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Laverne Jones-Ferrette Blasts To 6.97 World-Leading Mark; Beats Jeter Again

Laverne Jones-Ferrette delivered another stunning world-leading performance at the 24th Sparkassen-Cup to highlight the meeting in Stuttgart on Saturday.

The US Virgin Islands sprint ace clocked a flashing world-leading 6.97seconds to win the women’s 60m dash and became the first woman to run under the 7.00seconds barrier in over a decade. Jones-Ferrette, who twice produced 7.09secs earlier this year, heaved off a huge chunk off her own world best and national record on Saturday.

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Trailing the Caribbean star to the finishing line for the second time this season was American star Carmelita Jeter who finished in a personal best of 7.05, while France’s Miryam Soumaré took third in 7.19.

Jones-Ferrette said after the race: “I always felt with my form I could run faster, but to run under seven seconds I never ever thought about that – it is a big surprise.”

Bahamian Chandra Sturrup was disqualified after a false start.

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Jamaica’s Lerone Clarke won the men’s race in 6.57secs – narrowly beating Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles who also posted a personal and national record of 6.58.  Egwero Oghoogheneonano of Nigeria was third in 6.62.

Meanwhile, Cuba’s Dayron Robles proved that he has recovered fully from his injury problem by winning the men’s 60m hurdles over a quick closing David Oliver of the United States. Robles stopped the clock in a world-leading 7.48, with Oliver a step behind in 7.49.  Jamaican Dwight Thomas took third in 7.64.

The women’s race saw Jamaica’s Vonette Dixon finishing fourth in 8.04secs – distance behind Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, who sped home in a 7.82 world-best and personal record.

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Following her to the line was this season’s previous world-leader and reigning world indoor champion Lolo Jones (7.97).

By Gary Smith, World-Track

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    February 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Another win for LJ-F. This lady is really bringing it early to Jeter.

  2. Nick

    February 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Damn!! she is going she going ..she gonee!! ,,laverene looks real good so early I hope she brings this great form into the outdoor season..nice to add some more drama to the already dramatically exciting womens 100m

  3. BunnyG

    February 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Jeter has a secret weapon. She is not ready to use it as yet.

  4. Nathaniel

    February 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    That’s crazy. and to think her reaction time was only average (.157). I think we could see a WR this season. Maybe even a sub 6.90. Whonknows. All I would say is, don’t count out Jeter just yet. This is her third outing of the season, compared to the 6 meets that Jones has already run. I think Carmelita is composing herself to bring her A game when she needs to- a la the World Indoor Champs!!!

  5. minnie

    February 8, 2010 at 4:43 am

    i hope she wont peak 2 early in the season before she can earn the big bucks

  6. minnie

    February 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    rahtid bunny i just see you

  7. minnie

    February 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    bunny what is that weapon lol

  8. tony roots

    February 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm


  9. Nathaniel

    February 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Anybody know where I can find the video of the race? I’ve been looking for it

  10. minnie

    February 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    nate please look at you tube maybe you will find it there

  11. Nathaniel

    February 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Youtube is my main site .I been looking for it on several sites actually under every conceivable tag name that I could think of. I even visited european sites. Still to no avail 🙁 I thought Eurosport would have it. I’ll keep checkin. Thanks Minnie

  12. waynef

    February 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Wow everyone! winter olympics has not even started yet and already over 30 athletes caught for doping. WADA is finally starting to gain some credibility.

  13. minnie

    February 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    try universal sports then nate

  14. minnie

    February 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    talk 2 me wayne ef what are your findings

  15. minnie

    February 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    sometimes i cant keep as current as i would like as my 2 month old keeps my hands full im on borrowed time as we speak

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