Fast Work

Cazeneuve, Brian
September 2003
Sports Illustrated;9/1/2003, Vol. 99 Issue 8, p182
Kelli White won the 100-meter race at the World Track and Field Championships in Paris. White ran like the seasoned champion she wasn't and reveled like the novice victor she was. After winning the 100 meters in 10.85 seconds -- 2003's fastest time -- the 26-year-old White skipped, jumped and spun around clockwise, then spun in the other direction, trying to figure out how to channel her euphoria. With Olympic champion Marion Jones absent while having a baby and men's stars Maurice Greene and Tim Montgomery off form, 100-meter times had been slow, and the Paris sprints looked wide open. Indeed, on Monday night Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis was the surprise winner of the men's 100, running a 10.07 to edge Darrel Brown of Trinidad by .01 in the slowest world or Olympic final since 1983. Greene had scratched from the semifinals with soreness in his tendinitis-plagued right knee. White had no such problems--only the specter of Jones hanging over her, almost literally. In the spring of 2003, determined to improve, White added 13 pounds of muscle while giving her right foot -- which had been plagued by plantar fasciitis for more than a year -- time to heal, then won both the 100 and the 200 at the U.S. nationals in June. "I used to doubt myself, but I knew it was somebody's time," White said at the world championships.


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