Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The gods speak

For God hates utterly
The bray of bragging tongues.
Sophocles, Antigone

IAAF Takes Away Gatlin's 100-Meter Record

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) -- Justin Gatlin equaled but did not break the 100-meter world record at the Qatar Grand Prix last week, the sport's governing body said Wednesday.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said a timing error in Doha gave Gatlin a time of 9.76 seconds, which was one-hundredth of a second below Asafa Powell's world mark of 9.77.

The IAAF said Gatlin's time was actually 9.766 seconds, and that should have been manually rounded up to 9.77.

The time has been adjusted to 9.77 and, pending ratification, will equal the record set by Powell on June 14, 2005, in Athens, Greece, the IAAF said.

The IAAF said it acted after being informed of the error by Tissot Timing…

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