Wariner wins 400 meters in Hengelo

Updated: May 26, 2007, 11:15 PM ET
Associated Press

HENGELO, Netherlands -- Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner won the 400 meters Saturday at the FBK Games in a stadium-record 44.43 seconds.

The American held off a strong challenge by Gary Kikaya of Congo, opening a lead in the final turn and extending it in the final 50 meters. Kikaya finished second in 44.77, followed by Darold Williamson of the United States in 45.37.

Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie, who has focused on marathons since the 2004 Athens Olympics, was a surprise contender in the 10-kilometer race and finished fifth. Gebrselassie set four world records at Hengelo in the late 1990s.

Ethiopia's Sileshi Sihine won the race in 26:48.74, edging Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge in the final sprint.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele won the rare 2-mile event with a sprint that put him more than 20 yards ahead. The distance was scheduled partly to give Bekele an attempt at the world record. He called off those plans after a string of poor performances in recent months that he attributed in part to an undetected knee injury.

He finished in 8:13.51, more than three seconds ahead of his nearest challenger but far behind Daniel Kipngetich's 1997 world record time of 7:58.61.

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