News and Notes, Volume 9, Number 39

07-20-2009

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Jones runs world-leading mark in 100 hurdles

Lolo Jones proved to the world that she is back to form, running a world-leading 12.47 seconds in winning the women's 100-meter hurdles Monday at the 25th Vardinoyannia International Track & Field meeting in Rethymno, Greece.

It was a 1-2 finish for the Americans as 2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry took second in 12.53.

The women's 100 meters was an American clean 1-2-3 sweep by Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix, and Stephanie Durst. The 2007 World Outdoor bonze medalist, Jeter ran 10.97 seconds to run away with first place. A two-time Olympic 200m silver medalist and World Outdoor champion, Felix followed in 11.08 and Durst finished with a time of 11.14.

The men's 100m was won by 2004 World Junior champion Ivory Williams as he was the only one to dip under 10 seconds in the race. Williams ran a personal best 9.93, followed by Mark Jelks, the runner-up in 10.04.

2009 USA Outdoor champion Lashinda Demus continued her hot streak, winning the women's 400m hurdles in 54.29, as 2008 Olympic Trials champion Tiffany Ross-Williams was second in 54.60. 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson won heat two of the men's 400mH in 48.55.

2008 Olympians Brian Johnson and Miguel Pate finished third and fourth respectively in the men's long jump. Johnson's best leap was 8.04 meters/26 feet 4.5 inches and Pate's was 7.83m/25-8.25.

2009 USA Indoor runner-up Dexter Faulk again took the runner-up position in the men's 110m hurdles, finishing in 13.18 on the heals of world record holder Dayron Robles (CUB) who won in 13.17.

Also on the track, 2008 Olympic 400m bronze medalist David Neville won his heat of the men's 200m in 20.89, while 2008 Olympic 400m gold medalist Lashawn Merritt took third in his heat of the men's 200m in 20.29. 2004 Olympian LaShaunte'a Moore finished as the runner-up in the women's 200m, running 22.66. First place was snagged in a world-leading 22.32 seconds by McKenzie Ferguson (BAH).

For more information and complete results from 25th Vardinoyannia International Track & Field meeting, visit www.iaaf.org.