Harper wins 100m hurdles
ZAGREB, Croatia, -- Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper of the United States won the 100-meter hurdles at the Zagreb Grand Prix on Monday while Americans Darvis Patton and Mike Rodgers went 1-2 in the men's 100.
Harper finished in 12.67 seconds after failing to medal at the world championships in Berlin a week ago. She beat Britain's Delloreen Ennis London, the bronze medalist at the worlds, by 0.09 seconds.
Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados captured the 110-meter hurdles, as he did in Berlin. He finished in 13.35 seconds -- 0.06 seconds faster than Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver of the U.S.
In the men's 100, Patton won in 9.94, followed by Rodgers in 9.97 and Nesta Carter of Jamaica in 10.04. In the women's 100, Veronica Campbell Brown of Jamaica won in 11.15, 0.24 ahead of Verena Sailer of Germany.
Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic, who retained her title in Berlin, winning at 6 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Also matching a victory from Berlin was Olympic hammer champion Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia with a throw of 268-3. Hungary's Kristian Pars, silver medalist in Beijing, was second.
Isa Phillips of Jamaica took gold in the men's 400 hurdles, finishing in 48.51. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, world champion in 2001 and 2003, marked his return by finishing second, 0.31 seconds behind. American Bershawn Jackson, who took bronze in Berlin and Beijing, was third in 48.83.
Russia's Tatiana Firova won the women's 400 in 50.80 seconds. She was followed by two Jamaicans, Novlene Williams-Mills and worlds silver medalist Shericka Williams.
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