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Tyson Gay runs 20.00 to win 200m at Crystal Palace, but injured

25 July 2009
www.world-track.org

By Gary Smith and Susan Porter, World-Track


LONDON ó American triple world champion Tyson Gay showed no signs of his groin injury when winning the menís 200 metres in 20.01 seconds (+0.4m/s) at the London Grand Prix on Saturday, but admits afterwards that he is feeling some discomfort.


Gay, in his familiar style blasted off the curve and pulled away from the trailing pack to win very comfortable.


He, however, revealed that the groin injury is back.


"The race went ok, but I got a slight injury (to my groin)," he said.


The 26-year-old leads the world in the event with a time of 19.58 seconds, one-hundredth of a second faster than Jamaican Usain Bolt, who set a the world record of 19.30 seconds when winning the Olympic title in Beijing last year.


Another American Wallace Spearmon ran 20.35 to take second place with Irelandís Paul Hession finishing third in 20.40.


Home favourite Marlon Devonish was fifth in 20.60.


Reigning world bronze medallist Carmelita Jeter showed signs of her early season form when she flashed home to 10.93 seconds (-0.1m/s) to win the womenís 100m over Bahamian Chandra Sturrup (11.09) and the U.S. Virgin Islandsí LaVerne Jones-Ferrette (11.21).


World champion Kerron Clement went out hard and kept his lead to win the menís 400m hurdles, despite a late challenge from fellow countryman and world-leader Bershawn Jackson.


Clement won in 48.85 over the American champion Jackson, who posted 48.99 and Michael Tinsley (49.04). Former world and Olympic champion Felix Sanchez from the Dominican Republic was eight and last in 53.09.


Lashinda Demus demolished a strong field that included Jamaican Olympic champion Melaine Walker to win the womenís race in a seasonal best of 53.65 seconds.


Walker trailed home miles behind in 54.55, with Sheena Tosta finishing third in 55.31.


In the sprinting division of the event, Australian inform Sally McLellan won the womenís 100m hurdles with another solid performance of 12.65secs, just edging Canadian former world champion Perdita Felicien (12.66) and USAís LoLo Jones (12.71).


Bernard Lagat led an American sweep of the menís one mile race when he raced in at 3:52.71 to ushered home countrymen Leonel Manzano (3:53.01) and Lopez Lomong (3:53.35) who both ran personal bests for the distant.


Tirunesh Dibaba returned to winning form here on Saturday with a comfortable victory over the womenís 5000m metres in 14:33.65.


The Ethiopian out-paced her rivals for the major sections of the race prior to sprinting home ahead of teammate Sentayehu Ejigu (14:40.00) and New Zealandís Kimberley Smith (14:52.49).


Steve Hooker won the menís pole vault with a clearance of 5.70 metres, the same height as American Derek Miles, with Swedenís Alhaji Jeng finishing third with 5.55m.


In other field events, Brazilian jump star Naide Gomes, the 2008 Olympic champion from Beijing, leaped a seasonal best of 6.99m to win the womenís long jump over Russiaís Tatyana Lebedeva (6.90), the menís event went to Dwight Phillips with an effort of 8.33m.


Elsewhere, Czech Republicís Jaroslav Ba'ba won the menís high jump with a clearance of 2.33m over Britainís Olympic silver medal winner Germaine Mason and American Jessie Williams, who both cleared 2.31m.





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