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Athletics - 30. July 2007.

Lewis posts fastest since 2003

Seven Australians competed in Zaragoza, led by eleven-time national champion Tamsyn Lewis who continued her outstanding form overnight, recording 1.59.37 to finish third in the 800 metres. The 29-year-old’s effort was her fifth-fastest time ever and only 0.16 seconds off her personal best (1:59.21) set in Canberra in 2000 (see stat box below).

It was the fourth time Lewis had gone under the two-minute barrier this European season, a record which will give her confidence leading into the Osaka world championships in 27 days time.

Maria Mutola (1:58.21), the Sydney Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion from Mozambique took the 800m honours, with Moroccan Hasna Benhassi (1:59.31), the Athens Olympic silver medallist in second place.

Reigning national 1500m champion Lisa Corrigan from the ACT concluded her European campaign with a 4:11.40 to cross the line in seventh place.

The action continues at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in London on Friday nght.
Tamsyn Lewis’ top times
1:59.21 1 Canberra 15 Jan 2000
1:59.29 1 National Championships Sydney 27 Feb 2000
1:59.33 4s1 Olympic Games Sydney 23 Sep 2000
1:59.35 4 Lausanne 1 July 2003
1:59.37 3 Zaragoza 28 July 2007
1:59.41 Olympic Trials Sydney 19 Aug 2000
1:59.42 1 Melbourne 2 Mar 2000
1:59.45 5 Athens 2 July 2007
1:59.56 2 Brisbane 8 Sep 2000
1:59.70 1 Naimette-Xhovémont 25 July 2007
1:59.73 5 Commonwealth Games Manchester 29 July 2002

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