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Wariner tops 400m field at Osaka GP

THREE-TIME Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner won the men's 400 meters at the Osaka Grand Prix yesterday.

The American clocked a time of 44.69 seconds to finish comfortably ahead of Japan's Yuzo Kanemaru, who was second in 45.16. Australia's Sean Wroe took third in 45.32.

Wariner, a three-time Olympic track gold medalist, was looking forward to defending his title at the world championships in Berlin in August.

"My legs were a bit tight but I ran a good race today," said Wariner. "Berlin is a long way away but I'm confident I can defend my title."

Wariner, who took silver in the 400 at last year's Beijing Olympics, also won this event last year, in a personal-best 43.45.

In other events, home favorite Naoki Tsukahara won the men's 100 meters with a time of 10.13, 0.16 seconds ahead of Rodney Martin of the United States. Zimbabwe's Brian Dzingai was third in 10.33.

"It's always nice when you can win at an international meet," the Japanese said. "I got off to a good start and was able to build up my lead midway through the race."

American Kerron Clement, the world champion and Olympic silver medalist, won the men's 400 hurdles in 48.60. Australian Tristan Thomas was second in 48.68.

Sheena Tosta led a 1-2 finish for the US in the women's 400 hurdles clocking 54.64. Tiffany Williams was second in 55.62.

Australia's Sally McLellan won the women's 100 in 11.46, beating Japan's Chisato Fukushima by 0.10 seconds. Momoko Takahashi, also of Japan, was third in 11.57.

Australia also took top honors in the women's 400, with Tamsyn Lewis crossing the finish line in 51.80, followed by American Latosha Wallace in 52.02. Japan's Asami Tanno was third with a time of 52.10.


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