Jana Rawlinson wins Athens Grand Prix
Athens, 2nd July 2007 - 2003 World Champion Jana Rawlinson (AUS) showed that she is back in top shape with a convincing win in the 400mH in the Athens Grand Prix. The 24 year old clocked a time of 54.25 secs after going through the first half on world record schedule. Her time is the 5th fastest in the world this year but more significant is that she beat 3 of the athletes who have faster times. "I feel in great shape at the moment. My 400m flat speed is very good. I just need to sort out my stride pattern in the final 100m and I will be where I want to be".
In the 800m Abraham Chepkirwok (UGA) further improved his National Record with a time of 1:44.78 in 5th position. Just behind Kenyan Champion Justus Koech (KEN) clocked his fastest time in 2 years with 1:44.86 in 6th with Yusuf Saad Kamel (BRN) clocking 1:45.27 in his first race of the season. Shedrack Korir (KEN) placed 4th in the 1500m in 3:33.16 after a very fast opening lap. Bernard Kiptum (KEN) recorded his second fastest time ever with 3:34.04 in 6th position.
Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR) won an Olympic gold medal in the 4x100m in this stadium. Tonight he placed 6th in the 100m in 10.23 secs after earlier running 10.20 in the qualifying round. In the women's 1500m Carmen Douma-Hussar (CAN) was very unlucky to fall going into the last 500m when running at personal best speed.
In Ireland Laban Rotich (KEN) took his second win in two years in the Castleisland mile in Co. Kerry.
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