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Sally Pearson of Australia

World Champion Sally Pearson impressed in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Sporting Alert) — World Champion and record holder David Rudisha of Kenya won the men’s 800m race at the Melbourne Track Classic in Australia on Saturday.

World champion Sally Pearson was at the double after winning the hurdles and half-time events in quality times.

Rudisha clocked 1:44.33 for the quickest time outdoors so far this season to beat the Australian pair of 2 Jeffrey Riseley, who 1:45.62 and Lachlan Renshaw, who crossed at 1:46.06.

Craig Mottram won the men’s 5000m with a time of 13:18.58, easily ahead of Collis Birmingham, who ran 13:22.30 for second and American Ben True, 13:26.56.

Sprint hurdler Pearson won the women’s 200m with a time 23.03 seconds, to go along with her impressive 12.49 seconds victory in the 100m hurdles.

“I thought I was going really badly actually,” she said after the race. “I got halfway through the race and I thought, ‘Oh no, my rhythm is really off … this could be a 12.9.’

“But I came back and it was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Got to the finish line with an amazing time.

Elsewhere, Isaac Ntiamoah won the men’s 100m in 10.35 seconds, John Steffensen took the 400m dash with 45.74secs, while Henry Frayne leaped 8.09m to beat favourite Fabrice Lapierre (8.00m) in the men’s Long Jump.

Yohan Blake runs 9.82 again in Berlin, says he could’ve run 9.7 easy

Berlin, Germany (Sporting Alert) — Yohan Blake flashes to yet another 9.82 seconds victory over the 100m at the 90th anniversary celebration of the ISTAF on Sunday, but said he could have gone even quicker.

The Jamaican who was crowned world champion in Daegu, South Korea last month, equalled his personal best and seventh fastest time of all-time with the win in Berlin.

However, the man who trained with Usain Bolt in Kingston, says he could have run “9.7 easy”, had it not been for a “lazy start.”

“I was a little lazy at the start here,” Blake told reporters after the race. “I could have run 9.7 easy.”

The 22-year-old will get another chance to keep his undefeated run alive when he races in his last event of the season next week.

Blake will take on a 200m field on Friday at the Samsung Diamond League final in Brussels.

Finishing behind the Jamaican in Berlin on Sunday were Kim Collins, who won two-bronze medal at the Daegu championships -his time today was a 10.01 season’s best, while Trinidad & Tobago’s Richard Thompson finished third in 10.08.

Michael Frater, a member of the Jamaican world-record setting 4x100m relay team was fourth in 10.12.

The women’s race went to world bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste in 11.15. She defeated Sherone Simpson (11.24) and Kerron Stewart (11.28).

Grenadian world champion Kirani James cruised to victory in the men’s 400m dash in 45.33, while Jesse Williams cleared 2.33m to win the men’s High Jump.

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No Village for Usain Bolt

DAEGU – Reports out of Daegu ahead of the 13th IAAF World Championships are that Usain Bolt, the king of the track, will not be staying in the Athletes’ Village.

While it was disclosed on Tuesday that the United States, Jamaica, Canada and the U.K. will also share one premises, Bolt will stay in a hotel downtown Daegu.

“Bolt, who holds the world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100 meters, will be staying at a hotel in downtown Daegu until the worlds wrap up,” explained the chosunilbo’s report.

Meanwhile, Bolt, along with other members of the Racers Track Club – Yohan Blake, Mario Forysthe, Marvin Anderson, Schillonie Calvert, Rosemarie White and Shereefa Lloyd, and their coach Glen Mills, are already in the Sourt Korean city.

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Changes: IAAF World Championships in Daegu Could Benefit Jamaica

Jamaica could close next year’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in a blaze of glory and a world record after a change in the schedule of the event which sees the women’s and men’s 4x100m relays ending the nine-day meet.

The new schedule, which was first released in April and amended last month, will see both rounds of the sprint relays being run on the final day of the championships.

Traditionally, the finals of the men’s and women’s mile relays (4x400m) are the closing track events at the meet, but will be run earlier. The men’s race is set for day seven, with the women’s equivalent set for the following day — the second-to-last of the meet.

Jamaica’s men hold the 4x100m world record of 37.10 seconds set at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, as well as the second fastest time (37.31) in history in winning the event at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

The team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell set the world mark, with Steve Mullings replacing Carter in Berlin….Read More At JamaicaObserver

David Greene Becomes Newest Sub-48 Quarter-mile Hurdler

It has been a long time since a British 400m hurdler has broken 48 seconds. 18 years in fact. But here in the Poljud Stadium in Split – the same track where UK record-holder Kriss Akabusi struck gold in 1990 – David Greene became the 37th member of the elite sub-48 club, scoring a surprise victory at the IAAF / VTB Bank Continental Cup.

Greene was a finalist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin, and has built on that this year by cementing his status as European No.1, confirming it with a dominating display in Barcelona to win European gold in 48.12.

But on the Samsung Diamond League circuit, he has had to play second fiddle to the might of the USA, particularly World leader Bershawn Jackson. The US Champion was not so fortunate here, however, and clattered the final hurdle as Greene strode to victory.

“Bershawn has only been beaten by one other person, Kerron Clement, this season, so to be one of just two people to beat him feels good and gives me a lot of confidence,” said Greene. “In Barcelona I was expected to win, but here I didn’t have the same pressure.”….Read More At IAAF