DAEGU TEAM NEWS
JAMAICA: Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, celebrated on Sunday his 25th birthday in good mood. He predicted he would retain his world 100 meters title in Daegu provided he gets a decent start. "When I get into my running stride I don't think anybody can match it, no matter my shape," he was quoted by agencies. He also spent his day at the store of one his sponsors, Swiss watch maker Hublot. Bolt, speaking after showing off his new gold, black and green Jamaican-colored running spikes to a group of women dressed in traditional Korean costume, said his training was going well and we was ready to run. Bolt will start his 100 m campaign on Saturday in heats at 9.45 pm local time, the best runners will not compete in the preliminary round which is scheduled for the same day at 12.55 hrs. That means he would need to run three times the 100 m, three times the 200 m (no preliminary round planned here) and possibly once 4x100 m.
USA: Changes in US Team. Trell Kimmons has been added into the 100 m and replaces Mike Rodgers, who on Friday voluntarily withdrew from the World Championships and accepted a provisional suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, after he tested positive for a stimulant earlier this summer. Kimmons was already part of the 4x100 m relay pool. Rodgers’ lawyer, David Greifinger, has indicated to USADA that he will continue to investigate the cause and will decide with his client how to proceed. The American record holder for 10,000m, Chris Solinsky, said he will not be able to compete in Daegu due to a hamstring injury. "Yesterday I had to make the hardest decision of my career," Solinsky said through his Twitter feed. "I strained my hamstring again during a speed session. I tried everything to get it ready to be able to compete at Worlds, but it was not responding fast enough," Solinsky also tweeted. He will be replaced by Andrew Bumbalough. With help from RRW.
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RESULTS (Parchment 13.24, Pusterla 684, Mageean 4:07.45, Hoffa 21.63)
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Aug 20): At UK Challenge Final meet fast 1500 m won by world junior medalist Ciara Mageean of Ireland who improved her own national junior record to 4:07.45. Second Jemma Simpson also pretty fast 4:07.53. Tara Bird won the 800 m in personal best 2:02.77 and 39 years old Tony Whiteman still good to clock 3:42.40 at the 1500 m.