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Alleyne Francique won 400m at World Indoors

13 March 2006
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Alleyne Francique of Grenada on his way to winning the 400m Alleyne Francique of Grenada on his way to winning the 400m
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In-form Grenadian Alleyne Francique became only the second man to successfully defend a World Indoor title when he crossed the line first to win the men's 400m dash on the final day of competition at the 11th IAAF Indoor Championships in the Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow on Sunday.

Running his own race

Francique, who will also compete for the Commonwealth Games title later this month in Melbourne, Australia, covered the first half of the race steadily before taking the lead at the sound of the bell to finish in a season-best time of 45.54.

"It was my race and of course I have to be satisfied that I was able to defend my title," said Francique, who finished fourth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens after being picked as the favourite.

"I just ran as I wanted and as I planned. This gives me more motivation for the Commonwealth Games."

California Molefe of Botswana came back from fourth place to finish second in 45.75, while Bahamian Chris Brown, a finallist at the World Championships in Helsinki, last summer took the bronze medal in a national record time of 45.78.

Another Islander Davian Clarke of Jamaica, the silver medallist from Budapest two-years-ago, was fourth with another season-best 45.93. He came home ahead of American champion and two-time World Indoor silver medallist Milton Campbell (46.15) and Russian Dmitriy Petrov, in 47.33.

Amertil repeated Birmingham performance

There was no repeat for Russian two-time defending champion Natalya Nazarova as she finished fourth in the women's race.

However, fellow countrywoman Olesya Krasnomovets, who finished second to Nazarova in Budapest, raced to a championship record 50.04 seconds to win the race.

Vania Stambolova clocked a Bulgarian record 50.21 for silver, while Bahamian 2001 silver medallist from Birmingham Christine Amertil, took the bronze in a Central American record time of 50.34.

Nazarova was on her way to defend her title but faded poorly in the homestretch to finish in 50.60. Jamaican Novlene Williams, a semi-finallist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens placed fifth in 51.82.



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"I just ran as I wanted and as I planned. This gives me more motivation for the Commonwealth Games."
California Molefe of Botswana came back from fourth place to finish second in 45.75, while Bahamian Chris Brown, a finallist at the World Championships in Helsinki, last summer took the bronze medal in a national record time of 45.78.
Another Islander Davian Clarke of Jamaica, the silver medallist from Budapest two-years-ago, was fourth with another season-best 45.93. He came home ahead of American champion and two-time World Indoor silver medallist Milton Campbell (46.15) and Russian Dmitriy Petrov, in 47.33." target="digg"> Digg



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