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Richards still in the hunt after revenged win in Paris

6 July 2007

American Sanya Richards got sweet revenge against her fellow countrywomen who knocked her off the national 400m team for the World Championships. Richards kept her hunt alive in the race for the IAAF $1 Million Dollar Jackpot prize by winning her specialty at the Golden League meeting in Paris on Friday.

Going out hard from the get go, the world silver medalist took the race to her competitor and won in a world-leading 49.52.

“I was very disappointed (at the trials), but today I am very happy,” she said. “Today I wasn’t concerned about the time. I just wanted to win.

“I felt good. Winning the Golden League is my first goal of this season. I also want to win a medal at 200 in Osaka.”

Jamaican champion Novlene Williams posted 50.29 for second place with American Natasha Hastings taking third in 50.45.

21-year-old LaShawn Merritt made it a sweep for USA by winning the men’s race in 44.62. Gary Kikaya (CON) finished second in 45.32 and Canadian Tyler Christopher, 45.33 took third.

rrick Atkins took another impressive win the men’s 100m, winning it in 10.00, despite getting a slow start.

U.S. Nationals champion Torri Edwards won the women’s race on Friday evening. The 2003 world champion came two hundreds of a second faster than countrywoman Me’lisa Barber to win in 11.17.

Russia’s Yevgeniya Isakova upset former world champion and favourite Jana Pittman-Rawlinson in the women’s 400m Hurdles.

The Russian clocked 54.56 to beat Pittman-Rawlinson (54.93) and Jamaican champion Melaine Walker (55.32). The men’s race wen to an impressive James Carter in 48.61.

Else where Russian Yelena Soboleva impressed in the women’s 1500m race in a great time of 3:59.91, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba met all expectations by winning in the Women’s 5000m with a nice stroll of 15:21.86, Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia set a meet record and world-leading mark of 4.91m to win the Pole vault, Alan Webb brought the crowd to their feet with a season’s best time of 3:30.54 in the men’s 1500m, Blanka Vlasic dominated the women’s high jump with 2.02m clearance and Tero Pitk?m?ki (FIN) won the men’s Javelin Throw with a distance of 89.70m.

Only four athletes are left in the racing for the million dollar jackpot. They are:

Tero Pitk?m?ki (FIN) Javelin Throw, Sanya Richards (USA) in the 400m, Michelle Perry (USA) and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) in the women’s Pole Vault.

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