Youngster from Grenada upsets Merritt at worlds

DAEGU, South Korea — Grenada's Kirani James leaned across the line Tuesday to win the gold medal in the 400 meters at the world championships, upstaging the reigning titleholder LaShawn Merritt, who had to grab the back of the teenager's jersey to prevent himself from falling.

Merritt was a little rusty. This was his first major meet since serving a 21-month suspension for using a banned substance that his lawyer said was the result of a male-enhancement product. He lost steam with about 10 meters to go, opening the door for James.

The Americans failed to win gold in the 400 for the first time since 2001.

Their next major meeting could come at the London Olympics. Provided, of course, Merritt is allowed to compete.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will deliver a verdict on the IOC's "six-month rule," which took effect in 2008 and prevents athletes who receive doping bans of more than six months from competing at the next Summer or Winter Games. A decision is expected in late September.

The only real surprise of the night came when pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia failed to win a medal in her third straight global championship. That's after a run of seven titles in a row spanning the Olympics along with world outdoor and indoor competitions.

Winners included Robert Harting of Germany (discus), Yuliya Zaripova of Russia (steeplechase), Tatyana Chernova of Russia (heptathlon) and David Rudisha of Kenya (800).

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