Harrison stuns in women’s hurdles as Gatlin wins 100m

—Fraser-Pryce last in women’s 100m

EUGENE, Oregon,  (Reuters) – Keni Harrison equalled the second-fastest 100 metres hurdles ever run and fellow American Justin Gatlin breezed to a sparkling but wind-assisted 100 metres victory at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting yesterday.

Kirani James wins sports personality of the year

ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada,  CMC- Reigning World and Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James is Grenada’s sports personality of 2012, copping his fourth consecutive title at the weekend.

More Int’l competitions for Alika this year

-Black wants more to be done for athletes

By Iva Wharton Coming off a sub par year in 2011 by her usual lofty standards, top female long distance athlete Alika Morgan is contemplating participating in more international competitions this year.

GDF draw first blood

The Guyana Defence Force drew first blood when the 2011 Inter Services Championships ran off with a 10 kilometres road relay yesterday morning.

Persaud carts off feature event

Robin Persaud carted off the 35-lap Schoolboys and Novices race yesterday when National cycling Coach Hassan Mohammed and the Unitech Awning ran off a successful 11 race cycling meet at the National Park circuit, Thomas Lands.

Walker dethroned as Demus crowned 400m champion

DAEGU, South Korea, CMC – Jamaican Melaine Walker failed in her title defence as American Lashinda Demus stormed to a world-leading time to win the women’s 400 metres hurdles at the World Championships yesterday.

Bolt back on centre stage on day seven in Daegu

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Jamaican Usain Bolt  returns to the Daegu Stadium yesterday with a second chance to  put his stamp on the 13th world championships five days after  his 100 metres debacle.

‘Sluggish’ Felix into 200 final

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – After putting her  life on ice for two days, defending champion  Allyson Felix eased  into the final of the women’s 200 metres at the world  championships yesterday.

Jamaican Powell decides to miss relay

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Former world 100  metres record holder Asafa Powell has decided he will not run in  the Jamaican relay team at the Daegu world championships, his  agent said yesterday.

Pompey blames lack of sleep for Daegu defeat

Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 2002 National Sportswoman of the Year, Aliann Pompey said her failure to reach the final of the 400m at the World Championships was an emotional loss.

Battling Baala bemoans luck after 1,500 fal

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – France’s Mehdi Baala,  who slugged it out on the track with a team mate in Monaco last  month, is starting to think he is cursed after falling in the  1,500 metres heats at world championships on Tuesday.

Kaniskina breaks curse as Daegu catches breath

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – A gritty Russian  racewalker won the solitary gold up for grabs yesterday as a  world championships characterised so far by drama and  disqualifications reached its midway point.

Teenager James wins thrilling gold for Grenada

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Teenager Kirani James  exploded on to the world stage with a thrilling victory in the  400 metres final to give the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada  its first world championships medal yesterday.

Dominant Rudisha wins 800 metres gold

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – World record holder  David Rudisha won gold in the men’s 800 metres at the world  championships yesterday with a dominant display of front  running.

Daegu drama!

-Robles stripped of gold; Felix double dream over; Jeter wins women’s 100m

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Cuban hurdler Dayron  Robles was stripped of gold and glory at the world athletics  championships yesterday in a twist every bit as dramatic as  Usain Bolt’s disqualification from the blue riband 100 metres  sprint the night before.

Top names flirt with curse of the cover

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Pole vault queen  Yelena Isinbayeva and 800m world record holder David Rudisha  take centre stage at the world athletics championships today — and both could be forgiven for hoping they do not  appear on the cover of the official programme for the Daegu  event.

Cubans lament Robles’ disqualification in world final

HAVANA, (Reuters) – A member of Cuban Dayron Robles’  coaching team said barging into rivals was a regular occurrence  in hurdles after the Olympic gold medallist was disqualified at  the world athletics championships yesterday.

Kenyan policewoman survives fall to win first gold

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Usain Bolt brought  world-class pizzazz to the athletics world championships yesterday where one Olympic champion ducked out without  completing even a single pole vault and another was in tears  after false starting in her 400 metres heat.

Bolt confident for world 100 metres

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, the  world’s fastest man, predicted yesterday he would retain his  world 100 metres title in Daegu, South Korea, easily this month  provided he gets a decent start.

French pole-vaulter Quinon dead in apparent suicide

NICE, (Reuters) –  Former French pole-vaulter Pierre Quinon, who won the gold  medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, has died in an  apparent suicide, the French Athletics Federation said on  Thursday.

Injured Vlasic will defend world high jump title

SPLIT, Croatia, (Reuters) – World high jump champion  Blanka Vlasic will defend her title despite a hamstring injury  which nearly forced her to pull out of the upcoming world  championships in the South Korean city of Daegu, she said yesterday.

US sprinter Rodgers exits worlds under doping cloud

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – U.S. sprinter Michael Rodgers,  who tested positive for a prohibited stimulant last month, has  accepted a provisional suspension yesterday and withdrew from  this month’s world championships in South Korea.

Bolt leads star-studded line up to Daegu

KINGSTON, Jamaica,  CMC – World sprint champion Usain Bolt leads an array of stars in a Jamaica 50-member contingent named Monday for the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea starting month end.

Bekele to defend world title despite year out

RALEIGH, North Carolina, (Reuters) – Ethiopian  Olympic and world champion Kenenisa Bekele will defend his  10,000 metres world title later this month despite not having  raced since early 2010, his manager said yesterday.

HQ run out champs

Headquarters yesterday ran out champions at the 57th edition of the Guyana Police Force Inter Unit Championships at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.

Boston bags bronze

Guyana’s Rolyce Boston jumped his way to a bronze medal last Friday evening at the Junior Pan American Championships in Miami, Florida.

Alika Morgan wins 5K race in T/dad

Distance queen, Alika Morgan comfortably won the first of three marathon events when she defeated all and sundry in the Westshore sponsored 5K event last Saturday in Trinidad.

Stephan James places 6th in Pan Am 400m finals

National 400 metres junior champion Stephan James placed sixth in the 400-metre final at the ongoing Pan American Junior Championships yesterday in Miami, Florida while Iana Amsterdam failed to show up to participate in her events.

Carter, Stewart, Spence log victories

PADOVA, Italy, CMC – Nesta Carter grabbed a reassuring victory on Sunday at the Atletica Mondiale meet, leading a tiny group of Jamaican competitors that continued to fine tune for this year’s World Championships.

Final day wins put Jamaica on top of medal table

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico, CMC – A final day that featured victories for sprint hurdlers Vonette Dixon and Eric Keddo, as well as distance runner Korene Hinds, and the women’s mile relay squad propelled Jamaica to the top of the medal standings at the end of the Central American & Caribbean Senior Championships on Sunday.

Doping in sport

Reuters) – Factbox on some of the main substances  and methods used for doping in sport:     ERYTHROPOIETIN (EPO)   * EPO is a peptide hormone that is produced naturally by the  human body.

Bledman storms to 100m victory as T&T dominate

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico, CMC – Olympic sprint relay silver medallist Keston Bledman handed Trinidad and Tobago one of four gold medals on the opening day of the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Championships, when he snatched the men’s 100 metres here Friday.