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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Women's 100m

 

 

Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 3 & 8 fastest to second round) (Aug 27)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007 Format: Second round (First 4 to semi-finals) (Aug 26)
Nations participating: 200 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 27)
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF    nagai stadium01
Campbell and Edwards had won their respective national titles, had seasonal bests of 10.89 and 10.90 respectively, and were co-favourites for the top spot. Jeter ran the fastest time of the day (11.07) in the first heat, with Ottey eliminated in her eighth appearance over a record span of 24 years at the World Championships. At 47 years 108 days, she became the oldest ever runner to compete at a World Championship and contested a record 59th race. Campbell and Edwards were the fastest in the second round and the next day were winners of the semifinals. In the final Gevaert took an early lead, with Williams and Edwards just behind. At halfway Williams had just edged ahead, but there was only 0.03 covering the top six at halfway. Campbell then powered to the front, leading by 30cm at the 70m mark. Williams closed sharply at the end of the race (as did Jeter), and it was virtually impossible to tell who had won. After a suspensful wait – during which both Campbell and Williams were shown as first on the scoreboard – Campbell got the decision 11.006 to 11.008. Only the 1993 race was closer with 0.001 the winning margin. Behind them Jeter, who had a best of 11.48 before 2007, finished just 0.01 behind for the bronze medal, while Edwards made it a 2-3-4 for the USA. The first two reversed their positions from 2005. A biomechanical study of the race (by Osaka’s University of Health and Sport Sciences) reported that Campbell achieved the highest speed of all the finalists, 10.56 metres per second at 55m.
 These are the official results of the Women's 100 metres event at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan. There were a total number of 74 participating athletes, with eight qualifying heats and the final held on Monday August 27.

Records

World Record  Florence Griffith Joyner (USA) 10.49 Indianapolis, United States 16 July 1988
Championship Record  Marion Jones (USA) 10.70 Seville, Spain 22 August 1999
 
 
  100m 27 August -0.2
  Final

Event Report: Women’s 100m Final

Veronica Campbell made history by becoming the first Jamaican athlete in history to take the world 100m title tonight after edging defending champion Lauryn Williams of the USA in a dramatic photo finish.

It was also some night for Lance Brauman, the coach of Campbell and the men’s 100m winner Tyson Gay, who is spending his last night in a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, where he has been for more than nine months after being found guilty of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud charges.

Amid three minutes of confusion, after the automatic scoring system malfunctioned, Campbell was eventually given the nod ahead of Williams although both were given identical times of 11.01.

Carmelia Jeter of the USA was awarded bronze in a personal best of 11.02. Pre-race favourite Torri Edwards suffered a total meltdown, finishing fourth in 11.05.

Victory was rich reward for Campbell, who having won the 2004 Olympic 200m title, has been desperately seeking a global 100m crown.

“I was very confident – even when we did not know the result of the photo finish – because I know I have got excellent top end speed and a strong finish,” said Campbell. “Besides, I have been working a lot of my start and improved it strongly. This medal means a lot to me and then title is important for my career. The title of World Champion was missing in my collection.”

Williams was satisfied with silver after suffering a difficult year.
“It’s been a long hard road this year with a lot of ups and downs,” she explained. “So, knowing where I came from, I’m proud I could be part of the photo finish. If I realised we were so close, I wouldn’t have leaned so early and run one or two more steps instead.”

Jeter’s bronze was perhaps an even greater surprise than Edwards’ disappointing run. The Larry Wade coached athlete was ranked not even in the world’s top 140 last year and this year has improved from 11.48 to her world final time of 11.02.

“It is so good, I want to kiss someone,” remarked an elated Jeter.

The two favoured athletes were drawn side by side with Edwards in lane six and Campbell in lane seven. However it was Williams who made the superior start and by 60m she had established a clear advantage. Edwards simply crumbled under the pressure. Tension oozed from her body as her natural rhythm evaporated and her challenge for gold withered.

Williams, who had caused a major surprise when winning the world title in Helsinki two years ago, looked set to retain her title against the odds after struggling to impress through the rounds.

But world leader Campbell, with her distinctive wide-arm action, made a desperate lunge for the line as Jeter in lane eight also made a late challenge for gold.

The race was too close to call and as the crowd held its breath for the outcome Edwards, who had appeared fourth to the naked eye, and on the television replays, was awarded the victory on the automatic timing screen with a time of 11.01. Utter confusion reigned. Williams was then given the same time but the athletes looked mystified at the outcome.

Then the automatic timing screen at both ends of the stadium went blank and confusion was replaced by an element of frustration. The matter was not helped by the fact that the media hoards were given the correct result on their monitors before the athletes.

After what seemed like an age, the board flickered back to life to finally reveal the true story: Campbell gold, Williams silver and Jeter bronze, with Edwards, who had looked imperious through the rounds, only fourth.

Campbell raised an arm in triumph and Jamaica, home to such a proud array of world-class sprinters, could finally celebrate its first World 100m champion. It mattered not one jot that Campbell had recorded the slowest ever gold medal winning time in the 24-year history of the championships. 

Osaka 2007 News Team/sl
1 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 11.01
2 Lauryn Williams USA 11 Sep 83 11.01
3 Carmelita Jeter USA 24 Nov 79 11.02
4 Torri Edwards USA 31 Jan 77 11.05
5 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 11.05
6 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.08
7 Kerron Stewart JAM 16 Apr 84 11.12
8 Damola Osayomi NGR 26 Jun 86 11.26
  Semifinals 27 August

Event report: Women's 100m Semi-finals

head between the United States and Jamaica for the bragging rights over 100m.

After Tyson Gay claimed the right to be called fastest man in the world last night ahead of Asafa Powell, so Torri Edwards and Veronica Campbell look set to battle for the fastest woman tag at 22:20 this evening.

Campbell recorded the faster time – 10.99 – to win the second semi. But Edwards looked equally, if not more impressive in winning the first race in 11.02sec.

The American, who’s aiming to regain the crown she relinquished two years ago, cruised into this evening’s final ahead of the defending champion Lauryn Williams looking as if she has more, much more, to come.

Edwards stormed out of the blocks and established enough of a lead over Williams by 80m that she had time to strole through the line, looking around her.

The extent of her dominance was shown by the energy Williams expended just to stay close. She was second in 11.09, her quickest of the year – but the margin between the two would have been far larger had Edwards not eased down.

Campbell seemed to put more effort into her victory. Indeed it was a muscling display from the Helsinki silver medallist after she appeared to stumble slightly in the early stages.

Kerron Stewart of Jamaica, third in 11.12, and Oludamola Osayomi of Nigeria, fourth in 11.18 were the other sprinters from the first race who booked their return to the start line in a little over two hours time.

Christine Arron of France and European champion Kim Gevaert of Belgium needed to run their quickest races of the year to ensure their final places from the second semi. Arron was second in 11.04, two hundredths ahead of Gevaert, with Carmelita Jeter, fourth in 11.08, ensuring the United States have three finalists, just as they did two years ago.

So, Edwards is still on course to emulate Marion Jones as a twice winner of the 100m, a feat Williams could also match tonight, while Campbell – after winning Olympic bronze in 2004 and silver in Helsinki – is looking to move up one more step and take the gold.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mkb

  Heat 1 -0.3
1 Torri Edwards USA 31 Jan 77 11.02 Q
2 Lauryn Williams USA 11 Sep 83 11.09 Q
3 Kerron Stewart JAM 16 Apr 84 11.12 Q
4 Damola Osayomi NGR 26 Jun 86 11.18 Q
5 Tezdzhan Naimova BUL 1 May 87 11.18
6 Chandra Sturrup BAH 12 Sep 71 11.22
7 Laura Turner-Alleyne GBR 12 Aug 82 11.32
8 Sally Pearson AUS 19 Sep 86 11.32
  Heat 2 -0.1
1 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 10.99 Q
2 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.04 Q
3 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 11.06 Q
4 Carmelita Jeter USA 24 Nov 79 11.08 Q
5 Mechelle Lewis USA 20 Sep 80 11.16
6 Yevgeniya Polyakova RUS 29 May 83 11.16
7 Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11 Feb 83 11.21
8 Debbie Ferguson McKenzie BAH 16 Jan 76 11.25
  Quarterfinals 26 August
  Heat 1 -0.2
1 Torri Edwards USA 31 Jan 77 11.13 Q
2 Kerron Stewart JAM 16 Apr 84 11.20 Q
3 Damola Osayomi NGR 26 Jun 86 11.21 Q
4 Yevgeniya Polyakova RUS 29 May 83 11.24 Q
5 Sherry Fletcher-Jones GRN 17 Jan 86 11.32
6 Tahesia Harrigan IVB 15 Feb 82 11.33
7 Lucimar de Moura BRA 22 Mar 74 11.61
Nombulelo Mkenku RSA 30 Jun 89 DNS
  Heat 2 -0.2
1 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 11.08 Q
2 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 11.15 Q
3 Carmelita Jeter USA 24 Nov 79 11.17 Q
4 Laura Turner-Alleyne GBR 12 Aug 82 11.32 Q
5 Irina Khabarova RUS 18 Mar 66 11.38
6 Amandine Allou Affoue CIV 29 Aug 80 11.57
Johanna Manninen FIN 4 Apr 80 DQ
Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI 17 Dec 75 DQ
  Heat 3 -0.3
1 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.17 Q
2 Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11 Feb 83 11.23 Q
3 Mechelle Lewis USA 20 Sep 80 11.25 Q
4 Debbie Ferguson McKenzie BAH 16 Jan 76 11.29 Q
5 Ivet Lalova-Collio BUL 18 May 84 11.33
6 Montell Douglas GBR 24 Jan 86 11.43
7 Verena Sailer GER 16 Oct 85 11.43
8 Daria Korczynska POL 30 Jul 81 11.44
  Heat 4 0.6
1 Chandra Sturrup BAH 12 Sep 71 11.15 Q
2 Lauryn Williams USA 11 Sep 83 11.16 Q
3 Tezdzhan Naimova BUL 1 May 87 11.21 Q
4 Sally Pearson AUS 19 Sep 86 11.31 Q
5 Vida Anim GHA 7 Dec 83 11.36
6 Jeanette Kwakye GBR 20 Mar 83 11.40
7 Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 21 Apr 74 11.49
8 Sasha Springer-Jones TTO 17 Mar 78 11.56
  Heats 26 August

Event Report: Women’s 100m Heats

The main protagonists avoided the first round pitfalls to secure their places in the quarter-finals. Much of the pre-race attention was focused on Veronica Campbell and Torri Edwards and the world’s top two qualified with something to spare. Campbell, the world No1 did not appear to expend a lot of effort as she recorded a routine 11.33 to secure victory in heat two into a slight headwind of 0.8m/s.

Torri Edwards made a solid start in her bid to regain the 100m world title, although the US athlete was forced to work a little harder to secure top spot in heat eight, breaking the beam in 11.14 to defeat African Games champion Damola Osayomi of Nigeria by 0.01.

Pride of place as fastest qualifier went to Carmelita Jeter. The American recovered from a sluggish start to take heat one in 11.07 – just 0.02 slower than her lifetime best. Indeed, the fastest three qualifiers in the round came from that heat with European champion Kim Geveart in second with 11.09 and Sri Lanka’s 1997 world 200m silver medallist, Susanthika Jayasinghe, third in 11.13.
 
Australian powerhouse Sally McLellan caused a surprise by hacking 0.09 from her personal best to pip Bulgaria’s world No7 Tezdzhan Naimova by 0.01 to win heat three in 11.14. The bottle-blonde Naimova boasts a lifetime best of 11.04 but looked like she had to work a little harder than the Australian to ensure qualification.

Christine Arron, of France, a double sprint bronze medallist at the 2005 World Championships, made comfortable work of winning heat four in 11.27.

In heat five Bahamian veteran Chandra Sturrup benefited from a rocket start to cross the line first in 11.32 from Jamaican No2 Kerron Stewart (11.35).

Mechelle Lewis of the USA, who only took her place in the US team after the late withdrawal from the 100m of Allyson Felix, qualified as an eye-catching heat six winner in 11.16 from Jamaica’s Commonwealth 100m champion Sheri-Ann Brooks (11.29).

Defending champion Lauryn Williams of the USA looked a little under par in heat seven settling for second in a modest 11.41 heat seven. The pocket rocket appeared to be over-striding and had to concede the heat to the muscular Russian Yevgeniya Polyakova who ran 11.30.

The second round of the women’s 200m takes place later today starting at 20:35 local time.

Osaka 2007 News Team/sl

  Heat 1 1.3
1 Carmelita Jeter USA 24 Nov 79 11.07 Q
2 Kim Gevaert BEL 5 Aug 78 11.09 Q
3 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI 17 Dec 75 11.13 Q
4 Merlene Ottey SLO 10 May 60 11.64
5 Inna Eftimova BUL 19 Jun 88 11.66
6 Nataliya Pohrebnyak UKR 19 Feb 88 11.71
7 Fatou Tiyana GAM 24 Feb 87 12.44
8 Jenny Keni SOL 11 Oct 82 13.31
  Heat 2 -0.8
1 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 15 May 82 11.33 Q
2 Laura Turner-Alleyne GBR 12 Aug 82 11.46 Q
3 Lucimar de Moura BRA 22 Mar 74 11.49 Q
4 Mae Koime PNG 14 Dec 83 11.64
5 Anastasiya Vinogradova KAZ 13 Sep 86 11.74
6 Marestella Sunang PHI 20 Feb 81 12.44
7 Yvonne Bennett NMA 29 Jul 90 13.16
8 Shokhida Ziyayeva TJK 8 Nov 90 13.16
9 Aleksandra Vojneska MKD 2 May 81 13.24
  Heat 3 1.7
1 Sally Pearson AUS 19 Sep 86 11.14 Q
2 Tezdzhan Naimova BUL 1 May 87 11.15 Q
3 Tahesia Harrigan IVB 15 Feb 82 11.26 Q
4 Amandine Allou Affoue CIV 29 Aug 80 11.27
5 Verena Sailer GER 16 Oct 85 11.33
6 Valentina Meredova TKM 29 Sep 84 12.02
7 Charlene Attard MLT 31 Jan 87 12.06
8 Selloane Tsoaeli LES 10 Jul 77 13.29
9 Sry Hang CAM 20 Sep 84 13.55
  Heat 4 -0.7
1 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.27 Q
2 Debbie Ferguson McKenzie BAH 16 Jan 76 11.36 Q
3 Ivet Lalova-Collio BUL 18 May 84 11.47 Q
4 Irina Khabarova RUS 18 Mar 66 11.49
5 Nombulelo Mkenku RSA 30 Jun 89 11.50
6 Momoko Takahashi JPN 16 Nov 88 11.98
7 Barbara Rustignoli SMR 16 Oct 84 13.33
8 Maria Ikelap FSM 4 Jan 87 13.93
  Heat 5 0.2
1 Chandra Sturrup BAH 12 Sep 71 11.32 Q
2 Kerron Stewart JAM 16 Apr 84 11.35 Q
3 Sasha Springer-Jones TTO 17 Mar 78 11.50 Q
4 Guzel Khubbieva UZB 2 May 76 11.59
5 Carima Louami FRA 12 May 79 11.59
6 Gloria Diogo STP 13 Jan 84 12.21
7 Amanda Choo Sze-Min SIN 10 Oct 87 12.29
8 Ieong Loi MAC 26 Mar 88 12.76
9 Fathia Ali Bouraleh DJI 14 Oct 87 14.14
  Heat 6 0.3
1 Mechelle Lewis USA 20 Sep 80 11.16 Q
2 Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11 Feb 83 11.29 Q
3 Montell Douglas GBR 24 Jan 86 11.39 Q
4 Daria Korczynska POL 30 Jul 81 11.41
5 Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 21 Apr 74 11.44
6 Wan Kin Yee HKG 20 Jul 75 12.12
7 Elis Lapenmal VAN 6 Sep 87 13.10
8 Lilly Pine KIR 31 Jul 89 13.86
9 Waseelah Fadhl Saad YEM 25 Nov 89 14.31
  Heat 7 -0.9
1 Yevgeniya Polyakova RUS 29 May 83 11.30 Q
2 Lauryn Williams USA 11 Sep 83 11.41 Q
3 Johanna Manninen FIN 4 Apr 80 11.52 Q
4 Ruddy Zang Milama GAB 6 Jun 87 11.53
5 Myriam Mani CMR 21 May 77 11.55
6 Tameka Clarke BAH 9 Nov 80 11.59
7 Florence Dembert CHA 13 Sep 89 13.01
8 Fatima Mohammadi AFG 3 Jul 86 16.17
  Heat 8 0.8
1 Torri Edwards USA 31 Jan 77 11.14 Q
2 Damola Osayomi NGR 26 Jun 86 11.15 Q
3 Vida Anim GHA 7 Dec 83 11.22 Q
4 Jeanette Kwakye GBR 20 Mar 83 11.26 q
5 Sherry Fletcher-Jones GRN 17 Jan 86 11.28 q
6 Milena Milasevic MNE 11 Feb 84 12.24
7 Rosa Mystique Jone NRU 7 Nov 90 12.69
8 Felicia Saburo PLW 18 Nov 89 13.40
9 Bounkou Camara MTN 16 Feb 88 13.93

First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q)

Heat 1 26 AUG 2007 11:40

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 239 Kim Gevaert BEL BEL 11.04 11.21
3 293 Inna Eftimova BUL BUL 11.28 11.28
4 865 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI SRI 11.04 11.25
5 459 Fatou Tiyana GAM GAM    
6 861 Jenny Keni SOL SOL 12.64 13.22
7 857 Merlene Ottey SLO SLO 10.74 11.56
8 925 Natalia Pohrebniak UKR UKR 11.37 11.39
9 972 Carmelita Jeter USA USA 11.05 11.05

Heat 2 26 AUG 2007 11:47

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 731 Mae Koime PNG PNG 11.37 11.37
2 898 Shokhida Ziyaeva TJK TJK 12.61 12.61
3 274 Lucimar Aparecida de Moura BRA BRA 11.17 11.20
4 637 Anastassiya Pilipenko KAZ KAZ 11.37 11.37
5 577 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM JAM 10.85 10.89
6 728 Marestella Sunang PHI PHI 12.5  
7 715 Yvette Bennett NMI NMI 14.02  
8 471 Laura Turner GBR GBR 11.19 11.19
9 685 Aleksandra Vojneska MKD MKD 11.74 12.56

Heat 3 26 AUG 2007 11:54

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 899 Valentina Meredova TKM TKM 11.80  
2 213 Sally Pearson AUS AUS 11.23 11.23
3 302 Sry Hang CAM CAM 13.07 13.07
4 339 Affoué Amandine Allou CIV CIV 11.30 11.39
5 297 Tezzhan Naimova BUL BUL 11.04 11.04
6 655 Selloane Tsoaeli LES LES    
7 574 Tahesia Harrigan-Scott IVB IVB 11.13 11.17
8 687 Charlene Attard MLT MLT 11.93 11.93
9 491 Verena Sailer GER GER 11.31 11.31

Heat 4 26 AUG 2007 12:01

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 610 Momoko Takahashi JPN JPN 11.54 11.55
3 429 Christine Arron FRA FRA 10.73 11.06
4 788 Nombulelo Constance Mkenku RSA RSA 11.27 11.27
5 860 Barbara Rustignoli SMR SMR 13.25 13.35
6 296 Ivet Lalova-Collio BUL BUL 10.77 11.26
7 233 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH BAH 10.91 11.12
8 457 Maria Ikelap FSM FSM 13.63  
9 813 Irina Khabarova RUS RUS 11.18 11.43

Heat 5 26 AUG 2007 12:08

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 384 Fathia Ali Bouraleh DJI DJI 12.83 12.83
2 866 Gloria Diogo STP STP 11.98  
3 853 Amanda Choo SGP SGP 12.26 12.32
4 903 Sasha Springer TTO TTO 11.31 11.31
5 661 Loi Ieong MAC MAC 12.65  
6 586 Kerron Stewart JAM JAM 11.03 11.03
7 234 Chandra Sturrup BAH BAH 10.84 11.18
8 1013 Guzel Khubbieva UZB UZB 11.20 11.20
9 441 Carima Louami FRA FRA 11.38 11.38

Heat 6 26 AUG 2007 12:15

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 465 Montell Douglas GBR GBR 11.28 11.28
2 979 Mechelle Lewis USA USA 11.13 11.13
3 808 Ekaterina Grigorieva RUS RUS 11.13 11.25
4 576 Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM JAM 11.05 11.05
5 1014 Elis Lapenmal VAN VAN 13.12 13.12
6 1017 Waseelah Fadhl Saad YEM YEM 13.89  
7 538 Kin Yee Wan HKG HKG 11.73 11.89
8 650 Lilly Pine KIR KIR 14.15  
9 741 Daria Korczynska POL POL 11.39 11.39

Heat 7 26 AUG 2007 12:22

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 342 Myriam Léonie Mani CMR CMR 10.98 11.44
3 458 Ruddy Zang Milama GAB GAB 11.50 11.50
4 201 Fatima Mohammadi AFG AFG    
5 312 Florence Dembert CHA CHA    
6 419 Johanna Manninen FIN FIN 11.27 11.27
7 1007 Lauryn Williams USA USA 10.88 11.11
8 230 Tamicka Clarke BAH BAH 11.26 11.26
9 832 Evgeniya Polyakova RUS RUS 11.09 11.09

Heat 8 26 AUG 2007 12:29

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 531 Sherry Fletcher GRN GRN 11.18 11.18
2 723 Rosa Mystique Jones NRU NRU 12.61 12.78
3 469 Jeanette Kwakye GBR GBR 11.36 11.36
4 959 Torri Edwards USA USA 10.90 10.90
5 688 Milena Milaševic MNE MNE 12.40 12.40
6 511 Vida Anim GHA GHA 11.14 11.33
7 708 Oludamola Osayomi NGR NGR 11.20 11.20
8 691 Bonko Camara MTN MTN 12.49  
9 730 Felicia Saburo PLW PLW    
 

Event preview: Women’s 100m

The battle to be crowned ‘World’s Fastest Woman’ appears to be a two-way tussle between USA’s Torri Edwards and Veronica Campbell of Jamaica.

The pair are the only women to breach the 11-second barrier this season with Edwards winning seven out of eight 100m races, her only loss coming at the hands of Campbell in New York.

Edwards, who won the world 100m title in Paris four years ago, is in the form of her life this year after setting a personal best of 10.90 in Carson and is well prepared to land her second world 100m title.

Campbell, the Olympic 200m champion, has also been in scintillating form this season with three sub-11-second clockings behind her including the world’s fastest time - 10.89 registered in Kingston.

Beyond this pair US and Jamaican athletes continue to feature strongly in the world lists. Campbell is joined on the Jamaican team by Kerron Stewart (11.03) and Commonwealth champion Sheri-Ann Brooks (11.05).

Meanwhile, the US team is bolstered by Carmelita Jeter (11.05), defending champion Lauryn Williams (11.11) and Mechelle Lewis (11.13).

Another name to watch out for is Bulgaria’s double World Junior sprint champion, Tezdzhan Naimova, who has impressed this season with a best time of 11.04.

The reigning European 100m champion Kim Gevaert (BEL) is also entered as is Christina Arron (FRA), who won two sprint bronze medals at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Merlene Ottey, the most bemedalled athlete in the history of the championships, is set for her eighth appearance in the event – 24 years after making her World Championship debut in Helsinki. Ottey, 47, the former Jamaica who now competes for Slovenia, has a season’s best time of 11.56.

Osaka News Team 2007

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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