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Jul 30, 2015

Felix to run 400 meters and relays at worlds

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Olympic 200 meters gold medalist Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400 meters at next month’s world championships, her coach told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We wanted to do both (the 200m and 400m) but the schedule will not allow it, so it’s the 400,” Bob Kersee said in a telephone interview from Oregon.

Jul 29, 2015

Felix to run 400m and relays at worlds

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Olympic 200 meters gold medalist Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400 meters at next month’s world championships, her coach told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We wanted to do both (the 200m and 400m) but the schedule will not allow it, so it’s the 400,” Bob Kersee said in a telephone interview from Oregon.

Jul 29, 2015

Athletics-Felix to run 400m and relays at worlds

July 29 (Reuters) – Olympic 200 metres gold medallist Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400 metres at next month’s world championships, her coach told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We wanted to do both (the 200m and 400m) but the schedule will not allow it, so it’s the 400,” Bob Kersee said in a telephone interview from Oregon.

Jul 13, 2015

Gatlin ineligible for annual award, IAAF says

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – American sprinter Justin Gatlin could win world championships and go undefeated for a second consecutive season but he would still not be ineligible for the sport’s athlete of the year award, the IAAF said.

A change in selection criteria makes any athlete who has been sanctioned for a serious doping offence ineligible to be shortlisted for the honour, effective this year, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spokesman Nick Davies told Reuters in an email.

Jul 3, 2015

Felix may try 200-400m double at worlds, coach says

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Olympic 200 meters gold medalist Allyson Felix surprisingly has not ruled out attempting to win both the 200 and 400 meters at August’s world championships in Beijing, her coach told Reuters on Thursday.

While many had thought the schedule would be too difficult to try both as Felix did in 2011 at the Daegu worlds under a more favorable program, coach Bob Kersee said the two sprint races were still on the table.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. ready to end 100m drought, enjoy big medal haul

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – A strong and hungry group of U.S. sprinters is ready to end a long American drought.

The once dominant country has not won a global title in the 100 meters since 2007, but that could change at the IAAF world championships in Beijing in August.

Jun 29, 2015

Gatlin makes a statement, even at age 33

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Somehow Justin Gatlin keeps getting faster and faster.

Five years after completing a four-year doping ban that would have ended the career of most sprinters, the controversial American unloaded an eye-popping 19.57 seconds in the 200 metres at the U.S. world championships trials on Sunday.

Jun 28, 2015

Don’t call me a liar, Goucher tells Salazar

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Distance runner Kara Goucher struck back at her ex-coach Alberto Salazar on Sunday, saying she did not like being made to look like a liar in his response to doping allegations against him in an open letter.

“I understand if you read it through, it looks like I am a liar. I don’t like being labeled a liar,” Goucher, among those making allegations that Salazar has violated anti-doping rules, told reporters at the U.S. world championships trials.

Jun 28, 2015

Gatlin cruises in heats, Felix claims 400m title

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – (This version of the story was refiled to correct spelling of McCorory)

Justin Gatlin moved closer to a world sprint double and Allyson Felix broke through to win a stirring women’s 400 meters at the U.S. trials for the world championships on Saturday.

Jun 27, 2015

Gatlin tops 200 meters qualifying at U.S. trials

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Justin Gatlin cruised through the 200 meters preliminaries on Saturday at the U.S. trials for the world championships and talked about breaking the American 100m record later this year.

Gatlin, who has twice been banned for doping violations, clocked a quick 19.92 seconds as he began his bid for a spot on the U.S. team, and a chance to face world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica in both the 200 and 100 in Beijing in August.