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Israel’s Jillian Schwartz finished second in the women’s pole vault competition
at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on Saturday, clearing 4.46
meters with her first attempt.
Schwartz, who made aliya from the US last
year, represented America in the 2004 Athens Olympics and has a personal best of
“I really wanted to win the competition, but second place is
also good, especially as I beat some excellent jumpers in tough conditions,”
said Schwartz, who competed despite suffering cramp in her thigh in the warmup
to the event. “This has been an excellent year for me. I have a good chance of
entering the top-10 jumpers of the year.”
US runners took both men’s and
women’s 400-meter sprints in London, as Jeremy Wariner beat Jamaican world
leader Jermaine Gonzales and Allyson Felix added a one-lap win to her 200
victory from the day before.
In cool, windy weather not suited to
sprinting, the 24-year-old Felix won a close battle Saturday in 50.79 seconds to
hold off new European champion Tatyana Firova and American Debbie Dunn. That
followed a comfortable win in her specialty, the 200, the day
“The time wasn’t great but it wasn’t about the time today,” Felix
said. “It was a great field and I just wanted to execute my race. It was more
difficult than yesterday’s race.”
Firova of Russia finished well to come
second in 50.84 and Dunn, the world leader this year, was third, 0.05 further
Felix, who already had won Diamond League 400s this season in Doha
and Eugene, flew out of the blocks and was in the lead coming into the home
Firova came back strongly in the last 50 but could not pass
Felix. The Russian, a winner in Stockholm last week, still beat Dunn, who
clocked a worldbest time for 2010 of 49.64 in June.
“I really had to rely
on my endurance. I felt pretty good but it was a little difficult recovering
[from the 200],” Felix said.
Wariner, who has been hampered by injury,
lagged early but pushed past Gonzales in the second, final turn and held off a
late challenge to win in 44.67. Gonzales finished in 44.80 but still has the
world’s fastest time this year at 44.40.
“I wasn’t happy with my first
200,” Wariner said. “With the weather conditions here, it was a good
World women’s 100 leader Carmelita Jeter was upset by fellow
American Marshevet Myers, finishing five hundredths behind Myer’s 11.01