DAEGU, South Korea -- Seven reasons, among many, to make a little time for the World Track and Field Championships, which begin Saturday in this city of 2.5 million people, 145 miles southeast of Seoul.
Former 100 meter world record holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of the world championships in Daegu, which are set to get under way on Saturday.
World and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt had to battle hard to win the 100 meters race at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.
World 100 meter record holder Usain Bolt made a winning return to action after a nine-month injury lay-off, beating rival Asafa Powell in Rome.
American sprinter Tyson Gay handed world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt his first 100 meters defeat in two years in Sweden on Friday night.
As sprinting announcements go, this one isn't official until all the hamstrings and egos are actually in the starting blocks, but barring a late withdrawal, the 100 meters at the DN Galan Diamond League track meet in Stockholm on Friday night could be the highlight of the season. Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt has announced that he will be sprinting against a field that includes his countryman Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay of the U.S., a loaded roster that the sport rarely sees outside of Olympics and world championships. Since athletes often duck and dodge rivals to protect their reputation, Bolt's participation is further sign that -- with his most recent defeat coming in 2008 -- he has no serious challengers.
At 39, Allen Johnson decided to retire from the sport he loves. It would be easiest to review the career of one of history's finest hurdlers simply by scanning his astounding resume. The 1996 Olympic champion in the 110 highs was, after all, a four-time world outdoor champ and a gold medal winner in 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2003. He came back to win bronze in Helsinki in 2005, 10 years after winning his first title. He took second at the world indoor championships in Valencia two years ago, when he was 37.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- In warm twilight Thursday at Drake Stadium, 16 men advanced from first-round heats into Friday night's semifinals of the 100 meters at the USA Track and Field national championships. A modest gathering of track fans cheered politely. It was the first round, on the first night. Nothing big was expected.
American Tyson Gay produced a blistering finish to edge out Asafa Powell and take victory in the 100 meters at the World Athletics final in Thessaloniki.
Sprint king Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to beat fellow-Jamaican Asafa Powell in the 100 meters at the Golden League meeting in Zurich, while Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva banished her Berlin World Championships blues by setting a new world record of 5.06 metres.
Usain Bolt completed his hat-trick of sprint titles at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin as he helped the all-conquering Jamaican side power to victory in the men's 4x100m relay final.
In the space of just a year, Usain St. Leo Bolt has become one the most recognizable people on the planet.
The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt talks to CNN about his friendly rivalry with fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell.
Olympic champion Usain Bolt smashed his own record to end the reign of 100-meter title-holder Tyson Gay at the world athletics championships in Berlin on Sunday night.
BERLIN -- The world's fastest man is now even faster, swifter still than the Usain Bolt who sprinted and danced to an Olympic victory at the Beijing Olympics last year. The Jamaican superstar fired off another world record at the world championships in Berlin Sunday, lowering his own 100-meter mark to 9.58 seconds from the 9.69 he ran in winning the Olympics. Unlike last summer, Bolt ran through the finish line, waiting until after his moment in history to celebrate. He was gamely chased by a rejuvenated Tyson Gay, the U.S. rival and defending world champion who was felled by a hamstring injury last year and established himself as a worthy challenger to Bolt with some strong early-season performances. Gay finished in a solid 9.71 seconds, a time only Bolt has ever surpassed in history. Jamaica's Asafa Powell finished third in 9.84.
The fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, admitted he is still fine-tuning his on-track performance ahead of next month's world athletics championships in Berlin in an exclusive with CNN.
Usain Bolt gave further evidence if any was needed of his superlative form ahead of the world championships with an outstanding victory over 100 meters in the London Grand Prix on Friday night.
Triple Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt set a new meeting record in Lausanne with a stunning run over 200 meters of 19.59 seconds despite appalling weather conditions.
Pamela Jelimo collected the entire Golden League's $1 million jackpot on Friday, by winning her sixth straight 800 meters at the Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels, while high jumper Blanka Vlasic lost for the first time in the series.
Usain Bolt clocked 19.63 seconds after easing up before the finish in his first 200-meter outing since his Olympic sprint double, at the Athletissima Grand Prix on Tuesday.
Usain Bolt helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay final in 37.10 seconds Friday night for his third gold medal and third world record of the Olympics
Usain Bolt smashed his own world record in winning the Olympic 100 meters title in Beijing with one of the most remarkable performances in the history of track and field.
BEIJING -- Do the eyes lie or do the eyes tell the truth? If they tell the truth, the Olympic 100 meters is over. Break out the gold medal, give it to 21-year-old Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt and run the race for silver and bronze. Check that; give the silver to his countryman, Asafa Powell and run the race for bronze.
BEIJING -- The track meet starts Friday morning at the Bird's Nest. Ten things I'm most intrigued by at the beginning:
Here was a metaphor screaming to be expressed. Asafa Powell, sweating.
BEIJING -- In the last weekend in June, Tyson Gay finally seemed to have found his path to the Olympic Games. Less than a month after he was crushed in the 100 meters by 21-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt's world record of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Track Classic in New York, Gay won the U.S. Olympic Trials.
World champion Tyson Gay says he will be fit to take his place on the blocks as he bids for 100 meters glory at the Beijing Olympics next week.
To the interloper, the Olympic 100 meters is but a 10-second event. What's shorter? A drag race? Bull-riding?
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva has broken her own world record in the women's pole vault with a leap of 5.04 meters as she warmed up for her Olympic defense.
Usain Bolt showed he will be the man to beat in Beijing over 200 meters with another commanding performance in the London Grand Prix on Saturday.
Former world record holder Asafa Powell won the 100 meters final at the London grand prix on Friday in 9.94 seconds in his final race before the Beijing Olympics.
The Beijing games beckoned, far in the distance, as three sprinters aligned themselves last winter for a run at the grandest title in track and field -- Olympic 100-meter champion. They had clearly defined roles: the favorite, the record holder, the upstart.
Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head in a 100 meters warmup for the Beijing Olympics in Stockholm on Tuesday.
Sprinter Tyson Gay will run in London on July 25, despite suffering a hamstring injury during the US Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday.
The U.S. Olympic track and field team was dramatically changed in a period of five seconds early Saturday afternoon during the team trials at Hayward Field.
World 100 meters champion Veronica Campbell failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics but Usain Bolt justified his title of world's fastest human at the Jamaican Olympic athletics trials in Kingston.
EUGENE, Ore -- On Saturday morning, no less an authority on track and field than Michael Johnson conceded the future of the 100- and 200-meter races to 21-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt. There is evidence to support Johnson's theory.
Reigning Olympic 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin has had his appeal against a four-year doping ban rejected.
On a warm, breezy afternoon in late May, sprinters clogged the faded orange surface of a training track adjacent to the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. World-class athletes mixed with young children wearing tiny racing spikes, a culture worshipping a sport that struggles elsewhere. Coaches shouted instructions and punched stopwatches. Music drifted across from a nearby neighborhood called Nannyville. And all eyes found Usain Bolt, a majestic, 6' 5" 21-year-old poised on the cusp of history.
NEW YORK -- By the time the night sky cleared over Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island and the 43-minute-long thunderstorm rolled eastward Saturday night, Jamaican Usain Bolt stepped into his starting blocks, weathered a false start and added a dash of lightning.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt is officially the fastest man on the planet as he set a new 100 meters world record of 9.72 seconds at an international meeting in New York.
Usain Bolt is now the world's fastest man. The Jamaican sprinter, who doesn't even consider the 100 meters his best race, set the world record Saturday night with a time of 9.72 seconds
Usain Bolt could become the sprinting sensation of the Olympic Games if he keeps up his recent form.
World 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell will delay the start to his season until the end of June because of a chest muscle injury.
Sprinter Tyson Gay was expected to chase three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing. A year ago at the World Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan, Gay rushed to the first page of history by winning the 100 meters, (humbling world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica) 200 meters and anchoring Team USA's gold medal-winning 4x100-meter relay.
World record holder Asafa Powell made a positive start to his Olympic season on Thursday with an easy win in the 100 meters at the Melbourne Grand Prix.
World 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of the Sydney grand prix athletics meeting on Saturday after cutting a knee.
Justin Gatlin has two jobs. One is to run fast, performing in the manner expected of the reigning Olympic 100-meter champion by constantly testing the limits of human speed. The other is to help rebuild the fragile credibility of professional track and field by constantly suggesting--BALCO taught us that you can't prove such things--that he runs without the assistance of steroids. These are heavy and often contrary endeavors.
World 100m record holder Asafa Powell pulled up with a hamstring injury in a 200m race in Yokohama, ending his season disappointingly.
Jamaican Asafa Powell set a new men's world 100m record of 9.74 seconds at the IAAF Grand Prix at Rieti, Italy, on Sunday, beating his old mark of 9.77 set in Athens in June 2005.
The United States won a hotly contested 4x100 meters relay final on Saturday, securing Tyson Gay's third gold medal of the Osaka world championships.
The world track and field championships begin here Saturday morning. Eight matchups I'm looking forward to seeing:
As new 100 meters world champion Tyson Gay begins his quest for the 200 title in Osaka, Tuesday will also be a red letter day for his coach.
A sprinter writes his legacy in contrary moments, trying to mix desperate athletic passion with the calm required to sustain perfect running technique. The body wants to thrash like a child on the playground, flailing toward the finish line. The mind must make it chill, for thrashing is slow and inefficient and leads to defeat. In fractions of a second, champions are divided from the merely swift.
American Tyson Gay blazed down the track in 9.85 seconds to claim the world 100 metres title in Osaka on Sunday, beating world record-holder Asafa Powell into third.
Jamaica's Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay stayed on course for an epic 100 meters showdown by cruising through Saturday's heats at the world championships.
American sprint king Tyson Gay has predicted that the world record could fall in his 100 meters showdown with Jamaican record holder Asafa Powell at the world championships in Osaka this weekend.
American sprint sensation Tyson Gay fell victim to unfavorable conditions again as he was frustrated in his bid to set a new world record over 100 meters at the London Grand Prix on Friday.
Two days of finals in the books. Time to run an old-fashioned two-mile around the USA Track and Field national championships. Eight laps: We'll let Tyson Gay start and Bernard Lagat finish. Beat that.
It is a fact of life in modern track and field that major events are defined as much by the athletes who are absent as by those who are present. This is the unfortunate reality that attends a sport where euphoria is attended by suspicion and fans are advised to embrace a primal and terrific game with great caution, lest they be burned for loving too much.
World record holder Asafa Powell's remarkable season ended on a flat note when the Jamaican was disqualified before his 100 meters race in Yokohama on Sunday.
American Tyson Gay further underlined his growing reputation when he ran another sub-10 second race to win the men's 100 meters at the World Cup.
World record holder Asafa Powell will not compete in the 100m at this weekend's IAAF World Cup in Athens although his name appears on the event's latest start list.
Tyson Gay equaled the third fastest time ever run in the 200 meters to clinch victory in 19.68 seconds on the closing day of the world athletics final on Sunday.
Asafa Powell ran his 12th legal sub-10 seconds 100 meters of the season to clinch victory on day one of the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart on Saturday.
Asafa Powell overcame a poor start to remain on course for a share of the Golden League jackpot with victory in the 100 meters at the Memorial Van Damme on Friday.
Asafa Powell of Jamaica equaled his own 100-meter world record of 9.77 seconds at the Weltklasse Golden League meeting in Zurich on Friday.
World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin has pulled out of Tuesday's meeting in Lausanne, the organizers revealed on Sunday.
Marion Jones stormed to a 100 meters win in 10.92 seconds as she continued her return to the European grand prix circuit at the Golden League meet in Paris on Saturday.
Joint world record holder Asafa Powell has his sights set on claiming the 100 meters mark outright at Saturday's Golden League meeting in Paris.
Joint world record holder Justin Gatlin takes aim at the fastest 100 meters ever run in the United States at the national championships starting on Thursday.
Jamaican Asafa Powell equaled the men's 100 meters world record with a time of 9.77 seconds at a grand prix meeting in Gateshead, England.
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell threw down the gauntlet once again in his much-hyped duel with American Justin Gatlin at the Bislett Games.
Justin Gatlin has been deprived of his 100 meters world record, because of a timing error, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced in Paris on Wednesday.
World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin added the 100 meters world record to his list of achievements with a time of 9.76 seconds at the IAAF Super Tour meeting in Doha.
World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin is aiming to clock a world record 9.75 seconds in Friday's 100 meters at the IAAF Super Tour meeting in Doha.
The 18th Commonwealth Games closed in Melbourne on Sunday after 12 days of intense competition, drama and emotion between the mostly former British colonies.
An electrifying burst by world record holder Asafa Powell carried Jamaica to a rare Commonwealth Games clean sweep of sprint titles.
Asafa Powell and Sheri-Ann Brooks scored a golden 100m double for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Asafa Powell, the fastest man on earth, made his first appearance on the track, but it was two women marathon runners who brought the Commonwealth Games to life on Sunday.
World record holder Asafa Powell shrugged off injury concerns with a strong run at an IAAF world tour event in Melbourne, his final race before the Commonwealth Games.
Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Zurich's Weltklasse meet, thwarting a showdown between the new world record holder and world champion Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters.
Justin Gatlin of the United States added world championship gold to his Olympic title with a commanding victory over 100 meters in Helsinki on Sunday.
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva set athletics history as she became the first woman to pole vault five meters - breaking her own world record at the London Grand Prix on Friday night.
Saif Saeed Shaheen shattered the world steeplechase record at the Brussels Golden League meeting.
Asafa Powell underlined his status as favourite for Olympic gold in the 100 meters when he beat current champion Maurice Greene for the second time in a week at the Zurich Golden League meeting.
Jamaican Asafa Powell handed Olympic 100 meters champion Maurice Greene his second defeat in eight days with an emphatic victory at the London grand prix.
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