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Mike Rosenbaum

Bolt Rebounds in Oslo 200 Meters

By June 17, 2013

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Yes, Usain Bolt will lose an occasional sprint race, but you can count on him to bounce back strongly following those defeats, as he did at Oslo's Bislett Games last Thursday. Bolt lost a 100-meter race to Justin Gatlin in the previous Diamond League meet, in Rome, but he won Oslo's 200 in a world-leading 19.79 seconds to set a Bislett Games record.

Other meet highlights included Meseret Defar's 5000-meter victory in a world-leading 14:26.90. Rising steeplechase star Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, the 2012 World Junior champion, won his race in 8:04.48, while Caterine Ibarguen leaped 14.81 meters (48 feet, 7 inches) to beat triple jump rival Olha Saladuha (14.56/47-9).

Ayanieh Souleiman of Djibouti won Oslo's Dream Mile, traditionally one of the world's premier mile runs, in 3:50.53, to edge Kenya's Nixon Chepseba (3:50.95). Check out the full results from the Oslo meet.

Two throwers established world leads during Saturday's IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge in Poland. Krisztian Pars threw 81.02/265-9 on the men's side, while Betty Heidler took the women's event with a toss measuring 76.48/250-11. Likewise, both winners scored world leads at last weekend's IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Germany. Pascal Behrenbruch won the decathlon with 8,514 points, while heptathlon winner Julia Machtig scored 6,430 points.


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