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Nov 9, 2012 7:41pm
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DOHA, Qatar—Canadas Phylicia George upset veterans Priscilla Lopes-Schliep
and Perdita Felicien to win a bronze medal in the womens 100-metre hurdles at
the season-opening Diamond League meet Friday. Shaun Cody Jersey . The 24-year-old from
Markham, Ont., raced to a time of 12.79 seconds. Former world champion Brigitte
Foster-Hylton of Jamaica won in 12.60, while American Kellie Wells was second in
12.72. Felicien, from Pickering, Ont., was fifth in 12.95 in a result that was
determined by a photo finish, while Lopes-Schliep, the Olympic bronze medallist
from Whitby, Ont., was sixth in the same time. The womens hurdles promises to be
the highlight of the Canadian Olympic trials next month in Calgary, with several
top hurdlers gunning for the three spots available on the team for London.
Lopes-Schliep is rebounding from having a baby seven months ago while Felicien
is hoping to get back to the Games after missing the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
with a foot injury. Justin Gatlin nipped Jamaicas Asafa Powell at the line to
win the mens 100-metre race in 9.87. Powell got off to the faster start but
Gatlin pulled even and then managed to get his head in front as they crossed the
line. Gatlin tied Powells world record in Doha six years ago only to see the
result erased when he was caught doping a few weeks later. Gatlin had tested
positive for excessive levels of testosterone, which led to a four-year ban.
Gatlin and Powell are both gearing up for the London Olympics. Olympic champion
Usain Bolt skipped the meet, as did American Tyson Gay, who is recovering from
injury. “This is fastest I ever opened up my career,” said Gatlin as he
dedicated the win to his son Jace, who turned two Friday. “I just showed I have
a lot of grit and a lot of competition in these old legs. “I want to come back
and show the world I can run to the line with the best of them.” Powell, who has
lost to Gatlin seven times in 10 meetings, said he wouldnt let it happen the
next time. “I cannot complain about my time—9.88 is a good time,” he said. “I
am still feeling the jet lag so I cannot say I was 100 per cent ready … I will
surely go for gold at the Olympics.” American Allyson Felix, who is considering
running the 200 and 400 metres at the London Games, showed she is starting the
season in shape. She won the 100 with a meet record of 10.92, edging her
Jamaican rival and reigning world 200-metre champion Veronica Campbell-Brown by
.02 seconds. Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was third, a further .06
back. “I know my speed was coming on and I was just focused on putting it
together technically so it was pretty cool to come in here and win,” said Felix,
who has won more races than any athlete in Doha. Campbell-Brown, who had beaten
Felix in all five of their previous 100 races, said she “could improve” and
would “keep working until the Olympics.” Quintin Demps Jersey . The 18-year-old
forward is expected to make his second straight start Saturday when the
Vancouver Whitecaps (3-2-2) visit the Columbus Crew (2-3-1). Kevin Walter Jersey . 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero
beat Potito Starace of Italy 6-4, 6-4 to win the Croatia Open on Sunday for his
third title this year and 15th overall.