Talk about throwing a cat among the pigeons. Sanya Richards-Ross put aside months of struggle to run 49.66 to win at the London Samsung Diamond League meeting. In doing so, the defending champion added yet another element to what was already shaping as an intriguing World championships event.

Richards-Ross, who finally broke through for a global title in Berlin two years ago, had been out of sorts all season. She ran the 200m at the US championships, finished seventh, and ran just one round of the 400m before opting to use her champion’s ‘wild card’.

A wild card she may have had, but not until London did it appear Richards-Ross may also have an ace up her sleeve. Suddenly, the rhythm that had deserted her all year was back and with it a credible chance of retaining her World title in Daegu……..READ FULL PREVIEW

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