Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Missed It By That Much

Rounding error means Gatlin only tied 100m record

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.

It's still impressive, but the title "co-fastest person alive" just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?


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