May 17, 2006

Gatlin’s world record corrected to 9.77

PARIS (Reuters) - Justin Gatlin's 100 meters world record
of 9.76 seconds has been corrected to 9.77, equaling the
previous mark, the International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) said on Wednesday.

The IAAF was informed of an error in the reading of the
result by the company responsible for timing at Friday's
meeting in Doha.

Based on his time recorded after winning the race, Gatlin
ran 9.766 seconds, which was announced as a world record 9.76,
an IAAF statement read.

According to IAAF rules, this should have been rounded up
to 9.77. Gatlin's time, pending ratification, equals the record
set by Jamaica's Asafa Powell in Athens on June 14 last year.

The IAAF said the error had been spotted fairly early in
the record ratification process which gives member federations
one month to submit a form.

"Records are not ratified for various reasons. The problem
here was it was a mistake, but better we admit that," IAAF
spokesman Nick Davies said.

"Obviously we're disappointed for Justin Gatlin but he's
talented enough to come right back and break it again."

World and Olympic champion Gatlin announced he had his
sights set on the world record earlier this month after
clocking 9.95 seconds in his first outing of the season in

"This is just more incentive for Justin to go out and break
the world record again officially," his agent Renaldo Nehemiah
told Reuters from his home in Reston, Virginia.

"He is in excellent shape for this time of the year. That
bodes well for him."

American Gatlin and Powell, who has also run 9.95 this
year, are due to clash at a grand prix meeting in Gateshead,
England on June 11.

The pair last met on the track in London in July 2005 when
Powell pulled up with a groin problem that put paid to his

Gatlin beat Powell in their only other meeting last year
even though both clocked a wind-assisted time of 9.84.

Gatlin's next race is over 100 meters on Sunday, May 28 at
the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

(Additional reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North