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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
Benjamin sets 400m personal best
Tim Benjamin finished second in a personal best
Benjamin beat his old personal best by one hundredth of a second
Britain's Tim Benjamin set a personal best as he finished second in the 400m at the Brussels Golden League meeting.

Benjamin, 23, lost out to Jamaica's Brandon Simpson but clocked 44.74secs, knocking 0.01 off his previous best.

In the men's 100m, American Justin Gatlin won in 9.99 ahead of France's Ronald Pognon (10.05) and Jamaica's Dwight Thomas (10.11).

Russian triple jumper Tatyana Lebedeva won her fifth Golden League meeting and is one win away from the $1m jackpot.

The prize is split between any athletes unbeaten over all six fixtures of the league in one season.

Lebedeva took the lead on her first jump and made 14.94m on her penultimate jump, with world champion Trecia Smith of Jamaica second at 14.76.

Russian countrywoman Yelena Isinbayeva won the pole vault but failed to set a world record when she missed three attempts at 5.02m, one centimetre higher than her record at the world championships.

Gatlin, the Olympic and world champion, insisted that if he could get his starts right he could break the world record.

"I am working on my start," Gatlin said. "Once I have a good start, I think I can go to boundaries that no other man has been to."

American sprint veteran Maurice Greene finished last in the 100m in a disappointing 10.56.

In the women's 100m, Christine Arron won her fourth of five Golden League races, clocking 10.97 to hold off Me'Lisa Barber of the United States and Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas.

The final Golden League meet is on 4 September in Berlin.


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