Americans Mike Rodgers and David Oliver and Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki were among the highlights at the Sparkassen Cup – IAAF indoor meet – in Stuttgart on Saturday.
Oliver ran away with the men’s 60 metres hurdles in a world-leading time of 7.37secs – the same race Cuban Olympic champion Dayron Robles failed to spark.
Robles jumped into the lead, but clipped a hurdle and pulled up, allowing Oliver to race home in a new career best 7.37. Andy Turner was second in a distant 7.63secs.
Rodgers in the meantime, posted 6.56secs to win the men’s 60m dash, after running 6.58secs in the early round.
Jamaica’s Commonwealth Game champion Lerone Clarke finished second in 6.63, while French star Christophe Lemaitre faded to fifth in 6.67.
Kaki was also in world-leading fashion after his 1:45.02 saw him winning the men’s 800m.
Elsewhere, Germany’s Carolin Nytra took the women’s 60 hurdles in a 2011 best time of 7.92, finishing ahead of Russia’s Aleksandra Antonowa (7.93) and USA’s Lolo Jones (7.94).
Yenew Alamirew of Ethiopia won the men’s 3,000m in 7:27.80, the fourth best time in indoors history.