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Liu, Perry dominate sprint hurdles in Sheffield

15 July 2007

By Gary Smith

Favourites Xiang Liu of China and American Michelle Perry won the menís and womenís sprint hurdles at the 2007 edition of the IAAF Super Grand Prix in Sheffield on Sunday.

Perry showed again that she is on track to defend her world title with another world champion run to take the win in 12.79 over countrywoman Lolo Jones 13.89.

Ennis-London posted a time of 13.04 in the (-0.2m/s) headwind to take third in front of American Nichole Denby (13.20) and Swedenís Olympic Heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft (13.31).

On the menís side, Cubaís Dayron Robles clocked 13.37 for fourth place behind Olympic and world record holder Xiang Liu of China who got his revenge against the Cuba in 13.24.

In the womenís 400m dash Great Britainís Nicola Sanders upset a good field on her return to the 400-metres to win the event in 51.01.

Coming back from injury worries and was just seen as a regular start against the likes of American Monique Henderson and Monique Hennagan, the Brit quarter-miler came back from a relaxed 200m with a strong run to power past her competition in the home straight and win by some 3m.

Hennagan, who was past at the 50m mark, despite her gallant attempt to keep the lead, took second with 51.19, while Irish runner Joanne Cuddihy finished third in 51.56.

In another shocking result at the meeting, thus far, Britainís Andrew Baddeley out-sprinted Kenya-born American Bernard Lagat to win the menís 1500m run.

With 200m left in the race, Lagat seemed to have had to race wrapped up. However, he was unable to find his customary late kick and had to settle for third in 3:36.24.

Baddeley posted a huge personal best of 3:34.74 for first, with Portugalís Rui Silva finishing second in seasonís best of 3:35.92.

In other results, the menís 200m saw American Wallace Spearmon edging Jamaicaís Usain Bolt on the line, with both sprinters finishing with a time of 20.08.

In the womenís event, World champion Allyson Felix of USA dominated the final 100m to take first in 22.35, this ahead of countrywoman Sanya Richards and Jamaicaís Veronica Campbell.

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