Canada’s Connaughton 2nd at Osaka event

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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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2010 Olympics luge track will reopen

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Article by Charlie Smith

Vanoc and the International Luge Federation have announced that the Olympic luge track will reopen in Whistler on Saturday (February 13) after the walls are raised at the exit of curve 16.

In addition, Vanoc and the federation have announce “a change in the ice profile” at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

There will be two men’s training runs earlier in the day, followed by competition beginning at 5 p.m.

Georgia athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili died today following an accident in the final corner during a training run.

The federation conducted an investigation and concluded that Kumaritashvili “came late out of curve 15 and did not compensate properly to make correct entrance into curve 16”.

“This resulted in a late entrance into curve 16 and although the athlete worked to correct the problem he eventually lost control of the sled resulting in the tragic accident,” the federation stated in the joint statement.

The investigation concluded that there was “no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track”.

Georgia Straight

Tyson Gay equals second fastest men’s 100 time

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Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:10pm IST
By Liu Zhen and Nir Elias

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Former world champion Tyson Gay equalled the second fastest 100 metres time ever on Sunday when he clocked 9.69 seconds at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix.

Gay’s time equalled the world record set by Jamaican Usain Bolt when he won the 100 metres final at last year’s Beijing Olympics.

Bolt reduced his mark to 9.58 seconds at this year’s Berlin world championships with Gay second in 9.71.

Gay, who has been suffering from a strained groin, told reporters he would be more motivated to challenge Bolt’s world record when he was fully fit.

“I’m not too motivated because I’ve not been fully healthy …I ran my run so well even though my groin hurts,” he said.

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Kamloops’ Reed captures 800m silver

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Great way to close out the season! Reed was also third in the last Golden League event of the season a week ago in Brussels.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2009

British Columbian Gary Reed’s silver-medal finish in the 800-metre race led Canadians at the IAAF World Athletics Final meet in Thessaloniki, Greece Saturday.

Racing before a crowd of 27500, Reed was lying in seventh place with 200 metres to go when he put in his final kick that pushed him past South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the world champion at that distance.

Reed finished in second behind Kenya’s David Lekuta, who claimed gold with a 1:44.85 time.

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Bolt wins Weltkasse race, Gary Reed 5th in 800m

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ZURICH — Assoc. Press
Last updated on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

World record-holder Usain Bolt shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres in 9.81 seconds at the Weltklasse meet on Friday.

Bolt, the world and Olympic champion, trailed Powell halfway into the race then used his huge stride to pull ahead and even eased up in the last couple of metres. Powell finished in 9.88, followed by two Americans, Darvis Patton in 9.95 and Michael Rodgers in 9.98.

In his first race since smashing world records in the 100 and 200 at the world championships in Berlin, Bolt did not crush his rivals but still had enough to win ahead of Powell, the former world record-holder.

David Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 in 1:43.52 by beating world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and silver medalist Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya. Mulaudzi was third and Kirwa Yego second.

Victoria’s Gary Reed was fifth in 1:44.26.

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Kai Long sets record straight on Owens legend

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Long’s sportsmanship was not case of race, says son
By Pirate Irwin (AFP) – 1 hour ago

BERLIN — A world famous legend recalling how German Luz Long crossed racial barriers to help American rival Jesse Owens qualify for the long jump final at the 1936 Olympics has been downplayed by Long’s son Kai.

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photo courtesy of AFP
Kai Long said his father, whose actions helped Owens win the gold, prompting a furious Adolf Hitler to leave the stadium early, had simply acted within the old tradition of amateur sportsmanship.

“It was not a question of race, of being black and white,” said Long, who is attending the world athletics to watch the long jump final.

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Upsets in the 800m

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Phil Noble/Reuters

Canada’s reigning world silver medallist Gary Reed and Sudan’s reigning Olympic silver medallist Ismail Ismail both failed to qualify for the [800m] final, scheduled for 1525 GMT on Sunday.

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And in other results, Mens 400m final BerlinLaShawm Merritt once again beat Jeremy Wariner to lead a 1-2 US rush to the 400m podium.

1 4 1206 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.06
2 6 1242 Jeremy Wariner USA 44.60
3 3 1113 Renny Quow TRI 45.02

Germany Athletics WorldsVeronica Campbell-Brown also finished second, again to her nemesis, Alyson Felix. Felix has now won her third consecutive world championships 200m title.

21 August 2009
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark
1 6 986 Allyson Felix USA 22.02
2 5 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 22.35
3 4 126 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 22.41

All results from IAAF site