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Lolo Jones starts year off right in Scotland

LOLO Jones recovered from a false start to win the 60 meters hurdles on Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, as she set out to overcome the heartache of last year's Olympics.

The American appeared on course to win the gold medal in Beijing in August when she clipped the next to last hurdle and wound up seventh. Now she is targeting this summer's World Championships in Berlin and sees Saturday's victory at the Aviva International as a good start.

"I'm relieved to get a race under my belt, especially after the false start," said Jones, who clocked 7.95 seconds. "I never false start so that was shocking to me.

"I was surprised by the time because I didn't think it was a very clean race. This is the third time I've run here and I've never broken eight seconds before so early in a season."

Jones, who finished 0.11 ahead of Britain's Sarah Claxton, says her long-term goal is the Olympic title in 2012.

"The only thing that will compensate for Beijing is having a London gold medal," she said. "But I've never been better than sixth in the world outdoors so that title is something I want to add to the resume as well."

American sprinter Angela Williams edged Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas by 0.02 to win the women's 60 meters in 7.32 and the men's race went to Britain's Craig Pickering.

Pickering, who overtook US sprinter Ivory Williams in the final few strides to cross the line in 6.57.

Powell wins

Meanwhile, former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica opened his 2009 outdoor season by running 47.75 seconds to place second overall in a 400 meters competition on Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica.

"Training has been going good and I am in good shape," Powell said after participating in the Queen's/Grace Jackson Invitational.

The race was a tune-up for Powell and his first competition since anchoring Jamaica's 4x100 relay team to a world record at the Beijing Olympics in August.

He failed to medal in the 100 meters, finishing fifth as compatriot Usain Bolt lowered the world record to 9.69 seconds

"This year I know that the only person that I will have to struggle with is me," said Powell.


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