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Athletics - 11. June 2007.

Athletes wow Hayward Field crowd at Nike Prefontaine Classic


The women's 1,500 meters provided the two fastest times in the world this year and the fastest time by an American this season. Ethiopia's Gelete Berka was hardly challenged in winning the race in the fastest time in the world this year of 4 minutes 0.48 seconds. Yuliya Chizhenko-Fomenko of Russia was the runner-up in the second-fastest time in the world this season of 4:02.98, and 2007 Visa champion and 2004 Olympian Shalane Flanagan posted the fastest time by an American this season in the new personal best clocking of 4:05.86.

Mutola continues to amaze!

Maria Mutola of Mozambique, who has been ranked in the top ten in the world a record 16 consecutive years, continued her amazing string of success at the Pre Classic with yet another win in the time of 1 minute 58.33 seconds, which is the fastest time in the world this year. For Mutola, it was her 15th consecutive win at the Pre Classic, where she is undefeated. Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair was the runner-up in 1:58.61. Americans Alice Schmidt (1:58.75) and Hazel Clark (1:59.60) were third and fourth respectively.

In the women's 400m hurdles, Melaine Walker of Jamaica set a new Prefontaine Classic meet record and posted the fastest time in the world this year with her winning time of 54.14 seconds. Her time bettered the previous meet record of 55.10 by Tonja Buford-Bailey from 1996. 2004 Olympian and 2006 U.S. national runner-up Sheena Johnson was second in 54.44.

Edwards wins women's 100 meters convincingly

The highly anticipated women's 100m match-up was decided at the midway point when 2003 world champion Torri Edwards took full command before leading the field to the finish in 11.10 seconds. Muna Lee was the runner-up in 11.21 seconds, with reigning world 200m champion Allyson Felix third in 11.27 and 2005 World Outdoor champion Lauryn Williams fourth in 11.30.

Perry edges Powell in women's hudles

The world's best women's 100m hurdler passed a stiff test Sunday when Michelle Perry passed reigning USA Outdoor Champion Ginnie Powell coming off the final hurdle and hung on for the win in the second-fastest time in the world this year of 12.51 seconds. Perry was the runner-up in 12.58 seconds, with Lolo Jones third in 12.80.

In other field events, Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the women's javelin with a throw of 65.20 meters/213 feet 11 inches. American record holder Kim Kreiner was the runner-up with a toss of 58.82m/213-11. Reigning USA Outdoor champion Tora Harris won the men's high jump on fewer misses with a clearance of 2.30m/7-6.50. 2006 NCAA champion Jesse Williams was the runner-up with an identical clearance.

For more information on the 2007 Nike Prefontaine Classic and USATF's Visa Championship Series, visit www.usatf.org.

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