Track and Field: New Kids in the Blocks

Devastated by doping, a sport looks to youth to revive its fortunes

Besides the terms drug scandal and BALCO, the phrase bandied about most often at last month's U.S. Olympic track-and-field trials in Sacramento, Calif., was "oldhead." It's the nickname track and field's rising young stars apply to their veteran counterparts. "They are the elders," says Justin Gatlin, 22, who will run in the 100-m and 200-m sprints in Athens. "The heads of the pack. It's a term of respect." Hurdler Sheena Johnson, 21, who ran a world-leading 52.95 sec. in the 400 m at the trials, isn't as polite. Says Johnson: "We feel it's time for them to go."

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