Gatlin wins 100m over Gay at Lausanne Diamond League

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American Justin Gatlin finished first with a world-leading time of 9.80 seconds in the highly-anticipated men’s 100m at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tyson Gay, returning to competition after a one-year doping ban, finished second in 9.93. Third place was taken by U.S. champion Michael Rodgers, another American with a failed drug test and suspension in his past.

Gatlin himself was banned from 2006 to 2010 for doping, but returned to earn a bronze medal in this event with a personal-best time of 9.79 at the 2012 London Olympics. Gold was won by Usain Bolt, whose leg injury kept him from competing in Lausanne.

In the men’s 400m, the rivalry between Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada and American LaShawn Merritt continued, with James running 43.74 to Merritt’s 43.92. They are still the only men this year to race under 44 seconds in the 400m.

All eyes were on Yohan Blake in the men’s 200m. A hamstring injury prevented Blake from competing for most of last season, and he hadn’t raced this distance in almost two years. Blake started strong but faded to finish in sixth place.

Alonso Edward of Panama took first place in 19.84s, and Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica came in second with 20.06s.

The women’s 100m saw late withdrawals from two stars, seven-time Olympic medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown and American Tori Bowie. Bowie went sub-11s for the first time in her career in a semi-final at the U.S. Championships, but an injury forced her out of the finals and she did not recover in time for Lausanne.

The race still proved exciting with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye and the Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahouré clocking identical times of 10.98. After an examination of the photo finish, Ahye was deemed the winner.

In the men’s long jump, American Jeff Henderson out-jumped 2012 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain to take first place.

 

Allyson Felix named to US 4×400 relay pool for worlds

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Decorated U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix will be part of the 4×400 relay pool for the world championships as she rounds into elite form after giving birth.

The American squad bound for the world championships in Doha, Qatar, was announced Monday by USA Track & Field. It includes eight reigning world champions and 55 Olympians. The championships run Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 at the air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium. That will come in handy with the temperatures during the event expected to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

An 11-time world champion, Felix won’t compete in an individual event after finishing sixth in the 400 at the U.S. championships two months ago. Her performance earned her a place in the 4×400 relay pool as the Americans try to defend their title. The 33-year-old Felix’s race at nationals was her first since giving birth to her daughter last November during an emergency C-section.

Felix’s aim is to be back in top form for the Tokyo Games next summer.

The list of Americans trying to defend their world titles in Doha include Justin Gatlin (100), Tori Bowie (100), Phyllis Francis (400), Kori Carter (400 hurdles), Christian Taylor (triple jump) , Brittney Reese (long jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault) and Emma Coburn (steeplechase).

One of the most anticipated races at worlds will be the 200 meters, featuring a showdown between Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles in what could be a sneak peek ahead to the Tokyo Olympics. Coleman, who’s also a favorite in the 100, is eligible for worlds and next year’s Olympics after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency dropped his case for missed tests due to a technicality.

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South African sprinter Carina Horn fails doping test

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MONACO (AP) One of Africa’s fastest female sprinters, Carina Horn, has been suspended for failing a doping test.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track and field, says the South African is provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned substances ibutamoren and ligandrol. Both substances can develop muscles with a similar effect to anabolic steroids and have been used by bodybuilders.

No date has been set for a hearing.

Horn won silver in the 100 meters and gold in the 4×100 relay at the African championships in 2016.

Her personal best of 10.98 seconds for the 100 is the South African record. Her best time this season of 11.01 is well inside the qualifying standard for the upcoming world championships.

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