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Olympic champion Farah wins again in Birmingham

posted 26 Aug 2012, 12:18 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 26 Aug 2012, 12:19 ]

Britain's double gold medallist Mo Farah wins the two miles race and Carmelita Jeter beats Fraser-Pryce again in Diamond League meeting.
Sleep-deprived double Olympic champion Mo Farah was almost caught napping during the two-mile race at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, England on Sunday (August 25) before easing to victory to the delight of a sellout crowd.
Britain's Farah, whose wife gave birth to twin girls on Friday, had to produce his trademark turn of speed on the final lap when Italian Daniele Meucci suddenly attacked on the outside.

The London Games 10,000 and 5,000 metres champion kicked and pulled away from the field, sending the stadium wild, to win in eight minutes 27.24 seconds.

There was relief for United States sprinter Tyson Gay after he safely negotiated his first competitive 200 metres for two years.

The former world champion, who helped the United States to win Olympic silver in the 4x100m relay, started well but tightened up down the home straight and finished behind Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade, who won in 20.12.

Carmelita Jeter got the better of the woman who beat her to the Olympic 100 title, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, for the second time in four days with victory in a meeting record of 10.81.

Twice Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce, wearing a black and yellow ribbon in her plaited hair, was second in 10.90.

Racing next to each other, American Jeter eased ahead of her Jamaican rival early on and never looked like being caught by Fraser-Pryce, who also finished second best in Lausanne on Thursday (August 23).

There were no nervous twitches from Aries Merritt in the 110 hurdles as the Olympic gold medallist, who was disqualified for a false start in Lausanne, held off world champion Jason Richardson for victory in 12.95.

Merritt, who had said before the meeting he was targeting Cuban Dayron Robles' world record of 12.87 still found fault with his run.

Angelo Taylor of the United States recorded the fastest time of the of the season to win the 400 metres race in 44.39 seconds. Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic was second in 44.96 seconds and Belgium's Jonathan Borlee third in 45.15.

Russia's Maryia Sinavova, the world champion who won Olympic gold, confirmed her dominance in the women's 800 metres with a winning time of two minutes 00.40 seconds.

Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand won the women's shot putt with a 20.53 metres throw.