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Gatlin Tops Bolt in Rome

By June 13, 2013

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Two major sprint upsets highlighted the Golden Gala meet in Rome last week. Usain Bolt suffered a rare loss in the 100 meters, as Justin Gatlin used a late burst to edge Bolt, 9.94 seconds to 9.95, in the Diamond League event. Additionally, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast set a national record of 22.38 seconds to top Allyson Felix (22.64) in the 200.

In the 400-meter hurdles, American Johnny Dutch, the 2008 World Junior silver medalist, again showed why he should be a contender for World Championship honors in Moscow as he won in 48.31. Dutch now owns the two fastest times of the year, including his 48.02 performance last month.

In other events, three runners established world-leading times: Amantle Montsho in the 400 (49.87), Mohammed Aman in the 800 (1:43.61) and Yenew Alamirew in the 5000 (12:54.95). Blanka Vlasic continued her comeback with a season-best 1.95 (6 feet, 4 inches) in the high jump, although she finished behind Anna Chicherova and Svetlana Shkolina, who tied for first at 1.98/6-6. Sandra Perkovic won her third straight Diamond League discus event with a toss measuring 68.25/223-11, and Brittney Reese (6.99/22-11) edged Janay DeLoach Soukup (6.97/22-10) in the long jump.

Check out the full results from the Golden Gala.

In other highlights during the past week, Piotr Malachowski of Poland threw a national record and world-leading 71.84/235-8 in the discus at Hengelo on Saturday, while Cuban Yarisley Silva leaped a world-leading and Central America-Caribbean record 4.90/16- in the pole vault.

Brianna Rollins ran a world-leading 12.39 in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in Eugene last weekend, while Kori Carter posted a world-best 53.21 in the 400 hurdles. Kansas took the NCAA women's championship while Texas A & M and Florida tied for the men's title.

Hanna Melnychenko posted a world-leading 6,416 points to win the heptathlon at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Kladno, Czech Republic on Sunday. Andrei Krauchanka won the decathlon with 8,380 points.

Anita Wlodarczyk the hammer 74.28/243-8 to win the IAAF World Hammer Throw challenge in Moscow on Monday.

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