VALLEY TEEN'S WORLD TRACK RECORD RUNS INTO RED TAPE RACE SPONSOR DIDN'T PROVIDE REQUIRED TESTING.Byline: Matthew Kredell Staff Writer
Allyson Felix's time of 22.11 seconds in the 200 meters - publicized internationally as a world junior record for the past two months - likely will not stand because she did not take a drug test within an hour of the race's completion.
The 17-year-old Felix, who graduated last month from Los Angeles Baptist High School Los Angeles Baptist High School is a Christian, independent, coeducational day school located in Sepulveda, California with approximately 962 students enrolled in grades 7 through 12. of North Hills, said she confirmed the news with Sandro Giovanelli, competitions director for the International Association of Athletics Federations, at a meet in Paris over the Fourth of July Fourth of July, Independence Day, or July Fourth, U.S. holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Celebration of it began during the American Revolution. weekend.
She said Giovanelli told her the IAAF IAAF
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``It does bother me a little bit, but not too much,'' a surprised Felix said. ``I still ran the same time. It's unfortunate that I've been drug-tested so many times and, for whatever reason, it didn't happen at this meet.''
Felix set the record at the Mexico City Mexico City
Spanish Ciudad de México
City (pop., 2000: city, 8,605,239; 2003 metro. area est., 18,660,000), capital of Mexico. Located at an elevation of 7,350 ft (2,240 m), it is officially coterminous with the Federal District, which occupies 571 sq mi Grand Prix Grand Prix
n. pl. Grand Prix
Any of several competitive international road races for sports cars of specific engine size over an exacting, usually risky course. on May 3. There was no arrangement for drug testing at the event, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Felix, and neither she nor her coach knew a test was required for the record to stand.
She first broke the national junior record - previously held by Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. High's Marion Jones - at the Mt. SAC Invitational two weeks prior toher run at Mexico City. The time of 22.51 beat Jones' mark of 22.58, before Felix raised the bar even higher with the 22.11.
``No one expected Allyson to run that time,'' said her coach, Jonathan Patton. ``If the protocol is not set up to receive that type of record, it is understandable, yet frustrating. I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. who is ultimately responsible, but they say it was up to her to get tested, which is unfortunate because we didn't know that.''
Felix was reported as the world junior record holder in such publications as Sports Illustrated and The Washington Post.
The time likely will remain a national junior record.
``The U.S. doesn't require drug testing, so I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be accepted as an American record,'' USA track and field representative Jill Geer said.
The IAAF has not made a final decision on the matter. Felix said Giovanelli told her the organization would further investigate the matter. The record is listed on the IAAF Web site with an asterisk indicating that it is awaiting ratification.
If the mark is rejected, the record will remain with Russia's Natalya Bochina, who ran a 22.19 in 1980.
Felix has plenty of time to set the record again. She will be considered a junior through next year's run at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Anyone under the age of 20 throughout the calendar year of competition is considered a junior.
``We're a little confused, but that's the way it goes, and I'm confident that she will run a better time before she is 20,'' Patton said.
Felix was in Paris to get acclimated to the site of next month's world championships. She finished third in the U.S. track and field championships two weeks ago to become the first prep athlete since 1980 to represent the nation at the world championships or Olympics.
Regardless of whether Felix's 22.11 stands as a world junior record, it makes her the 10th-fastest U.S. woman ever in the 200 meters. It also is the fastest 200-meters time run by a woman in the world this year.
On the prep level, Felix won three consecutive state titles in the 100 meters and two in a row in the 200 meters to finish off her high school career with back-to-back Daily News Track Athlete of the Year Athlete of the Year
Felix hadn't received any information from the IAAF that the record might be in question before a French reporter posed the question to her in Paris.
``It caught me off guard a little bit,'' Felix said. ``Then I did some checking and found out it probably won't count.''
Felix won't let the possible loss of status as a world record holder deter her from her goals to perform well in the world championships and make the 2004 Olympics.
``I wanted to pout about it for a little while, but she's tough,'' Patton said. ``She just kind of shrugged it off. Everyone knows she ran the time.''
If anything, the news might impel im·pel
tr.v. im·pelled, im·pel·ling, im·pels
1. To urge to action through moral pressure; drive: I was impelled by events to take a stand.
2. To drive forward; propel. her to run it again sooner.
``Most definitely,'' Felix said, ``it will be a motivator.''
Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607
(1 -- color) While her coach fumes fumes
odorous gases and other volatile materials; inhalation of irritating fumes causes coughing and, if sufficiently severe, irreversible pulmonary edema. on her behalf, sprinter Allyson Felix just goes ahead with training at College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. after learning that her time of 22.11 seconds for 200 meters at the Mexico City Grand Prix probably will not be recognized as a world record because there was no drug testing at the meet.
(2 -- color) Los Angeles Baptist High School graduate Allyson Felix holds her trophy attesting to her unofficial world junior record time of 22.11 seconds in the 200 meters. Official or not, ``I still ran the same time,'' she said.
Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer