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Jamaicans Powell, Stewart win 100m titles; Isinbayeva breaks world record at Herculis 2008 meeting

29 July 2008

By Gary Smith

Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Kerron Stewart won the men's and women's 100m dash titles at the Herculis 2008 track and field meeting in Monaco on Tuesday.

Isinbayeva breaks world record again

The night however, belonged to Russian super star Yelena Isinbayeva who hoisted the bar another centimetre to break her own World record in the women's Pole Vault competition.

Isinbayeva cleared 5.04 metres on her final attempt at the distant to erased her own previous mark of 5.03m set at the Rome Golden League meeting on July 11.

Isinbayeva is the reigning Olympic and world champion.

Powell, Stewart are dash champions; Walker runs personal bet in 400m hurdles

Powell continued his build up to the Olympic Games with a seasonal best of 9.82-seconds to beat American Darvis Patton, who finished second in 9.98 and Jamaica's Nesta Carter, who took third in 10.02.

"I am very happy," said Powell. "I feel great, very fresh. I've got a world record in my legs. I am very confident. My goal is to be consistent."

The women's race went to Stewart, the Jamaican national champion in a time of 10.94.

Stewart shook off her disappointing showing in London on Saturday when she crossed the line first ahead of fellow Jamaican Sherone Simpson, 10.95, and American Torri Edwards, who finished third in 11.02.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Melaine Walker defeated American rival Tiffany Williams again in the women's 400m hurdles.

Walker, a strong favourite to win the event in Beijing next month, stopped the clock at new personal best of 53.48 to get the better of Williams (53.54) and another American Sheena Tosta (53.58).

McFarlane, Rooney going strong

Olympic silver medallist Danny McFarlane of Jamaica took the men's race in a seasonal best of 48.39.

Great Britain's Martin Rooney ran another life time best to win the men's 400m in 44.72. His win in Monaco comes just days after winning on home soil at the London Grand Prix on Saturday.

Jamaica's Ricardo Chambers who was caught at the line by Rooney was second in 44.90

Daniel Kipchirchir Komen set a year's best of three minutes 31.49 seconds for the men's 1,500 meters, while Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton dismissed the challenge of Australian Sally McLellan to win the women's 400m in 12.49.

In other results so far, Portugal's Naide Gomes continues to show that she will be hard to beat with another 7m leap to win the women's Long Jump.

She leapt 7.12m to totally dominated the competition.

In an exciting men's triple jump Randy Lewis of Grenada left a last round mark to win with 17.42m.

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