Ashmeade leads 100m sweep in Austria

Tuesday, August 21, 2012    

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LINZ, Austria (AP) — Olympic champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won the 400-metre hurdles at the Gugl Games yesterday, three days after he was beaten at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.

Kirani James of Grenada won the 400m in his first race since winning at the London Games two weeks ago.

Sanchez led the field from the start and finished in 48.13 to defeat Leford Green of Jamaica, who timed 48.89 in second place. Michael Tinsley of the United States, who beat Sanchez on Friday, took third in 49.49.

Jonathan Borlee of Belgium led the 400m race before James overtook him in the final 100m to finish in 44.46 seconds and beat Borlee by 0.64. Calvin Smith of the United States was 0.88 back in third.

"If you come back from an emotional roller-coaster like in London, you have to find your consistency again," James said.

Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius of South Africa was sixth in 46.91.

Nickel Ashmeade led a Jamaican sweep of the 100m after pre-race favourite Justin Gatlin pulled out hours before the start. The American bronze medallist from London suffered from food poisoning.

Ashmeade clocked 10.03 seconds to beat Michael Frater by 0.10 and Jason Young by 0.12.

Fellow Jamaican Samantha Henry-Robinson, who won silver in the 4x100 relay in London, won the Women's 100 in 11.15. She edged Gloria Asumnu of Nigeria by 0.04 and Laverne Jones-Ferrette of US Virgin Islands (11.24).

American athletes dominated the 100 hurdles, taking the first four places. Ginnie Crawford won in 12.68 seconds, ahead of Queen Harrison (12.77) and Olympic bronze medallist Kellie Wells (12.83). Loreal Smith (12.94) was fourth.



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