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Easy win, but no world record for Gay in Crystal Palace

3 August 2007

Despite not getting the World record again on British soil, American fastest man Tyson Gay won the men’s 100m dash at the Norwich Union Grand Prix meeting in Crystal Palace on Friday.

The world-leader clocked 10.02 to win the event against some fast sprinters. Francis Obikwelu of Portugal finished second to the American in 10.18. Briton Marlon Devonish (10.26) was third.

“I was pleased with the run, winning was the main thing. If I had run (through) the line I would have run under 10 seconds.

“The knee is fine, I just need two weeks at home to get ready for Osaka.”

In other results in the sprints, Jamaicans Veronica Campbell and Usain Bolt won the women’s and men’s 200m respectively.

Campbell, the Olympic champion in the event clocked 22.55 to totally dominate the field, while Bolt held off a strong finish from Wallace Spearmon to win in 20.06.

Meanwhile, the men’s 400m went world and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner of USA, but he only won the race in the closing metres. In an intense battled with his American counterpart Lashawn Merritt (44.23), Wariner moved in the lead in the last 30m to win in 44.05. Johan Wissman was third in 45.03, a Swedish national record, while Jamaica’s Michael Blackwood was sixth in 45.69.

“It was my first 400 meters race since early May and I am about where I need to be, almost but not quite,” Wariner said.

The women’s event went to Jamaican-born American Sanya Richards, who clocked 49.80 to beat world 200m champion, Allyson Felix (50.17) and Jamaican Novlene Williams (50.91). Shereefa Lloyd (JAM, 52.12).

Elsewhere, Bernard Lagat, produced a fast final 100m to overhaul Kenyan Nicholas Kemboi and win the 1500 meters to win in 3:35.71.

Americans continued their dominance in the men’s Shot Put as Reese Hoffa delivered a huge last round throw of 22.43m personal best to overhaul his American countryman Christian Cantwell, who thought his final round 21.66m was enough to take the win.

Russian Yelena Isinbeyeva continued winning as she came late as usual to take the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 4.82m. Another Russian, Svetlana Feofanova was second with a year best of 4.76, while USA’s Jenny Stuczynski was third with 4.70.

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