The women's 400 meters will be the most anticipated event at the second event of the IAAF Golden League, the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis in France. The IAAF Golden League 2007 offers a $1 Million Jackpot, which represents international athletics' biggest annual payday. Athletes must win at all six meetings to acquire at least a share.
*The women's 400 meters will see a rematch of the 400 final from the U.S. Championships, as 2007 U.S. champion DeeDee Trotter is challenged by 2007 NCAA champion and 2007 U.S. runner-up Natasha Hastings, 2007 U.S. third-place finisher Mary Wineberg and 2006 IAAF Athlete of the Year, Sanya Richards. Richards is a contender for the Golden League Jackpot, having won the women's 400m at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games, and is determined to win after her surprising fourth-place finish in Indy.
*The women's 100m will be a battle between 2003 World champion and reigning U.S. champion Torri Edwards, 2005 World champion Lauryn Williams, 2005 World 200m champion Allyson Felix, 2006 World Indoor champion Lisa Barber, 2007 U.S. third-place finisher Carmelita Jeter and #7 world-ranked Stephanie Durst.
*The top three fastest hurdlers in the world so far this year will square off in the women's 100m hurdles. Look for two-time U.S. champion Ginnie Powell to try and hold off 2005 World champion Michelle Perry and 2007 U.S. Indoor champion Lolo Jones.
*Also on the track, 2007 U.S. champion and Visa Championships Series winner Tiffany Ross-Williams will face two-time World Outdoor medalist Sandra Glover in the women's 400m hurdles. 2004 Olympian Jen Rhines will run in the women's 5,000m.
*In the field events, look for three-time Olympian Amy Acuff is entered in the women's high jump.
For more information and complete results, visit www.iaaf.org/GLE07/index.html.
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