Lee Roy Newton
|Competitor for South Africa|
|Gold||2001 Edmonton||4x100 m relay|
|Silver||2006 Melbourne||4x100 m relay|
Lee Roy Newton (born 19 December 1978) is a South African sprinter. Together with Morne Nagel, Corne Du Plessis and Matthew Quinn he won a silver medal in 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics.
Following the ruling of 13 December 2005 which retroactively disqualified Tim Montgomery and henceforth the American team, the South African team were promoted to gold medallists.
In February 2007 Newton clocked 9.95 seconds in the 100 meters at the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics senior provincial track and field championships in Durban, narrowly beating team-mate and training partner Dean Wicks, who clocked 10.00 seconds. In doing so, Newton would have become one of only 50 men to have broken the 10 second barrier in the 100m. Even Linda Ferns, CEO of Athletics SA, said the application to recognise Newton's time in Durban would be studied. "We will have to look at all the technical details and must ensure that a test for performance enhancers was done.".
On 13 February, the time was disqualified for three reasons: 1) Lee-Roy's reaction time of -0.046 seconds is considered too fast by IAAF rules, and therefore indicates he false started, 2) the finish line camera was not properly aligned with the finish line, possible by much as a meter, 3) he was not escorted to drug testing at the stadium, and rather was tested much later at his residence.
- 100 metres - 10.27 (2000); [9.95 (2007) unratified mark]
- 200 metres - 20.75 (2000 & 2001)
- 400 metres - 47.89 (2002)
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