Gatlin sets 100 metres world record of 9.76
DOHA, May 13 (Reuters) World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin broke
the 100 metres world record with a time of 9.76 seconds at an IAAF Super
Tour meeting on Friday. The 24-year-old American beat the previous mark
of 9.77 set by Jamaica's Asafa Powell in Athens in June last year to
finish ahead of Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba (9.84) and fellow American
Shawn Crawford (10.08), the Olympic 200 metres champion.
"I am the best of the best because I am the Olympic champion, the
world champion and the world record holder now," Gatlin told reporters.
"I thought I would do it and I kept my word. I am a man who likes
challenges and my acceleration today was phenomenal." Gatlin announced
he had his sights set on the world record earlier this week after
clocking 9.95 seconds in his first outing of the season in Osaka last
He recorded the previous fastest time in the world this year, 9.85
seconds, in the Doha semis. In the final, Crawford received a warning
for a false start.
Gatlin, in lane four, trailed Fasuba at the halfway mark on the
resumption before changing gears smoothly to clinch victory and end his
In 2004, the American was beaten here by Crawford while last year he
was pipped by Olympic runner-up Francis Obikwelu of Portugal.
Gatlin and Powell, who also ran 9.95 in Kingston, Jamaica at the
weekend, are due to clash at a grand prix meeting in Gateshead, England
on June 11.
The pair last met on the track in London last July when Powell pulled
up with a groin problem that put paid to his season. Gatlin said the
world record could go again later in 2006. "The timings could be further
improved this year, probably in Europe," said Gatlin, who dedicated his
record to God and his parents.
World champion Bershawn Jackson of the U.S. won the men's 400 hurdles
in 48.65 ahead of Greek Periklis Iakovakis (49.82).
Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania set a meet record in the men's discus
with a throw of 69.47 metres. Olympic champion Allyson Felix of the U.S.
won the women's 200 in 22.77 despite being hampered by a hamstring
Compatriot Stephanie Durst, who earlier won the 100 in a
wind-assisted 11.12, finished second. World champion Perry Michelle of
the U.S. was disqualified in the women's 100 hurdles for failing to
cross the ninth obstacle and pushing it down with her hands.
The race was won by Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-London. Russian Oksana
Udmurtova leapt a year's best 7.02 metres to win the long jump ahead of
Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedeva.