McCorory holds off Richards-Ross for big 400m win
(Reuters) - World indoor champion Francena McCorory ran the year's fastest women's 400 metres as she held off Olympic gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross at the U.S. championships in California on Saturday.
McCorory powered home in a life-time best 49.48 seconds to edge Richards-Ross by 0.18 seconds as the two Americans became the first in the world to dip under 50 seconds this year.
"I ran my lights out today," a delighted McCorory told reporters after the victory on a warm afternoon in Sacramento.
"It was also great running against a great field and you know the times will be good."
Richards-Ross, who is recovering from toe surgery, also appeared pleased.
"I went hard and got in striking distance," she said.
Beijing Olympic gold medallist Dawn Harper Nelson used a big lean to beat former collegiate champion Queen Harrison in the women's 100 metres hurdles final.
Harper Nelson got out of the blocks in a hurry and prevailed in a quick 12.55 seconds despite a headwind of 1.6 metres per second.
Harrison was a mere hundredth of a second back and bobsledder-hurdler Lolo Jones claimed third in 12.65. Continued...