Jones wins women's 100m hurdles in Crete meet
RETHIMNO, Crete (AP) -- American hurdler Lolo Jones won the women's 100-meter hurdles in a world-leading 12.47 seconds at the Vardinoyiannia track meet Monday.
Jones, who fell in the semifinals at the U.S. trials and failed to qualify for next month's world championships, controlled the race from the start and ran close to her personal best of 12.43.
"This was my fifth race in a week and I am happy I won," Jones said, adding that an injury sustained earlier this year had affected her performance.
American hurdler Damu Cherry finished second in 12.53, the third-fastest time in the event this year. Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep who had held this year's fastest time (12.52) finished fourth behind Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis-London. Both were timed at 12.60.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas also ran a world-leading time, winning the women's 200 in 22.33.
Ferguson-McKenzie was not seriously challenged in the race after Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica pulled out, saying she was still bothered by a cramp sustained after she won the 100 at Athens a week ago.
Campbell-Brown tested her leg Saturday and decided to skip the meet. She was also scheduled to run the 100, which was won by Carmelita Jeter of the United States in 10.97.
In the men's 200, 19-year-old Alonso Edward of Panama won in 20 seconds flat, shattering his previous best of 20.34. Edward beat Steve Mullings of Jamaica by one-hundredth of a second.
"I wanted to seize my chance at Rethimno and I did it. I ran a very good time and I hope to do the same in Berlin," Edward said.