Isinbayeva fails at 4.75M

Disappointment for Russian star; Lagat on fire
Last Updated 14 March 2010, 16:44 IST

Isinbayeva, who no-heighted at the world outdoor championships in Berlin last year, cleared 4.60 metres at the first attempt before missing out three times at her next height.

Kenyan-born American Bernard Lagat won his second 3,000 metres title six years after the first with a stirring last lap. Lagat, 35, surged past defending champion Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia with slightly more than a lap to go and handily won in seven minutes 37.97 seconds.

Spain's Sergio Sanchez took second in 7:39.55 with Kenyan Sammy Mutahi third.
Bekele, the brother of Ethiopian distance great Kenenisa Bekele, faded to fourth.
"My kids woke up at 7 am in the morning to watch their daddy," Lagat said. "So I needed to show them something."

The former double outdoor world champion thrust his right arm into the air in celebration more than 20 metres from the finish and repeated it again before crossing the line in his season's best time.

Abubaker Kaki of Sudan retained his title in the men's 800, running 1:46.23 to Kenyan silver medallist Boaz Lalang's 1:46:39. Twice world indoor champion Terrence Trammell posted the fastest 60 metres hurdles semifinal time, clocking 7.51 seconds. Cuban favourite Dayron Robles also was a heat winner.

Chinese defending champion Liu Xiang was the slowest qualifier for the final later on Sunday. He finished second to Trammell in 7.68 seconds.

Results (all finals):
Men:  800M: Abubaker Kaki (Sud) 1:46.23, 1; Boaz Kiplagat Lalang (Ken) 1:46.39, 2; Adam Kszczot (Pol) 1:46.69, 3.
3000M: Bernard Lagat (US) 7:37.97, 1; Sergio Sanchez (Esp) 7:39.55, 2; Sammy Mutahi (Ken) 7:39.90, 3.
Women: 800M: Mariya Savinova (Russia) 1:58.26, 1; Jenny Meadows (Bri) 1:58.43, 2; Alysia Johnson (US) 1:59.60, 3.
1500M: Kalkidan Gezahegne (Eth) 4:08.14, 1; Natalia Rodriguez (Esp) 4:08.30, 2; Gelete Burka (Eth) 4:08.39, 3.

(Published 14 March 2010, 16:44 IST)

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