Lee Roy Newton

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Lee Roy Newton
Medal record
Competitor for  South Africa
Men’s athletics
World Championships
Gold 2001 Edmonton 4x100 m relay
Commonwealth Games
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.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Newton won a silver medal with the South African team in the 4 x 100 metres relay.

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.[1] 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.".[2]

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.[3]

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  1. ^ [1] Newton ran 9.95s www.iol.co.za
  2. ^ [2] SA sprinter breaks 10s barrier www.news24.com
  3. ^ [3] Newton's 100m SA record not ratified

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