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Americans open 2014 overseas with victories at Sydney Track Classic

SYDNEY, Australia -- The U.S. was well-represented at the 2014 Sydney Track Classic at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday. Four American athletes turned in victories at the event, including 2014 World Champion in the women’s 4x4, Natasha Hastings (Round Rock, Texas), who opened the outdoor season with a win in the women’s 400 in 52.01.
2013 World Champion David Oliver (Orlando, Fla.) opened his outdoor season with a win in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing in 13.38.
2013 Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Va.) bested the field in the men’s 200m, finishing in 20.42.
Duane Solomon (Los Angeles, Calif.), a finalist in the men’s 800m at the 2012 Olympics, won the event in Sydney, turning in a time of 1:45.95.
2014 Sydney Track Classic -Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Stadium
Women 400 Meters
 1, Natasha Hastings, 52.01.
Women 5000 Meters
 9, Lauren Fleshman, 15:53.02.
Men 200 Meters
 (w: 0.2) 1, LaShawn Merritt, 20.42M. 9, Joel Brown, 21.54. 
Men 800 Meters
 1, Duane Solomon, 1:45.95.
Men 110 Meter Hurdles
 (w: 1.0) 1, David Oliver, 13.38.

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