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Jul 25, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-Gay healthy but nervous as 100m approaches

BIRMINGHAM, England July 25 (Reuters) – The surgically
repaired hip that kept Tyson Gay off the track for nearly a year
showed no signs of slowing the world’s second fastest man at a
closely watched pre-Olympic practice on Wednesday.

“(Coach Jon Drummond) said I am about two to three workouts
away from being perfect,” Gay told reporters.

Jul 24, 2012

Twitch or flinch no longer a false start

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – The danger of one inadvertent twitch ruining the greatest day of a sprinter’s life has been removed after athletics’ governing body softened the rules on false starts ahead of the London Olympics.

The little-publicized clarification by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) permits athletes to move in the starting blocks without being disqualified so long as their hands do not leave the ground or their feet the blocks.

Jul 24, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-Twitch or flinch no longer a false start

BIRMINGHAM, England, July 24 (Reuters) – The danger of one
inadvertent twitch ruining the greatest day of a sprinter’s life
has been removed after athletics’ governing body softened the
rules on false starts ahead of the London Olympics.

The little-publicised clarification by the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) permits athletes to
move in the starting blocks without being disqualified so long
as their hands do not leave the ground or their feet the blocks.

Jul 23, 2012

Fast Merritt points to Liu as hurdles favorite

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – A change in technique has made Aries Merritt the hottest high hurdler in the world, but the American on Monday refused to brand himself the favorite for the London Olympics.

That honor belongs to 2004 Games champion Liu Xiang of China, Merritt told reporters on a sunny day at the U.S. Olympic training camp in Birmingham.

Jul 23, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-Fast Merritt points to Liu as hurdles favorite

BIRMINGHAM, England, July 23 (Reuters) – A change in
technique has made Aries Merritt the hottest high hurdler in the
world, but the American on Monday refused to brand himself the
favourite for the London Olympics.

That honour belongs to 2004 Games champion Liu Xiang of
China, Merritt told reporters on a sunny day at the U.S. Olympic
training camp in Birmingham.

Jul 19, 2012

Tyson Gay says 9.7 needed for London medal

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Someone may break 9.8 seconds for only the second time in an Olympic 100 meters final and still fail to win a medal at the London Games, says the world’s second fastest man Tyson Gay.

“I really truly believe that,” the American sprinter told Reuters in a telephone interview from Monaco on Thursday.

Jul 19, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-Tyson Gay says 9.7 needed for London medal

July 19 (Reuters) – Someone may break 9.8 seconds for only
the second time in an Olympic 100 metres final and still fail to
win a medal at the London Games, says the world’s second fastest
man Tyson Gay.

“I really truly believe that,” the American sprinter told
Reuters in a telephone interview from Monaco on Thursday.

Jul 18, 2012

U.S. work to end Jamaican relay dominance in Olympic

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – In the serenity of Monaco, U.S. sprinters are striving this week to find ways to end a long 4×100 meters relay jinx, and displace Jamaica’s relay kings, their coach says.

“Everyone is looking at times and individual speeds,” U.S. relays coach Jon Drummond told Reuters in a phone call from the American camp in Monaco.

Jul 18, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-U.S. work to end Jamaican relay dominance

July 17 (Reuters) – In the serenity of Monaco, U.S.
sprinters are striving this week to find ways to end a long
4×100 metres relay jinx, and displace Jamaica’s relay kings,
their coach says.

“Everyone is looking at times and individual speeds,” U.S.
relays coach Jon Drummond told Reuters in a phone call from the
American camp in Monaco.

Jul 13, 2012

Relay member Dunn withdraws from U.S. team over drug test

By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) – Former U.S. world indoor 400 meters champion Debbie Dunn has withdrawn from the U.S. Olympic team and is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after an abnormal drug test, she said on Friday.

“I have been informed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that a sample I gave at the U.S. Olympic Trials contains an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone level,” Dunn said in a statement.