Bolt just misses 100m record
Jamaican Usain Bolt ran the second fastest 100m ever when he clocked 9.76 seconds at the Jamaican International Invitational on Saturday. Bolt’s time was just two hundredths of a second slower than the world record of 9.74 set last year by his compatriot Asafa Powell. Bolt made a good start and left the field behind to come home ahead of American Darvis Patton in 10.08 and Antigua’s Daniel Bailey in 10.12. American Wallace Spearmon Jr, the world 200m bronze medallist, was clearly upset by two false starts and finished fifth in 10.13 seconds.
■ Horse Racing
Tragedy hits Kentucky Derby
Big Brown defied history to win the 134th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, but the race finished under a pall as runner-up Eight Belles broke down and was euthanized.Big Brown more than justified the faith of trainer Rick Dutrow and gave jockey Kent Desormeaux his third triumph in the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in US flat racing’s Triple Crown.Big Brown became the first Derby winner from post 20 since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and roaring home.
Champion linked to doping
Antonio Pettigrew, a four-time world champion who helped the US 4x400 relay team win gold at the 2000 Olympics, was named as a user of performance-enhancing drugs in a witness list for the trial of noted coach Trevor Graham. The New York Times reported on Saturday that Pettigrew was identified on a government list of witnesses against Graham, whose trial on charges of lying to federal agents is scheduled to begin on May 19. The timing of the alleged doping was not identified in the four-page list of eight athletes on the witness list against Graham, whose trial could bring the first major court revelations of names from the BALCO steroid scandal. Pettigrew had never before been linked to doping. “If the trial goes forward, it will go forward and whatever happens will happen,” Pettigrew’s attorney, Xavier Donaldson, told the Times. “Antonio is one of the best persons you’d hope to meet. That’s why this whole situation is a sad one.”
Harmison talks of retirement
Steve Harmison is likely to quit cricket if he fails to win back his England place, the fast bowler said yesterday.The Durham paceman was dropped after England lost the first test in New Zealand in March and in his absence the team won two matches in a row to take the series 2-1. “The prospect of playing for England is what drives me and if I felt my chance of doing that was gone the probability is I’d retire from first-class cricket altogether,” Harmison told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. “This is not an ultimatum or me trying to impose conditions on anyone. But I am 29 now and if I felt my England career was over I would be tempted to say I want to do something different with my life.” Although Harmison retired from one-day internationals in 2006, he is desperate to add to his haul of 212 Test wickets. “I am absolutely determined to show I have something to offer England,” he said. “I certainly do not believe I am finished. After a terrible year for me on the field with injuries, operations and so little cricket it is ridiculous, my aim is to bowl fast, take wickets and give the selectors something to think about.” England open the three-match home series against New Zealand with the first test at Lord’s starting on May 15.