Friday, August 28, 2009

Ginnie Powell fifth in Zurich...

ZURICH, Switzerland--On a night in which Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva atoned for her shocking no-height performance at the world championships by breaking her own world pole vault record, Seattle native Ginnie Powell (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles at the Weltklasse meeting Friday night.

Powell ran 12.70 as reigning world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton of Jamaica took the victory in a time of 12.46 seconds.

Isinbayeva set the 27th world record indoors and outdoors of her storied career, clearing 5.06 meters (16-7 1/4).

In his first individual race since smashing the world record in the 200 meters, Jamaica's Usain Bolt easily won the 100-meter dash, defeating countryman and former world record holder Asafa Powell, winning in 9.81 seconds.

Thirteen years after Bob Kennedy set the American record of 12:58.21 in the 5,000 meters at the Weltklasse Zurich meeting, 2008 Olympic marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein from Eugene smashed that record by almost 2 seconds finishing third in 12 minutes 56.27 seconds. It was an almost 20 second personal best for Ritzenhein, which makes him the second-fastest non-African in history and only the third American ever to run under 13 minutes.

For complete results from the Weltklasse meet, please visit

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