DN Galan: Allyson Felix runs 21.88! by Walt Murphy, Note by Larry Eder



Allyson Felix, running at US Champs, June 2009, by Larry Eder

Allyson Felix ran a world leading 21.88 last night, her second best time ever, at the DN Galan Meeting in Stockholm. Here is Walt Murphy's view of the meeting:

Walt Murphy's News and Results Service
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DN Galan/IAAF Super Grand Prix-Stockholm, Sweden, July 31.
IAAF Report
http://www.iaaf.org/GP09/news/kind=100/newsid=52414.html Results

By Walt Murphy

Allyson Felix, the 2-time defending World Champion in the event, won the women's 200-meters in 21.88, the second fastest time of her career (21.81-PR), and earned a $10,000 diamond for setting a meet record, the ony one of the night.

Tyson Gay, putting aside any concern about a lingering groin injury, won the men's 100-meters easily in a wind-aided 9.79(+2.6). Darvis "Doc" Patton finished 2nd in 9.95, and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, the former World Record holder, was 3rd in 9.98. Gay now gets ready to face Jamaica's Usain Bolt in Berlin as he tries to defend his World titles in the 100 and 200.

Jenny Barringer, proudly wearing her University of Colorado uniform, ran like a wily veteran in winning the women's 5000-meters in 15:05.70, an outdoor personal best (she ran 15:01.70 on Washington's big track during this past indoor season).

Barringer, who said later she was ready to run faster if necessary, was in 6th place at the bell, but confidently worked her way into first place to secure her first big international win. Barringer could contend for a medal in the steeplechase at the World Championships in Berlin. Jen Rhines, who will run the 5000 at the World Championships, finished 4th in 15:07.78. Renee Metivier-Baillie gave a valiant effort, but fell short in her bid to attain the A qualifying standard of 15:20.00 for the World Championships, finishing 7th in15:26.49

Christin Wurth-Thomas continued her fine running this season, overtaking U.S. Champion Shannon Rowbury on the final lap to win the women's 1500-meters in 4:03.01, with Rowbury finishing 2nd in 4:05.47. Both will run the 1500 in Berlin.
2-time defending World Champion Jeremy Wariner, not yet running up to his high standard, still won the men's 400-meters convincingly in 44.83.

Bernard Lagat, hoping to defend his World titles in the 1500 and 5000, finished 5th in the men's 1000-meters in 2:17.52.

Jesse Williams, who didn't make the U.S. team, won the men's high jump on fewer misses, clearing 7-6 1/2.

The shot put was held on Thursday in a square in downtown Stockholm. Poland's Tomasz Majewski, the 2008 Olympic champion, assumed the favorite's role for Berlin, winning the men's event with a personal best throw of 72-1/4. 2nd was Reese Hoffa (70-7 3/4) and 3rd was Adam Nelson(68-1/4).

Germany's Nadine Kleinert was the women's winner with a toss of 63-11, while American Michelle Carter finished 2nd with a personal best throw of 62-9 1/4, moving her from 9th to 5th on the All-Time U.S. list. It's also the longest toss by an American since 2001.


66-02 1/2 Ramona Pagel 1988
64-03 3/4 Connie Price-Smith 1994
63-11 1/2 Bonnie Dasse 1988
63-00 1/4 Teri Tunks 2001
62-09 1/4 Michelle Carter 2009
62-07 3/4 Maren Seidler 1979
62-01 Jill Camarena 2007
61-11 1/2 Valeyta Althouse 1997
61-11 1/2 Tressa Thompson 1999
61-09 Laura Gerraughty 2003

Athletes with better indoor marks

63-09 1/2 Tressa Thompson 1999
63-02 1/4 Jill Camarena 2006
62-10 3/4 Jessica Cross 2000
62-10 Laura Gerraughty 2004

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