By Gary Smith, World-Track
COTTBUS — American champion Michael Rogers will take a winning form into the World Championships after dashing to victory in the men’s 100 metres at the Lausitzer LA International Meeting at Cottbus on Saturday.
Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk was also in good form when setting a world-leading mark to win the women’s Hammer Throw competition.
On the track, Rogers, who in June won the American title to book a spot on the team for his first ever world championships, returned the fastest time of 10.14 seconds, running into a -1.5m/s headwind, to win the three heats race.
Jamaica’s Lerone Clarke ran 10.26 for second place. American 200m world bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon finished fourth behind Rogers in 10.39.
Rogers owns a personal best of 9.94secs and he will be hoping to improve that time when he takes on the likes of world record holder Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell of Jamaica, as well as his countryman Tyson Gay, the defending world sprint double champion.
World-lead and meeting record for Wlodarczyk
Meanwhile, Wlodarczyk took a huge advantage heading into the start of next week championships when she beat Betty Heidler in the women’s Hammer Throw competition.
Wlodarczyk, produced a world-leading 77.20m to not only beat Heidler, but also smashed her previous meeting record in the process.
A beaten Heidler finished second with 73.76m, with fellow German Kathrin Klaas throwing a seasonal best of 73.75m for third.
South African Sunette Viljoen won the women’s Javelin throw competition over two-time world bronze medallist Steffi Nerius of Germany.
Viljoen threw 63.02m for the win with Nerius second with a mark of 62.21m.
Elsehwere, Brazil’s Lucimar de Moura won the women’s 100m in 11.43. Trinidad and Tobago pair of Ayanna Hutchinson and Semory Hackett were second and third, with respective times of 11.57 and 11.65.
Omar Cisnero of Cuba easily set a meeting record to win the men’s 400m hurdles, winning in a time of 50.00 seconds to break the previous mark of 53.12, set back in 1990.
Jamaica’s Josef Robertson (50.63) also went below the mark for second place.