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Blessing

Okagbare and Bailey-Cole are Commonwealth Games 100m champions

GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria and Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole won the men’s and women’s 100m titles at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park on Monday.

Okagbare, who started the day as the 1/4 favourite to win the gold medal, showed her class against a very strong field on her way to clocking a Commonwealth Games record of 10.85 seconds for the title.

“I am so excited right now! A new season’s best and win. I’m happy I was able to put on a show,” Okagbare told BBC Sport.

“I executed it and stayed patient like my coach said I should and after 70 metres it just felt easy!

The Nigerian is the heavy favourite win the 200m and the long jump and she is looking forward to competing in those as well.

“I still have the 200m and the long jump and I’m looking forward to both of those events now.”

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown collected the silver medal in 11.03secs, with countrywoman Kerron Stewart taking the bronze in 11.07.

England’s Asha Phillip took fourth place, and although she missed out at winning a medal, the sprinter was happy with her new personal best time of 11.18.

She told BBC Sport after the race: “Fourth is always the first loser as people say, but I’m so proud of myself.

“I wanted a medal but it’s my first Commonwealth Games and I’ve loved the experience. I am going to take it on the chin and there’s more to come from me.”

Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Bailey-Cole used a strong finish to secure the gold medal in 10.00seconds, while his teammate and world record holder Usain Bolt watched.

“It means a lot because it’s my first individual medal at a Championship,” Bailey-Cole speaking to BBC Radio 5. “It’s just the start of the individual medals.

“The aim was to come out here and win and I did just that. I said to myself ‘these guys can’t beat me’”.

The Jamaican sped home ahead of England’s Adam Gemili, who clocked 10.10 seconds, while Jamaican champion Nickel Ashmeade, the 4/1 favourite at the start of the day, won the bronze in 10.12.

“This is my first senior medal. I’m speechless,” Gemili told BBC Sport after winning the silver medal. “There’s so much prepration that goes into running 10 seconds – my team put a lot of work in behind the scenes. I can’t believe it, this is my first time representing England and I’m so happy.

“This is something I’m never going to forget. It’s not about times today, it’s positions because the times will come.

“Medals are what count and this is a stepping stone now for the Europeans, Worlds and then Rio in 2016.”

American hurdler Lolo Jones in action

Lolo Jones, Steve Hooker Added To adidas Grand Prix Line Up

Steve Hooker and Lolo Jones will compete at the adidas Grand Prix.

American hurdler Lolo Jones in action

Olympic and World champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker of Australia and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones of the United States will compete in a star-studded lineup at the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 12, organizers announced Thursday.

The adidas Grand Prix, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet, international Diamond League circuit. Hooker is one of the original nine IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors.

Hooker and Jones, both recent World Indoor champions, will be joined by American Olympic silver medalist Jenn Suhr (née Stuczynski), who will headline the women’s pole vault. Also in the field are previously announced Olympians Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Americans Bernard Lagat and Hyleas Fountain and World champion Jessica Ennis of Great Britain.

This is Hooker’s first meet back in New York since he attempted the indoor world record height of 6.15 meters (20 feet, 2 inches) at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in January 2009.

“New York City was good to me at the Millrose Games last year, so I am hoping for big jumps in my Diamond League return to the Big Apple,” Hooker said.

Hooker, 28, continued his recent success at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in March, clearing a championship record of 6.01m (19 feet, 8 1/2 inches) to notch his first World Indoor title. Since turning professional in 2006, he has dominated the pole vault scene and is the only man to win Olympic gold, World Indoor and Outdoor titles, and gold at the Commonwealth Games in a single event.

Jones, 27, of Baton Rouge, La., had a breakthrough performance in Doha, becoming the first woman to win back-to-back World Indoor titles in the 60-meter hurdles and breaking the American record set by Gail Devers in 2003. She is a three-time USA Indoor champion, claiming titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Jones was also the U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 100m hurdles in 2008.

Suhr, 28, of Churchville, N.Y., is both the indoor and outdoor American record-holder in the pole vault, making her the No. 2-ranked jumper in history behind world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva. Suhr was the Olympic silver medalist in 2008 and has won seven U.S. national titles. She married long-time coach Rick Suhr in January 2010.

For more information go to www.adidasgrandprix.com.

Report: Kelly Sotherton set to snub Commonwealth Games

LONDON – Organizers of next year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India have been hit with another blow following the news that Kelly Sotherton will not defend her heptathlon title.

Sotherton, who won the title when Australia hosted the last Games in Melbourne in 2006, has decided that the timing of the meeting would not suit her.

The Games are due to open on October 3 and Sotherton also believes that fellow Great Britain team mates and world championships gold medallists Phillips Idowu and Jessica Ennis are also set to skip the event.

“A lot of us have been advised not to go,” Sotherton said on Insidethegames.

“If it was a month earlier it would be different, but it affects the following year.

“I’ve already won it.

“Phillips has too and I don’t need to go and prove myself there.”

The absence of such high-profiled athletes would bring further pressure on the organizers who are yet to confirmed the names of some leading athletes from other countries, such as Usain Bolt, Shelly Fraser and Asafa Powell from Jamaica, in addition to the Trinidadians and Bahamians.

Bolt has said it is still too early to make that sort of decision and pointed to his coach Glen Mill to have the final say. Powell, the defending 100m champion is also relying on the decision of his coach Stephen Francis.

By Susan Porter, World-Track

Sally McLellan set to skip early season next year with back injury

SYDNEY — Olympic 100m hurdles silver medallist Sally McLellan is set to skip the early parts of next season as she is still being bothered by a nagging back injury.

Sally McLellan of Australia competing in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the Herculis 2009 meeting in Monaco PHOTO/Kurt Morris
Sally McLellan of Australia competing in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the Herculis 2009 meeting in Monaco PHOTO/Kurt Morris

The Australian who struggled with the injury during this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin, does not expect to start hurdling competitively until the middle of the season.

However, McLellan, who plans to run at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October, has not ruled out competing over the short sprints during the Australian domestic season.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure if I am competing this season, in the Australian domestic season,” McLellan said in the Herald Sun.

“If I am [going to compete then] it will be in the 100m and 200m.

“I will probably know at the end of the month whether I will be able to compete. At the moment I’m just waiting patiently but I definitely won’t be hurdling until much later.”

She explained that the injury that unsettled her in Berlin – finishing 5th after heading into the championships as a strong gold medal favourite – revisited while she was training for the heptathlon in October.

“I was doing some long jump training when it happened all over again,” McLellan said.

“I then went to a sports physician who said pretty much that it meant two months of doing absolutely nothing, not even stretching.

“I was devastated and I ran out of the doctors and burst into tears. I couldn’t believe that. I’m not good with dealing with injuries. Being told I couldn’t do anything really shocked me.”

By Gary Smith and Mark Allen, World-Track

Organisers say Commonwealth Games projects on target

India’s sports minister has insisted the country was on track to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Doubts about India’s ability to stage the event have grown since Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell criticised the organising committee in September, seeking an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to salvage the Games.

New Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers have, however, promised to respond to their critics and deliver a world class event.

Visiting the main arena, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, sports minister Manohar Singh Gill inspected construction work, saying: “This most complex work is going to be ready in good time and will be available for use.”

In July the government painted a stark picture of construction delays, saying more than half the work needed to be completed in 12 of the 17 projects for the games which are due to take place next year from October 3-14.

The Nehru stadium is scheduled to stage the opening and closing ceremonies for the games, which will be India’s first major international sports event since the 1982 Asian Games.

ITN