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Carter wins 200 over high-profile names

11 June 2007

Xavier Carter powered past fellow American Wallace Spearmon to win a star-studded 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic grand prix meeting on Sunday.

Carter, who beat a field that included 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 400-meter champion Jeremy Wariner, clocked 20.23 seconds into a solid headwind on a misty afternoon for the narrow win.

Spearmon finished second in 20.25 with Jamaican Powell third in 20.55. American Wariner was a disappointing sixth in 20.78

World record holder Liu Xiang won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.23 seconds and Kenyan Daniel Komen ran the fastest mile on American soil, clocking 3:48.28.

Craig Mottram won the infrequently run two-mile race in an Australian record 8:03.50. The time was the sixth fastest ever ran in the event.

Three other 2007 world-leading performances were set in the meeting at the site of the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials.

Mozambique's Maria Mutola won the meet's women's 800-meter for the 15th consecutive time, running 1:58.33, Ethiopian Gelete Burka clocked 4:00.48 in the women's 1,500m and Jamaican Melaine Walker won the women's 400-meter hurdles in 54.14 seconds.

Olympic bronze medallist Paul Koech dominated the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning in 8:08.08, and upcoming American Nick Symmonds outran Russian Olympic gold medallist Yuriy Borzakovskiy to win the men's 800-meter in 1:44.54.

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