White wins 200 despite high stress

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) An ailing Kelli White won the 200 meters Saturday at the inaugural World Athletics Final, her second race since her positive drug test at the World Championships.

White won in 22.31 seconds, finishing 0.10 ahead of France's Muriel Hurtis. Russia's Anastasia Kapachinskaya was third in 22.57.

''It was hard. I ran a good time but it wasn't as fast as I needed,'' White said. ''I have stress on me and I wasn't feeling well at all. I've had high blood pressure for a week and a half.''

Following the race, White staggered into a rest area, assisted by her physical therapist. She lay on the floor with her feet up for several minutes with an arm draped across her forehead while her therapist held her hand.

Americans Bernard Williams and John Capel placed first and second in the 100 meters, with Nigeria's Uchenna Emedolu third. World champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis was sixth.

Allen Johnson, the 110-meter hurdles world champion from the United States, ended the outdoor season unbeaten. Countryman Jerome Young captured the 400 to repeat his victory from the Paris worlds.

South African world champion Hestrie Cloete won the women's high jump, clearing 6-foot-7 on her second attempt to win the season finale ahead of Ukraine's Vita Palamar, who needed three tries. Kajsa Bergqvist of Sweden was third at 6-6 1/4.

White, who won the 100 at the Golden League meet in Belgium more than a week ago, tested positive for the banned stimulant Modafinil at the worlds.

Track and field's governing body wants the American stripped of her two gold medals from the worlds. She will lose both and receive a public warning if U.S. officials determine she committed a doping offense.

White says she took the drug for a sleep-related disorder. Her doctor's explanation was rejected Monday by the IAAF.

The weekend meet is the season's last before the men's and women's World Athlete of the Year are crowned. White is in contention after her latest victory.

World heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft of Sweden narrowly led the rankings before Monaco. But she skipped the final event, virtually forfeiting the award and prize money.

Kluft was overtaken by Cloete on Saturday. The award now hinges on White's performance in Sunday's 100. She will need to win in 10.77 seconds 0.08 faster than her personal best.

Moroccan runner Hicham El-Guerrouj is almost certain to win the men's award.

IAAF president Lamine Diack and Prince Albert of Monaco will award the winners' prizes of $100,000 Sunday night. Second-place athletes receive $50,000, with $25,000 for third.

In the 100, Williams won in 10.04, his best time this season. Capel finished 0.01 back while Emedolu was third in 10.08.

Johnson, who became the first four-time world champion in the 110 hurdles last month, was timed in 13.11 seconds. Countryman Trammell Terrence was 0.06 behind. Olijars Stanislav of Latvia was third in 13.25.

Young won in 45.01, with Michael Blackwood of Jamaica the runner-up in 45.25. Young was fourth at the Sydney Olympics following a hamstring injury before the games.

''I wanted to be really thorough this year, more than any other year,'' he said.

During the worlds, the Los Angeles Times reported that Young tested positive for steroids in 1999 but was cleared for the Sydney Olympics, where he won a relay gold medal.

World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound wants the U.S. team stripped of the medal. Young won two golds in Paris.

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