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"I made a statement today," says Wariner after beating Merritt in Paris; 12.88 for Robles

17 July 2008

World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner recorded a confident-boosting victory over main rival and countryman LaShawn Merritt in the men's 400m dash at the Meeting Gaz de France - Golden League Meeting - in Paris Friday night.

Another super performance came from Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles showed he will be hard to beat in Beijing, when he equalled the second fastest time ever to win the men's 110m in 12.88-seconds.

The Cuban record holder with 12.87secs, dominated the race from the fourth flight of hurdles to win easily.

Meanwhile, Wariner, drawn in the lane behind Merritt, ran a well timed first 250m before pulling away from his countryman in the last 80m to win comprehensively in world-leading and meet record of 43.87-seconds.

"I ran the perfect ran today. I made a statement today," Wariner said after his win.

"I just felt great today. Everything was flowing. And I couldn’t ask for anything else. And I’m happy with that.

"Now I’m going to Stockholm, hopefully to get another good race, and then go home and train hard."

Merritt finished second in 44.35, with Bahamian two-time World Championships fourth place finisher Brown taking third in 44.76.

"That is sport its come to a point where the respect you should get you don't get," Merritt told reporters after the race. "I don't have anything to day about this race today."

In the women's 800m Kenya's young prodigy Pamela Jelimo ran another superb race this season when she ran 1:54.97 to break the African and World Junior record again.

"I am very happy. This was to prepare me for the Olympic," Jelimo said.

"I really thank God for my PB today," she added

The win sees her winning her fourth race in series -- meaning she is still in contention for the million dollar jackpot prize.

In the men's 400m hurdles, American Kerron Clement won the race in 48.33 over Jamaica's Danny McFarlane, second in 48.71 and Angelo Taylor, at 48.91.

The men's 100m went to Trinidadian champion Marc Burns in 10.14.

Former World silver medallist Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica won the women's 100m hurdles in 12.66.

Elsewhere, Croatia's Blanka Vlasic joined Jelimo in staying in contention for a share of the Jackpot prize by winning the women's High Jump with 2.01m.

“My competition was ok even though it was hard. I only wanted to think about my technique,” said Vlasic.

Australian Steven Hooker won the men's Pole Vault with 5.70m, while Panamanian World champion Irving Saladino won the men's Long Jump with a fourth round leap of 8.31m. He only had two valid efforts on the night.

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