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Torri Edwards: Sprint Contender Falters in Beijing

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Torri Edwards: Sprint Contender Falters in Beijing

Torri Edwards

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Edwards ran 10.90 to place second in the 100 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials but wasn't nearly as successful in Beijing, where she reached the final but ran eighth in the 100. Then she and Lauryn Williams mishandled the baton as the U.S. was disqualified in the 4 x 100-meter relay.

Costly mistake:

Edwards won the 100-meter gold at the 2003 World Championships and took silvers in the 200 and the 4 x 100 relay. She was also the '03 U.S. Outdoor champion at 100 and 200. In April of 2004, however, Edwards tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant that carried a two-year ban. Arbitrators ruled that Edwards took the drug innocently, to fight a minor illness, but they didn't overturn the suspension because the tablets contained a warning for athletes advising that the pills could cause a positive doping test. She was reinstated in late 2005 when the penalty for nikethamide infractions was reduced to one year.

Sprinting forward:

Edwards got back in the groove in 2007, when she ran on the victorious U.S. 4 x 100 relay team at the World Championships and won the U.S. Outdoor 100-meter title.

Late bloomer:

Edwards finished no higher than fourth at her high school state meets in California, but was the PAC-10 champion at both 100 and 200 meters as a freshman at USC. She’s cited increased confidence as the key to her rapid improvement.

Career highlights:

In addition to her two World Championship gold medals, Edwards won a bronze in the 4 x 100 relay at the 2000 Olympics and also placed third in the World Indoor 60 meters in 2003.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-4
  • Weight: 127
  • Age: 31
  • Birth date: January 31, 1977
  • Hometown: Pomona, California
  • World Championships: Two

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