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Brooks, Atkins, Samitova-Galkina win early events at Bislett Games

Brooks, Atkins, Samitova-Galkina win early events at Bislett Games

After losing the 100 meters by just one-hundredth of a second last year, Sherri Ann Brooks won the women's sprint event by the same narrow margin on Friday at the Bislett Games.
Running on a hot night in ideal conditions, the Jamaican clocked 11.24 seconds in one of the early events in the second meet of the Golden League series.
Bianca Knight of the United States was second in 11.25 and Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus third in 11.26 at one of athletic's most famous venues.
Last year, Brooks finished second in 11.23 behind Stephanie Durst of the United States, who had to settle with sixth (11.48) this time.
Marion Jones of the United States set the stadium record of 10.82 in 1998.
Derrick Atkins of Bahamas won the men's 100 in 9.98, finishing 0.06 ahead of Mike Rodgers of the United States.
Former world record holder Asafa Powell won last year, but the Jamaican withdrew from the meet because of an injury.
In another early event, world record holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina won the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:14.77.
Samitova-Galkina, who set the world record of 9:01.59 in 2004, got excellent pacemaking during the first few laps and was inside the world record after one kilometer. After taking off alone and building a big lead, she couldn't keep up the pace.
The women's steeplechase is a relatively new event in athletics.
It became an official event for world records in January 2000, and has been contested only at the last two editions of the World Championships in 2005 and '07. The women's steeplechase will be held for the first time at the Olympics in Beijing.


Updated : 2021-08-01 20:08 GMT+08:00