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Gay unchallenged in 19.78 run; Liu back to winning ways

10 July 2007

It was another blistering performance from Tyson Gay, the world’s best 100m and 200m runner this year as he was dominant from start to finish - taking the men’s 200m against a star-studded field at the Lausanne Super Grand Prix event in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The World Championships fourth place finisher and American national sprint double champion, clocked 19.78 to dismissed the challenges of Jamaican Usain Bolt and Wallace Spearmon (USA) from the word go.

Powering away from the field at the sound of the gun - this after false starting the first time, Gay dominated the event to win ahead of World Junior record holder Bolt, who clocked 20.11 for second and Spearmon, at 20.42 for third.

Bahamian inform sprinter Derrick Atkins continues to impress on the circuit after coming home first in another 100m classic this season.

Like he did in Athens and then in Paris last week, Atkins came through the middle of the field to win in 10.04.

“I am just happy to come here and win,” he said, citing that the weather was not the ideal conditions for sprinters.

American 2003 world champion Torri Edwards won the women’s event over Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell.

Edwards posted 11.00 to beat Campbell (11.07) and Me’Lisa Barber (11.11). World champion Lauryn Williams was a disappointing 8th in 11.37.

At a meet in which he dominated last season, Chinese star hurdler Xaing Liu shot from the blocks and never looked like being challenged to take the men’s 110m Hurdles in 13.01.

American World champion Michelle Perry continued her winning ways in Europe in yet another high-class 100m Hurdles race to win the event in cool conditions.

Perry came back from a poor start to take charge of the event in the middle of the race to win in 12.60.

She said afterwards that she couldn’t understand what happen at the start.

“I don’t know what happened at the start, but I am glad that I pulled it off,” Perry said after the race. “I love running her great meet for me. I want to keep it going, all no.1s.”

Sweden’s Susanna Kallur finished second to her in season’s best time of 12.62 and she too was happy with her performance.

It was a very good race,” Kallur said after the event. “It is best time this season (so that is) great. I am getting closer (to beating Perry) so maybe I can beat her some time.”

American Lolo Jones finished third in 12.74, while Jamaican world silver medal winner Delloreen Ennis-London took fourth in 12.75.

In the men’s Long Jump, Panamanian Irving Saladino leaps 8.36m for the win; Carolina Kluft of Sweden leaps a season’s best 6.84m to take the women’s event; European record holder Christina Obergf?ll from Germany won the women’s Javelin with 66.91m; Brad Walker of USA won the Pole Vault in a new meeting record; James Carter won close men’s 400m Hurdles in 48.30, while Russian star Tatyana Lebedeva took the women’s Triple Jump with 14.47m.

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