

Bolt's 9.72 blasts 100-meter world record

1 June 2008

The archives of track and field reveal episode after episode of world record performances achieved in the light air that has often followed atmospheric disturbances.
Mike Powell's 8.95 long jump at Tokyo in 1991, and Bob Beamon's 8.90 long jump and Lee Evans' 43.86 400 meters, both at Mexico City in 1968, for examples, were notched in the aftermath of lightning storms.
So, when action in the Reebok Grand Prix Meet at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island Saturday night was postponed for some 40 minutes by predictions of impending lightning, some historians at the stadium foresaw similar atmospheric opportunities when competition resumed.
The lightning never did touch down at Icahn Stadium but the most appropriately-named Usain Bolt surely did.
The 6-foot-3, 21-year-old Jamaican had been considered a rising star of the sprinting world since his glory days in the junior ranks, but he often fell short of expectations. This time, Bolt got it all right and scorched to a 9.72-second triumph in the 100-meter dash (with a helpful, but still-legal, wind of 1.7 meters per second at his back). Read Full Story...

Bolt-Gay clash draws Powell's attention

31 May 2008

When the starter’s gun goes off to release the men from the blocks in the Digicel 100m dash at the 2008 Reebok Grand Prix in New York on Saturday, one man whose eyes will definitely be glued to the track will be world record holder Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Track time is not for chit-chats, says Campbell-Brown

31 May 2008

Olympic 200-metre champion Veronica Campbell-Brown said when it comes to competition time there is no time for friendly chit-chats. The Jamaican made it clear that track time is all about business, adding that her competitors are all going after the same glory she is vying for. Read Full Story...

Bolt: 'It's not really important who I race'

30 May 2008

Usain Bolt, the world’s second fastest man in the history of 100m running, believes that competition will be more important to him, rather than who he actually competes against, as he prepares himself for what is expected to be the most exciting season of his career. Read Full Story...

Graham found guilty in Balco case

29 May 2008

Trevor Graham, the coach of disgraced sprint trio Justin Gatlin, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, has been found guilty of perjury in San Francisco. Read Full Story...

Thanou eyes Olympic Games return

28 May 2008

Katerina Thanou, banned for two years after missing drug tests before the Athens Olympics, hopes to be in the Greek 4x100m relay team in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Netherlands Antilles' Martina dominant over 200m in Hengelo

28 May 2008

Churandy Martina from the Netherlands Antilles was the only Caribbean winner at Saturday’s 26th edition of the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo, another meeting used to collect points to qualify for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, coming up in September. Read Full Story...

Jamaicans Simpson and Stewart confirmed for Pre-Classic 100m dash

28 May 2008

Another weighted women’s 100-metre field has been confirmed for yet another Grand Prix meeting in the US Visa Championship Series, as organizers of the 34th annual Prefontaine Classic announced the ladies vying for the crown. Read Full Story...

Gay to race against Powell in London grand prix

24 May 2008

World champion Tyson Gay will race world record holder Asafa Powell over 100 metres at the London grand prix scheduled for July 25-26. Read Full Story...

Netherlands Antilles' Martina to run 200m in Hengelo Grand Prix

23 May 2008

Netherlands Antilles' Churandy Martina is one of the Caribbean athletes that will again step up their preparation for this summer Olympic Games when they join the host of champions invited by the organisers to take part in the 26th edition of the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo, on Saturday. Read Full Story...

With Bolt running 9.7, Powell sees sprint relay world record

21 May 2008

With Usain Bolt's magically fast 100-metre dash performance at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston, world record holder in the event, Asafa Powell, believes Jamaica stands a great chance of breaking USA's 4x100m relay world record. Read Full Story...

Bolt clocks 9.92 for second sub-10 100 metres

19 May 2008

Jamaican world 200 metres silver medallist Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to run 9.92 seconds, the second-fastest 100 metres of the year, at the Hampton Games on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Top U.S. athletes shine in Carson

19 May 2008

World sprint champions Tyson Gay and Veronica Campbell-Brown justified their top billing with polished victories in searing heat at the Adidas Track Classic on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Fasuba Battle for World Recognition

17 May 2008

Olusoji Fasuba wants to achieve world recognition by winning the 100m title at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. But the World Indoor champion said that a lack of support from home is a major obstacle. Read Full Story...

St Kitts and Nevis's Collins says he's not a quitter

17 May 2008

St Kitts and Nevis sprint hero Kim Collins has said that despite critics sounding for him to quit the sport and watch from the stands, he is still motivated to carry on striving for more success, as he never sees himself as a quitter. Read Full Story...

Gay admits that Bolt 'looked good' in Kingston

17 May 2008

Just like everyone else who saw the race or has seen the results, American World Championships sprint double champion Tyson Gay has acknowledged that Usain Bolt's run in Kingston, during the Jamaica International Invitational was remarkable. Read Full Story...

Gay forecasts fast time in New York showdown with Bolt

17 May 2008

American sprinter Tyson Gay predicts a pulsating duel when he vies with Jamaica's Usain Bolt for the first time over 100 metres at the New York Grand Prix on May 31. Read Full Story...

Felix, Gay, Wariner all ready for big meet

17 May 2008

The Adidas Track Classic scheduled for May 18 will feature many of the top global athletes. World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica headlines a field in the women's 100 meters that also includes Americans Allyson Felix, Lauryn Williams, Torri Edwards, Sanya Richards and Carmelita Jeter. World champion Tyson Gay will battle his former college teammate Wallace Spearmon, Jr. and others in the men's 100 meters. World champion silver medalist Terrence Trammell will face former Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson in the 110-meter hurdles. Read Full Story...

Powell back in training after short lay-off

15 May 2008

Jamaican world 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell is back on the track for training, following a chest injury he sustained during an intense work-out last month, which forced him out of several meetings. Read Full Story...

Bolt leaving all decisions to his coach

13 May 2008

Ever since his remarkable 9.76 seconds performance at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston on May 2, everyone has become an adviser for Jamaican young sprint sensation Usain Bolt. Read Full Story...

Powell will be missed at Doha Grand Prix, says Qatar Athletics President

9 May 2008

As athletes gathered in Doha for Friday’s Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix 2008, the first major meeting of the pre-Olympic year, Qatar Association of Athletics Federation President, Dahlan Al Hamad, expressed his disappointments with the absence of Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

St Vincent and the Grenadines' Alexander wants to make Beijing 400m finals

9 May 2008

St. Vincent and the Grenadines star quarter miler, Kineke Alexander, is preparing herself secretly to become her country’s first-ever 400m female finallist at a major championships when she takes part in the event at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, this summer. Read Full Story...

Gay to face Bolt in 100 metres showdown

9 May 2008

US world champion Tyson Gay and Jamaican Usain Bolt will meet in a 100 metres showdown at the New York Grand Prix on May 31, organisers said on Thursday. Read Full Story...

Chambers returns focus to running

8 May 2008

Dwain Chambers has decided to focus on reviving his sprinting career after his trial with rugby league club Castleford came to an end, BBC Sport understands. Read Full Story...

Seven of the world’s top 10 women are set for 100 meters at adidas Track Classic

8 May 2008

Seven women ranked among the top 10 in the world - including the last three World Champions - are expected to toe the starting line at the adidas Track Classic for what may be the best 100-meter dash of the year before the Olympic final, organizers announced on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Qatar Super Grand Prix ready to go

7 May 2008

A high quality field of athletes will be seen in action during the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix to be held here on May 9.

Qatar Association of Athletics Federation President, Dahlan Al Hamad, speaking at the pre-event press conference yesterday, said that he expected a high level competition at the Qatar Sports Club on Friday. Read Full Story...

Bolt's blast boosts meet

7 May 2008

With Jamaican runner Asafa Powell, the 100-meter world record holder, opting out of the Jamaican International Invitational on May 3, there was little expectation that the event would create the greatest feat at the meet. Only two runners, Wallace Spearmon, Jr. of the United States (9.96) and Kim Collins of St. Kitts (9.98) had broken the 10-second mark. Read Full Story...

American legend Johnson admits to being 'shocked' by Bolt run

7 May 2008

He left the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Saturday night in total disarray, following his 9.76-seconds run at the Jamaica International Invitational. No one expected Usain Bolt, a half-lap specialist to run that fast this early, especially in an event he does not specialise in. Read Full Story...

After 9.76 run - Bolt could face Gay in New York

6 May 2008

Usain Bolt’s coach says the Jamaican sensation is aiming toward a 100-meter showdown with reigning world champion Tyson Gay at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31 in New York.
No official announcement had been made, but Bolt’s coach Glen Mills said Wednesday that the Jamaican “is scheduled to race Tyson Gay in New York.” Read Full Story...

Zurich track meet offers real gold prize to Felix and Richards

5 May 2008

Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards will run for actual gold in Switzerland after the Olympics.
Organizers of Zurich's Weltklasse track and field meet announced Monday that Felix and Richards will race over 200 and 400 meters at the August 29 event. Read Full Story...

Bolt races to second fastest 100m

4 May 2008

Jamaican Usain Bolt became the second fastest man over 100 metres when he clocked 9.76 seconds in Kingston.
The time was just two hundredths of a second slower than the world record 9.74 set last year by Asafa Powell. Read Full Story...

Chambers aims to compete in 2012

3 May 2008

Dwain Chambers hopes he can overturn his Olympic ban and wants to compete at the 2012 London Games, despite his attempt at a career in rugby league. Read Full Story...

Montgomery indicted on drugs charge

2 May 2008

The disgraced sprinter Tim Montgomery has been indicted on charges of distributing heroin, the US newspaper Virginian-Pilot has reported. Read Full Story...

US relay teams make medal appeal

1 May 2008

Marion Jones's US relay team-mates have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to retain their 2000 Olympic medals. Read Full Story...

Australian Patrick Johnson wins 100m in Japan

29 April 2008

Australian sprinter Patrick Johnson has won the 100m at a track and field meet in Hiroshima, Japan.
Johnson’s winning time of 10.18 seconds was under the Olympic A qualifying standard.
But it will not officially boost his chances of being added to the Beijing Olympic Games team as the race was run with the benefit of an illegal 2.7m tailwind. Read Full Story...

Powell overdoes it in weightroom

29 April 2008

The pursuit of a personal best off the track has sidelined 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell from competition likely until the end of June.
Powell's agent, Paul Doyle, said by phone Monday that he does not expect Powell to compete again until the Jamaican National Championships on June 27-29. A pectoral muscle he recently injured while strength training has not healed as quickly as expected. Read Full Story...

U.S. sprint champs seek Beijing relay bids

29 April 2008

American Tyson Gay, Powell's main rival for gold in the 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics, says he would like to compete for four gold medals at the games but expects to run in three events.
Gay, who won gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the 2007 world championships, says America's strength in the 400 limits his chances of running the 4x400 relay in Beijing. U.S. runners swept the top-three places in the 400 at the world championships. Read Full Story...

Wariner in hot pursuit of Johnson's marks

27 April 2008

Someday, Jeremy Wariner knows, Michael Johnson's world records will go. The individual 400 meters (43.18) and the Johnson-anchored 4x400 relay (2:54.20), anyway. The 2:54.20 dates back to 1998, the 43.18 to 1999.
"And Michael, I am sure, would be happy if I did it," said Wariner after steaming a lap in 43.88 anchoring "USA Blue" to a runaway 2:59.71 victory in the men's 4x400 that featured the "USA vs. The World" series Saturday at the Penn Relays. Read Full Story...

Injured Powell pulls out of Penn Relays

25 April 2008

Despite rumors suggesting that Asafa Powell, the world record-holder at 100 meters was ready to compete this weekend, it was announced that the Jamaican pulled out of the Penn Relays on Friday with an injured chest muscle. Read Full Story...

Jones' teammates fundraising for medals

24 April 2008

Marion Jones' relay partners are raising money to pay legal fees in the fight to retain the 2000 Olympic medals they've been ordered to return.
Jones teamed with Jearl-Miles Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander-Richardson and Andrea Anderson to win gold in the 4x400-meter relay, and with Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson to win the bronze in the 400. Read Full Story...

Lewis-Francis set to miss Games

21 April 2008

Mark Lewis-Francis is almost certain to miss out on the 2008 Beijing Olympics after suffering an Achilles injury. Read Full Story...

Johnson picks Robles over Liu for high hurdles

17 April 2008

Although China's Liu Xiang is the 110 metres hurdles world record holder and the Olympic and world champion, veteran U.S. high hurdler Allen Johnson does not consider him the Olympic favourite Read Full Story...

IAAF seek explanation from Maurice Greene

17 April 2008

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has asked Maurice Greene for a complete explanation about allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs, despite already putting its support behind the Olympic medal winner. Read Full Story...

IAAF gives backing to Greene

16 April 2008

The IAAF has put its support behind a suddenly embattled Maurice Greene after recent allegations that he used performance-enhancing substances. Read Full Story...

Liu, Campbell-Brown and Williams set for Reebok Grand Prix

15 April 2008

Chinese megastar Liu Xiang and world-champion sprinters Veronica Campbell-Brown and Lauryn Williams - whose photo finish at 100 meters provided one of the most-dramatic moments of the 2007 World Championships - will be among the headliners at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, organizers announced on Monday. Read Full Story...

Greene hits back over drug claims

14 April 2008

Double Olympic champion Maurice Greene has vehemently denied a report linking him to performance-enhancing drugs.
According to The New York Times, Greene was named by former discus thrower Angel Guillermo Heredia as having been supplied with banned substances.
But speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 33-year-old American said: "This is a bad situation. My name has come up in something and it is not true.
"My stance has always been that there's no place in our sport for drug users." Read Full Story...

Chambers receives Berlin backing

11 April 2008

The organiser of Berlin's Golden League event believes drug cheat Dwain Chambers may be welcomed at European meetings from next year. Read Full Story...

Jones's teammates stripped of Olympic medals

11 April 2008

Teammates of disgraced American Olympic champion Marion Jones paid the price for her use of banned substances when they were stripped of the relay medals they won at the 2000 Sydney Games on Thursday.
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled that the U.S. teams that won gold in the 4x400 meters and bronze in the 4x100 would lose their medals after Jones admitted she had used steroids in 2000. Read Full Story...

Bolt, Spearmon to match strides in 100m at Jamaica Invitational

10 April 2008

World 200-metre silver and bronze medallists Usain Bolt of Jamaica and American Wallace Spearmon are set for an exciting match in the men’s 100m dash at the Jamaica International Invitational, an Area Permit Meet, scheduled for the National Stadium in Kingston, on May 3. Read Full Story...

Top Americans to run at Adidas

8 April 2008

World champions Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix and Jeremy Wariner are planning to compete in the Adidas Track Classic on May 18 in Carson, Calif., meet organizers announced last week. Read Full Story...

Sanya Richards gunning for Beijing 400 meters gold

4 April 2008

For Sanya Richards, 2007 was a disappointment even though she dominated most of her competition.
The top women’s 400 meters runner in the world, illness dashed her hopes winning the world championship in Japan, a bitter blow that only intensified when she recovered and swamped her competition in races later in the year.
With the Beijing Olympics fast approaching, Richards says she’s healthy now and is determined to claim the gold medal on the world’s biggest stage for track. Read Full Story...

Chambers to meet anti-doping boss

2 April 2008

Dwain Chambers will meet Britain's anti-doping chief later this month to pass on inside knowledge to help the fight against drugs cheats. Read Full Story...

Olympic appeal date for Pistorius

1 April 2008

Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will find out later this month if he is allowed to run at the Olympics.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing will take place on 29 and 30 April.
In January, athletics' governing body said he could not race in able-bodied events because his prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage.
The 21-year-old South African disagrees and has subsequently undergone tests in the US in an attempt to prove his case. Read Full Story...

Katerina Thanou handed Jones's world medal

1 April 2008

Controversial Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou has been awarded Marion Jones' 100m silver medal from the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton.
The IAAF annulled all the medals Jones had won since September 2000 after she admitted using the banned steroid THG.
Athletics' governing body was reluctant to award the silver to Thanou, who was suspended after missing three drugs tests on the eve of the 2004 Olympics. Read Full Story...

Merritt, Wariner, post top times

1 April 2008

Two Olympic medal hopefuls clocked world leading times during early season outdoor meets in the United States this past weekend.
LaShawn Merritt, silver medalist in the 400 meters at the 2007 outdoor world championship, was surprised with the 44.72 seconds he ran in the event at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina on Mar. 28.
"It was the fastest I have opened up," Merritt, 21, told Reuters by phone Monday. "It's going to be a good year. It [the race] wasn't all out but it wasn't like I was just trying to get in a practice race. But I didn't realize I was running that fast."
Merritt topped Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner's outdoor opener in Melbourne on Feb. 21 by a tenth of a second for the world lead. Merritt ran 43.96 seconds to Wariner's 43.45 as both set personal bests in last year's world championships final.
Wariner ran the 200 meters in a world-leading 20.37 seconds at the Bobby Lane Invitational at the University of Texas, Arlington on Mar. 29 in his fourth outdoor meet of the season and second race in the United States this year. On Mar. 22 he ran the anchor leg on a 4x400-meter relay team that ran a winning 3:01.10 at the Texas Southern University Relays. Read Full Story...

Chambers still keen on Olympics

31 March 2008

Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers says he still wants to compete at this summer's Olympic Games despite starting a month's trial in rugby league. Read Full Story...

Chambers 'needs league education'

30 March 2008

Dwain Chambers is "a long way" from appearing for Castleford in the Super League despite securing a trial at the club, says RFL chief Nigel Wood. Read Full Story...

RFL clears the way for Chambers

29 March 2008

The Rugby Football League says there is nothing to prevent disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers launching a new career in rugby league with Castleford. Read Full Story...

Joyner-Kersee believes Kluft could change her mind about Beijing

21 March 2008

Retired American multi-athlete and heptathlon world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee, believes Sweden’s double Olympic champion Carolina Kluft could still go back on her decision not compete in this summer’s Beijing Games.
"I truly enjoy watching her," said Joyner-Kersee, who set the heptathlon world record of 7,291 points in 1988. "She is a very fierce competitor and very determined.
"Mentally she reminds me of myself. I also like her attitude and her energy toward each event.
"I don’t know what her training is right now, [but] Carolina still has a lot of time before the Olympics.
"If she is training as a multi-eventer and just focusing on the jumps, then at any time she could show up as a heptathlete competitor at the Olympic Games.
"I would like to see her go for it. She is definitely one of the best of her generation." Read Full Story...

Top HS talent flocks to Nike Indoors

20 March 2008

Early in her high school career, Jackie Coward used her physical talent to overwhelm the competition in her home state of Tennessee. But whenever she would compete on the national stage, the pressure of racing against other elite athletes exposed cracks in her mental preparation.
As a freshman in 2005, she failed to qualify for the semifinals in the hurdles at the Nike Indoor Nationals, widely considered to be the top high school indoor track and field meet in the United States. At another marquee meet in her sophomore year, Coward broke concentration while trying to clear a hurdle and tumbled to the track.
"I was a mental case," said Coward, a senior at West High School in Knoxville. "I got caught up in all the hype and competition, and I choked." Read Full Story...

Kluft to skip Olympic heptathlon

19 March 2008

Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft will not defend her title at the Beijing Games this year.
The 25-year-old has chosen to contest the long jump and triple jump instead, boosting hopes for British heptathletes Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis. Read Full Story...

Gay, Powell clash possible

19 March 2008

U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay, the 100- and 200-meter world champion, and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, the 100-meter world record holder, could face each other twice between now and the 2008 Olympics.
Paul Doyle, Powell's agent, told Reuters today that the runners are thinking about racing in IAAF Golden League or Grand Prix races in Europe. "They are definitely going to race before the Olympics, maybe even twice," Doyle said. "We are just trying to figure out when and where." Read Full Story...

Devonish plans to run until 2012

18 March 2008

Sprinter Marlon Devonish hopes to extend his career until the London Olympics in 2012. Read Full Story...

Olympic chief to take on Chambers

13 March 2008

British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Lord Moynihan says he will do everything in his power to make sure Dwain Chambers does not run in Beijing.
The BOA banned the British sprinter from the Olympics for life after he tested positive for THG in 2003.
The 29-year-old is considering a legal challenge in the High Court in order to make the British Olympic team.
But Moynihan said: "There will be no room for cheats in the British team as long as I am involved with the BOA." Read Full Story...

Christopher back on top

13 March 2008

The look on his face was one of satisfaction, not joy, when Tyler Christopher added "world champion" to his resume.
And if there were 1,000 words to be gleaned from that picture of the Edmonton sprinter crossing the finish line first in Valencia, Spain, last week, most would be spent describing the result as sweet justice at the end of a difficult climb back to the upper echelon of his event.
"His expression at the finish line, I think, is this realization that, 'hey, I'm back. I'm where I was before. I'm probably ahead of where I was before.' Those are rare moments in your career," said his coach Kevin Tyler.
Christopher, who toted his world indoor championship gold medal in the 400 metres back to Edmonton Tuesday, concurs.
"That's just me knowing that all the confidence I had was right," said the 24-year-old. "From the time I got on the plane I had it in my mind I was going to come out with gold. I would be extremely disappointed with anything else." Read Full Story...

Clay conquers rocky road to world gold in Spain

11 March 2008

Bryan Clay hurdled a number of challenges on his way to winning the heptathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. He hopes the momentum will carry him to Olympic gold this summer Read Full Story...

Bolt runs 10.03 again

9 March 2008

Jamaica’s World Championships 200m silver medallist Usain Bolt equalled his personal best of 10.03seconds for the 100m, after winning the event that the Lucozade Sport/G.C. Foster Classics on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Tyler Christopher wins gold at world championships

9 March 2008

Tyler Christopher outsprinted Sweden's Johann Wissman and Chris Brown of the Bahamas over the final 40 metres to win the men's 400-metre race Sunday at the World Indoor Championships in Athetics in Valencia, Spain.
The 24-year-old Christopher covered the distance in 45.67 seconds, lowering his own Canadian indoor record and posting the fastest indoor time so far this season. Wissman was second in 46.04, while Brown, who placed fourth at the outdoor World's last August in Osaka, was third in 46.26. Read Full Story...

Chambers hints at quitting sport

8 March 2008

Dwain Chambers has hinted he could retire after securing a silver medal in the World Indoor Championships.
The controversial sprinter set a new personal best with a time of 6.54 seconds to finish behind Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba in the 60m final.
And as the British Olympic Association (BOA) still oppose his participation in Beijing this summer, he told BBC Sport: "There may not be a return after this.
"If there's not a chance to go forward, I'll go and pursue a career elsewhere." Read Full Story...

Drugs athlete Jones goes to jail

7 March 2008

Former Olympic champion sprinter Marion Jones has reported to a Texas jail to begin her six-month sentence, prison officials say.
Jones, 32, pleaded guilty to lying about steroid use and involvement in a drugs fraud case last October.
She reported to the Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth just before noon, said prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.
The mother of two was stripped of five Olympic medals and has retired.
When sentenced in January, Jones was given until 11 March to begin her jail term. Read Full Story...

Fasuba powers home to take world 60m title in Valencia

7 March 2008

Nigerian world-leader and pre-race favourite Olusoji Fasuba ran home with the men’s 60m dash title at the IAAF World Championships in Valencia, Spain on Friday to cement his dominance in the event this season.
Fasuba’s powerhouse finish helped him to the line another fast time, a blistering 6.51secs with which dismissed the challenges posted by his other rivals.
Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers and St Kitts and Nevis’ star sprinter Kim Collins took the other medals on the day.
Both sprinters ran to the line in the same time of 6.54secs, before in the Palau Velodromo stadium tonight. Read Full Story...

Chambers wins silver in GB return

7 March 2008

Dwain Chambers capped his controversial comeback by claiming silver behind Olusoji Fasuba in the 60m final at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.
Chambers set a new personal best with a time of 6.54 seconds, the same time as former world 100m champion Kim Collins, who also took silver in a dead heat.
"I would like to have won, but I can't complain with a PB," Chambers, who served a two-year drugs ban, said. Read Full Story...

Pound gives Chambers Olympic hope

5 March 2008

The rule that prevents Dwain Chambers from going to the Beijing Games will not stand up in court, says the ex-boss of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). Read Full Story...

Oscar Pistorius set to discover future

4 March 2008

Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will hear later this month if the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport will allow him to run at the 2008 Olympics.
In January, athletics' governing body said he could not race in able-bodied events because his prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage.
The 21-year-old South African disagrees and has subsequently undergone tests in the US in an attempt to prove his case.
The CAS will announce its decision on 25 March. Read Full Story...

Mike Rodgers targets 'dirty' Chambers

4 March 2008

US sprinter Mike Rodgers says it would give him a lot of satisfaction to beat drugs cheat Dwain Chambers at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.
Rodgers could face the Briton, who has returned to action for a second time after a two-year drugs ban, over 60m.
"If he is dirty, he is dirty," Rodgers, who won the American trials in 6.54 seconds, told BBC Sport.
"If I beat him it will be a more powerful thing for me because I would have beaten a dirty athlete." Read Full Story...

Gatlin may face increased ban for doping

3 March 2008

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to double Olympic 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin's four-year doping ban.
A U.S. arbitration panel suspended the 26-year-old American for four years in January after a positive test for the male sex hormone testosterone in 2006.
The panel ruled that the positive test was a second offence after Gatlin tested positive in 2001 for medication to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. He was reinstated by the IAAF in the following year. Read Full Story...

Conte lambasts athletics bosses

1 March 2008

Disgraced athletes returning from drugs bans should be forgiven, not "kicked when they are down", says former Balco boss Victor Conte. Read Full Story...

Gatlin makes appeal to compete in Beijing

29 February 2008

The attorney for U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin has filed an appeal of the runner's recently imposed four-year suspension from competition to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, claiming the former world-record holder and Olympic champion in the 100 meters should be eligible to qualify for the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
Maurice Suh filed the appeal Monday. "Our case is simple," he said in a statement. "Justin should be allowed to compete in the June trials for the Beijing Olympics because the antidoping authorities violated the Americans with the Disabilities Act when it sanctioned Justin in 2001 for taking attention-deficit disorder medication and later used that sanction to bar him from participating in the Olympics." Read Full Story...

Justin Gatlin will not get IAAF support in appeal

29 February 2008

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will help the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) defend an appeal by Olympic 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin against a four-year doping ban.
"We will be part of the defense in the Court of Arbitration for Sport," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said on Friday. "We are going to support USADA."
A U.S. arbitration panel suspended Gatlin for four years after a positive test for the male sex hormone testosterone in 2006. Read Full Story...

Powell opens with 10.04 in Melbourne

22 February 2008

World record holder Asafa Powell made a positive start to his Olympic season Thursday with an easy win in the 100 metres at the Melbourne Grand Prix.
Powell, overcoming a cut knee that curtailed his training over the past two weeks, finished in 10.04 seconds at Olympic Park, well outside his world mark of 9.74.
He was seven feet ahead of his Jamaican compatriot Michael Frater, who finished in 10.25. Former Australian record holder Matt Shirvington was third at 10.35.
Powell arrived in Australia last week with four stitches in a deep cut in his left knee suffered in an accident at home in Jamaica. He pulled out of a Sydney meet last weekend.
After undergoing a long warmup session Thursday, the 25-year-old Powell decided just an hour before the race that he would run. Read Full Story...

Carolina Kluft ruled out of World Indoors

22 February 2008

Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft has been forced to withdraw from next month's World Indoor Championships in Valencia because of injury.
The Swede, 25, injured her thigh on Thursday while warming up for the GE Galan International in Stockholm.
"It's a minimal tear in the muscle, but it still means the indoor season is ruined," team doctor Sverker Nilsson told Swedish news agency TT. Read Full Story...

Linford Christie will not be torch bearer

22 February 2008

Controversial former sprinter Linford Christie will not carry the Olympic torch when it comes to London in April. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell has vowed to run 110m every race this year

21 February 2008

That may sound strange given he is the fastest 100m runner on the planet, but it is deemed necessary if the Jamaican is to win gold in Beijing.
This new-found thinking may not be put into practice tonight at Olympic Park, but the fact Powell is even a 90 per cent chance of running is a miracle of sorts.
Powell's cut knee, which has captivated Melbourne since his arrival last week, went from sore and stiff to free and ready to go within 24 hours yesterday.
After breezing through a solid training session, the world record-holder declared he would delay making a decision until 30 minutes before tonight's 8.17pm start time.
"I will just come to the meet preparing to run and if I can't come out of the blocks (in the warm-up) then it is bad luck for me," Powell said. Read Full Story...

Colin Jackson against Chambers GB call

21 February 2008

Former world hurdling champion Colin Jackson believes disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers should not be part of the Great Britain team.
UK Athletics has reluctantly selected Chambers for the World Indoor Championships in Valencia in March.
He served a two-year ban for taking the steroid tetrahydrogestrinone in 2003.
"I don't think it's good for other team members to have somebody alongside them who has that type of attitude to athletics," Jackson told BBC Sport. Read Full Story...

Athletics chief wants longer bans

19 February 2008

UK Athletics boss Niels de Vos wants tougher bans for drugs cheats in the wake of Dwain Chambers' controversial return to top-flight competition.
"The reason there has been this outrage is that the sport recognises that a two-year ban was a significant own goal," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"There is a hardening of attitudes across athletics. It is not about him."
"Two years is no worse than a serious cruciate ligament injury. Whether a four-year ban is enough is debatable." Read Full Story...

Chambers delays Olympics appeal

19 February 2008

Dwain Chambers will wait until after the World Indoor Championships in March before deciding whether to appeal against his lifetime Olympic ban.
Chambers' lawyer Nick Collins told BBC Sport he could take his case to compete in the Beijing Games to the High Court.
Under British Olympic Association (BOA) rules, the sprinter is banned from the Games after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
But an advisor said Chambers is focused on running the 60m event in Valencia. Read Full Story...

Powell playing it smart in Olympic year

19 February 2008

Jamaican sprint ace Asafa Powell is still uncertain about his opening racing in Australia. The Commonwealth Games champion is still struggling with pains in his leg knee and has said he will not compete if he is uncomfortable.
Shortly before his departure to Australia, Powell tripped on the stairs at his home in Kingston, and injured his knee, which caused him to received four stitches.
The injury caused the world record holder to pull out of the Sydney Grand Prix last weekend with the intentions of being much better for the Melbourne Grand Prix Thursday night. Read Full Story...

Francis Obikwelu willing to forgive and forget

18 February 2008

The Portuguese athlete robbed of gold in 2002 says that the disgraced Briton did not commit a ‘crime’ and is welcome to train with him in Spain
If athletics is going through difficult times, it was not noticeable at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham yesterday. Almost 8,000 people watched the biggest international meet of the domestic season, the Norwich Union Grand Prix, and publicly there was no mention of a particular sprinter. Dwain Chambers was airbrushed out the meeting; he was not invited by the organisers and when the public address announcer welcomed the 60m field, his name was the natural absentee among the quality of Britain’s indoor sprinters.
It was not quite the same story in the bowels of the arena where Chambers found an unlikely ally in a man whom he cheated out of being hailed as a European champion. Almost six years ago, Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu finished second as Chambers sprinted to the 100m title in Munich. Twelve months later, the London sprinter tested positive for the anabolic steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), sparking a ban and an admission that he had been using the drug during the year of his triumph. Read Full Story...

Oscar Pistorius targets London Olympics 2012

18 February 2008

Oscar Pistorius has set his sights on London 2012 after he was prevented from taking part in the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The 21-year-old South African double amputee sprinter was told last month by the IAAF that he could not compete because the artificial legs he uses give him an unfair advantage. The decision excluding him and other disabled athletes who use such devices from the Olympics followed a scientific investigation into his springy, blade-like prosthetics carried out by a German institution last November.
That resarch concluded that the devices gave him a clear competitive edge over able-bodied athletes as he used 25 per cent less energy expenditure once he had reached top speed. Pistorius and his agent Peet van Zyl, however, have refused to accept the IAAF decision and have hired a high-powered New York-based legal team to take an appeal to the Court of Arbritation for Sport in Lausanne. Read Full Story...

Star-studded pageant loses some of its shine to Dwain Chambers debate

18 February 2008

Dwain Chambers is not on the guest list but his shadow fell over one of the most glittering sports ceremonies of the year yesterday. The Laureus Sports Awards attract the biggest names, with legends such as Boris Becker, Ilie Nastase and Franz Beckenbauer, rubbing shoulders with bright new talent such as Lewis Hamilton. This city's soaring architecture and the frozen tributaries of the Neva River that criss-cross it, announced centuries of history to the celebrities arriving for this evening's awards. But the tensions of modern sport bubbled to the surface as the nominations were announced with one of the greatest athletes of all time wading into the controversy that has surrounded Chambers's attempt at a comeback.
Ed Moses, of the United States, an Olympic gold medal-winner at 400 metres hurdles in 1976 and 1984 who set a world record in his event on four occasions, has, during his retirement, worked with the International Olympic Committee to combat the use of drugs in sport.
Now one of the chairmen of the Laureus Foundation, which helps thousands of underprivileged children around the world through sport, he would not condemn Chambers's return to the track, an issue which has consumed UK Athletics. Read Full Story...

Asafa Powell convinced he will run aganinst drug cheats

17 February 2008

The world's fastest man, Asafa Powell, is convinced he will race against drug cheats at the Beijing Olympics.
The Jamaican has refused to name those he suspects but is adamant anyone caught testing positive should be banned for life.
"I have a lot of suspicions but I keep them to myself," Powell said ahead of Thursday's grand prix series at Olympic Park.
"It's always going to be there, that dark cloud, because people are wondering who is really on drugs."
"It's a very unfair sport. I get my satisfaction from beating whoever I think is on it." Read Full Story...

Drugs cheat Dwain Chambers is ‘50-50’ to make Olympics

17 February 2008

Legal experts believe Dwain Chambers has a 50-50 chance of overturning the rule that bars any British competitor found guilty of a serious drugs offence from ever taking part in the Olympic Games. With the disgraced sprinter threatening to challenge this bylaw of the British Olympic Association (BOA), the athletics world has been thrown into turmoil by his unexpected return. Chambers has been picked to run the 60m in the world indoor championships in Valencia next month even though the British selectors want to bar him.
The 29-year-old’s real target is to show that he can win an Olympic medal in Beijing in August without taking performance-enhancing substances, which led to him serving the maximum two year-ban from athletics in 2004 and missing the Athens Games.
However, it is estimated that it would cost him 150,000 GBP should he lose a case in the High Court against the BOA, the only Olympic body in the world that bans drug cheats for life. In 2004 Norway became the last country to abandon a similar regulation. Read Full Story...

Question Time for UK Athletics and Dwain Chambers

17 February 2008

1. Why did UK Athletics (UKA) allow Dwain Chambers to make his initial comeback in 2006 without such a fuss and then spark one of the biggest controversies second-time around?
2. If UKA is taking such a hard stance against drugs, why did it not stick to its guns and prevent Chambers from competing in its trials? He claims he has no money, so why not take him on in court?
3. Why make such a furore about selecting Chambers after he met all the qualifying criteria yet pick another drugs cheat, Carl Myerscough, in the shot put, when he did not even compete at the trials?
4. UKA has suddenly announced an of? cial review of its antidoping rules to be led by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. Is it just coincidence it has happened on the back of Chambers? Read Full Story...

Wells issues Chambers ultimatum

16 February 2008

Allan Wells has threatened to sever ties with the British Olympic Association if sprinter Dwain Chambers is allowed to run in Beijing.
Wells, who won the 100 metres for Great Britain at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, insists the BOA must stand by their firm anti-drugs stance.
"The BOA need to stick to this route that they have taken and not allow him to run at the Olympics," Wells said.
"I would walk away from helping the BOA if Chambers runs at the Olympics." Read Full Story...

Michael Johnson: I didn't come between Wariner and coach

15 February 2008

Michael Johnson, the five-time Olympic gold medalist, said Thursday he was not involved in the contract dispute that recently caused reigning 400-meter world and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner to part ways with legendary Baylor coach Clyde Hart.
Johnson, who was coached by Hart, is now Wariner's agent.
"To both those guys' credit, they didn't involve me in it, because it would've been difficult for me," Johnson said during a media event at the Michael Johnson Performance Center. "Coach Hart is like a father to me. And Jeremy, certainly I have a great relationship with him. Read Full Story...

Victor Conte: ‘A lot of liars are kicking Dwain Chambers and speaking of zero tolerance’

15 February 2008

If there is one person who knows how Dwain Chambers feels, it is the man who gave him the “full enchilada” of drugs before becoming sport’s most infamous whistle-blower. Victor Conte has served time in jail and been labelled a pariah, but he launched a stinging attack on what he regards as the hate, hypocrisy and hubris of British athletics before explaining what led the most talented runner of a generation to cheat.
“It’s disgusting what is happening to Dwain,” Conte, the founder of the notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (Balco), in northern California, said. “We still speak regularly and I tell him that he can’t crawl under a rock and stay there. I spoke to him before and after his win at the trials last weekend. He’s using me as an example of how to get through this and make something of his life.” Read Full Story...

Allen Johnson wins at Tyson Invitational

15 February 2008

Former World and Olympic champion Allen Johnson recovered from a false start to edge Joel Brown and take the 60-meter hurdles at the Tyson Invitational on Friday night.
The 36-year-old American stopped the clock in a time of 7.60 seconds.
"Listening to people and watching the people that came before me, I thought when you hit 33, 35 years old, that you feel significantly different than you do at 25," Johnson said. "So far with me, that’s not been the case." Read Full Story...

Christie hopes people forgive Chambers

15 February 2008

British athletics should not dwell on the past sins of a competitor banned for doping but look ahead to winning medals, former Olympic 100-meter champion Linford Christie said on Friday.
Christie, who served a two-year ban after testing positive for the steroid, nandrolone, in 1999 when he was semi-retired, was reluctant to give an opinion about the Dwain Chambers selection issue, but said: "Let it go, be positive." Read Full Story...

Johnson wishes Wariner, Hart could have seen eye-to-eye

14 February 2008

Michael Johnson won his five Olympic gold medals under the tutelage of coach Clyde Hart. Johnson now serves as Jeremy Wariner’s agent.
So when it came to Hart and Wariner’s disagreement over contract terms, Johnson kept his distance. He said he had nothing to do with Wariner’s decision to leave Hart.
“To those guys credit, they didn’t involve me in it, because it would have been difficult for me,” Johnson said Thursday during media day at his Michael Johnson Performance Center. “Coach Hart is like a father to me, and certainly Jeremy, I have a great relationship with him, have mentored him, and I’ve been involved with his career since 2004. …As much as I would have liked to have tried to help the situation and make it work, it would have been difficult for me, and my relationship with both of those guys is more important.” Read Full Story...

Oscar Pistorius takes appeal to court

13 February 2008

Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is taking his fight to run at this summer's Beijing Olympics to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Last month, athletics' governing body said he could not race in able-bodied events because his prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage.
But the 21-year-old disagrees and feels more research needs to be done. Read Full Story...

What they say about Chambers

13 February 2008

Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers has been included in Great Britain's squad for next month's World Indoor Championships in Valencia.
The 29-year-old - who was banned from athletics for two years after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug THG - will compete in the 60m sprint.
UK Athletics had opposed his inclusion but reluctantly named the Londoner in their squad after he won the trials and so fulfilled the selection criteria. Here are a selection of quotes from former athletes and officials. Read Full Story...

GB name Chambers in Worlds squad

12 February 2008

Dwain Chambers has been included in Great Britain's squad for next month's World Indoor Championships.
The sprinter, who was banned from athletics for two years after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug THG, will run over 60m in Spain.
UK Athletics had opposed the selection of Chambers for the three-day event in Valencia because of his doping past.
But the 29-year-old Londoner won last weekend's trials, giving team bosses little choice but to pick him. Read Full Story...

Powell says injured knee not serious

12 February 2008

World 100m record holder Asafa Powell has suffered a knee injury which has ruled him out of the Sydney Athletics Grand Prix on Saturday.
The 25-year-old who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday went to Australia with the injury after he stripped and cut his left knee running downstairs at his home before departing Kingston for the Australian series.
"Once a big guy like me falls on my knee it’s not going to be pretty," the sprinter told reporters in Melbourne at a conference on Tuesday. Read Full Story...

Dwain Chambers gives selectors headache

11 February 2008

Dwain Chambers has heaped the pressure on UK Athletics with a dominant 60m victory at the world indoor trials and national championships.
The 29-year-old's win guarantees him a place in the British squad for next month's World Indoor Championships under UKA's selection policy. Read Full Story...

Injured knee forces Powell out of Sydney Grand Prix

11 February 2008

Jamaican sprinter and world record holder Asafa Powell has been hit by a knee injury and has been ruled out of the Sydney Athletics Grand Prix on Saturday.
The 25-year-old who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday went "down under" with the injury, but the news only became in the focus Monday morning when the press arrived at Melbourne’s Olympic Park to watch the Jamaican scheduled practice session. Read Full Story...

“We just thought it was the right time” - Wariner said on coach split

10 February 2008

World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner has said that his decision to part company with long time coach Clyde Hart was all made by him.
Reports suggested that he was influenced to change his coach, the American, who his now coach by Michael Ford, said it was all on him. Read Full Story...

Dwain Chambers drug row prompts rethink

8 February 2008

Niels de Vos, the chief executive of UK Athletics, has vowed to restructure the sport’s selection policy in the wake of the drug row surrounding British sprinter Dwain Chambers.
The governing body had tried to prevent Chambers, who has served a two-year drug ban, from competing at the World Indoor trials in Sheffield this weekend, but were told they had insufficient legal grounds to do so.
UKA believe that Chambers should not be allowed to compete in the 60 metres because he has not been drug tested since 2006. However, the sprinter’s lawyers threatened legal action and the UKA have been reluctantly forced to allow him to compete. Read Full Story...

Powell departs for Australian series

8 February 2008

World 100-metre record holder, Asafa Powell head a list of nine MVP Track Club athletes who departed Jamaica on Friday for a two-week training camp in Australia.
Also among the list of athletes in the squad for the training camp are former World silver medallists Michael Frater of Jamaica and Trinidadian Darrell Brown.
The crew also includes 2006 Commonwealth Games 200 metres champion, Sherone Simpson, hurdlers Melaine Walker and Gregory Little and sprinters Nadia Cunningham, Ainsly Waugh and Winston Smith. Read Full Story...

“I am not comfortable with these crooks” - Gardener wants Chambers out

7 February 2008

Jason Gardener, the former World Indoor 60m champion and Olympic relay gold medallist, has sided with UK Athletics on the subject of keeping sprinter Dwain Chambers from where the British colours again.
Gardener, who retired from the sport last year and his now working with the Youth Sport Trust in the UK, is not in favoured of Chambers making his second comeback after a doping ban at Britain’s world indoor national championships. Read Full Story...

Dwain Chambers will run at trials but UKA left far from happy

6 February 2008

Dwain Chambers may have been cleared to run at the trials for the World Indoor Championships on Sunday, but UK Athletics (UKA) left nobody in any doubt that it regards him as a blot on the landscape.
Niels de Vos, the UKA chief executive, accepted that he did not have a legal case to deny Chambers a place at the trials, but called for drug cheats to be “ostracised” and said the IAAF, the world governing body, needed to “crank up the pressure”. De Vos is leading a review of UKA's policy on doping offenders and wants to introduce life bans. Nick Collins, Chambers's lawyer, said that UKA could not introduce retrospective punishments. Read Full Story...

Jeremy Wariner gunning for world record

5 February 2008

Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner is convinced he will break Michael Johnson's long-standing 400-meter world record at this year's Beijing Olympics, if not before.
The 24-year-old Texan has dominated the men's one-lap event for the last four years and the world mark of 43.18 seconds set by Johnson, his mentor and agent, at the 1999 world championships is firmly in his sights.
Wariner brushed aside questions about last month's split with his long-time coach Clyde Hart and said he was totally focused on the Beijing games.
"I'm looking forward to defending my title and hopefully breaking the world record," he told Reuters on Monday. Read Full Story...

Dwain Chambers allowed to run after legal threat

5 February 2008

Dwain Chambers has been given the go-ahead to compete in the Norwich Union World Indoor Trials and National Championships in Sheffield this weekend.
UK Athletics announced they had sanctioned Chambers' participation, with the athlete's Leeds-based solicitors, Ford & Warren, ready to apply for a High Court injunction if he had been refused permission to compete.
Niels de Vos, the UKA chief executive, expressed his disappointment at the outcome of extensive legal deliberations, which have left the sport legally unable to refuse to offer Chambers a place in the 60 metres race on Sunday. Read Full Story...

Maurice Greene retires

4 February 2008

American former World and Olympic champion Maurice Greene announced his retirement from track and field on Monday.
“Today I’m officially announcing my retirement from the sport,” the 33-year-old American told reporters in Beijing. Read Full Story...

Five-time Olympic medalist Greene retires

4 February 2008

Former Olympic and world 100-meter champion Maurice Greene announced his retirement from athletics on Monday.
The 33-year-old American, who also held the 100-meter world record of 9.79 seconds for more than three years, said a calf injury he sustained in training last month had convinced him to end his career.
"Today I'm officially announcing my retirement from the sport," he told reporters in Beijing where he was attending an Olympic promotional event for his sponsor, Adidas. Read Full Story...

Tyson Gay targets another triple

4 February 2008

Tyson Gay, the new American sprint star and World Championships sprint double champion from Osaka, Japan has targeted another milestone for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China this summer.
Gay, who won gold medals in the the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay wants a repeat of that feat at the Olympics.
“I aim to come home with three gold medals in 100m, 200m and the 4x100 relay,” Gay was quoted as telling AFP on Monday. Read Full Story...

Dwain Chambers stopped in tracks as Niels de Vos begins cleansing process

4 February 2008

Dwain Chambers's dream of rebuilding his career in a Great Britain vest were dealt a damning blow yesterday as Niels de Vos, the UK Athletics (UKA) chief executive, suggested that life bans and prison terms for drug cheats would help to cleanse the sport. “This is someone who has confessed to cheating, not false-starting,” he said. Read Full Story...

Dwain Chambers will take on UKA to keep alive his Olympic dream

4 February 2008

They were the 6.7 seconds that plunged athletics into a moral quagmire and left Dwain Chambers talking of becoming an Olympic athlete and a totem for the anti-drugs crusade. “If you want to catch a thief, hire a thief,” the disgraced sprinter said after his controversial comeback. “I want to put back into the sport what I've taken away. I'm not a bad guy.” Read Full Story...

Chambers shines on track return

2 February 2008

Dwain Chambers has raised the stakes in his dispute with UK Athletics (UKA) by easily qualifying for the UK trials for the World Indoor Championships.
The sprinter clocked 6.70 secs in his 60m heat, 6.63 in his semi-final and won the final in 6.60 - a new meeting record at the Birmingham Games. Read Full Story...

British pair impress in Germany

2 February 2008

Britain's Craig Pickering scored a brilliant 60m victory at the Sparkassen Cup meeting in Stuttgart.
After struggling in his heat, the European silver medallist blew away his rivals to to win in 6.58 seconds.
Earlier, Chris Tomlinson broke his own British indoor long jump record by a centimetre with a leap of 8.18m. It bettered the mark he set in March 2004 Read Full Story...

Chambers faces legal fight with British governing body

2 February 2008

Dwain Chambers cruised to the 60-meter qualifying time for the indoor British trials on Saturday, and headed for a battled with the national team’s governing body.
Chambers, who served a two-year ban for doping, won in 6.60 seconds in the final of the Birmingham Games at the National Indoor Arena. However, UK Athletics said he must be drug tested for a year before being considered for the British team.
His time is good enough for a spot at the UK Trials at Sheffield next weekend, and Chambers also wants to run at the indoor World Championships next month. Read Full Story...

Allen Johnson ready to run in Stuttgart

1 February 2008

American hurdler Allen Johnson had hoped the 2004 Athens games would offer a chance to reclaim the Olympic gold medal he failed to defend at the 2000 Sydney games and the glory that came along with his triumph at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Johnson had run the fastest 110-meter hurdles race in the world prior to Athens and relished his role as the U.S. track and field team captain.
But his dream faded as he fell to the track after hitting the 10th hurdle in a qualifying heat. It marked the first time in three attempts that Johnson failed to make an Olympic final in the event.
"I still don't know what happened," Johnson said on Thursday by phone from Lenz, Austria, where he had run in an indoor meet. "I just came up on the hurdle, hit it funny and went down. I was feeling good. I was in the best shape of my life. No doubt in my mind I was ready to run really, really fast."
Johnson admitted that the mishap did not fuel an ambition to compete in another Olympic games. But it has ignited a desire to win Olympic gold "a little more," he said. To that end, the 36-year-old is trying to qualify for his fourth consecutive Olympics, a record matched by about two dozen other U.S. athletes. Read Full Story...

Olympic champ Wariner lands a new coach

30 January 2008

Olympic and world 400-meter champion Jeremy Wariner will be coached by Michael Ford after parting company with his long-time trainer Clyde Hart, Ford said on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

IAAF opens door to Dwain Chambers comeback

30 January 2008

Dwain Chambers gained an unlikely ally in the battle to revive his career last night when the IAAF said that it had no problem with his controversial comeback. The vote of confidence from the sport's world governing body has added weight to the sprinter's legal position as he prepares to take UK Athletics (UKA) to court if it prevents him from competing in the trials for the World Indoor Championships. Read Full Story...

Craig Pickering remains positive as Dwain Chambers looks for way back

28 January 2008

The future’s bright, the future’s arranged. Craig Pickering and Simeon Williamson will fight out a fledgeling rivalry and drive each other towards an Olympic final, while Jessica Ennis will continue to try to win a medal for her mother’s birthday in August. The promise on offer at the indoor season opener in Glasgow on Saturday was clear, but the promise of a legal spat with Britain’s most infamous drug cheat festered. Read Full Story...

Chambers blocked from GB trials

26 January 2008

UK Athletics will not allow sprinter Dwain Chambers to compete for a place in the British team at the World Indoor Trials and National Championships. Read Full Story...

Campbell-Brown, Smith named Jamaica’s best

24 January 2008

Olympic and World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and world silver medalist Maurice Smith were nominated Jamaica’s 2007 track and field athletes of the year on Wednesday. Read Full Story...

Banned Gatlin: I'm never going to give in

24 January 2008

Suspended Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has said he will never abandon his fight to reverse a four-year doping ban. Read Full Story...

Gatlin takes his doping appeal to CAS

22 January 2008

Olympic and world sprint champion Justin Gatlin of the United States has filed an appeal of a four-year suspension for a doping violation to the European-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. Read Full Story...

Tyson Gay would not oppose race with Pistorius

18 January 2008

U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay, the male athlete of the year for USA Track and Field and the International Association of Athletics Federations, says he has no problem with disabled runners wanting to compete against able-bodied athletes. Read Full Story...

Former world champion Guevara retires

17 January 2008

Mexican former world 400-metre champion Ana Guevara, one of country’s most celebrated sports figures, has announced her retirement, saying she was tired of corruption and cronyism in Mexican athletics.
The 30-year-old Guevara, who won the 400m at the 2003 world championships, the silver at the Athens Olympics and is a three-time Pan Am Games champion, often celebrated her victories by carrying the Mexican flag high above her head. But she said she could no longer compete for her country after an 11-year career. Read Full Story...

Chambers wants back in, UKA, Coe concerned

15 January 2008

Following media reports of British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who quit athletics to pursue a career in American Football, wanting to make a return to track action this weekend, UK Athletics is set to stop the disgraced runner’s comeback.
Chambers tested positive for the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2003 and was banned for two years, but reports revealed that the sprinter is planning to compete over 60metres at the Southern Counties Indoor Championships on Saturday. Read Full Story...

Blade sprinter set to appeal IAAF block

14 January 2008

South African ‘blade sprinter’ Oscar Pistorius will take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after he was blocked from competing in this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) barred the double amputee from participating in Beijing because his prosthetic legs were deemed an unfair advantage. Read Full Story...

Gatlin hires Landis' legal team

13 January 2008

Disgraced American sprinter Justin Gatlin has retained cyclist Floyd Landis' legal team in a bid to reverse a U.S. arbitration panel's decision to ban him for doping, the attorney told Reuters on Saturday.
"We plan on moving very quickly because speed is of the essence," Maurice Suh said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. Read Full Story...

Penalty makes example of Jones

13 January 2008

Marion Jones's drugs disgrace has been a wake-up call for U.S. athletics, IAAF vice-president Sebastian Coe said on Sunday.
Jones, who has been stripped of the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, was given a six-month prison sentence on Friday for lying to federal investigators over her use of steroids. Read Full Story...

Marion Jones gets 6 months for lying

11 January 2008

Marion Jones was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for lying about using steroids and a check-fraud scam, despite her plea that she not be separated from her two young children “even for a short period of time.”
“I ask you to be as merciful as a human being can be,” said Jones, who cried on her husband’s shoulder after she was sentenced.
Jones, the disgraced former Olympic champion was ordered to surrender March 11 to begin her term. Read Full Story...

No sympathy for Marion Jones, 6-month prison sentence

11 January 2008

Several of Utah's former and aspiring Olympians reacted with shock, dismay and disbelief Friday over the news that record-breaking sprinter Marion Jones has been sentenced to six months in prison and 800 hours of community service for lying in two federal grand jury investigations regarding illegal steroid use and check fraud. Read Full Story...

World record run was not planned, says Powell

8 January 2008

Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell has insisted that his record run at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Rieti Grand Prix meeting in Rieti, Italy last September was not an occasion that was planned by the coaching staff nor himself.
After making some critical mistakes at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan which cost him the gold medal in the 100-metres, Powell said he traveled to Rieti to correct those mistakes after a few days of practice sessions and not actually peruse a world record. Read Full Story...

Gatlin eyes appeal after ban is reduced

3 January 2008

U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin felt such strong confidence he would receive a favorable appeals decision to drug charges filed against him that he applied dietary discipline during the recent holiday season to help maintain top fitness.
"He would not eat certain things at his Christmas dinner," said John Collins, Gatlin's attorney. "I understand he's been working out very hard." Read Full Story...

Jones asks judge for leniency

2 January 2008

Former Olympic champion Marion Jones says she has been punished enough and should not have to go to prison for lying about steroids and check fraud.
In court papers filed on New Year's Eve, Jones' lawyers asked a federal judge to let her off with probation when he sentences her next week. Read Full Story...

Olympic champion Gatlin banned for four years

1 January 2008

Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has been hit with a four-year competition ban, following a positive test for the male sex hormone testosterone in April 2006 positive, a report from the Washington Post said.
Citing several people close to the case, the paper said a split three-person U.S. arbitration panel ruled against Gatlin, 25, and settled on the four-year penalty because of a previous positive test. Read Full Story...

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