New world record

Anson beat some good guys too- check the heats and the finals. Forgot to congratulate PJ for his great work. Those of you who read the posts from the Commonwealth Games know what PJ and Fasuba had to put up with.

Damn, I am getting a codec download error when I try and view this video, anyone know what codec was used for this?

9.76 Amazing !! To Bad Thats About As Much Time As Sportscenter Dedicated To The Story.

Good job Travor…

Lets see wha comes next.

well done PJ

Am I right in saying that Fasuba’s PB was 10.09? A .25 PB in one race. Impressive!

In recent weeks PJ wrote that Olu strained his left hamstring and was seriously in doubt for Doha up until the last pre-departure training session in Nigeria. It was a level 1 strain of left hammy. Then just before flying from Nigeria, Olu came down ill, some sort of thing from mosquitoes. PJ wrote he was going to Doha to nurse Olu onto the blocks. He did not want Olu to try to race against Gatlin in the latter stage of the race, fearing the hammy would not hold-up if he was pressing. His idea was to run as clean a technical race as Olu could put together and try to take the “physical” out of it. Then they were planning to go to training camp in Athens. This must be a Nigerian national record. Not a bad way to reply to the knuckleheads who were bagging him for not running in that Nigerian inter-district meet.

Brilliant work Olu & PJ, the new Supercoach. Speak!

9.76sec, the full story from Doha – IAAF World Athletics Tour
Friday 12 May 2006
Doha, Qatar - When Justin Gatlin ran a season’s opener of 9.95 last weekend in Osaka, Japan with what he said was a good start but a terrible pick-up, we thought we might be in for something special from the World and Olympic 100m champion.

But it came sooner than even he expected, as he admitted after breaking the World record** this evening at the Qatar Super Grand Prix leg of the IAAF World Athletics Tour in Doha.

Gatlin is swamped by fans in Doha as he celebrates his World record
(AFP / Getty Images)

Having failed to win on two previous visits to the Doha Super Grand Prix, Gatlin tore to a track and meet record in the heats, 9.85 (wind 1.1m/s), - to match his own personal best which he closked when winning the Olympic title in 2004 - and set up high anticipation for the final barely an hour later.

With Shawn Crawford (USA) and Francis Obikwelu - the men who beat him in the last 2 years - alongside, Gatlin blasted down the track to stop the clock at 9.77,which was almost as quickly modified (as were all the original times) to 9.76.

And Justin Gatlin, World and Olympic 100m champion, was now also the World record holder. Full House! The world had a new fastest man.

Gatlin breaks World 100m record in Doha
(AFP / Getty Images)

Less than a year since Asafa Powell had run 9.77 in Athens, but who then got injured so badly in a face-off with Gatlin that the Jamaican missed the World championships in Helsinki, the world has been waiting for their duels and potential World records.

Our appetites were whetted last weekend when, several hours after Gatlin’s run at the IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Osaka, Japan, Powell also ran 9.95 in Kingston, Jamaica.

But no one, least of all Gatlin expected 9.76 so soon. In the event, he felt he could and should have been faster.

“It wasn’t my best race, I can go faster,” he said breathlessly right afterwards. "If everything had gone right, I feel I could have done 9.73 seconds tonight.”

Zelezny - Thorkildsen - Rags in Doha
(Alfons Juck)

"I didn’t think I was on such good form, it seems strange to have already achieved my season’s target.”

"Everyone has been saying you’ve won World and Olympic golds, when are you gonna break the World record? Well, now I’ve got it.”

Just about the only person in the stadium not overjoyed was Asafa Powell’s manager, Paul Doyle. But that was only a brief jokey interlude. Doyle is as nice a guy as Gatlin and Powell, and he quickly added, “look, it’s great for the sport.”

And so it is. It seems like we’ve been waiting a long time for such inspiring news, and in Gatlin’s wake the added bonus of an African record came with Nigeria’s Olusoji Fasuba’s 9.84 run.

Thorkildsen’s 90.13, the top of six other world season leads

In a meet which as well as the World record brought about six other world season leads - (Men – 800m, 1500m, 3000m, Javelin Throw; Women – Pole Vault, Long Jump) and meeting records in six events (Men – Triple Jump, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw; Women – High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump), one of the very last events to conclude, the men’s Javelin Throw brought the next real high.

In a contest of just four throws per athlete, Norway‘s Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen threw not only a new world season lead and a meet record but for first time in his career went over 90 metres, new national record. His series: 82.70 - 86.94 -88.80 - 90.13).

World record holder Jan Zelezny finished very well in second place with a last round 86.07m. Approaching his 40th birthday, the three-time World and Olympic champion, "wanted to throw more.“

In a deep competition of talent, third place was taken by Latvian Eriks Rags (85.79), with a young Finn, Tero Järvenpää throwing a PB of 84.95m in fourth.

Alekna - Only sticking around for Gothenburg

Impressive in its own right was the 69.47m second round release from double World and Olympic Discus Throw champion Vigilijus Alekna (69.47m), which dispensed with Hungary’s impressive Zoltan Kovago (67.46m). Alekna, the IAAF World Ranked number one from Lithuania who is 34-years-old, confirmed that he only ‘still staying around’ as he has the goal of securing the European title this summer in Gothenburg.

Choge and Kipchoge outsprinted by Songok

The highlight of this meeting in the last two years has been the men’s 3000m, and at least on the track it would have been again this year had it not been for the 100m. The race was stacked with talent, and it followed close to the same cast and script as last year.

Eliud Kipchoge, the 2003 World 5000m champion had won on both previous occasions, in a super fast times. And when the pace makers dropped out at 2000m, it was Kipchoge who assumed the lead. But Augustine Choge - who set a World junior record of 7:28.78 in second place last year - and Isaac Songok, second to Kenenisa Bekele in the recent World Cross Country short course race were ready to challenge.

Choge led into the bell, but it was Songok who proved the faster in the final straight, winning in 7:28.97, just outside the meet record, with Choge on 7:29.73, and Kipchoge third in 7:30.47. Tariku Bekele got lost in the last kilometre, dropping eight seconds on the winner, although he was fourth (7:37.07).

Kenyans also took wins in the men’s 800m and 1500m, via respectively Wilfred Bungei (1:44.85), the World Indoor champion, and Alex Kipchirchir (3:34.29), the Commonwealth Games winner. However, despite Bungei triumph in the ‘A’ race he was not the fastest two-lapper of the night, as that honour – and world lead – went to Mohammed Al-Azemi of Kuwait in the ‘B’ race.

The women’s 1500m was taken by Olympic 5000m champion, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, while the other women’s middle distance, the 3000m Steeplechase, went to east African rivals Kenya via Jeruto Kiptum (9:35.65).

Udmurtova’s 7m the best of the jumps

Romania’s Marian Oprea carried on where he left off from last year and killed the Triple Jump with a first round effort of 17.29m, though Jadel Gregorio of Brazil rallied valiantly with 17.20m.

Sweden’s World High Jump champion Kajsa Bergqvist, whose World Indoor record of this winter was ratified by the IAAF earlier this week, barely broke sweat in the 35C heat with four jumps, four clearances, beating Croatia’s World Indoor silver medallist Blanka Vlasic on the countback, with 1.97m.

Oksana Udmurtova of Russia proved more than the equal of her compatriot Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedeva to win the women’s Long Jump, with 7.02m to 6.97m.

There was a Polish ‘one – two’ in the Pole Vault with Anna Rogowska victorious on 4.63m, 10 centimetres higher than Joanna Piwowarska.

USA’s Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix with 22.77 ran and won her opening clocking of this young summer in her specialist event.

Jamaica’s Delloreen Ennis-London won the women’s 100m Hurdles with assurance, as did Bershawn Jackson, the men’s World champion over the one lap barriers, who continued his fine early season form with a 48.65 victory.

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Pat Butcher for the IAAF
With additional material from Chris Turner and Alfons Juck


WR Gatlin 9.76 with Fasuba 9.84 African Record close (I’m assuming this is the final in Doha)

thats true. Like Muhammed Ali…

Truth be told, he only said he would try to break it, not that he would do it in Doha.

At least we all know where Trevor got the training program for his last two world records in the 100m…

With all the pre-race hype and post race comments (Powell), sometimes I truly wonder if they understand that wanting is a lot tougher than acheiving. Though I believe that confidence in the fitness required and the green flag, per se, from the coach are very important here.

What will it take for Gatlin to recovery from this performance to equal or exceed given similar conditions to Doha? Besides possibly the pressure of country and ego (not particularly in that order), what other controllable factors could arise to make Powell’s prediction (9.60) more difficult? And how much can these two expect to peak, given heightened arousal and fitness levels during the season?

Three thoughts come to mind when hearing this that could have led to a fast time.
First, he was forced to rest up, due to ham soreness.
Second he had a slight fever, which might open up more neural pathways due to greater heat (along with the heat from conditions).
Third, PJ took the pressure right off him with his instruction on how to run the race.


hey Charlie,

what did i say wrong?

I definetly will be a part of this great site longer!

So i dont want to argue - i just wanna know what was wrong with my post to avoid it for future-times

No drug discussions.

ok. i got it

Seems to me that CFTS is quite THE PROGRAM that works for nearly everybody with some own ideas…(For me too by the way - 7 PBs this seasonso far. Thx for that Charlie)

Seems to me that CFTS is quite THE PROGRAM

quite offtopic but when you really understand the mechanics of the CFTS, it becomes so simple and comprehencive that you wander how on earth did you train before that.

and in any case, the basis of it is train smarter not more. Its very simple, even looks simplistic, but it took me a LONG time to actually feel it. But there you go…

DOHA, May 13, 2006 - Justin Gatlin insisted that breaking the 100 metres world record would not change him at all and that the impact of doing so had yet to really hit him.
The 24-year-old American joined an elite group of athletes who have held the world, Olympic and world record after he ran a blistering 9.76 seconds here on Friday breaking Jamaica’s Asafa Powell’s old mark of 9.77sec.
However Gatlin, who in 2001 tested positive for amphetamines and was hit with a two-year ban, reduced to one year after he appealed on the grounds he required treatment for attention deficit disorder, said he would not let the record go to his head and wanted instead to focus on lowering it even further.
I don't know how much it's (life) going to change,'' said Gatlin, who also won the 200m world crown last year. I’m just trying to stay focused on what I’ve got to do. I’m trying to go faster than that. I’m trying to go 9.74 or 9.73.’’
Amazingly Gatlin, who is coached by Trevor Graham, said that the race had not been one of his better ones.
:slight_smile: The race really wasn't one of my best races that I can put down in my book, but if I can stay focused and not get the big head obviously, and not be content with what I just ran, than I can go out there and do it again.'' I am just going to be me. That’s all I can do. Nothing has changed about me and I’ve never gotten the big head from this and I’m more :eek: shocked about it than anybody else.’’
However while everyone around him was showering him with plaudits Gatlin admitted it was taking time to sink in.
It hasn't hit me yet,'' said the always unassuming Gatlin, who has come a long way from the time as a hyperactive child he used to dress as Batman and jump up and down on his parents bed. Renaldo (his agent and former 110m hurdles world record holder Renaldo Nehemiah) and my teammates are telling me it’ll hit me when I get back to America.
I've been getting calls off the hook and they're telling me that I'm all over the news everywhere. I’m astounded. It felt good to win and I’m just speechless about it.’’

Gatlin, who had been told by Nehemiah to cease saying he was going to break the world record every time he turned up at a meeting, put down his record to a change in attitude in his running.
I think everyone saw a good competitor from Justin Gatlin in 2004 and 2005,'' said Gatlin, who admitted that after breaking the record he wanted to jump into the stands and hug all the spectators. I think I’m more aggressive this year in going after the world record. It actually came quicker than I thought it was going to come and that’s what I’m working on now.’’
Regardless of his record breaking race, Gatlin did not pick it as his best race out of the Olympic and world championship winning runs - the latter he won by a record margin.
I'd have to say the Olympics because it gave me so much confidence that I learned that I could be a champion and could solidify me in a way that I knew I could be the best in track and field.'' As for the man seen as his major challenger, Powell, he gave the newly-crowned Commonwealth Games champion short shrift, just a month away from their meeting in Gateshead, England. It hasn’t really crossed my mind (taking on Powell), I just focus on my race. Any competitor that steps to the line is a worthy opponent and that was true tonight. Everyone’s coming out and trying to run fast,’’ said Gatlin, who will race next at the :cool: Prefontaine Classic on May 28.