Lolo Jones wins 60-meter hurdles in England

Updated: February 21, 2009, 3:23 PM ET
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England -- World indoor champion Lolo Jones eased to victory in the 60 meters hurdles at the Aviva Grand Prix on Saturday.

In a dominating performance at the National Indoor Arena, the American matched the season's best time of 7.82 seconds she registered last week in Germany. Anay Tejeda of Cuba was 0.18 behind.

"That was good but there are still one or two things I can see that need tightening up," Jones said. "There's room for improvement. I feel really fit and getting close to the form of last year."

At the Beijing Olympics, Jones clipped the second-to-last hurdle and finished seventh in the 100.

"The best way to get over failure is to get back on the track -- instead of paying a psychologist I just run," Jones said. "I always run in Europe to get my rhythm."

With no major indoor events this year, Jones is heading back to the United States before returning to Europe to prepare for the world championships in August in Berlin.

Carmelita Jeter of the United States won the 60 in a personal-best 7.11.

With a personal best, Simeon Williamson of Britain won the 60 in 6.53. He's expected to challenge Dwain Chambers in the British field at the European indoor championships next month in Turin, Italy.

In the 1,500, favorite Bernard Lagat sprained his ankle when he stumbled, lost his lead and finished second in 3 minutes, 38.69 seconds. Training partner Austine Choge of Kenya won in 3:38.52.

"I don't think it's too bad," said Lagat, who was world 1,500 and 5,000 champion in 2007. "I've gone for treatment as a precaution."

Mo Farah gave hope of a revival in British long-distance running by winning the 3,000 in 7:34.470, cutting more than 6 seconds off his British record.

Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 15 feet, 9 3/4 inches to win the pole vault, but failed three times to improve on her own world indoor record of 16-5 1/4.

"In the first attempt the pole was too soft, then I took a harder pole, but I was not able to jump," she said.

After a poor start in the 200, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain overcame teammate Donna Fraser to win in 23.42.


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