It was not the best of days for Christopher Williams yesterday. It was the least of the Jamaican sprinter's worries that he lost his meeting 200 metres record in the IAAF Diamond League event in Shanghai. With Usain Bolt in the field, the 20.24sec that Williams clocked at the Chinese track in 2005 was never likely to be good enough and thus it proved, the world's fastest man coasting to victory but still stopping the trackside clock at 19.76sec. By then, the anti-doping authorities had already caught up with Williams.
The 38-year-old, a 200m silver medallist behind Konstantinos Kenteris of Greece at the 2001 World Championships, was notified earlier in the day of a two-year suspension from the sport, thanks to a positive test for amphetamines at a meeting in Spain in July last year. He is the seventh Jamaican sprinter to have registered a positive drugs test in the last 12 months. Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Allodin Fothergill, Sheri-Ann Brooks and Lanceford Spence all received bans last year, while Bobby-Gaye Wilkins is awaiting a ruling on his case.
Meanwhile, Wigan's Jenny Meadows claimed a Jamaican scalp in the women's 800m in Shanghai, overhauling the in-form Kenia Sinclair in the home straight to finish second behind Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya in 2min 01.34sec.