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2009-08-15 15:39:50

Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay coasted into the 100-meter semifinals Saturday and Christian Cantwell won the first American gold at the World Track Championships. Linet Masai of Kenya also won a dramatic women's 10,000-meter and Russia's Valeriy Borchin added the 20-kilometer walk title to his Olympic gold medal from last year. Bolt became a track superstar in Beijing, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes in world record time and then anchoring the Jamaican sprint relay team to another world...

2006-09-03 09:46:44

By Kevin Fylan BERLIN (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell and American 400 meters runners Jeremy Wariner and Sanya Richards completed perfect Golden League seasons on Sunday to scoop $250,000 shares in the double jackpot. Powell ran 9.86 seconds in cold, damp conditions in the 100 at the International Stadionfest (ISTAF) meeting, well ahead of American Tyson Gay in second and enough to give the world record holder a sixth win out of six in the series. Wariner, the 400 world...

2006-09-03 08:55:41

By Kevin Fylan BERLIN (Reuters) - Asafa Powell, Jeremy Wariner and Sanya Richards completed perfect Golden League seasons on Sunday to scoop $250,000 shares in the double jackpot. Jamaica's Powell ran 9.86 seconds in cold, damp conditions in the 100 meters at the International Stadionfest (ISTAF) meeting, ahead of American Tyson Gay in second and giving the world record holder a sixth win out of six in the series. Wariner, the 400m world and Olympic champion, had little trouble...

2006-08-25 17:13:34

By Darren Ennis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An angry Asafa Powell blamed officials for a dreadful start as he remained on course for a share of the Golden League jackpot with victory in the 100 metres at the Memorial Van Damme on Friday. The Jamaican world record holder was left in the blocks but powered home with a late surge in 9.99 seconds. American Marcus Brunson was second in 10.06 and his compatriot Leonard Scott was third in 10.11. "I wasn't even ready in the blocks. I was kind of...

2006-06-03 21:12:17

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Meseret Defar made light of wet conditions at New York's grand prix meeting to break the women's 5,000 metres world record on Saturday. The Olympic 5,000m champion improved her personal best by over four seconds to win at the Icahn Stadium in 14 minutes 24.53 seconds to eclipse the previous best of 14:24.68 set by Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey in 2004. "When I saw the one lap to go split, I was very confident," Defar told reporters through an...

2006-06-03 20:52:06

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans Marion Jones and Justin Gatlin ruled the sprints Saturday with emphatic wins in their respective 100 meter races, and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia capped off New York's rousing grand prix meeting with a world record in the women's 5,000 metres. Former Olympic sprint champion Jones showed she is still a force by beating a world-class field in her third race back after an 11-month absence from competition due to injuries. Jones, 30, powered...

2006-06-02 00:40:53

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Justin Gatlin, flying high in the sprint world after grabbing a share of the 100 meters world record last month, hopes to celebrate a happy homecoming when he headlines New York's grand prix athletics meet on Saturday. "There is the sentimental value, being born in Brooklyn," Gatlin, who will be running his first 100 meters race in New York, told reporters at a news conference on Thursday for the event that features 150 athletes from 19 countries....

2006-03-11 09:37:29

By Gennady Fyodorov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Olympic 5,000 meters gold medallist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia retained her 3,000-metres title in a time of eight minutes 38.80 seconds at the world indoor championships on Saturday. Defar pulled away on the last lap, easily outkicking world record holder and home favorite Liliya Shobukhova. The Russian, who set the world mark of 8:27.86 at last month's national championships in Moscow, led for much of the 15-lap race at the Olympic sports...

2006-01-28 21:45:19

BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba ran the second-fastest women's indoor 5,000 meters of all-time and compatriot Meseret Defar clocked the third-fastest 3,000 meters at the Boston Indoor Games on Saturday. Dibaba, world champion at 5,000 and 10,000, won the 5,000 in 14:35.46 as she chased the world record of 14:32.93 she set on the same track last year. Older sister Ejegayehu was second by more than 43 seconds. Olympic 5,000 meters champion Defar won the 3,000 meters in...

2005-09-14 08:22:11

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Olympic and world 10,000 meters champion Kenenisa Bekele will compete over 3,000 meters in Shanghai on Saturday a week after being named the 2005 male athlete of the year for the second consecutive season. "It's a stress-free competition that is intended to raise awareness about the sport in China since the Olympics will be held there in three years," Bekele told Reuters. Other Ethiopians competing in the meeting include Olympic women's 5,000 meters champion...