EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — South Africa's Caster Semenya is preparing to defend her 800-meter title at the Prefontaine Classic amid controversy over international track and field's impending rule that could limit her from competing at the distance in the future.
Semenya won the 1,500 in a South African-record time earlier this month in Doha. She'll attempt to defend her Diamond League 800 title on Saturday at Eugene's historic Hayward Field.
Gatlin still going strong with new coach at age of 36
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Gatlin recently turned 36, elderly by sprinting standards.
Yet the reigning world 100-meter champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist shows no signs of slowing down. Gatlin even finds himself starting over with a new coach who actually happens to be a familiar one.
Gatlin fires coach, ‘shocked’ by newspaper allegations
LONDON (AP) — World 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin fired coach Dennis Mitchell following an undercover investigation reported Tuesday that appeared to show people linked to the sprinter offering to supply performance-enhancing drugs.
Smart asks No. 4 Georgia to ignore poll, focus on Missouri
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — It's far too early for Georgia players to pay attention to their No. 4 ranking.
That's the message from coach Kirby Smart, who on Monday offered the reminder the undefeated Bulldogs are only halfway to the finish line.
Smart said he'd talk to his players about maintaining focus on Saturday's Southeastern Conference game against Missouri.
To illustrate his cautionary point, Smart referenced Justin Gatlin's 100-meter win over Usain Bolt at the IAAF World Championships this summer.
Bolt predicts his world records could stand for 15-20 years
KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Usain Bolt is feeling no pressure in retirement, confident his best times can remain world records for decades.
The only sprinter to capture the 100- and 200-meter track titles at three consecutive Olympics, Bolt retired last month after the world championships in London. He holds the world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 — both set in Berlin in 2009.
Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.
Tennessee announced its eight-person class Thursday.
The class also includes softball pitcher Monica Abbott, former men's swimming coach Ray Bussard, Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin, former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, former swimmer Jeremy Linn and former women's track star Delisa Walton Myricks.
Justin Gatlin confused by crowd’s boos at IAAF World Championships
American sprinter Justin Gatlin has accused the media of sensationalizing his rivalry with eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
The Latest: Bowie wins 100 meters at world championships
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from the world championships (all times local):
Tori Bowie won the 100 meters at the world championships and made it 2-0 for the United States over Jamaica in the battle for sprint supremacy.
Bowie threw her chest forward with a final lunge to nip Marie-Josee Ta Lou and win in 10.85 seconds. She beat Ta Lou by .01 seconds.
Once over the line, she fell on the track without a clue whether she had won gold.
LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt will surrender another world title. This one, without even taking the track.
The Jamaican great is skipping the 200 meters at the world championships, bringing an end to his string of four straight titles in his favorite event.
This was planned. The loss to Justin Gatlin — along with up-and-coming sprinter Christian Coleman — in the 100 meters? Not so much.
LONDON (AP) — One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him.
One final time, the World's Fastest Man furiously pumped the arms and legs on his gangly 6-foot-5 frame, desperately trying to reel in all those would-be winners as the finish line fast approached.
The Latest: Schafer takes lead in heptathlon at worlds
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from the track world championships (all times local):
Carolin Schafer of Germany ran a fast 200 meters to move ahead of Olympic champion Nafi Thiam in the hepathlon standings after four of seven events at the world championships.
Trailing Thiam for most of the day, Schafer produced a time of 23.58 seconds, .99 seconds faster than Thiam.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The three once-homeless sisters recited all the athletes they met at nationals and the souvenirs they received as they slurped shaved ice.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Justin Gatlin showed the youngsters that age is just a number. As in, get down the track quick and post a good one.
A changing of the guard? Not on his watch.
The 35-year-old Gatlin surged past up-and-comer Christian Coleman to win the 100 meters on Friday night at the U.S. track and field championships. To celebrate, Gatlin sidestepped back down the track.
At 21 and coming off an NCAA title, Coleman was the sprinter all set to usher in a new era. It will have to wait.
ROME (AP) — Andre De Grasse isn't interested in taking over from Usain Bolt as the world's best sprinter when the eight-time Olympic champion retires later this year.
He's ready now.
"I'm trying to win this year. I feel like I have a great chance and that's what I want to do," De Grasse told The Associated Press ahead of Thursday's Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meet, where the Canadian will run the 200 meters.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Mo Farah pounded his chest after crossing the finish line on a U.S. track for perhaps the final time.
Farah won the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic at Oregon's Hayward Field on Saturday in 13 minutes, 0.70 seconds.
KAWASAKI, Japan (AP) — Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday.
The American crossed the finish line just .03 seconds ahead of Japan's Aska Cambridge. Shuhei Tada, also of Japan, was third in 10:35.
"Glad to open up my season here with a good time," Gatlin said. "I've been a little bit injured, and haven't been able to train as hard as I want to, but I've been working on my finish and it helped out today."
SHANGHAI (AP) — Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica overcame a slow start to win the women's 100 meters at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday, her second victory in as many weeks.
Thompson, who captured the women's 200 at the season-opening Doha Diamond League, pulled away at the 80-meter mark and eased to victory in 10.78 seconds, the fastest time in the world this season.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson overcame a slow start to win the women's 100 meters at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday, her second victory in as many weeks.
The Jamaican, who captured the women's 200 at the season-opening Doha Diamond League last week, pulled away at the 80-meter mark and eased to victory in 10.78 seconds, the fastest time in the world this season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's video of a Tennessee athlete running the 40-yard dash faster than anyone ever has at the NFL combine.
Except he didn't get drafted. He's not even a football player. He did it for fun and watched the video gain traction on social media.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Olympic champion Thomas Rohler threw the javelin further than anyone else has done for more than 20 years at the Diamond League opener in Doha, while Akani Simbine was the surprise winner of the 100 meters on Friday.
Other winners on the night included Caster Semenya, Kendra Harrison and Elaine Thompson.
In movie, Justin Gatlin reflects on rise, fall, rise again
The heaving, uncontrollable sobs have occurred twice for Justin Gatlin. Once, for a failed drug test in his prime that led to a stay in track's version of purgatory. The other, over a .01-second slipup that he'll never get over.
Say this much for the controversial sprinter: His life has certainly been filled with peaks and valleys, which he reveals in an hour-long documentary titled "Rise Again — The Justin Gatlin Story."
Appeal denied, questions prevail for US relay team
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It shouldn't be that hard. The Americans make it look that way.
The latest U.S. debacle in the Olympic relays reached its end point Saturday, when track officials rejected the protest from the American team and upheld their disqualification from the 4x100-meter men's relay race from the night before. The United States crossed the line third, but Canada keeps the bronze medal.
Bronze gone? Another race, another miscue for US relay team
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers were almost through parading the American flag around the track — celebrating a bronze medal of all things — when their names flashed on the big board, along with two letters: "DQ."
The smiles — gone.
Those medals — might be gone, too.
This nightmare — it never ends for the U.S. men in sprint relays.
After a day off, Usain Bolt is back in his quest for more gold — in his favorite event, too: the 200 meters.
Miller: Usain Bolt brings showmanship to Olympics in a flash
RIO DE JANEIRO - This time, the devil wore red, white and blue, the bad guy being our guy.
In a battle so theatrical that the only thing missing was a pair of dueling light sabres, everything right about track and field Sunday collided with everything wrong about these Olympics.
RIO DE JANEIRO — If there were any doubts, it took less than 10 seconds — 9.81, to be exact — for Usain Bolt to erase them.
Column: Usain Bolt can’t end the greatest show in track yet
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Not so fast, Usain Bolt.
Please don't run away from us after this Olympics. Don't even think about putting an end to the greatest show in track.
The Olympics need you badly. The sport of track needs you desperately.
On a beautiful night in Rio, the most beautiful sight at the Olympic Stadium had to be Bolt chasing down Justin Gatlin and pulling away to an unprecedented third straight Olympic gold in the race that crowns the fastest man on earth.
Star time for NBC’s Olympics coverage with Usain B
NEW YORK (AP) — After Usain Bolt's dominating performance in the 100-meter semifinals, NBC track analyst Ato Boldon summed up the chances that a rival could prevent the Jamaican from winning a third Olympic gold medal in track's showcase event: "You better hope he loses a shoe or something in the finals."
He didn't lose a shoe - or the race. Like with Michael Phelps, another Olympic headliner had come through with a crowd-pleasing performance.
Usain Bolt still the fastest man in the world
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even a lumbering start couldn't slow down the world's fastest man.
Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The Jamaican great defeated American rival Justin Gatlin by .08 seconds for his seventh Olympic gold medal. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.
Mark Purdy’s Rio Games Guide: Usain Bolt Goes for a 100-meter Three-peat
Mark Purdy's Rio-Rama Recommendations A daily guide of helpful tips to better enjoy the 2016 Summer Olympics
Each morning here at the Rio Games, I will preview the day's events to help readers formulate viewing and reading priorities. I also may rant a bit, so please forgive me in advance ...
Bolt chases Olympic history in men’s 100 meters
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As Usain Bolt churned down the Olympic track, his main rival was trying to get in front of a TV monitor to catch a quick glimpse of the race.
Justin Gatlin missed the Jamaican's first-round heat. That's OK, the American sprinter has seen plenty of Bolt to know exactly what to expect.
RIO DE JANEIRO In terms of global interest, the activities on Saturday night at Olympic Stadium felt like a warmup for Sunday night, when Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, among others, will duel for gold in the 100 meters.
What to watch at the Rio Games on Sunday
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A decade ago, when Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin was banned from his sport for a doping violation, he thought about spending his time playing professional football.
He tried out with the Houston Texans. And then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gatlin quickly learned that it takes more than just world-class speed to make it in the NFL.
"It's so tough," he told The Associated Press. "I would say that how track and field is built without...
With so much focus on Usain Bolt's injured hamstring and the Russian team's ban amid charges of systematic doping, it's easy to lose track of who could be making the headlines at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Always among the marquee Olympic attractions, the track and field competition runs Aug. 12-21. From the 100-meter sprints to the marathons, there are 47 gold medals up for grabs. Some athletes and events to watch:
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A few more kids are on their way to Brazil after Saturday's racing at the U.S. Track and Field Trials.
In this case, they are 41-year-old Bernard Lagat's son and daughter, Miika and Gianna.
The American record-holder flipped the script on a youth-filled trials Saturday, running his final lap of the 5,000 meters in 52 seconds to charge from sixth to first and earn his fifth, and most surprising, trip to the Olympics.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Those two high schoolers really can fly. So can that relative newcomer to the 200 meters, LaShawn Merritt.
Be ready, Justin Gatlin, they'll be chasing you.
A pair of 18-year-olds, Michael Norman and Noah Lyles, turned heads Friday after blistering performances in the semifinals at the U.S. Track and Field Trials. Norman won his heat over Gatlin. Lyles wasn't really challenged in his heat.
Moments later, Merritt stole the show; the runner...
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Amber Campbell qualified for the Olympics in hammer throw after a throw of 242 feet, 10 inches that set the record for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Joining her will be Gwen Berry and Deanna Price. Berry recently served a three-month doping ban for using a barred asthma medication.
Rudy Winkler won the men's competition but neither he nor anyone else in the field reached an Olympic qualifying standard.