LINZ, AUSTRIA – Justin Gatlin stretched his season’s unbeaten streak in the 100 meters to 10 races by trashing the 20-year-old best mark of the Gugl Games on Monday.
The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist finished in 9.82 seconds, scraping 0.12 off the meeting record set by Davidson Ezinwa of Nigeria in 1994.
Gatlin’s run was the fastest ever in Austria though he came 0.02 short of his own best mark for the season after clocking 9.80 at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. The American’s personal best is 9.79.
Gatlin finished runnerup to Usain Bolt at the world championships last year, but the Jamaican standout hasn’t competed yet this season. Gatlin’s next appearance is at the Diamond League in Monte Carlo on Friday.
Second-placed Mike Rodgers timed 9.92, while Ryan Bailey took third in 10.12 for an American sweep of the podium. Nesta Carter, part of Jamaica’s golden 4×100 relay team at the London Games, trailed by another 0.01 in fourth.
In the women’s 100, Carina Horn of South Africa and Carrie Russell of Jamaica shared victory in 11.21 but failed to threaten Marion Jones’ 16-year-old meeting record of 10.84. Shalonda Solomon of United States trailed by 0.04 in third.
Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago took the 110 hurdles in 13.42, while indoor world champion Nia Ali of the United States won the women’s 100 in 12.82.
Anthony Chemut of Kenya was the fastest over the unusual 1,000-meter distance, finishing in 2 minutes, 18.20 seconds.
Olympic bronze medalist Will Claye won the long jump with an 8.19-meter effort, beating Mike Hartfield by 0.04. Tyron Stewart jumped 7.76 for another American 1-2-3 sweep.
CAS reduces bans
Kingston — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced 18-month doping bans for Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson to just six months.
Powell, a former world record holder in the 100 meters, and three-time Olympic medalist Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at Jamaica’s national trials last year. In April, Jamaica’s anti-doping disciplinary panel suspended the two athletes for 18 months, with the start of the sanctions backdated to June 21, 2013.
“I never felt that I should not have received a sanction. However, I always felt that the 18 months was not in line with a first-time positive test result,” Powell said in a joint statement released with Simpson on Monday.
Simpson said their “actions were not intentional and CAS has recognized that.”
CAS announced Monday it had decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six months. That time has already been served. The court heard the appeals in New York over two days earlier this month.
The two athletes had requested that their suspensions be reduced to three months, arguing their offenses were “minor” because it was caused by contamination of the supplement “Epiphany D1″ that both of them were taking.
Powell and Simpson have been free to compete since June 18 after CAS granted a stay of the Jamaican panel’s decisions pending the outcome of their doping appeals. The athletes said they would compete Tuesday at a meet in Switzerland “with a renewed sense of excitement and passion.”