Jones, Oliver, Lagat Set World Leading Times in Stuttgart
February 7, 2009 by Jay Hicks
The Sparkassen Cup meeting in Stuttgart is a fixture on the series of ten meets making up the IAAF Indoor Permit. Despite the fact that world records attempts did not materialize at the meet this year eight world leads were produced. A top shelf group of athletes were assembled at Stuttgart’s Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle stadium.
Another first occurrence in her career. In front of 7,500 spectators, Lolo Jones blazed 7.85 seconds, another season’s fastest time by .01 seconds in a dominating winning of the 60 meter final.
“I had never won in Stuttgart, despite running here three times, so I wanted to win pretty bad,” said Jones.
In a photo-finish, David Oliver won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.45 secconds, narrowly edging out Russian Evgeniy Borisov – who finished with the same time. Joel Brown of the U.S. placed third in 7.48. Olympic champion Dayron Robles withdrew from the meet on Thursday with an ankle injury.
She put the record out there. Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar ran a season’s best time of 8:26.99 over 3,000 meters. Which was still well off of her own indoor record of 8:23.72, which was set on the same track last year.
In a flat out bonkers performance, Bernard Lagat shattered the world’s top 3,000 meters mark in 7:35.41 to better Britain’s Mohammed Farah, who is coming off a 7:40.99 win in Glasgow.
And in the men’s 1500m, Ethiopia’s Deresse Mekkonen ran a new world leading time of 3:36.41.
Since missing gold in Beijing, the Vlasic Blanka has been brilliant, clearing a world-leading 2.04 in Stuttgart.
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