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.