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Marlon motors to 200m glory

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Marlon Devonish posted a season's best time in winning the 200metres at the IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting in Athens.

 

The 30-year-old Coventry sprinter clocked a time of 20.53seconds to score a welcome victory ahead of Panagiotis Sarris and Ioannis Tzogas.

 

The Greek pair never troubled Devonish, who was a late entry for the event after earlier exceeding all expectations in finishing fifth in the 100m final.

 

Despite the withdrawal of joint-world record holder Justin Gatlin, who captured his Olympic gold medal on the same track almost two years ago, the big guns were still in evidence.

 

After breezing through his heat in a windy 10.16seconds, the Olympic 4x100m gold medallist produced another solid showing in the final, clocking 10.21sec, albeit failing to match the pace of winner Francis Obikwelu.

 

The Portuguese, who took silver behind Gatlin in the Olympic final, moved into top gear in the second half of the race to win by a metre in a time of 10.03sec ahead of Marc Burns from Trinidad and Tobago who edged American Jason Smoots in a photo-finish, with both sharing the time of 10.13sec.

 

Meanwhile, Helen Clitheroe, Lisa Dobriskey and Hayley Tullett made no impression in their 1500m race that was comfortably won by Yelena Soboleva, despite the failure of the electronic timing.

 

The Russian was hand-timed at three minutes 51.8sec, with the the trio of Brits a long way adrift in a large field of 20 runners.


 
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