Wells tops Pearson, Merritt leads American sweep at London Diamond League
Posted Monday, 16 July, 2012
Kellie Wells pulled away over the last three hurdles to pull off an upset over Australia’s Sally Pearson in the women’s 100-meter hurdles while Aries Merritt ran a world-leading and meet record time to help Americans sweep the top six spots in the men’s 110-meter hurdles as the Diamond League season continued in London Friday and Saturday.
Wells remained even with Pearson through much of the race before winning in 12.57 seconds to Pearson’s 12.59. Wells holds the fastest time in the U.S. this year and placed second at the recent Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field. Pearson has been dominant in the event winning both the 2011 World Outdoor and 2012 World Indoor titles. She holds the top three times in the world this year and had yet to be beaten in 2012.
Merritt won the high hurdles in a time of 12.93 to equal the time he ran to also win the Olympic Trials. The reigning World Indoor champion led a clean sweep for the Americans that included reigning World Outdoor champion Jason Richardson in second (13.06), Ryan Wilson in third (13.18), Jeff Porter in fourth (13.32), Joel Brown in fifth (13.39) and Antwon Hicks in sixth (13.46). Merritt, Richardson and Porter will represent Team USA at the London Olympic Games.
After grabbing the win one week earlier in Paris, Tyson Gay grabbed his second straight Diamond League win with a time of 10.03 to finish ahead of American Ryan Bailey, who was second in 10.09. Gay, Bailey and Justin Gatlin will represent Team USA at the Olympic Games.
Christian Taylor recorded the top three jumps of competition to grab another win the men’s triple jump. The reigning World Outdoor champion, who also holds the top two marks in the world this year, won the event with a jump of 17.41m/57-1.5.
Chaunte Lowe grabbed her fourth Diamond League win of the season in the women’s high jump. The American indoor and outdoor record holder won the event with a height of 2.0m/6-6.75.
The London Diamond League meet also witnessed Americans grab first place finishes from Reese Hoffa in the men’s shot put (21.34m/69-11), Molly Beckwith in the women’s 800m (2:00.68) and Charonda Williams in the women’s 200m (22.75).
Complete results from London’s Diamond League meet can be found here.