Gold medals shine for US at Helsinki

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Two golds and counting for Justin Gatlin. It's a lot tougher to keep track of how many the United States is winning at the world championships.

Helsinki:

Two golds and counting for Justin Gatlin. It's a lot tougher to keep track of how many the United States is winning at the world championships. After Gatlin led a US sweep of the top four places in the 200 metres yesterday, the chase for his third gold medal opens today with the heats of the 400 relays. The years that the United States had a lock on the event have long gone, and Trinidad and Tobago could still spoil Gatlin's party. "I have two gold medals - two down, one more to go," Gatlin said. After eight races in six days to get two golds, he will let others set up his last final on Saturday. "I won't be running the rounds most definitely," Gatlin said. "I want everybody to have a turn and go out there and win a gold medal as well." In the 110 hurdles, veteran Allen Johnson is going for his fifth world title, but US teammate Terrence Trammell, Jamaica's Maurice Wignall, France's Ladji Doucoure and Olympic champion Liu Xiang could deny him in the event with the most competitive field in the championships. Allyson Felix is leading the US challenge in the women's 200 today, where France's Christine Arron is looking for redemption after finishing a disappointing third in the 100. If Johnson and Felix prevail, the Americans will have won every individual sprint gold at stake in the championships. Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner is also a favourite to add the world title in the 400 today, and with two other Americans in the race it is likely to bulge the US medal haul even further. (AP)

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