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Asafa Powell rules at Stuttgart

Tatyana Lebedeva claims long jump title

— Photo: AFP

FASTEST MAN: Jamaica’s Asafa Powell celebrates after winning the men’s 100m in the World athletics final in Stuttgart.

STUTTGART: Asafa Powell was at his overpowering best again here on Saturday, running into a headwind and winning the 100 metres at the World athletics final in 9.83 seconds.

In the absence of World champion Tyson Gay, Powell stayed calm despite two false starts and left the opposition standing. Battling a 0.3 metre per second headwind, the Jamaican could not get closer than .09 seconds to the World record he set two weeks ago in Italy.

Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway was second in 10.06, and Michael Frater of Jamaica was third in 10.11.

False starts

Olusoji Fasuba of Nigeria was disqualified for a second false start. It was not the only trouble the starting gun caused on Saturday.

The 100m hurdles was a festival of false starts and three disqualifications, including one for in-form Susanna Kallur of Sweden. Once the race started at the fourth attempt, Michelle Perry won for the first time since the final at the World championships. With a time of 12.68 seconds, she beat surprise runner-up Josephine Onyia of Spain by .02 seconds.

The 400m hurdles had all the big stars from the Osaka World championships lining up — including the last two Olympic and World champions. Reigning World champion Kerron Clement was poised for one of his late rushes but he stuttered again at the last hurdle and failed to dip at the line.

Marek makes it

Marek Plawgo of Poland held on for a good win as both were timed in 48.35s. In an extremely tight race, James Carter finished .01 seconds back.

In the absence of the all-dominating Jeremy Wariner, LaShawn Merritt proved again that he is the second best in the world in the 400m.

After silver in Osaka, Merritt won the last clash of the season in 44.58, with Tyler Christopher of Canada second in 44.87 and Angelo Taylor of the United States third in 44.92.

World champion Tatyana Lebedeva took the lead on her penultimate long jump and held on to win with a leap of 6.78m, 14cm more than the last jump from Grace Upshaw.

World champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia again held off double Olympic champion Virgilius Alekna in the discus, throwing 66.54m for an edge of .60m over Alekna.

It was only the second defeat for the Lithuanian in more than two years. The season-ending World athletics final has $3 million in prize money, with an extra $100,000 thrown in for every World record.

The results:

Men: 100m: 1. Asafa Powell (Jam, 9.83s); 2. Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (Nor, 10.06s); 3. Michael Frater (Jam, 10.11s).

400m: 1. LaShawn Merritt (U.S., 44.58s); 2. Tyler Christopher (Can, 44.87s); 3. Angelo Taylor (U.S., 44.92s).

3,000m: 1. Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Ken, 7:48.81s); 2. Joseph Ebuya (Ken, 7:49.70s); 3. Mohammed Farah (GBr, 7:49.89s).

400m hurdles: 1. Marek Plawgo (Pol, 48.35s; 2. Kerron Clement (U.S., 48.35s); 3. James Carter (U.S., 48.36s).

Discus: 1. Gerd Kanter (Est, 66.54m); 2. Virgilijus Alekna (Lit, 65.94m); 3. Piotr Malachowski (Pol, 65.35m).

Women: 100m hurdles: 1. Michelle Perry (U.S., 12.68s); 2. Josephine Onyia (Esp, 12.70s); 3. Delloreen Ennis-London (Jam, 12.72s).

3,000m steeplechase: 1. Eunice Jepkorir (Ken, 9:35.03s); 2. Roisin McGettigan (Ire, 9:35.86s); 3. Cristina Casandra (Rom, 9:36.38s).

Long jump: 1. Tatyana Lebedeva (Rus, 6.78m); 2. Grace Upshaw (U.S., 6.64m); 3. Oksana Udmurtova (Rus, 6.52m). — AP

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