Gatlin and Heidler aim for Moscow


Justin Gatlin skips indoor season to peak for the World Championships. Betty Heidler plans to set a new world record in 2013


After winning a pair of Olympic medals, headlined by the bronze medal in the greatest men’s 100-meter race in Olympic history, Justin Gatlin (USA) wants to go even further. “I have so much left in the tank, and I am so hungry,” said Gatlin, 30, a Woodham High graduate who returned to Pensacola for a trio of events where he was honored by family, friends and community supporters. “Going into next year, the sky is the limit.” He will head into 2013 trying to overtake Jamaican stars Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake who have reset standards for sprint speed. Gatlin will resume training in November at the National Training Center track facility in Clermont near Orlando. He will skip the indoor track and field season unlike last year, when his win in the men’s 60-meter final got him opportunities to compete in major meets prior to the Olympic Trials. But he doesn’t have to knock on doors and request entrance with track directors anymore. He will push toward being in peak form for the U.S. National Championships, then the World Championships in Russia on Aug. 10-18.

World record holder in the hammer throw Betty Heidler has two goals for the season of 2013. In the interview given to the German news agency SID she revealed that she is aiming to overcome the 80 m barrier (the current world record equals 79.42). Her second goal is to win the gold at the Moscow IAAF World Championships. At the last Worlds she lost to the Russian, Tatyana Lysenko, taking the silver. At the Olympics Lysenko was the winner again while Hedler had to settle for the bronze.

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