Richards wins share of third Golden League jackpot
With six wins each in the six meet 2009 Golden League, Sanya Richards, Yelena Isinbayeva and Kenesia Bekele will share the $1,000,000 Golden League jackpot. Each had their final win today at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.
On a cool night in Brussels, reigning world 400m champion Sanya Richards dominated her signature event, leading from start to finish, and crossed the line in a world leading 48.83 seconds, her second best effort ever. It also ties her for the second-best performance ever by an American with Valerie Brisco-Hooks. Her nearest competitor, reigning Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu, finished 1.6 seconds behind in 50.43.
And then the rain came.
Twice the world bronze medalist, Carmelita Jeter continued her revenge on those who beat her by winning the women's 100m in 10.88. Reigning Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM) was second in 10.98 and Olympic and world silver medalist Kerron Stewart was third in 11.05.
2005 world silver medalist Chaunte Howard cleared 1.97 meters/6 feet 5.5 inches for second place in the women's high jump and was so happy with her performance she did a little dance in the rain once she was finished. Berlin silver medalist Chelsea Johnson tied for seventh in the women's pole vault with a best clearance of 4.40m/14-5.25.
For more information and complete results from the 2009 Memorial Van Damme, visit www.iaaf.org.
photos Janos Schmidt