Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ginnie Crawford returns to hurdle wars in Zurich...

ZURICH, Switzerland--Rainier Beach High School graduate Ginnie Crawford, who did not participate in the IAAF world track and field championships in Daegu as a result of finishing fourth at the US championships back in June, returns to the wars at the Weltklasse meet Thursday night.

While the 100 meter hurdles is not a Samsung Diamond League event--the finals in this event happens at next week's Van Damme meet in Brussels--Powell will face a field that includes all three medalists from Daegu--Australia's world champion, Sally Pearson (left/photo by Paul Merca), and the USA's Danielle Carruthers, & Dawn Harper.

In the current Samsung Diamond League standings, Pearson holds a slight lead over Carruthers 12-11, based on the strength of three wins at Lausanne, Birmingham, and Monaco.

Crawford is currently tied for sixth with one point.

One surprising entry missing from the Zurich meet is former Husky Märt Israel, who was not on the entry list at this meet, which is the final Samsung Diamond League meet of the year in the discus, despite a fourth place finish in Daegu.

Vancouver's Kara Patterson, who didn't have a strong showing in Daegu, and who threw in all six Samsung Diamond League meets leading up to the finals, did not get invited. Patterson, who planned to compete in Berlin, assuming she got into Zurich, has ended her 2011 season.

The start list for the Zurich Weltklasse meet is available here.

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