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Oke, others rehearse for Daegu 2011 worlds

Nigeria’s number one triple jumper, Tosin Oke was among the world elite athletes who competed at a trial meet for the Daegu 2011 World Championships Thursday night in Daegu, South Korea.

Oke won gold for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games last year with a 17.16m jump. This season, his ambition is to break into the top five of world elite jumpers and erase the 17.37 African record held by  Morocco’s Tarik Boughuetaib since 2007.

But in Daegu Oke opened his season account with a 16.74m jump to place forth in the event. The winning jump was made by Kim Deokhyeon of South Korea with 16.99m Leevan Sands of Bahamas and Alexix Copello of Cuba did 16.97m respectively.

The evening perhaps belonged to world 200m champion Allyson Felix and American 110m record-holder David Oliver as they revealed what they have for the Championships in the summer.

Felix established a world leading time in the 200m. She won comfortably with a meeting record of 22.38  finishing ahead of team-mate Connie Moore (23.16) and European bronze medallist Aleksandra Fedoriva (23.17).

Oliver won the 110m hurdles with a world-leading 13.14 beating fellow American Aries Merritt (13.30) and Jamaican record-holder Dwight Thomas (13.40). “Not the best of races or conditions, but I got the job done,” Oliver said on twitter after his race.

Olympic champion Dawn Harper won a high-quality women’s 100m hurdles with a season’s best of 12.73. Current world leader Kellie Wells settled for second with 12.81. World indoor champion Lolo Jones hit a hurdles and faded slightly to 12.95, while European indoor silver medallist Tiffany Ofili took fourth in 13.03, ahead of fellow Brit Sarah Claxton in ninth (13.43).

In the men two-time Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix ran a strong second half of the race to win the 100m in 10.00 from Mike Rodgers (10.03) and Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (10.09). Carmelita Jeter continued her winning streak, taking the women’s 100m in 11.09 with Lashauntea Moore finishing second (11.27).

Ukraine’s Anna Mishchenko proved that her surprise victory at last week’s Doha Diamond League was no fluke and once again won the 1500m, this time with 4:03.52. Ethiopia’s Meskerem Assefa finished second with a 4:03.63 PB from Kenya’s Irene Jelagat (4:04.32).


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