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Tyson Gay beaten by Walter Dix at Diamond League meet

Dix wins 200m ahead of Gay

Sprinter Tyson Gay finished second in his first 200m of the year at Eugene's Diamond League meeting in Oregon.

American Walter Dix clocked 19.72 seconds to win, while Gay, returning from a hamstring injury, was 0.04 secs behind, with Ryan Bailey in third.

In the 110m hurdles, American David Oliver ran within 0.03 secs of Dayron Robles' world record when timing 12.90.

In doing so Oliver, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, equalled Dominique Arnold's all-time third quickest mark.

Ryan Wilson (13.16 secs) and Ronnie Ash (13.19 secs) completed an American one-two-three.

Gay insisted he was satisfied with his performance after competing for the first time since picking up his injury while setting a world 200m record on a straight track in Manchester seven weeks ago.

"I was pretty nervous, it was my first 200m (in a stadium) in over a year," said the 27-year-old, who is scheduled to face Asafa Powell over 100m at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead next Saturday.

"I came away with no injuries. I felt no pain from my hamstring and I'm feeling good. My confidence is cool. I don't like to lose but I feel OK.

Campbell-Brown impresses with 100m win

"The performance wasn't bad for my first race and I was under a lot of pressure.

"I felt him coming up on me on the curve and I knew I was in for a tough race. It's not quite the step I wanted but I know my finish is not there yet."

In the women's 100m Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown ran the fastest time in the world this year and a personal best of 10.78 seconds, ahead of her compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser (10.82 secs).

Carmelita Jeter, who remains top of the league over the distance by a point, was third (10.83 secs).

Felix wins close 400m in Eugene

American Allyson Felix impressed in winning the 400m in 50.27secs, just ahead of Botswana's Amantle Montsho (50.30) and Jamaican Shericka Williams (50.31).

Two-time world champion Abubaker Kaki ran the fifth fastest 1,000m time in history, and the fastest this year, but failed in his world record attempt.

The Sudanese clocked two minutes 13.62 secs, well outside Kenyan Noah Ngeny's 11-year-old 2:11.96 mark.

Kenya's Boaz Lalang was second in 2:14.83, with American Nick Symmonds third (2:16.35).

African athletes, and in particular Ethiopians, were to the fore in an extremely fast men's 5,000m.

Tariku Bekele powered to victory in 12:58.93, while second-placed Dejen Gebremeskel went under 13 minutes for the first time with 12:59.30, with Imane Merga (13:00.18.) completing Ethiopia's clean-sweep in third.

Mariya Savinova of Russia ran 1:57.56 - the fastest time in the world this year - winning the women's 800m ahead of second and third-placed Kenyans Nancy Jebet Langat (1:57.75) and Janeth Jepkosgei (1:57.84).

In the women's 3,000m steeplechase Briton Barbara Parker, who claimed the UK national title over the distance in Birmingham last Sunday, ran a personal best 9:35.17 in a race won by Kenya's 2009 world bronze medallist Milcah Chemos Cheiywa (9:26.70).

The Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene was the sixth stop on the 14-meet IAAF Diamond League series which moves to Lausanne in Switzerland on Thursday before next Sunday's meeting at Gateshead International Stadium on 11 July.



see also
Sprinter Gay worried by injuries
11 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Powell surges to victory in Rome
10 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Highlights - Oslo Diamond League
04 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Injured Bolt out of New York race
31 May 10 |  Athletics
Bolt fails in 300m record attempt
27 May 10 |  Athletics
Bolt strolls to easy Shanghai win
23 May 10 |  Athletics
BBC agrees Diamond League deal
18 May 10 |  Athletics
Gay breaks 200m record on streets
16 May 10 |  Athletics
Bolt is not unbeatable - Gay
14 May 10 |  Athletics
Powell cruises to Diamond League win
14 May 10 |  Athletics


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