Grenadian James races to world best at New Balance

Grenadian World Championships gold medallist Kirani James won the men’s 400m dash in a world-leading time at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.

James posted a time of 45.96 seconds to better the previous world mark of 45.99, which was set by American Gil Roberts.

Finishing second was Joshua Scott of USA in 46.54, while Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 46.70 and Tabarie Henry of the U.S. Virgin Islands was fourth in 46.88.

American David Oliver ran 7.60 seconds to win the men’s 60m Hurdles over fellow countryman Aries Merritt, who ran 7.62secs for the runner-up spot.

Elsewhere at the meeting, Maggie Vessey beat Erica Moore in a very closely contested women’s 800 meters, which ended with both runners clocking 2:02.37. Vessey was awarded the race, however, by four one-thousandths of a second – following a photo-finish look.

American Jenn Suhr cleared a world-best mark of 4.88m to win the women’s Pole Vault, Murielle Ahoure posted 7.13secs to win the women’s 60m dash, while Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia dominated the women’s two-mile run when winning in a time of 9:21.60.

Fellow Ethiopian countrywoman Meseret Defar won the women’s 3000m in 8:33.57. The time is the fastest so far this season.

Adam Nelson won the men’s Shot Put with a throw of 21.27m.

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