Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominate at Paris Diamond League

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With Usain Bolt out of his planned July track meets due to an injury to his left leg, two of his fellow Jamaicans ran to victory in the men’s and women’s 100 meters at the Diamond League meet in Paris.

Asafa Powell ran the 100 in 9.81 seconds, the second fastest time of the year and his season’s best. France’s Jimmy Vicaut come in second with 9.86 and America’s Michael Rodgers came in third with 9.99.

32-year-old Powell told the IAAF, “I have proved I’m in the best shape maybe in the last seven years – remember, age is just a number.”

American Justin Gatlin set this year’s fastest time, 9.74, at the Doha Diamond League meet in May. Both Gatlin and Bolt are expected to race the 100 meters at August’s world championships in Beijing.

On the women’s side, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time Olympic champion in the 100 m, lowered the fastest time in the world this season with her win in 10.74 seconds. American English Gardner finished third in 10.97.

Other highlights include American Michael Hartfield winning gold in the long jump with 8.19 meters.

The steeplechase ended in dramatic fashion as Evan Jager of the United States looked to become the first non-African runner to break the 8-minute mark. Approaching the final barrier Jager was on pace to set a season’s best time of 7.55, but he stumbled and fell to the track. Jager had to settle for second place and a new American record, 8:00.43. Kenya’s Jaius Birech came in first with 7:58.83.

Alistair Brownlee, after Ironman, leans toward Olympic return

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Alistair Brownlee is already the only triathlete with multiple Olympic titles. In July, he is reportedly leaning toward another impressive feat, to win an Olympic gold medal the summer after completing the Kona Ironman World Championships.

The Brit Brownlee said he is “definitely swinging towards” trying to qualify for the Tokyo Games, according to the Times of London. Brownlee’s manager confirmed the stance while noting that his result in the Ironman Western Australia on Dec. 1 will play into the ultimate decision.

Brownlee previously reportedly said he was “50-50” on going for the Olympics and that he had to decide between focusing on the shorter Olympic distance or the Ironman, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon.

Other Olympic triathletes transitioned to the Ironman and never went back, such as 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno of Germany and two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True.

Brownlee finished 21st in Kona on Oct. 12 in 8 hours, 25 minutes, 3 seconds, which was 33:50 behind the winner Frodeno.

Brownlee won four half Ironmans between 2017 and 2018 (sandwiched by a hip surgery), then finished second to Frodeno at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Sept. 2.

One other triathlete won an Olympic title after completing the Kona Ironman — Austrian Kate Allen, who was seventh in Kona in 2002, then took gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

MORE: 2019 Kona Ironman World Championships Results

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Alberto Salazar appeals doping ban

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered an appeal by track coach Alberto Salazar against his ban for doping violations, though a hearing will take several months to prepare.

CAS says Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown appealed against their four-year bans by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

After a multi-year USADA investigation, Salazar and Brown were found guilty of doping violations linked to the Nike Oregon Project training camp. USADA said Salazar ran experiments with supplements and testosterone, and possessed and trafficked the banned substance.

The case also related to falsified and incomplete medical records that disguised the work.

CAS says Salazar and Brown asked for more time to file “written submissions and evidence,” adding the hearing is “unlikely to take place before March.”

Verdicts typically take at least a further several weeks.

MORE: Mary Cain raises issues from being coached by Salazar

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