DN Galen Story, by Bob Ramsak, Results by IAAF, Notes by Larry Eder

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Well, the Powell vs. Bolt was good, the Defar solo race was even better and then, Sanya Richards over Allyson Felix, 50.38 to 50.88, with Novlene Williams in the middle?

In the 1000 meters, notice Chris Lukesic in 2:18. Craig Mottram wins the 3,000 meter sin 7:37 with lots of company. Matt Tegankamp in fourth and Kevin Sullivan in seventh-not bad for an old guy.

And speaking of nice doubles, Adam Nelson went two for two. He won on Sunday and Tuesday in Stockholm!

Meseret Defar came tantalizingly close to regaining the world record in the 5000m while Asafa Powell took a narrow victory over world record holder Usain Bolt in the 100m at the DN Galan Super Grand Prix in Stockholm tonight.

Defar, the reigning Olympic champion in the 5000m, running solo from the two kilometer point onward, produced a brave run, crossing the line in 14:12.43, the second fastest performance ever. Six weeks ago, her Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba clocked 14:11.15 in Oslo, but in the Norwegian capital, Dibaba had help later in the race, something Defar was missing in Stockholm. She closed with a 60.37 final lap to cap a last kilometer in 2:43.20. After glancing at the clock she fell the track in tears, and perhaps in pain as well.

- Confidence Boost for Powell

In the evening’s most eagerly anticipated face-off, former world record holder Powell edged Bolt, the current standard bearer, in the 100m by a mere 0.01 seconds in 9.88. The two fastest men in history lined up in lanes four and five, with Powell, propelled by a terrific start, gaining the early advantage. Bolt began to make up ground in the second half but fell just short as both men appeared to look at the other as they neared and crossed the line.

It was the pair’s first “real” competitive meeting since Bolt claimed the world record with his 9.72 run at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York on May 31. Bolt defeated Powell at the Jamaican championships a month ago but both acknowledged that the goal there was to simply finish in the top-three to secure Olympic berths.

Coming less than two weeks after pulling out of Golden Gala meet in Rome with a minor groin injury, Powell’s victory will be a confidence booster as he heads to Beijing, still in search of his first major title. Next up for Powell is another stirring match-up in London on Saturday where he’ll face world champion Tyson Gay in the 100m. Bolt too is headed to London, but will run the 200m.

- Robles’ Ride Continues – 12.91

Dayron Robles continued his hot streak in the 110m hurdles, producing yet another blistering performance. Making up a slight deficit over the second half of the race, the 21-year-old Cuban underscored his Olympic favorite status with a scorching 12.91 performance, the year’s third fastest. Robles also has clockings No. 1 and 2 this season, his 12.87 world record from Ostrava, and his 12.88 from Paris last Friday.

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Terrence Trammell was out best, jumping to slight lead over the first few barriers. But as Robles began pulling away beyond the midway point, Trammell pushed too hard and hit the eighth barrier, knocking him out of contention. In his first outing since taking the U.S title, David Oliver closed well to finish second in 13.04 while Trammell drifted to fourth (13.35).

- Kaki’s Homestretch Strenght Prevails over Longer Distances too

800m phenom Abubaker Kaki fell short in his world record assault in the 1000m, but still produced an impressive victory 2:13.93, to move up to No. 7 all-time. The Sudanese teenager led at the bell, but was shadowed closely by Yusuf Saad Kamel. Kamel couldn’t match kaki’s now trademark finishing strength and held on for second (2:14.72), with Olympic 800m champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy, who was fifth entering the final turn, finishing third (2:15.50).

- Elsewhere, Wariner, Vlasic, Gomes and Isinbayeva Impress

In the men’s 400m, Jeremy Wariner had some unexpected company as he entered the homestretch, but quickly disposed of Bahamian Chris Brown’s brief threat en route to a decisive 44.29 victory. Brown held on for second in 44.53.

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia needed a second attempt to sail over 2.02m to secure her 34th consecutive victory, and her 31st straight two meter clearance. Yelena Slesarenko, the reigning Olympic champion, topped out at 2.00m to finish runner-up. Rounding into form, Slesaranko cleared a season’s best 2.03m at the Russian Championships on Sunday.

Naide Gomes put together what was by far the most impressive series to dominate the long jump. A former heptathlete, the Portuguese opened with a solid 7.00m effort in the first round, and improved to 7.04m in the second, equalling world leader. Displaying remarkable consistency, she reached 6.97m in the third, a jump that would have handily defeated runner-up Brittney Reese (6.80m) the U.S. champion, and Swede Carolina Kluft (6.71m).

Yelena Isinbayeva took another easy victory in the pole vault, her 4.85 clearance enough to beat vaulting Poles Monika Pyrek (4.70m) and Anna Rogowska (4.60). U.S. record holder Jenn Stuczynski didn't compete, pulling out with a minor back problem.

In the women's 400m, the head-to-head between Americans Sanya Richards and 200m world champion Allyson Felix didn't quite materialize. In control throughout, Richards cruised to a comfortable 50.38 win, well ahead of Jamaican Novlene Williams (50.85) who edged Felix (50.88) over the final few strides.

Lauryn Williams closed well to take a close women's 100m race in 11.10, ahead of Marshevet Hooker (11.13) and Bahamian Chandra Sturrud (11.14).

In the 3000m steeplechase, Swede Mustafa Mohamed led at the bell, but Kenyan Michael Kipyego was right on his shoulder. Despite creating a small gap midway through the final turn, Kipyego drew even over the final hurdle and went on to take the win in 8:14.35. Wesley Kiprotich also swept by the fading Swede over the final few meters to take second, 8:14:52 to Mohamed’s 8:14.77.

With a 54.5 final lap, Australian Craig Mottram produced an impressive victory in the 3000m, winning in 7:37.73, well clear of Kenyan Isaac Songok, who closed 7:38.97.

Olympic javelin champion Andreas Thorkildsen dominated the field, winning with an 87.36m effort. In the men's high jump, 2.30m as enough for Olympic champion Stefan Holm to take the victory.

- Diamond mining

Meet records in Stockholm are rewarded with one karat diamonds, and a small handful of the $10,000 rocks were mined this year. Defar, Robles, Kaki and Isinbayeva all took home one of the most unique souvenirs offered on the Grand Prix Circuit.

ENDS

Courtesy of Bob Ramsak, Trackprofile.com

2/07/2008

DN Galan
Stockholm, 22/07/2008


Men' results

100 Metres - Men (Summary)
Pts
1 Powell , Asafa JAM 9.88 20
2 Bolt , Usain JAM 9.89 16
3 Carter , Nesta JAM 9.98 14
4 Frater , Michael JAM 10.04 12
5 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma NOR 10.06 10
6 Rodgers , Michael USA 10.06 7
6 Thompson , Richard TRI 10.06 7
8 Atkins , Derrick BAH 10.20 4

100 Metres - Men Race 1 Wind: +0.4 m/s
Pts
1 Powell , Asafa JAM 9.88 20
2 Bolt , Usain JAM 9.89 16
3 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma NOR 10.06 10
4 Thompson , Richard TRI 10.06 7
5 Atkins , Derrick BAH 10.20 4
6 Obikwelu , Francis POR 10.20
7 Martina , Churandy AHO 10.25
8 Padgett , Travis USA 10.29

100 Metres - Men Race 2 Wind: +1.0 m/s
Pts
1 Carter , Nesta JAM 9.98 14
2 Frater , Michael JAM 10.04 12
3 Rodgers , Michael USA 10.06 7
4 Martin , Rodney USA 10.23
5 Dixon , Leroy USA 10.27
6 Crawford , Shawn USA 10.33
7 Brunson , Marcus USA 10.40
Collins , Kim SKN DQ

100 Metres - Men Race 3 Wind: +0.6 m/s

1 Moreira , José Carlos BRA 10.29
2 Waugh , Ainsley JAM 10.32
3 Forsythe , Mario JAM 10.38
4 Jedrusinski , Marcin POL 10.41
5 de Lima , Vicente BRA 10.45
6 Masztak , Kamil POL 10.57
7 Olsson , Benjamin SWE 10.77
Kuc , Dariusz POL DNS

100 Metres - Men Race 4 Wind: +2.0 m/s

1 Chyla , Lukasz POL 10.32
2 Seoud , Amr Ibrahim Mostafa EGY 10.33
3 Nowak , Marcin POL 10.45
4 Tärnhuvud , Stefan SWE 10.50
5 Strandquist , Per SWE 10.56
6 Yeboah , Nsiah SWE 10.63
7 Sandin , Christofer SWE 10.68
8 Ã…hberg , Oskar SWE 10.81

400 Metres - Men (Summary)
Pts
1 Wariner , Jeremy USA 44.29 20
2 Brown , Chris BAH 44.53 16
3 Chambers , Ricardo JAM 44.84 14
4 Wroe , Sean AUS 45.20 12
5 Neville , David USA 45.39 10
6 Christopher , Tyler CAN 45.41 8
7 Clement , Kerron USA 45.47 6
8 Milburn , Joel AUS 45.49 4

400 Metres - Men Race 1
Pts
1 Wariner , Jeremy USA 44.29 20
2 Brown , Chris BAH 44.53 16
3 Chambers , Ricardo JAM 44.84 14
4 Neville , David USA 45.39 10
5 Christopher , Tyler CAN 45.41 8
6 Clement , Kerron USA 45.47 6
7 Milburn , Joel AUS 45.49 4
8 Witherspoon , Reggie USA 46.40

400 Metres - Men Race 2
Pts
1 Wroe , Sean AUS 45.20 12
2 Smith , Calvin USA 45.52
3 Quow , Renny TRI 45.73
4 Bain , Andretti BAH 46.12
5 Nikitin , Thomas SWE 46.84
6 Steffensen , John AUS 47.15
7 Mokdasi , Andreas SWE 47.58
8 Johansson , Fredrik SWE 47.63

1000 Metres - Men
Pts
1 Kaki , Abubaker SUD 2:13.93 20
2 Kamel , Yusuf Saad BRN 2:14.72 16
3 Borzakovskiy , Yuriy RUS 2:15.50 14
4 Rono , Geoffrey Kipkoech KEN 2:15.97 12
5 Kivuna , Jackson Mumbwa KEN 2:17.47 10
6 Kiplagat , Richard KEN 2:18.14 8
7 Lukezic , Christopher USA 2:18.34 6
8 Riseley , Jeffrey AUS 2:18.75 4
Abdelgadir , Abdalla SUD DNF
Koech , Justus KEN DNF

3000 Metres - Men
Pts
1 Mottram , Craig AUS 7:37.73 20
2 Songok , Isaac Kiprono KEN 7:38.97 16
3 Bashir , Daham Najim QAT 7:39.45 14
4 Tegenkamp , Matthew USA 7:40.75 12
5 Cheruiyot , Jonas KEN 7:40.79 10
6 van Deventer , Juan RSA 7:41.06 8
7 Sullivan , Kevin CAN 7:41.61 6
8 Songok , Boniface Kiprotich KEN 7:42.53 4
9 Ebuya , Joseph KEN 7:44.07 3
10 Chebii , Abraham KEN 7:46.32 3
11 Kosgei , Shadrack KEN 7:46.53 3
12 Khadar , Samir ALG 7:47.11 3
13 Moran , Ed USA 7:47.86
14 Mbishei , Titus Kipjumba KEN 7:50.23
15 Warga , Sahle ETH 7:51.49
Esho , Benson Marrianyi KEN DNF
Polonet , Vickson Naran KEN DNF

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men
Pts
1 Kipyego , Michael KEN 8:14.35 20
2 Kiprotich , Wesley KEN 8:14.52 16
3 Mohamed , Mustafa SWE 8:14.77 14
4 Ezzine , Hamid MAR 8:21.08 12
5 Kosgei , Collins KEN 8:23.73 10
6 Famiglietti , Anthony USA 8:25.16 8
7 Langat , Patrick Kipkirui KEN 8:25.62 6
8 Kamal , Abubaker Ali QAT 8:27.34 4
9 Kamil , Zakrya Ali QAT 8:29.02 3
10 Keskisalo , Jukka FIN 8:31.06 3
11 Kitum , Silas Kosgei KEN 8:32.53 3
12 Iwamizu , Yoshitaka JPN 8:34.05 3
13 Kristensen , Bjørnar Ustad NOR 8:34.80
14 Jacobsen , Per SWE 8:39.45
Lagat , David KEN DNF

110 Metres Hurdles - Men Wind: +0.2 m/s
Pts
1 Robles , Dayron CUB 12.91 20
2 Oliver , David USA 13.04 16
3 Merritt , Aries USA 13.33 14
4 Trammell , Terrence USA 13.35 12
5 Hicks , Antwon USA 13.41 10
6 Olijars , Stanislavs LAT 13.63 8
7 Kronberg , Robert SWE 13.76 6

High Jump - Men
Pts
1 Holm , Stefan SWE 2.30 20
2 Thörnblad , Linus SWE 2.27 16
3 Kgosiemang , Kabelo BOT 2.24 13
3 Williams , Jesse USA 2.24 13
5 Parsons , Tom GBR 2.24 10
6 Bondarenko , Bohdan UKR 2.20 7
6 Nieto , Jamie USA 2.20 7
8 Thomas , Donald BAH 2.20 4
9 Jonas , Dusty USA 2.20

Triple Jump - Men
Pts Wind
1 Oprea , Marian ROU 17.25 20 +0.3
2 Valukevic , Dmitrij SVK 17.01 16 +1.9
3 Olsson , Christian SWE 17.00 14 -0.1
4 Gregório , Jadel BRA 16.97 12 +0.5
5 Lewis , Randy GRN 16.85 10 +0.3
6 Sands , Leevan BAH 16.78 8 -0.4

Shot Put - Men
Pts
1 Nelson , Adam USA 20.75 20
2 Scott , Dorian JAM 20.37 16
3 Cantwell , Christian USA 20.35 14
4 Armstrong , Dylan CAN 20.18 12
5 Sack , Peter GER 20.02 10
6 Taylor , Daniel USA 20.01 8
7 Martin , Scott AUS 19.93 6
8 Lohse , Magnus SWE 16.25 4

Javelin Throw - Men
Pts
1 Thorkildsen , Andreas NOR 87.36 20
2 Rags , Eriks LAT 82.79 16
3 Kukk , Mihkel EST 81.77 14
4 Bannister , Jarrod AUS 80.94 12
5 Arvidsson , Magnus SWE 78.26 10
6 Lohse , Jonas SWE 75.66 8
7 Esenwein , Peter GER 74.53 6
8 Wallin , Gabriel SWE 73.88 4

4x100 Metres Relay - Men

1 United States "Blue" USA 37.99
2 United States "Red" USA 38.21
3 Poland POL 38.61
4 Brazil BRA 39.03


Women' results

100 Metres - Women (Summary)
Pts
1 Williams , Lauryn USA 11.10 20
2 Hooker , Marshevet USA 11.13 16
3 Sturrup , Chandra BAH 11.14 14
4 Knight , Bianca USA 11.15 12
5 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie BAH 11.15 10
6 Lee , Muna USA 11.18 8
7 Brooks , Sheri-Ann JAM 11.19 6
8 Solomon , Shalonda USA 11.19 4

100 Metres - Women Race 1 Wind: -1.3 m/s
Pts
1 Williams , Lauryn USA 11.10 20
2 Hooker , Marshevet USA 11.13 16
3 Sturrup , Chandra BAH 11.14 14
4 Lee , Muna USA 11.18 8
5 Fraser , Shelly-Ann JAM 11.20
6 Edwards , Torri USA 11.21
7 Simpson , Sherone JAM 11.25
8 Jeter , Carmelita USA 11.27

100 Metres - Women Race 2 Wind: +1.3 m/s
Pts
1 Knight , Bianca USA 11.15 12
2 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie BAH 11.15 10
3 Brooks , Sheri-Ann JAM 11.19 6
4 Solomon , Shalonda USA 11.19 4
5 Baptiste , Kelly-Ann TRI 11.20
6 Barber , Me'Lisa USA 11.25
7 Moore , LaShauntea USA 11.28
8 Lewis , Mechelle USA 11.33

100 Metres - Women Race 3 Wind: +1.8 m/s

1 Williams , Angela USA 11.20
2 Idoko , Ene Franca NGR 11.41
3 Korczynska , Daria POL 11.45
4 Glenn , Brianna USA 11.55
5 Klocek , Ewelina POL 11.59
6 Berntsson , Lena SWE 11.68
Chermoshanskaya , Yuliya RUS DNS

400 Metres - Women (Summary)
Pts
1 Richards , Sanya USA 50.38 20
2 Williams , Novlene JAM 50.85 16
3 Felix , Allyson USA 50.88 14
4 Williams , Shericka JAM 51.17 12
5 Montsho , Amantle BOT 51.46 10
6 Henderson , Monique USA 51.80 8
7 Hastings , Natasha USA 51.92 6
8 Spencer , Kaliese JAM 51.95 4

400 Metres - Women Race 1
Pts
1 Richards , Sanya USA 50.38 20
2 Williams , Novlene JAM 50.85 16
3 Felix , Allyson USA 50.88 14
4 Williams , Shericka JAM 51.17 12
5 Montsho , Amantle BOT 51.46 10
6 Hastings , Natasha USA 51.92 6
7 Abugan , Folasade NGR 52.04
8 Whyte , Rosemarie JAM 52.09

400 Metres - Women Race 2
Pts
1 Henderson , Monique USA 51.80 8
2 Spencer , Kaliese JAM 51.95 4
3 Hargrove , Monica USA 52.27
4 El Jack , Nawal SUD 52.61
5 Mägi , Maris EST 52.91
Nordquist , Helene SWE DNS

5000 Metres - Women
Pts
1 Defar , Meseret ETH 14:12.88 20
2 Mohamed , Zakia Mrisho TAN 14:58.36 16
3 Pavey , Joanne GBR 14:58.62 14
4 Smith , Kimberley NZL 15:02.07 12
5 Kiptoo , Jane KEN 15:03.90 10
6 Momanyi , Grace Kwamboka KEN 15:14.01 8
7 Monteiro , Inês POR 15:28.48 6
8 Rudolph , Amy USA 15:34.23 4
9 Huddle , Molly USA 15:51.59 3
Komyagina , Olga RUS DNF
Slattery , Sara USA DNF

100 Metres Hurdles - Women (Summary)
Pts
1 Lopes-Schliep , Priscilla CAN 12.61 20
2 Jones , LoLo USA 12.64 16
3 Ennis-London , Delloreen JAM 12.70 14
4 McLellan , Sally AUS 12.73 12
5 Denby , Nichole USA 12.75 10
6 Dixon , Vonette JAM 12.76 8
7 Tejeda , Anay CUB 12.79 6
8 Davis , Candice USA 12.82 2
8 Hayes , Joanna USA 12.82 2

100 Metres Hurdles - Women Race 1 Wind: +0.2 m/s
Pts
1 Jones , LoLo USA 12.64 16
2 Ennis-London , Delloreen JAM 12.70 14
3 McLellan , Sally AUS 12.73 12
4 Dixon , Vonette JAM 12.76 8
5 Tejeda , Anay CUB 12.79 6
6 Hayes , Joanna USA 12.82 2
7 Carruthers , Danielle USA 13.01
8 Foster-Hylton , Brigitte JAM 13.07

100 Metres Hurdles - Women Race 2 Wind: +0.4 m/s
Pts
1 Lopes-Schliep , Priscilla CAN 12.61 20
2 Denby , Nichole USA 12.75 10
3 Davis , Candice USA 12.82 2
4 Powell , Virginia USA 12.88
5 Yanit , Nevin TUR 12.90
6 Fountain , Hyleas USA 12.99
7 Krasovska , Olena UKR 13.01
8 Vukicevic , Christina NOR 13.07

High Jump - Women
Pts
1 Vlašic , Blanka CRO 2.02 20
2 Slesarenko , Elena RUS 2.00 16
3 Howard , Chaunté USA 1.98 14
4 Acuff , Amy USA 1.95 12
5 Radzivil , Svetlana UZB 1.91 10
6 Slivka-Klugina , Viktoriya RUS 1.91 8
7 Green , Emma SWE 1.91 6
8 Forrester , Nicole CAN 1.87 4
9 Kivimyagi , Tatyana RUS 1.87
10 Wiklund , Erika SWE 1.82

Pole Vault - Women
Pts
1 Isinbaeva , Yelena RUS 4.85 20
2 Pyrek , Monika POL 4.70 16
3 Rogowska , Anna POL 4.60 14
4 Shvedova , Anastasiya RUS 4.50 12
5 Murer , Fabiana BRA 4.40 10
6 Boyd , Alana AUS 4.20 6
6 Schwartz , Jillian USA 4.20 6
6 Larsåsen , Cathrine NOR 4.20 6
Spiegelburg , Silke GER NM

Long Jump - Women (Summary)
Pts
1 Gomes , Naide POR 7.04 20
2 Reese , Brittney USA 6.80 16
3 Klüft , Carolina SWE 6.71 14
4 Sokolova , Yelena RUS 6.69 12
5 Mey Melis , Karin TUR 6.62 10
6 Abdulai , Ruky CAN 6.50 8
7 Kotova , Tatyana RUS 6.46 6
8 Nazarova , Anna RUS 6.42 2
8 Upshaw , Grace USA 6.42 2

Long Jump - Women Group A
Pts Wind
1 Gomes , Naide POR 7.04 20 -0.3
2 Reese , Brittney USA 6.80 16 +0.0
3 Klüft , Carolina SWE 6.71 14 +1.2
4 Mey Melis , Karin TUR 6.62 10 -0.7
5 Kotova , Tatyana RUS 6.46 6 +1.0
6 Upshaw , Grace USA 6.42 2 -0.2
7 Jimoh , Funmi USA 6.21 +0.9

Long Jump - Women Group B
Pts Wind
1 Sokolova , Yelena RUS 6.69 12 -0.4
2 Abdulai , Ruky CAN 6.50 8 +1.0
3 Nazarova , Anna RUS 6.42 2 +2.7
4 Richmond , Rose USA 6.36 +0.9
5 Costa , Keila BRA 6.29 -0.7
6 Jarder , Erica SWE 6.04 -0.1
7 Lund , Sofia SWE 5.71 -0.2
8 Lindesten , Sofie SWE 5.39 +3.3
9 Graham , Nolle JAM 4.28 -0.8

Shot Put - Women
Pts
1 Ostapchuk , Nadzeya BLR 20.33 20
2 Borel-Brown , Cleopatra TRI 18.87 16
3 Kleinert , Nadine GER 18.68 14
4 Heltne , Anca ROU 17.86 12
5 Engman , Helena SWE 17.28 10

4x100 Metres Relay - Women

1 Combination UND 42.29
2 United States "Red" USA 42.40
3 United States "Blue" USA 42.58
4 Poland POL 43.24

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