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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.

Jun 27, 2015

Gay powers past Bromell for 100m title, Bowie tops women

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Tyson Gay is back on top as America’s 100 meters champion, but he had to run down teen-ager Trayvon Bromell for the honour at the U.S. world championships trials on Friday.

The victory, in 9.87 seconds, returned the 32-year-old Gay to the world championships for the first time since 2009 and fans lauded him with a teddy bear, a book and some high fives during a victory lap.

Jun 27, 2015

Victory lap caps special day for Tyson Gay

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Tyson Gay almost did not take a victory lap after perhaps his most important win ever at 100 meters on Friday.

Good thing he changed his mind.

Adoring fans at the U.S. world championships trials showered the American record holder with a teddy bear, a book and some high fives, Gay said, as he won his first national title since 2008.

Jun 27, 2015

Gay powers past Bromell for 100m title

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Tyson Gay ran down teen-ager Trayvon Bromell to win the men’s 100 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Friday.

The victory, in 9.87 seconds, put the 32-year-old Gay in the world championships for the first time since 2009.

Jun 26, 2015

Rupp delivers a winner but Tyson Gay has work ahead

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Galen Rupp had a thumb’s up for a victorious 10,000 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Thursday.

And for good reason.

The triumph, his seventh consecutive national title at the distance, was probably one of the few pleasing moments for the Olympic 10,000 meters silver medalist in the last month.