In a close race its how a star performs down the stretch. Jeremy Wariner (44.07) went out extremely fast in a rare loss to eventually winner LaShawn Merritt (44.03). The effects of a sore hamstring on Wariner's training over the last several weeks may have seen in the 400 Sunday in Berlin. Merritt won because he executed great race strategy by sitting back until the final 80 meters to take the lead, which he didn't relinquish.
The 100-meter hurdles was surprising because World Recorder holder Susanna Kallur of Sweden took second to Joseph Oniya after an extremely quick gun by the starter. Lolo Jones of the U.S. competed well with a 12.57 third place finish. Jones’s time equaled her best of the year.
Does the women’s 800 meters have a new contender? Pamela Jelimo of Kenya is on fire after running 1:54.99, the fastest time the event has seen in nearly a decade. This after Jelimo has moved up to the race just months ago. The rabbit brought the field through in 55.46, and Jelimo went out with the rabbit, and buried the field with the second place finisher 4 seconds behind her.
You gotta stay cool under pressure. David Oliver was behind in the race until the final hurdle in the 110 hurdles. He claimed a narrow victory (13.19), over Dayron Robles of Cuba (13.20) showing reserve you are looking for in a contender for the Olympic title.
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By Jay Hicks.