Felix completes 200 metres three-in-a-row

AMERICA’S Allyson Felix last night cruised to her third straight 200 metres title in the World Championships in Berlin, but compatriot Jeremy Wariner failed to secure his own hat-trick.

Felix clocked 20.02 seconds to beat Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica into second, with Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas in third. Wariner, who lost his Olympic title to LaShawn Merritt in Beijing, again had to play second fiddle to his compatriot as Merritt ran 44.06secs, the fastest time in the world this year.

Wariner took silver in 44.60, a season’s best, with Renny Quow of Trinidad taking the bronze.

Yaroslav Rybakov, who took bronze and silver in the previous two world championships, finally got his hands on gold in the men’s high jump. Rybakov cleared 2.32m with his first attempt to take the title on count-back from Kyriakos Ioannou of Cyprus, with Germany’s Raul Spank and Sylwester Bednarek of Poland sharing bronze.

Australia’s Dani Samuels won the women’s discus with a best of 65.44m in the fifth round, Cuba’s Yarelis Barrios snatching silver with 65.31m in the final round wtih long-time leader Nicoleta Grasu of Romania taking silver with 65.20m.

The United States were later disqualified from the 4x100m after the British team brought an illegal changeover to the attention of officials.

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