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Felix captures 100m, 400m double in Doha

11 May 2007

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American World Championships 200m champion Allyson Felix produced a world-leading 400 meters at the IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting in Qatar on Friday on her way to win a rare sprint double.The sprinter clocked 50.40 seconds to improve her own previous best of 51.12 as she achieved a rare double triumph over 400 and 100 meters.

“I will be running in the 200 at the world championships later this year and will be looking to get into the 4x400 relay team as well,” Felix told reporters.

“(But) I don’t think I will run the 100.”

Felix performed superbly to defeat Senegal’s Amy Mbacke Thiam (50.99) and Jamaican Shericka Williams (51.12) in Friday’s one-lap race but her time of 11.27 was less eye-catching in the 100.

Croatian Blanka Vlasic leapt 2.04 meters to beat Belgian Tia Hellebaut (1.98) in the women’s high jump.

Other 2007 bests were produced by American David Payne (13.12) in the men’s 110 hurdles, Kenya’s Augustine Choge (3:31.73) in the 1,500 and fellow countryman Eliud Kipchoge (7:33.06) over 3,000.

Kenyan Wilfred Bungei (1:44.14) did likewise in the 800, as did Norwegian Andreas Thorkildssen (86.39) in the men’s javelin and American Virginia Powell (12.66) in the women’s 100 hurdles.

The men’s 100 was won by Trinidad’s Darrel Brown (10.13) ahead of Jamaica’s Michael Frater (10.19) and American Shawn Crawford (10.20).

Double European champion Francis Obikwelu of Portugal was fifth in 10.24.

Olympic champion Crawford (20.59) finished second in the 200 behind Jamaican Chris Williams (20.24).

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