Lemaitre cruises to victory
European sprint champion Christophe Lemaitre cruised to victory in the 100m at the Super Track and Field Meet on Sunday in Kawasaki, Japan, clocking 10.26 seconds. The Frenchman finished his final race of the season by shrugging off a challenge from US 200m specialist Wallace Spearmon, who finished second in 10.47 seconds. Lemaitre, who ran his personal best of 9.97 seconds in July, said he was aiming at 9.92 seconds or better next season, adding that an even faster time is possible if he can improve his starting. Meanwhile, world champion high jumper Blanka Vlasic sailed to a victory in her event by clearing 1.97m. Despite the win, the two-time World champion and 2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist said she struggled to stay focused after a long trip to Japan. The men’s 400m hurdles saw American Bershawn Jackson win in 49.87 seconds. Tero Pitkamaki of Finland, the 2007 world champion, won the men’s javelin competition with a 83.12m effort.
Gebrselassie wins Run
Haile Gebrselassie won the Great North Run on Sunday in Newcastle, England, finishing 1 minute, 50 seconds ahead of Kiplimo Kimutai of Kenya. The 37-year-old Ethiopian finished the half marathon in 59 minutes, 33 seconds after breaking away at the halfway point of the 30th edition of the road race in northeast England. “It was wonderful,” Gebrselassie said. “I needed someone to keep the pace until the last 2km and then it would have been perhaps a bit faster. It was a great win, this is something very special.” It was the first time he had taken part in the event. Gebrselassie, who is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners ever, is the marathon world-record holder and two-time Olympic 10,000m champion. The women’s race was won by another Ethiopian, Berhane Adere, who finished in 68 minutes, 49 seconds. She was 12 seconds ahead of Ana Dulce Felix, whose Portuguese compatriot Marisa Barros was third.
Paszek claims Bell title
Tamira Paszek, of Austria, won the Bell Challenge for her second WTA Tour title, beating American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday. Paszek won her first tour title at Portoroz in 2006 at the age of 15 and was runner up at Bali, Indonesia, two years ago. Paszek, who lost to Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan in the second round of the US Open earlier this month, needed two hours, 47 minutes to top the American at the indoor event at Club Advantage Multi-Sports de Quebec. Mattek-Sands was making her second career final appearance, having also finished as the Bell Challenge runner-up in 2008. It was the first meeting between the two players. Paszek advanced to the championship match by cruising past American Christina McHale 6-2, 6-2. Mattek-Sands reached the final by upsetting Czech third seed Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-1 in the other semi-final.
Benjamin King make history
Benjamin King became the youngest winner in the event’s 25-year history by capturing the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship on Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina. The 21-year-old finished in four hours, 44 minutes, 56.9 seconds. He is also the first winner under the age of 23. Nevada’s Alex Candelario was second in 4:46:30.9, followed by Kiel Reijnen in 4:46:31.0. George Hincapie was unable to defend the title he won last year and finished fifth while Levi Leipheimer finished 20th.