Canada’s Connaughton 2nd at Osaka event

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Last Updated: Saturday, May 8

Charlottetown’s Jared Connaughton, seen in 2009, finished second in Osaka on Saturday. (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)
Canadian Jared Connaughton earned the most impressive result of his senior athletics career on Saturday in Japan, finishing second in the 200 metres at the Osaka Grand Prix.

The Charlottetown native, who reached the semifinals at the distance in the Beijing Olympics, crossed the line 20.61 seconds. The 24-year-old trailed only Michael Rodgers of the United States, whose time was 20.55.

Two-time world championships medallist Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., finished third in the 100 metre hurdles with a time of 13.03. American Virginia Powell-Crawford ran 12.76 to take the race, with Russia’s Tetyana Dektyareva in second at 12.88.

Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica won the women’s 100 metres.
Campbell-Brown finished in 11.02 seconds. Japan’s Chisato Fukushima was second with a time of 11.27 while Australia’s Melissa Breen was third in 11.47.

Campbell-Brown, who won gold in the women’s 200 in Beijing and Athens, quickly make up ground to finish comfortably ahead of Fukushima.

“I didn’t get the start I wanted,” Campbell-Brown said. “I didn’t execute the way I wanted but am happy to get the win. It’s always good to come back to Osaka.”

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Queen of Jamaican sprinting just misses 100m podium

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fraser 100m champion2The huge generational shift in Jamaican sprinting continues. Yesterday, Shelly-Ann Fraser took the gold in the women’s 100m final, pushing Veronica Campbell-Brown off the podium in the premier women’s speed event. Since becoming the World Youth 100m champion in 1999, VCB has been a fixture of Jamaican sprinting and she is not going now without a fight.

Photo © Kevin Teichroeb
Photo © Kevin Teichroeb
She became Olympic champion in the 200m in Athens and then duplicated that result again in the 200m in Beijing. In between she became the 2007 100m World Champion in Osaka. No Jamaican woman has ever had so much success. Watch out for Veronica this Friday in the 200.

Here’s a feature I produced about VCB last summer.

Berlin 2009 WOMEN’S 100m RESULTS

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 3 528 Shelly-Ann Fraser JAM 10.73
2 4 531 Kerron Stewart JAM 10.75
3 5 1003 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.90
4 6 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.95

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“The fierce Tyson Gay is out on the track” (reprise)

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A feature I produced last year before the Beijing Games. It’s good to see Tyson come through with a personal best of 9.71 today in Berlin at the World Championships. Hard to imagine a sprinter running 9.71 and losing by over 1/10 of a second.

“The fierce Tyson Gay is out on the track”

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This is a feature I did on Tyson Gay last summer for the Beijing Olympics. The soft-spoken track star is mounting a comeback this year after a hamstring injury destroyed his Olympic summer last year. He had hopes of following up his spectacular double World Championships gold in Osaka in the 100m and 200m with Olympic gold. It wasn’t to be.

Judging by his times this season, he looks like he’s headed for redemption in August in Berlin. Everyone else has already awarded the races to Usain Bolt. Promising showdown.

Gary Reed: “you’ve got to fight like hell …”

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This feature was made just prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

After winning Silver in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Reed found himself just out of the medals last summer in Beijing. Despite missing the podium he considers his results to be a major success. So he should. A second and a fourth in successive years among the world’s 800m elite? That’s better than any other middle distance runner in Canadian track history.

Reed: “Finishing fourth at the Olympics is better than finishing 10th, and 10th is better than finishing 20th and so on. Obviously, you want to win a medal. But do I feel better coming fourth at the Olympics as opposed to ’04, when I came 17th? Yeah, I do. It’s a great accomplishment.”