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Outdoor debuts for Eaton, Jones-Ferrette, Edward and Brathwaite on tap in Austin

Less than three weeks after his surprise World indoor record* in the Heptathlon, Ashton Eaton returns to the track at the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which kick off today in Austin, Texas. The Oregonian’s appearance will be one of several notable outdoor debuts on tap as the U.S. spring season commences in earnest this weekend.

Like Eaton, Laverne Jones-Ferrette will be aiming to continue her solid indoor 60m momentum when she makes her 2010 100m debut.

Lost behind the sensation that was Usain Bolt in Berlin last summer was the surprise 200m silver medallist, Alonso Edward of Panama……Read More

Video Dwain Chambers winning the men's 60m dash in Doha


Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers rocketed to the gold medal in 6.48seconds to win the men’s 60m dash at the World Indoor Championships.

Chambers’ time is the fastest in the world this season and he got home ahead of American Mike Rogers and Daniel Bailey of Antigua who finished third.

But it was all about one man, Chambers, who got off to a rocket of a start and powered away from the world-class field – beating Rogers, who clocked 6.53, with Usain Bolt’s training partner Bailey, the world championships outdoor fourth place finisher taking third in 6.57.

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown won the women’s event on her debut with a personal best time of 7.00seconds – upsetting a very strong field, including the world-leader and favourite LaVerne Jones-Ferrette of the US Virgin Islands and American Carmelita Jeter.

Alabama Grenadian Freshman Kirani Runs 45.79 World-Leading Time

Kirani James in action in the 400m PHOTO/TrackAlerts.com

Freshman Kirani James smashed the 400 meter school record en route to posting the current world’s fastest 400 meter time in his debut to lead Alabama at the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Center on Saturday.

“I knew in the back of my mind from where he [James] was in the first two meets, I knew he would challenge for the world lead,” Glance said.

“Kirani is a hard-working, very coachable young man. For this race, I told him he just needed to get to the post and get position and then he just pulled away towards the end of the race. “Its great to have a guy like Ray in the 60 meters and now a guy in the 400 meters that have put nation-leading times on the board.”

James, in his first indoor 400m open race, blazed his way around the oval to claim the individual title with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 45.79. The freshman was hardly pushed, as the second place finisher was almost a full second behind at 46.43. James’ time leads the nation by .02 seconds, leads the SEC by .69 seconds and set a new standard for Alabama 400m runners, breaking a 10-year school record of 46.46 held by Cori Loving – also set in South Bend.

“It feels good, but this race was just to see where I’m at,” James said. “It’s not for me to make any statements or anything like that. It was just to see what I need to improve on to get better.”

source: rolltide.com

Powell and Gay could clash at Prefontaine Classic

By Gary Smith, World-Track

EUGENE — Former world record holder Asafa Powell and world sprint double champion Tyson Gay could face each other over 100-metres at the Sunday’s Prefontaine Classic, to be held at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Powell is already confirmed to race at the meeting and according meeting director Tom Jordan, Gay, fresh from his stunning 19.58 second at the Reebok Grand Prix on Saturday, is considering making an appearance in the 100m.
 
"The plan is if Tyson Gay competes, he would be in the same section with Asafa," Jordan said.
 
Gay’s manager Mark Wetmore also confirmed with Reuters that the American wants to race again, but is also trying to be careful.
 
The 26-year-old made his debut over 200m in New York at the weekend with the third fastest 200m time ever and had initially scheduled to compete again at the U.S. championships in Eugene, later this month.
 
"He would really like to run at Prefontaine," Wetmore was quoted as saying. "It’s all a question of if he feels like he is ready to run next weekend.
 
"He is feeling pretty good about things and I think he now does want to get one in. His heart is telling him he should go race, (but) his head is telling him ‘just be careful here.’"
 
Meanwhile, Powell, who is still battling to be fit after suffering an ankle injury earlier this month, is hoping to better the 10.10 seconds seventh place finish Saturday.
 
Powell’s fellow training partners and countrymen Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, two of the members on that historic Olympic relay 4x100m world record breaking team, will also race in the 100m.