In other running events, 2006 Indoor Visa Championship Series winner Lisa Barber captured the women's 100 meters in 11.03 seconds, finishing just ahead of 2006 World Athlete of the Year Sanya Richards, who ran a personal best time of 11.05 seconds. Richards's time easily bettered her previous career best 100m performance of 11.28 seconds set in 2003. Kerron Steward of Jamaica was third in 11.29 seconds.
Richards also competed in the 400 meters in Stockholm, where she came up with another runner-up finish as reigning World Outdoor 200m champion Allyson Felix pulled the upset with her stadium record, diamond-winning time of 49.70 seconds, which is the third-fastest time in the world this year, and is the first time in her career that Felix has bettered the 50-second barrier. Felix posted her previous personal best of 50.17 with her runner-up placing August 3 in London. Richards was the runner-up in 49.72 seconds, with fellow American Mary Wineberg placing fourth in 50.74.
Also in Stockholm, 2004 Olympic Games marathon bronze medalist and reigning U.S.10,000m champion Deena Kastor led an American sweep of four of the top five places in the women's 5,000 meters. Kastor's winning time of 14 minutes 52.21 seconds is a seasonal best and the second-fastest 5,000m time of her career, with her personal best of 14:51.62 coming in 2000. Other top Americans included Lauren Fleshman (3rd-15:02.28), Jennifer Rhines (4th-15:12.64) and Sara Slattery (5th-15:18.18).
In the women's 100m hurdles, Sweden's Susanna Kallur pulled a mild upset with her win in 12.66 seconds over reigning world champion and world ranked #1 Michelle Perry, who finished second in 12.73. 2007 USA Outdoor Championships third-place finisher LoLo Jones placed third in 12.81.
For more information on the DN Galan Super Grand Prix in London, including the complete results, visit www.iaaf.org.
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