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Phillips takes Long Jump as Powell withdrew at Mt SAC

16 April 2007

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Two-time world champion Dwight Phillips won he long jump at the Mount San Antonio College Relays with a leap of 8.15m on a day when World record 100m holder Asafa Powell withdrew from the competition - citing that it was too cold.

Phillips, who has also won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump, hopes to join Carl Lewis as the only man to win three long jump world championships.

“No other person has won three world championships besides Carl Lewis,” said Phillips, who won his Olympic gold in 2004. “I want to try to surpass him over these next few years. I just want to make a historical mark for Americans.”

Lewis, who won four gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, serves as Phillips’ manager.

“He performed well under pressure and he did it for a very long time,” Phillips said. “That’s something I really admire about him. Now, he’s teaching me how I can improve.”

In the women’s pole vault, China’s Gao Shuying set an Asian record by winning with a vault 0f 4.55m, beating Andree Pickens, who cleared 4.33m

“It’s a real surprise,” Gao said. “I don’t feel very good. I have a cold and I feel a little tired. I just wanted to make a normal jump.”

Mexico’s Giovanni Lanaro, Gerardo Martinez and Romary Rifka also set national records while winning their events.

Allyson Felix, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s 200 meters, won her professional debut in the women’s 400 in 51.74 seconds. Felix defeated Liberia’s Kou Lougon by 1.32 seconds.

The women’s Hammer Throw saw Brittany Riley winning a three-person contest with a toss of 69.25m.

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who shares the world record in the 100 with Justin Gatlin of the United States, withdrew from the men’s 400 relay due to tenderness behind his knee.

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