The 2006 IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Sanya Richards is now the only American alive in the hunt for the Golden League Jackpot after winning the women's 400 meters Friday at the fourth meeting of the six fixture series, the Weltklasse Zürich in Switzerland. Athletes must win at all six meetings of the IAAF Golden League series to claim a share of the $1,000,000 Jackpot.
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Sanya Richards destroyed the field in the women's 400m, winning in a world-leading 49.36 seconds. Novlene Williams of Jamaica was a distant second in 50.85 while reigning World champion Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain was fourth in 51.32 and Mary Wineberg was sixth in 51.53.
In the women's 100m, 2003 World champion Torri Edwards shot out of the blocks and into the lead, but could not hang on and crossed the line in 11.22 for second place behind France's Christine Arron (11.17). 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter took third in 11.24. Other American finishers were 2006 World Indoor 60m champion Lisa Barber (6th - 11.32) and 2007 World Outdoor silver medalist Lauryn Williams (7th - 11.34).
In the women's 100m hurdles, two-time World champion Michelle Perry took third in 12.68, knocking her out of contention for the Golden League Jackpot. 2007 U.S. Indoor champion Lolo Jones was fifth in 12.81.
For more information on the 2007 Weltklasse Zürich, including the complete results, visit www.iaaf.org.
photos Janos Schmidt