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Blanka Vlasic wins again in Monte Carlo. 10 victories in 2007
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  07/26/2007 | Sports , Awards | Unrated
10 victories in 11 attempts
Taylor, Rawlinson win 400 hurdles in Monaco

Croatia's Blanka Vlasic competes in the women's high jump event during the Herculis athletics meet in Monaco July 25, 2007. REUTERS/Gilbert Tourte (Monaco)

MONACO: Former world champion Jana Rawlinson and former Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor won the 400-meter hurdles at the Herculis Super Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Their best times of the year gave them a boost ahead of next month's world championships in Osaka, Japan.

Rawlinson, the 2003 world champ from Australia, clocked 53.46 seconds. Melaine Walker of Jamaica finished second in 54.32.

"It's a time I can be really happy with," Rawlinson said. "I knew I was there time-wise, I've run five races this year and they all have been 54. I just had to get a good race together.

"I'm in a really good position for the world championships now. I hope I'll get in the final and even get a medal."

n the men's race, 2000 Olympic champ Taylor posted 48.45 to hold off fellow American Kerron Clement in the final straight.

"I did not expect such a fast time because I did not work specifically for it," Taylor said. "I've been running lots of 400 flats. I just want to get ready for next year and double in Beijing. No one in the world has ever done this: Double at the Olympics.

"As for Osaka I made the team in the 400, so I'm going there to win gold in the 400. And the relay of course, I want two gold medals."

In the men's 800, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa timed a world-leading 1:43.74 to win. The Olympic silver medallist was trapped in the pack in the last bend but accelerated in the straight to overtake Youssef Saad Kamel of Bahrain and Amine Laalou of Morocco.

"All I wanted was to win this race," Mulaudzi said. "I have had so many problems, I couldn't train at all. I got injured in January then a second time in May. The winning time is just a bonus."

Mariem Alaoui Selsouli of Morocco cruised to an easy victory in the women's 3,000 in a season-leading 8:29.52. Jen Rhines of the United States finished second with a personal best of 8:35.03.

In-form LaShawn Merritt got off to a strong start in the 400 to beat John Steffensen of Australia in 44.38. World silver medallist Andrew Rock came in fourth in 45.28.

"The whole race I felt both my calves cramp," Merritt said, "I was about to stop but I fought through, I stayed relaxed and executed a good race. I am pleased with my performance.

"In Osaka I want gold," Merritt added. "But it ain't gonna come that easy."

In the women's high jump, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia cleared 2.03 meters for victory but failed in her three attempts to improve her season-leading mark to 2.06. World champion Kajsa Bergqvist finished second with a jump at 2.00.

Vlasic cleared 2.05 in Madrid last Saturday.

"I still feel a little empty, not in my legs but in my head," she said. "My first attempt at 2.06, it felt like I had it but I just made a little technical mistake. And you know, if you want to clear 2.06, you need to be perfect."

European record-holder Christine Arron took the women's 100 in 11.06, ahead of Carmelita Jeter in 11.11 and Me'Lisa Barber in 11.17. World champion Lauryn Williams finished fifth in 11.27.

"I've slept well this week, that changes everything," Arron said. "I've refound my energy. I was not worried about my shape because I do some good things in practice. My acceleration is coming back."

Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia leaped 15.10 to win the triple jump. The 2003 world champion established a season's best mark of 15.14 in Athens three weeks ago.

In the 110 hurdles, Terrence Trammell led from the start to win in 13.19 despite a strong comeback from fellow American Ryan Wilson, second in 13.22.

"I'm very grateful for the win. I'll take it," Trammell said. "This is my first time running in one month. It was my decision after the U.S. trials to stay back home and make sure I was healthy before I came to Europe."

Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain broke away from the field in the last lap to win the women's 1,500 in 4:00.43, ahead of Bouchra Chaabi of Morocco, who posted a personal best in 4:03.62.

In the men's 3,000, world 5,000 and 10,000 record-holder Kenenisa Bekele of Kenya took matters in his hands after two kilometers to cut the finish line in 7:29.32. Moses Kipsiro of Uganda grabbed second in 7:32.03.

In pole vault, Danny Ecker of Germany cleared 5.87 meters on his first attempt to beat Steve Hooker of Australia, who also reached that mark but on his second attempt. Olympic champion Tim Mack cleared 5.50 but failed in his three attempts at 5.60.

n other events, Clement Campbell of Jamaica won the men's 100 in 10.17, beating Wallace Spearmon in a photo finish.

Brian Johnson leaped 8.18 to edge Chris Tomlinson of Britain in the long jump.

Eriks Rags of Latvia won the javelin with a throw at 80.01, ahead of Teemu Wirkkala and Stephan Steding of Germany.


ATLETIKA, SUPER GP: Blanka Vlai prva i u Monte Carlu


Najbolja hrvatska atletiarka Blanka Vlai ostvarila je okruglu desetu pobjedu sezone! Splianka je na Super Grand Prix mitingu Herculis 2007 iz serije World Atletics Toura u Monte Carlu slavila s preskoena 203 cm, a sve visine preskoila je iz prvog pokuaja. Splianka je stala tek na visini od 206 cm, ali njezina nepodnoljiva lakoa pobjeivanja daje nadu u etvu medalja na SP-u u Osaki.

Bez pogreke do 206 cm!

Hrvatska rekorderka i najuspjenija svjetska visaica sezone na stadionu Louisa II od poetka je vodila mrtvu utrku sa svjetskom dvoranskom rekorderkom i svjetskom prvakinjom Kajsom Bergqvist i panjolkom Beitie Ruth. panjolka nije mogla pratiti jaki tempo i ispala na visini od 197cm, a veanka je Blanku ostavila samu u lovu na svjetski rekord na visini od 210 cm.

Nakon sjajne pobjede u Madridu s preskoenih 205 centimetara, Vlai je i veeras bila superiorna!

Poetnu visinu id 180 centimetara Blanka je propustila, a zatim je iz prve svladala letvicu na 185, 190, 194, 197, 200 i 203 centimetra! Kada je osigurala trijumf pokuala je preskoiti 206 centimetara, to bi bio novi hrvatski rekord i rekord mitinga, no iz tri pokuaja nije uspjela.

Deseta pobjeda sezone

Splianka je ove sezone superiorna - od 11 mitinga slavila je na deset te jednom osvojila drugo mjesto, na prvom mitingu Zlatne lige u Oslu. Blanku prije Svjetskog prvenstva u Osaki oekuju jo dva nastupa, u Solunu 30. srpnja i Stockholmu 7. kolovoza. Napad na prestini naslov svjetske prvakinje u Japanu Splianka e imati potkraj kolovoza.


1. Blanka Vlai (HRV) 203
2. Kajsa Bergqvist (ve)
3. Ruth Beitia (pa)
4. Amy Acuff (SAD)
5. Ema Green (ve)
5. Melanie Skotnik (Fra)
7. Barbora Lalakova (e)
8. Viktorija Stjopina (Ukr)


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