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Athletics - 04. September 2007.

Michelle Perry, wins gold with strong finish


OSAKA, Japan - Michelle Perry (Santa Clarita, Calif.) won her second straight world title - Wednesday at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Nagai Stadium.

Perry repeats in women's 100H

The women's 100m hurdles final also was dramatic. After a closely contested sprint to the finish, Perry had to nervously await the final results on the scoreboard before she knew of her second global title. As she has done throughout the meet, two-time USA outdoor champion Ginnie Powell (Los Angeles, Calif.) got off to a strong start in the race, along with Susanna Kallur of Sweden. Kallur seemed to hold the lead with two hurdles to go, but Perry surged over the final hurdle and the sprint to the finish, winning in 12.46 seconds. 2003 world champion Perdita Felicien of Canada moved up to second in 12.49, with Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica third in 12.50 and Kallur fourth in 12.51. Still coming back from injuries suffered in July, Powell was fifth in 12.55, with Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.) sixth in 12.62.

In the women's 400 meters final, a determined stretch run by Dee Dee Trotter (Knoxville) fell short of a medal in a very fast race. The 2007 USA Outdoor champion went out conservatively but began to move in the final curve. Running in sixth, she began to move up on the leaders but ran out of gas with 15 meters left. Great Britain went 1-2 in the race, with Christine Ohuruogu first in 49.61 and Nicola Sanders second in 49.65; both times were personal bests. Novlene Williams of Jamaica was third in 49.66. Trotter finished fifth in 50.17, just .01 away from Ana Guevara of Mexico in fourth, with Mary Wineberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) eighth in 50.96.

Team USA Medal Table

Gold (4)

Michelle Perry (Santa Clarita, Calif.), W100H, 12.46

Silver (2)

Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.), W100m, 11.01

Bronze (3)

Carmelita Jeter (Long Beach, Calif.), W100, 11.02

Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore), W10,000m, 32:02.05

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For complete results, quotes and Team USA reports, visit www.usatf.org

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