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Athletics - 13. February 2008.

Kallur, Jones blister the track at Karlsruhe



Sweden's Susanna Kallur set a new world record and U.S. star LoLo Jones ran the third-fastest time ever by an American in the women's 60m hurdles Sunday at the BW Bank Meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Kallur crossed the finish line first in 7.68 seconds, which replaces the 7.69 world record set by Ludmila Engquist of the Soviet Union at a 1990 competition in Chelyabinsk.

Also in that race, American LoLo Jones recorded a personal best time of 7.77 seconds, which is the third-fastest performance ever by an American. Only all-time great Gail Devers has cleared the 60m hurdles faster than Jones. On March 1, 2003, in Boston, Devers crossed the line in the American record time of 7.74 seconds, and on February 6, 2004, she stopped the clocks in 7.76 in New York City.

Elsewhere, two world records were broken on the third day of the Russian Indoor Championships in Moscow.

2006 World Indoor and 2007 World Outdoor Championships 1,500m silver medalist Yelena Soboleva set a new national 800m record of 1:56.49 on the second day of the national indoor championships, and on Sunday, she improved on her own world record when she won the 1,500 meters in 3:58.05. Her previous world record of 3:58.28 was set on February 18, 2006, in Moscow.

Another world record was set Sunday in Moscow when Yevganiya Zinurova, Olga Kotlyarova, Marina Savinova and Natalya Ignatova teamed up to break the women's world record in the 4x800m relay. The quartet completed the race in 8 minutes 14.53 seconds, which bettered the previous world indoor record set by a squad from Moscow (8:18.54) on February 11, 2007 in Volograd.

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