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Britain's Gemili becomes 100th man to run under 10 seconds

English.news.cn   2015-06-08 04:19:33

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Adam Gemili became the 100th man in history to run the 100 meters inside 10 seconds as the European 200m champion clocked 9.97 to finish second in the IAAF Birmingham Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium here on Sunday.

After setting a new lifetime best of 10.00 when finishing second in his heat, Gemili burst out of the blocks alongside American Marvin Bracy, who finally won the title in 9.93.

Gemili took the second in a photo-finish but he fell to the ground after injuring his hamstring as he crossed the line.

"Not the fairy-tale ending I wanted, but I'm proud to be the only Brit to go sub 10 and sub 20. British sprinting is really stepping up and I'm glad to be a part of it. I felt my hamstring go as I dipped but I'm in good spirits."

American Jeneba Tarmoh upset five-time Olympic champion and eight-time world titlist Allyson Felix in the women's 200m in 22.29.

In the men's long jump, Olympic champion and local hero Greg Rutherford soared out to 8.35m in the second round for the title.

It was his reaction that really excited the crowd though, as after responding to American Michael Hartfield's 8.23m he threw his arms in the air in delight when the distance flashed up on the scoreboard.

Rutherford said, "It's a great competition, I jumped very well, and I am chuffed to bits. This is the furthest I have ever jumped in the UK and it is only three weeks since I tore one of my adductors, so to come back after that I am really happy."

In the women's 100m, American duo Dawn Harper-Nelson and Brianna Rollins finished one-two in season's bests of 12.58 and 12.63 seconds respectively.

The men's 110m hurdles was won by Cuban Orlando Ortega in 13.20 seconds.

Earlier in the day Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor of the United States easily took the title with 17.40m. That elevates the American to second in the Diamond Race, two points behind world leader Pedro Pichardo.

"I had hoped for a little further," he said. "I would like to push the event to a different level, and I wish I had put on a better show for the crowd, but I did my best so I should not complain."

Kenyan Eunice Sum took victory in the women's 800m in 1:59.85, Kamila Licwinko cleared 1.97 with her first attempt to wrap up victory in the women's high jump and went top of the Diamond Race standings.

Vitezslav Vesely of Czech Republic won the men's javelin with 88.18 meters. Julius Yego of Kenya set a javelin personal best of 86.53, African record.

Unbeaten in 14 races, Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer ran a season's best of 54.45 to take the women's 400m hurdles victory.

In the women's discus, Olympic and world champion Sandra Perkovic of Croatia set a meet record of 69.23m en route to her victory. Current world number one Christine Schwantiz delivered victory in the women's shot put thanks to a throw of 19.68m, putting the German on pole in the Diamond Race with 6 points.

In the women's pole vault, 2011 world champion Fabiana Murer secured victory over a high quality field that included London 2012 silver medallist Yarisley Silva. The Brazilian took victory with a second time clearance of 4.72 meters.

Nijel Amos of Botswana won the men's 800m in 1:46.77 while Kenya made a clean sweep of the podium places in the women's 3000m steeplechase. Virginia Nyambura got the better of Hyvin Kiyeng and Lidya Chepkurui with a winning time of 9:24.01.

Kenyans also dominated the men's 5000m as Thomas Longosiwa took victory in 13:07.26 sprinting clear of compatriot Isiah Koech.

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Britain's Gemili becomes 100th man to run under 10 seconds

English.news.cn 2015-06-08 04:19:33

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Adam Gemili became the 100th man in history to run the 100 meters inside 10 seconds as the European 200m champion clocked 9.97 to finish second in the IAAF Birmingham Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium here on Sunday.

After setting a new lifetime best of 10.00 when finishing second in his heat, Gemili burst out of the blocks alongside American Marvin Bracy, who finally won the title in 9.93.

Gemili took the second in a photo-finish but he fell to the ground after injuring his hamstring as he crossed the line.

"Not the fairy-tale ending I wanted, but I'm proud to be the only Brit to go sub 10 and sub 20. British sprinting is really stepping up and I'm glad to be a part of it. I felt my hamstring go as I dipped but I'm in good spirits."

American Jeneba Tarmoh upset five-time Olympic champion and eight-time world titlist Allyson Felix in the women's 200m in 22.29.

In the men's long jump, Olympic champion and local hero Greg Rutherford soared out to 8.35m in the second round for the title.

It was his reaction that really excited the crowd though, as after responding to American Michael Hartfield's 8.23m he threw his arms in the air in delight when the distance flashed up on the scoreboard.

Rutherford said, "It's a great competition, I jumped very well, and I am chuffed to bits. This is the furthest I have ever jumped in the UK and it is only three weeks since I tore one of my adductors, so to come back after that I am really happy."

In the women's 100m, American duo Dawn Harper-Nelson and Brianna Rollins finished one-two in season's bests of 12.58 and 12.63 seconds respectively.

The men's 110m hurdles was won by Cuban Orlando Ortega in 13.20 seconds.

Earlier in the day Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor of the United States easily took the title with 17.40m. That elevates the American to second in the Diamond Race, two points behind world leader Pedro Pichardo.

"I had hoped for a little further," he said. "I would like to push the event to a different level, and I wish I had put on a better show for the crowd, but I did my best so I should not complain."

Kenyan Eunice Sum took victory in the women's 800m in 1:59.85, Kamila Licwinko cleared 1.97 with her first attempt to wrap up victory in the women's high jump and went top of the Diamond Race standings.

Vitezslav Vesely of Czech Republic won the men's javelin with 88.18 meters. Julius Yego of Kenya set a javelin personal best of 86.53, African record.

Unbeaten in 14 races, Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer ran a season's best of 54.45 to take the women's 400m hurdles victory.

In the women's discus, Olympic and world champion Sandra Perkovic of Croatia set a meet record of 69.23m en route to her victory. Current world number one Christine Schwantiz delivered victory in the women's shot put thanks to a throw of 19.68m, putting the German on pole in the Diamond Race with 6 points.

In the women's pole vault, 2011 world champion Fabiana Murer secured victory over a high quality field that included London 2012 silver medallist Yarisley Silva. The Brazilian took victory with a second time clearance of 4.72 meters.

Nijel Amos of Botswana won the men's 800m in 1:46.77 while Kenya made a clean sweep of the podium places in the women's 3000m steeplechase. Virginia Nyambura got the better of Hyvin Kiyeng and Lidya Chepkurui with a winning time of 9:24.01.

Kenyans also dominated the men's 5000m as Thomas Longosiwa took victory in 13:07.26 sprinting clear of compatriot Isiah Koech.

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