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David Oliver wins hurdles at Monaco Diamond League meet

America's David Oliver

David Oliver fails in 110m hurdles world record bid

American David Oliver continued his recent form, winning the Monaco Diamond League 110m hurdles in 13.01 seconds.

He beat Ryan Wilson, but dismissed pre-event expectations he would break Dayron Robles' world record of 12.87.

Oliver said: "I know people expect me to run sub 13 all of the time but that is not realistic. I achieved my goal."

American Carmelita Jeter beat Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown in 10.82 sec in the women's 100m and Tyson Gay ran 19.72 sec to win the men's 200m.

Jemma Simpson, the only GB athlete in action in Monaco, was second in the women's 800m, which was won by Alysia Johnson in one minute, 57.34 seconds.

The American athlete's time was the fastest in the world this year, while Simpson ran a personal best of 1.58.74.

America's Tyson Gay

Impressive Gay wins men's 200m

Just a week earlier, in Paris, Oliver ran the third fastest time ever, just two hundredths of a second outside Robles' mark.

His event in Monaco was billed as the big event of the night in the absence of Jamaica's star sprint duo Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell. There was no men's 100m race in Monaco.

Gay, who is preparing to take on Bolt and Powell in the 100m in Stockholm on 6 August, finished ahead of Yohan Blake and said: "I slipped a little, I was too much on the outside. But it's a good time, I wanted to run fast, it's good."

The women's 400m hurdles saw a shock result after favourite, world championship silver medallist Lashinda Demus, finished fourth with Jamaican Kaliese Spencer taking victory in 53.63.


In the men's race, American Bershawn Jackson (47.78) edged compatriots Angelo Taylor (47.79) and Justin Gaymon (48.65) who both recorded season's-best times in Monaco.

The men's 1500m ended with young Kenyan Silas Kiplagat smashing his personal best with a time of three minutes 29.27 seconds, the quickest in the world this year, as he came from nowhere to snatch a thrilling victory from Amine Laalou, who also ran a personal best time of 3:29.53.

There was also a personal best for fourth-placed Andrew Wheating, with the young American finishing in 3.30.90.

Sudan's Abubaker Kaki Khamis claimed his fourth straight victory in the men's 800m, pipping Boaz Lalang in a time of 1:43.11.

Carmelita Jeter

Jeter beats rival Campbell-Brown in 100m

Estonia's Gerd Kanter (67.81metres) was victorious in the men's discus while American Lolo Jones edged compatriot Danielle Carruthers to triumph in the women's 100 hurdles, with Australia's Sally Mclellan in third.

Fabiana Murer from Brazil took victory in the women's pole vault, clearing 4.80m, while Yargelis Savigne won the women's triple jump.

In the absence of American Jeremy Wariner, who has won four out of five Diamond League meetings, the men's 400m had a relatively open field.

And it was Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales who took advantage of Wariner's absence as he ran a world leading time of 44.40 to finish ahead of compatriot and team-mate Ricardo Chambers, who recorded a personal best 44.54.

The men's long jump was won by Dwight Phillips in 8.46m, while Barbora Spotakova earned a comfortable victory in the women's triple jump.

The Diamond League meeting ended with the women's 3000m, with Sentayehu Ejigu running another world-best time for 2010 as she crossed the line in 8:28.41

Britain's athletes were largely absent from Monaco with the majority at the UK holding camp in Portugal ahead of the European Championships, which begin in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Kenya's Silas Kiplagat

Kiplagat wins men's 1500m in stunning time

see also
Gay pipped by Dix in 200m return
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