Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ginnie Crawford takes third in Lausanne; Brad Walker leaps to sixth place finish...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Seattle native Ginnie Crawford (left/photo courtesy USA Track & Field) finished third Thursday night at the Athletissima meeting in the Swiss city as the Samsung Diamond League tour made its annual stop at the home city of the International Olympic Committee.

In a very competitive 100 meter hurdle race, former Olympic champ Dawn Harper, who was the silver medalist in London two weeks ago, took the victory, leading three Americans by running an impressive 12.43 to outlast Queen Harrison, who ran a season best 12.62 for second, with Crawford just behind in 12.64.

In a very competitive pole vault competition, University of Washington alum Brad Walker finished sixth with a best jump of 18-8 1/4 (5.70m), as reigning Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France led four vaulters over 19-0 1/4 (5.80m) to take the win on a countback.

Highlighting the meet was Usain Bolt of Jamaica's win in the 200, breaking his own meet record of 19.59 by running 19.58.

The IAAF recap of the meet is available here.

There are three meets left in the Samsung Diamond League series--Birmingham, England this Sunday; the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich on August 30th; and, the Van Damme Memorial meeting in Brussels on September 7th.

Complete results of the Athletissima meeting are available here.

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