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Jessica Ennis beats Christine Ohuruogu over 150m

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Britain's Jessica Ennis

Ennis wins 150m battle of the Brits

Jessica Ennis won the battle of the British golden girls when she cruised past Christine Ohuruogu in the 150m at the Manchester Great City Games.

The world heptathlon champion clocked 16.99 seconds in her first race at this distance ahead of Ohuruogu in third.

"I'm made up. I was a bit nervous but it was a brilliant race in a brilliant atmosphere," Ennis told BBC Sport.

British hurdler Andy Turner claimed a stunning double to beat off strong fields and win the 110m and 200m.

In front of hundreds of fans in Manchester's Deansgate on Sunday, the 24-year-old Ennis continued to exhibit her stunning form to beat compatriot and 400m Olympic champion Ohuruogu in the 150m event.

Manchester teenager Shauna Thompson pipped Ohuruogu to second spot with a time of 17.05 sec.

Ohuruogu had flown directly from Doha, where she finished fifth over 400m at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season on Friday, but she rarely threatened on the specially constructed track, having to settle for third spot.

Despite her defeat, Ohuruogu, who still holds the UK best performance over 150m of 16.94, was upbeat ahead of a new outdoor season.

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"It's a good practice for racing," the one-lap runner said. "I like coming here. It's nice to show this side of athletics. Hopefully people like what they see and come and see us compete elsewhere."

Turner, Britain's top hurdler, was in fine form to beat Olympic silver medallist Terrence Trammell in the 110m hurdles, and then won again in the 200m in the world's fastest time of 22.30 ahead of world champion Ryan Brathwaite.

Mark Lewis-Francis, who has struggled with injury over the past two years, showed glimpses of old form to power to victory in the 100m in 10.21, with Laura Turner winning the women's race in 11.61.

Three-time world 200m champion Allyson Felix, just two days after beating Ohuruogu in the Diamond League in Doha, cruised ahead of Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas and Britain's Emily Freeman to win the 200m in 22.55.

Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m champion and 2008 silver medallist, beat off a field including Mike Rogers and holder Francis Obikwelu to win the 150m in 15.30, almost a second off the world mark set by Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt last year.



see also
Gay breaks 200m record on streets
16 May 10 |  Athletics
Powell clocks 9.81 to win in Doha
14 May 10 |  Athletics
Ennis & Chambers win gold in Doha
13 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Superb Ennis wins heptathlon gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Superb Bolt storms to 150m record
17 May 09 |  Athletics
Bolt sets fastest 150m
17 May 09 |  Athletics
Ohuruogu grabs gold for Britain
19 Aug 08 |  Athletics


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