24 NOV 2005 General News

World champions Williams, Doucouré and Wariner are latest IAAF Athletics for a Better World donors

Lauryn Williams celebrates winning the women's 100m gold (Getty Images)Lauryn Williams celebrates winning the women's 100m gold (Getty Images) © Copyright

American sprinters Lauryn Williams and Jeremy Wariner, and French sprint hurdler Ladji Doucouré have joined the long list of athletes who have handed donations to the IAAF for its humanitarian project Athletics for a Better World.

Williams, Wariner and Doucouré all won their first World outdoor senior titles at this summer Helsinki World Championships respectively winning the women’s 100m, the men’s 400m, and the men’s 110m Hurdles.

The 22-year-old Williams who ran 10.93 to defeat Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell to become World champion, has donated her winning bodysuit, as well as her Team USA Top and her Team USA badge.

Williams who won the 100m silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, also anchored the US 4x100m to gold in Helsinki.

Already Olympic champion from Athens 2004, the 21-year-old Wariner ran a superb personal best time of 43.93 to win the Helsinki 400m final. Wariner has donated his Team USA top from the Helsinki World Championships.

A superb winner of the Helsinki 110m Hurdles final where he defeated reigning Olympic champion Liu Xiang and reigning World champion Allen Johnson, Doucouré has donated his 2005 World Athletics Final vest to the IAAF.

Despite falling in the 2004 Olympic final, 22-year-old Doucouré was elected as France’s best athlete of the year and has since become one of his country’s most popular sports persons.

All donations will be auctioned at the end of the year and all profits donated to the United Nations Associations: FAO, UNICEF and WFP.

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