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Asafa Powell Runs His 89th Legal Sub-10:00 100m in Lucerne

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Asafa Powell Runs His 89th Legal Sub-10:00 100m in Lucerne
Top results at the Spitzenleichtathletik meeting (EA Classic) on a nice summer evening before capacity crowd in Lucerne, Switzerland on July 14. Three meet records (men 3000m, women 200m, and javelin) have been registered. On the men’s side Asafa Powell clocked his 89th legal sub-10 time with 9.87 (0.0) in the 100m and missed the meet record of Yohan Blake from 2012 by only 0.02. Behind him were Jamaicans Nesta Carter (10.06), Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.10), and British champ Chijindu Ujah (10.13). In the B-race, Jak Ali Harvey who runs for Turkey won in 10.15 (+0.8) over returning Yohan Blake in 10.20. 
Another fast race was the 200m where in the B-race South African 400m specialist Wayde Van Niekerk clocked an impressive national record 19.94 (0.0) from the outside lane. Second here was Alonso Edward from Panama (20.03) and Japanese Kenji Fujimitsu (20.13 PB). In the top race Anaso Jobodwana got another South African win in 20.12 (+0.5) but lost his NR just some minutes ago. In second Dedric Dukes (20.27) ahead of Briton Danny Talbot (20.30 PB and Beijing qualifier). 
In the 3000m, it was a meet record for Lopez Lomong (7:42.19), ahead of Bernard Lagat who clocked masters WR for 40+ category (7:42.75). 2011 World champ Jason Richardson topped the hurdles in 13.25 (+1.1) ahead of Ronnie Ash (13.36) and World qualifier for Lawrence Clarke (13.39). The 400m hurdles saw a new Bahamian record for Jeff Gibson (48.77) ahead of Jamaican Annsert Whyte (48.95) and U.S. Jeshua Anderson (49.05). Qatari Abdulrahman Balla won the 800m in 1:46.91 and in the discus Germans dominated, Martin Wierig (63.85) over Christoph Harting (63.18). 
In women’s sprints great performances by U.S. Charonda Williams. She won the 100m in 11.14 (0.0) and 200m in meet record and PB of 22.32 (+0.8). In short sprint second Natasha Morrison (11.17) over Barbara Pierre (11.19), and Swiss Mujinga Kambundji (11.26) season best and German Verena Sailer 11.31 (11.20 for her in earlier race +1.1). In the 200m second Veronica Campbell-Brown in 22.61 was just ahead of Tiffany Townsend (22.62) she won earlier the other 100m race in 11.19 +1.0).  
In the 400m Stephanie Ann McPherson won for Jamaica in 50.50 but second hurdles specialist Kemi Adekoya clocked a national record for Bahrain (50.86), over Christine Day’s 51.57. Queen Harrison won the stronger hurdles race 12.62 (+0.3) ahead of Sharika Nelvis (12.72) and Lolo Jones (12.84). In first race, Brianna Rollins posted 12.66 (+0.3). Czech Denisa Rosolova dominated the 400m hurdles in outside lane with a 55.52, ahead of home Lea Sprunger’s 56.16. But there was a home win in the 800m for Selina Buchel beating Chanelle Price, 1:59.21 to 1:59.24, Canadian Melissa Bishop (1:59.52 PB) and Briton Lynsey Sharp (1:59.72 season best). 
Sandi Morris cleared 471 in second attempt to win the pole vault over Nicole Buchler’s 460 and Lisa Ryzih’s 450. Katharina Molitor showed impressive form in the javelin with two personal best throws: 65.40 in first and 66.40 in last throw. That’s also a meet record, European lead 2015, and fourth best in the World 2015. Behind her, fellow Germans Linda Stahl (64.65) and Christine Obergfoll (59.51). In only her second start since surgery, Valerie Adams won in 18.73— just 2 cm over Cleopatra Borel’s 18.71. U.S. Funmi Jimoh topped the long jump field with her 653 (0.0).
Courtesy of EME News
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