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Six men below 10-seconds in windy Zaragoza

29 July 2007
www.world-track.org

Jamaica’s Steve Mullings led five other sprinters in a windy fast 100-metre dash at the 4th Gran Premio Internacional de Atletismo Gobierno de Aragon” held in Zaragoza, Spain, on Saturday.

Running in a (+3.7m/s) wind-speed, Mullings clocked 9.91, to narrowly edged out fellow countryman Clement Campbell, who clocked 9.92 for second place.

So close was the race, that it also saw Joshua Johnson and another Jamaican Michael Frater clocking the same time of 9.95 for third and fourth respectively, while American Mickey Grimes, who along with Johnson posted a quick 10.01 in the semis, finished fifth in 9.99, the same achieved by Olympic silver medalist Francis Obikwelu of Portugal.

The evening, however, belong to Ethiopia’s 25-year-old distant runner Kenenisa Bekele, who was in form in his first appearance over the 5000m this season. Bekele posted a 2007 world beating 12:49.53 to win the event, and in the process copping Spain’s all-comers best time in the event.

Another athlete, recording a good performance at the meeting was Maria Mutola of Mozambique, who won the women’s 800m in fine a world leading time of 1:58.21 to set up herself once again to start one of the favourites for the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan next month.

“1:58.21 is a very good time, I’m delighted,” said Mutola. “My consistency over 1:58 gives me a lot of confidence thinking of the Worlds in Osaka.

“I can be 34 years of age but I feel I’m still competitive at the highest level and that’s what it really matters.

“It’s true that my last gold outdoors came long ago, at the Paris 2003 Worlds but I hope to bounce back in Osaka.

“World and Olympic silver medallist Hasna Benhassi of Morocco piped Australian Tamsyn Lewis for second with 1:59:31 to 1:59.37,” she added.

Elsewhere, reigning world champion Dwight Phillips produced a wind-aided 8.37m to win the men’s Long Jump, while his countryman Tora Harris won the High Jump with a 2.39m clearance. Virgilijus Alekna won the men’s Discus Throw with a throw of 71.56m to beat Estonia’s world leader Gerd Kanter (70.92)



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