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News and Notes - July 7, 2014




Gatlin continues undefeated season in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Justin Gatlin continued his winning ways, besting fellow Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers in the men’s 100 meters in the Lausanne Diamond League meeting. Gatlin finished in a world-leading 9.80 to stay atop the Diamond League standings, cruising to the win ahead of Gay (9.93) and Rodgers (9.98).


Jeff Henderson looked as phenomenal in Lausanne as he did in Sacramento last weekend, taking his second Diamond League meeting of the year in the men’s long jump. Henderson jumped 8.31m/27-3.25 to best defending Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain.


Dawn Harper-Nelson runs WL 12.44 to win first DL meeting of 2014

PARIS, France -- Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson came up short in her first two Diamond League outings of the year, losing by just .01 to Brianna Rollins and Queen Harrison, respectively. Renewed after becoming the U.S. champion last weekend in Sacramento, Harper-Nelson claimed her first meeting title of the year in a world-leading 12.44 in Paris.


Mike Rodgers came back from a third-place finish in Lausanne in the men’s 100 meters to claim the event title in Paris, crossing in 10.00. Rodgers won the national championship in the 100m just a week ago in Sacramento.


Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross pulled through for her first Diamond League win since her comeback from toe surgery last year. Richards-Ross bested an impressive field, including Olympic medalists Novlene Williams-Mills and Natasha Hastings, to take the victory in 50.10.


Jeter returns to the track while Doris-Carter go 1-2 in triple

PADOVA, Italy -- Olympic champion Carmelita Jeter returned to the track for the Meeting Città di Padova in Italy over the weekend. Jeter turned in a second-place finish in the women’s 100 meters, crossing in 11.57.


Troy Doris jumped to a new PB in the men’s triple jump, leaping 16.85m/55-3.50 to take the title in Padova. Chris Carter was right behind his compatriot, jumping 16.63m/54-6.75 on his final attempt for the runner-up spot.


Another 1-2 American finish was in the men’s 400 meters, as Mike Berry and Manteo Mitchell were neck-and-neck from start to finish, crossing in 45.70 and 45.71, respectively.


Olympians shine in Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Justin Gatlin cruised to another victory in the men’s 100 meters (10.05), while quartermilers LaShawn Merritt (44.30) and Francena McCorory (50.43) also earned wins in the men’s and women’s 400 meters.


Duane Solomon crushed the field in the men’s 800 meters, finishing in 1:44.92. The runner-up, Felix Kitur, came through in 1:48.15.

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