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Aug 11, 2013

Gardner sets the pace with sub-11 first-heat 100m

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The long-running, high-octane battle between Jamaica and the United States in the women’s 100 meters shows no sign of easing after the two sprint superpowers dominated the first round of qualifying at the world championships on Sunday.

Just as in the men’s event, the countries have dominated the global sprint scene in the last two decades and the United States took first blood on Sunday with an explosive performance by English Gardner.

Aug 10, 2013

Farah’s triumphant revenge opens worlds in style

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Mo Farah and Usain Bolt ignited the first day of the athletics world championships on Saturday but the event was blighted by dire crowds and yet another high-profile doping scandal for a leading sprinter.

Despite hot and humid conditions Bolt barely broke sweat in his 100 meters heat as he sauntered into Sunday’s semi-finals in 10.07 seconds.

Aug 10, 2013

Champion Hardee out of decathlon, Eaton leads

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Double defending decathlon world champion Trey Hardee was dumped out of the competition on Saturday as he no-heighted in the high jump leaving fellow Americans Ashton Easton and Gunnar Nixon fighting it out at the halfway mark.

Hardee, who triumphed in Berlin and Daegu and took Olympic silver behind Eaton last year, was looking off the pace on the opening morning and went into the high jump, the fourth discipline, in fifth place.

Aug 10, 2013

Coe rejects Sochi boycott suggestion

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Sebastian Coe’s life was changed by his 1,500m gold medal at the politically riven 1980 Olympics so it came as no surprise to hear him argue on Saturday that a suggested boycott of next year’s Sochi Games was misplaced.

Coe, along with many other British athletes, defied a government call to boycott the Moscow Games in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and went on to win the 1,500 after surprisingly losing to compatriot Steve Ovett in his preferred 800.

Aug 10, 2013

Olympics-Coe rejects Sochi boycott suggestion

MOSCOW, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Sebastian Coe’s life was changed by his 1,500m gold medal at the politically riven 1980 Olympics so it came as no surprise to hear him argue on Saturday that a suggested boycott of next year’s Sochi Games was misplaced.

Coe, along with many other British athletes, defied a government call to boycott the Moscow Games in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and went on to win the 1,500 after surprisingly losing to compatriot Steve Ovett in his preferred 800.

Aug 10, 2013

Fans stay away as worlds get off to sweaty start

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The world athletics championships got off to low-key but high-humidity start in front of a few hundred hardy fans scattered around the 81,000 Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday, with star attraction Usain Bolt ready to be unleashed in the evening.

Among those braving the warm sunshine and sweltering air were Bolt’s parents, on board for the first appearance of the world record holder later on Saturday in the first round of the 100 metres.

Aug 10, 2013

Fans stay away as athletic worlds get off to sweaty start

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The world athletics championships got off to low-key but high-humidity start in front of a few hundred hardy fans scattered around the 81,000 Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday, with star attraction Usain Bolt ready to be unleashed in the evening.

Among those braving the warm sunshine and sweltering air were Bolt’s parents, on board for the first appearance of the world record holder later on Saturday in the first round of the 100 metres.

Aug 9, 2013

History of world championship 100m finals

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The men’s 100 meters final is the centerpiece of the athletics world championships and Sunday’s race in Moscow, the 14th edition since the competition began in 1983, will again be the focal point of the week with Usain Bolt the hot favorite.

Just as in the Olympic Games, the world 100m has produced stories of magnificent achievement, amazing drama and dispiriting drugs bans. Below is a look at 30 years of action:

Aug 9, 2013

Athletics-History of world championship 100m finals

MOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) – The men’s 100 metres final is the centrepiece of the athletics world championships and Sunday’s race in Moscow, the 14th edition since the competition began in 1983, will again be the focal point of the week with Usain Bolt the hot favourite.

Just as in the Olympic Games, the world 100m has produced stories of magnificent achievement, amazing drama and dispiriting drugs bans. Below is a look at 30 years of action:

Aug 9, 2013

Japanese sprinters out to boost Tokyo’s Olympic bid

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Japan’s two young sprint hopefuls Yoshihide Kiryu and Ryota Yamagata are hoping to catch the eye at the Moscow world championships, not only to develop their own careers but also boost Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kiryu, 17, is the second fastest Japanese sprinter ever and his 10.01 second run in Hiroshima in April gave him a share of the junior world record with Trinidad’s Darrel Brown and American Jeffery Demps.

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