World champion Bergqvist wins high jump at Turin meet

Updated: June 8, 2007, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

TURIN, Italy -- World champion Kajsa Bergqvist won the women's high jump at the Primo Nebiolo Memorial athletics meet Friday.

Sweden's Bergqvist, who also holds the world indoor record, won by clearing 6 feet, 7½ inches on her first attempt as a good buildup for next week's opening IAAF Golden League meet in Oslo, Norway.

Antonietta Di Martino, who finished second, cleared the same height on her third try to break Sara Simeoni's 30-year-old Italian record.

American-born European champion Andrew Howe of Italy went 27-} to win the long jump for the second year in a row, and Cuba's Yargelis Savigne jumped 48-} to win the women's triple jump. She has the best performance of the year so far, leaping 49-2\ in Caracas last month.

Kenya's Asbel Kiprop knocked nearly 20 seconds off his personal best to win the men's 3,000 meters in 7 minutes, 42.32 seconds.

Great Britain's Tim Benjamin ran a season-best 45.80 to win the men's 400, while American Monica Hargrove set a new personal best of 51.40 to take the women's race.

Other winners of the night meet at Parco Ruffini included Olympic bronze medallist Naman Keita of France in the men's 400 hurdles (49.15), Great Britain's Marlon Devonish in the men's 100 (10.24), world champion Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus in the women's shot put (63-7}), and former two-time world junior champion Ivana Brkljacic of Croatia in the women's hammer throw (237-2).

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