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TRACK & FIELD ROUNDUP: Albany’s Lewis 8th in NCAA 100M finals; U.S.A.’s Gatlin beats Bolt in 100M

Clemson sophomore, former Westover star Reggie Lewis

Clemson sophomore, former Westover star Reggie Lewis

EUGENE, Ore. — Former Westover star and current Clemson standout sprinter Reggie Lewis told The Herald earlier this week he thought he would surprise some people during the NCAA Division Track & Field Championships this week.

And Lewis delivered.

The unseeded Kennesaw State sophomore transfer came out of nowhere and made it through qualifying in the championship’s premier event — the 100-meter dash.

Unfortunately for Tiger fans, Lewis qualified seventh in prelims and then finished eighth out of eight runners Friday night during the finals, turning in a time of 10.24 — just shy of his personal-best time of 10.21.

The 100M title was won by TCU’s Charles Simon (9.89), while Florida State’s Dentarius Locke (9.91) finished second.

Gatlin stuns Bolt in 100 in Rome

ROME — Usain Bolt's defeat by Justin Gatlin in the 100 metres at the Rome Diamond League meeting Friday is unlikely to cause the Olympic champion too much concern ahead of August's world championships.

American Gatlin of Pensacola, Fla. — the bronze medallist at the London Games after a four-year doping ban — ran 9.94 seconds to edge Bolt by 0.01 in a race that showed the Jamaican has yet to fully recover from the hamstring injury that dogged him earlier in the season.

Bolt's previous defeat over the distance was at last year's Jamaican championships when fans and media were stunned as he was beaten by Yohan Blake only for the world record holder to scorch to the second-fastest time on record of 9.63 in the Olympic final a few weeks later.

The 26-year-old Bolt got a good start in Rome but Gatlin, who also won in Doha and Eugene this season, had moved ahead by halfway and his rival never looked like making up the ground.