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Bahamian Atkins runs 200m personal best in Leverkusen

11 August 2007

Bahamian in-form sprinter Derrick Atkins continued his preparation for the 11th IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan with a 200m victory at the Bayer Leichtathletik Meeting in Leverkusen, Germany on Friday.

Atkins clocked a personal best of 20.50-seconds to take the half-lap event in easy fashion. Finishing behind the Bahamas star was Briton Chris Clarke in 20.87, while third went to Ingo Schultz (21.04).

Meanwhile, after finishing sixth in his heat at the 2005 world championships in Helsinki in just 11.57, Atkins is now seen as strong candidate for a medal in Osaka, and he is confident in winning too, especially after his national record of 9.95 earlier this season.

“This race was only a test. I have trained well and expected to win. Now my goal is to win the 100 metres in Osaka,” he confidently said after his victory.

Without the presence of World record holder Asafa Powell and American 2007 top sprinter Tyson Gay, Atkins has dominated on the circuit and if he continues to show that same form, the 23-year-old definitely stand a chance of entering the podium.

Also at the meeting, German pole vaulter Bj?rn Otto cleared a personal best of 5.90m on his second attempt to give the home fans something to cheer about.

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