U.S stars Allyson Felix and Brittney Reese all won their respective events Friday at the 2009 Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar.
A two-time World Outdoor champion and twice an Olympic silver medalist in the women's 200 meters, Allyson Felix demonstrated her 400m prowess with her win in 50.75 seconds, which is the fastest outdoor time in the world this year. Felix, who ended the 2008 season ranked #5 in the world at 400 meters, was victorious in Doha last year in 49.83.
Reigning NCAA Outdoor and Olympic Trials champion Brittney Reese, who ended the 2008 campaign ranked #4 in the world, captured the women's long jump in Doha with a personal best leap of 6.99 meters/22 feet 11.25, which is the best in the world this outdoor season. Reese bettered her previous personal best of 6.95m/22-9.75 set in winning the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Finishing as the runner-up to Reese was her Olympic teammate Funmi Jimoh, who soared to her own personal best of 6.96m/22-10, which improved on her previous career best of 6.91m/22-8 set last year.
In other events, 2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry was the runner-up in the women's 100m hurdles in 12.72 seconds, with 2004 Olympic Trials fourth-place finisher Danielle Carruthers third in 12.73. Two-time Olympic Trials qualifier Stephane Durst was the runner-up in the women's 100 meters in 11.15 seconds.
photos Janos Schmidt