Kim Gevaert wins 100m at Liège meeting
Kim Gevaert has put in a powerful performance at the sixth International meeting of the Province of Liège by winning the 100m overwhelmingly. The Belgian national sprint pride beat Sani Roseby and Cydonie Mothersill with a very strong 11.20. Other international acclaim focused on the 800m win by the Australian Tamsyn Lewis and the impressive finish by the American Lauran Fleshman in the 5k.
Kim Gevaert. (picture photonews)
3k knew a very quick start, where after 2000m James Kosgei from Kenya took a lead of more than 40 meters. He lost pace considerably towards the end but managed to finish well in 7.42.

In the 100m for men the organisors had opted for two series. The Jamaican Dwight Thomas won the first in 10.25 despite a strong headwind of 2,5m. In the second series Leroy Dixon (USA) won in 10.20.

In the 100m, Kim Gevaert was surprised by the quick start of Sani Roseby, but the Belgian speed of light managed an incredible accelaration and moved away from her competitors. "This is good for my confidence and it is so nice to run and win before a home audience". Olivia Borlée, fourth in 11.57 and Hanna Mariën, sixth in 11.60, put in times that only stress the ambitions of the Belgian relay team for Osaka.

After a quick start by Julian Clay in the 800m, Tamsyn Lewis took over and after a solo convincingly won in 1.59.70. In the 800m for men the American Nick Symmonds won in 1.46.34.

Adrien Deghelt started the 110m hurdles, but in the second half the American Antoine Hicks took over and won in 13.51. Deghelt finished in 13.61. The hurdles sprint for women was won by Nicole Denby. Another American Aarik Wilson won the triple jump with 17.04m. The high jump was won by the Brit Jermaine Mason with 2.24m.

Tyree Washington dominated the 400m more or less from start to finish but Lewis Banda from Zimbabwe had the best jump at the end. The 200m was a nice duel between Dwight Thomas and Marcin Jedrusinski. The latter only had to give in at the last meters and Thomas won in a magnificent 20.44 noteren. In the 200m for women, Sani Roseby was the best, whereas Hanna Mariën joined the podium.

The pole vault had the strongest field, but in the end the Russian Pavel Gerasimov won with 5.60m.

A triple event was a much valued feat: the Belgian men managed to get their ticket for the European Super League heptathlon were allowed to show their worth. Hans Van Alphen, who had won the European cup in Szczecin was the best again in the long jump, the shot put and the 110m hurdles. He finished second after the French Romain Barras.

In the 5k for women the American Lauran Fleshman passed Urgessa in a breathtaking final lap and she therefore concluded a great track and field event that had drawn in nearly 6000 spectators.
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