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Spearmon, Moore win 200m titles

AP , DES MOINES, IOWA

David Oliver clears the final hurdle on his way to victory in the men’s 110m hurdles at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AFP

Wallace Spearmon and Consuella Moore won national titles in the 200m at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

Spearmon finished in a wind-aided 19.77 seconds to edge Walter Dix, who won the 100m on Friday. Dix took second in 20.14 seconds.

Moore, who recently returned to the track after an extended absence, won in 22.40 seconds, edging out Shalonda Solomon.

David Oliver upset David Payne in the 110m hurdles, breezing to the victory in 12.93 seconds. Payne, the silver medalist at the Olympics two years ago, finished fourth.

Alysia Johnson won the women’s 800m in 1 minute, 59.87 seconds, while Nick Symmonds took his third straight US title in the 800m in 1 minute, 45.98 seconds.

Ti’erra Brown won the women’s 400m hurdles by nearly a second, while Lopez Lomong beat Leonel Manzano by less than 0.1 seconds in the men’s 1,500m.

The absence of Tyson Gay, who missed the nationals with a hamstring injury, and Shawn Crawford, who was a late scratch, left the men’s 200m field thinner than usual. That left Spearmon and Dix as the favorites, and Spearmon kept Dix from sweeping the short sprint events.

Spearmon knows some might discount his win because of who he didn’t race against, but to him, a win is a win.

“We’re missing Tyson ... and [Crawford] too, and that guy, he’s an animal. Both of those guys are great competitors,” Spearmon said. “You’re going to hear: ‘He wouldn’t have won if Tyson was there. He wouldn’t have won if Shawn was there.’ So I mean, hey. Take it. If they’d have been here, I would [have] had to race them and you never know what happens.”

Moore was facing a similar situation with Allyson Felix, the 100m winner on Friday and a three-time world outdoor champion in the 200m, choosing not to compete in the 200m final, but Moore held off Solomon and Porscha Lucas for her biggest victory since resuming her career this season.

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