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Jun 24, 2012

Olympics-Eaton uses ‘magic’ to set decathlon record

EUGENE, Oregon, June 23 (Reuters) – American Ashton Eaton
employed the “magic” of his home stadium to set a decathlon
world record at the U.S. Olympic athletics trials on Saturday.

The 24-year-old’s total of 9,039 points improved on Czech
Roman Sebrle’s 2001 mark by 13 points, an achievement made more
stunning by the rainy and cold conditions over the two days of
the decathlon competition.

Jun 24, 2012

Olympics-Eaton sets decathlon world record at U.S. trials

EUGENE, Oregon, June 23 (Reuters) – Ashton Eaton set a
glittering decathlon world record at the U.S. Olympic trials on
Saturday, stealing the limelight from a star-studded cast of
athletes in cold and wet conditions in Eugene, Oregon.

The 24-year-old’s total of 9,039 points bettered the 2001
mark held by Czech great Roman Sebrle by 13 points and capped an
extraordinary meeting for the American, who had already set
decathlon records for the 100 metres and long jump legs on
Friday.

Jun 24, 2012

Gatlin and Gay cruise into 100m semis at U.S. trials

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Former Olympic champion Justin Gatlin took a confident step forward on his comeback trail, breezing through the first round of the men’s 100 meters in an eye-catching 9.90 seconds at the U.S. athletics trials on Saturday.

Gatlin, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games but missed four years of competition between 2006 and 2010 due to a doping suspension, had no problem with the cold and wet weather as he topped the time-sheets.

Jun 24, 2012

Olympics-Gatlin and Gay cruise into 100m semis at U.S. trials

EUGENE, Oregon, June 23 (Reuters) – Former Olympic champion
Justin Gatlin took a confident step forward on his comeback
trail, breezing through the first round of the men’s 100 metres
in an eye-catching 9.90 seconds at the U.S. athletics trials on
Saturday.

Gatlin, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games but missed
four years of competition between 2006 and 2010 due to a doping
suspension, had no problem with the cold and wet weather as he
topped the time-sheets.

Jun 23, 2012

Decathlete Eaton makes splash at rainy trials

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – World silver medallist Ashton Eaton, accustomed to the rain in his native Oregon, splashed to a big first-day decathlon score at the U.S. Olympic trials on a chilly Friday.

The world indoor record holder posted record decathlon performances in the 100 metres and long jump, his first two events, and finished the day 17 points ahead of the pace Dan O’Brien marked to set the American decathlon record in 1992.

Jun 23, 2012

Olympics-Decathlete Eaton makes splash at rainy trials

EUGENE, Oregon, June 22 (Reuters) – World silver medallist
Ashton Eaton, accustomed to the rain in his native Oregon,
splashed to a big first-day decathlon score at the U.S. Olympic
trials on a chilly Friday.

The world indoor record holder posted record decathlon
performances in the 100 metres and long jump, his first two
events, and finished the day 17 points ahead of the pace Dan
O’Brien marked to set the American decathlon record in 1992.

Jun 22, 2012

Wet hair Richards-Ross’ only problem at rainy U.S. trials

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Former world champion Sanya Richards-Ross had only one problem with her women’s 400 meters preliminary race at the rainy U.S. Olympic trials on Friday.

“Other than messing up my hair, it was fine,” she quipped after jogging the last 100 meters in a steady rain to win her heat.

Jun 22, 2012

Olympics-Wet hair Richards-Ross’ only problem at rainy U.S. trials

EUGENE, Oregon, June 22 (Reuters) – Former world champion
Sanya Richards-Ross had only one problem with her women’s 400
metres preliminary race at the rainy U.S. Olympic trials on
Friday.

“Other than messing up my hair, it was fine,” she quipped
after jogging the last 100 metres in a steady rain to win her
heat.

Jun 22, 2012

Gatlin ready to sprint to London, race Bolt

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – At the ripe old age of 30, Justin Gatlin feels like a kid again. The darkness of a four-year doping suspension has faded and sprinting has become fun once more for the 2004 Olympic champion.

This year Gatlin has been the fastest American to run 100 meters and he will be eager to prove his worth to the team when he steps up at a U.S. Olympic trials for the first time since 2004 on Saturday.

Jun 22, 2012

Olympics-Gatlin ready to sprint to London, race Bolt

EUGENE, Oregon, June 22 (Reuters) – At the ripe old age of
30, Justin Gatlin feels like a kid again. The darkness of a
four-year doping suspension has faded and sprinting has become
fun once more for the 2004 Olympic champion.

This year Gatlin has been the fastest American to run 100
metres and he will be eager to prove his worth to the team when
he steps up at a U.S. Olympic trials for the first time since
2004 on Saturday.