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  • U.S. Wins 100m Sweep in Rainy Helsinki


    08/09/05

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/rainyhelsinki.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>The track at the Olympic Stadium on Monday has a rainy sheen, but the meet goes on, rain or shine (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) Better weather is expected in Helsinki at the IAAF Athletics World Championships after a day of rain Monday made the women's 100m more of slog than a dash. Lauryn Williams won gold, sealing a U.S. sweep in the 100m.<BR><BR>Justin Gatlin was the winner of the men's 100m Sunday, the second day of the world championships. <BR><BR>In other developments, Uganda can claim its first medal since the world championships were launched in 1983. Dorcas Inzikuru won the 3000m women's steeplechase, the debut in the championships for the female event, which the IAAF hopes to add to the Olympics. <BR><BR>And for the first time in Helsinki , a bonus has been awarded for a world record performance. Russian race walker Olimpiada Ivanova, 34, will receive a $100,000 prize for breaking the new record in 20k race walk. Her time of 1:25:41 was 41 seconds faster than the mark set in 2001. <BR><BR>USA Track and Field CEO Craig Masback tells Around the Rings he is pleased with the speed at which a new generation of U.S. athletes are coming of age.<BR><BR>"What we have to do is solidify our strengths in the sprints an <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/JustinGatlin.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Fastest man on earth: Justin Gatlin is the 100m champion in Helsinki. (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>d hurdles and a few other events," he says. The prospects exist for the highest ever medal count for the U.S. at a championships and perhaps in the 2008 Olympics, says the USATF executive. <BR><BR>The IAAF Athletics World Championships end on August 14. <BR><BR><B>More from the Around the Rings interview with Craig Masback in Helsinki, in the August 12 issue of Around the Rings. Masback talks about doping and the U.S., prospects for U.S.-hosted world championships and other issues, all part of Around the Rings on-the-scene coverage from Helsinki.</B>