Carter leads Americans in 400-meter hurdles

Updated: July 6, 2007, 2:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SAINT-DENIS, France -- James Carter led an American duo, winning the 400-meter hurdles at the Gaz de France meet Friday.

Carter finished in 48.61 seconds, ahead of Angelo Taylor in 48.73. Alwyn Myburgh of South Africa was third in 49.40.

"I'm not worried about time right now, winning is good enough," Carter said. "I'm right where I want to be. I'm going to run faster in every race."

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia cruised to an easy win in the 5,000. The 2005 world champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 won in 15 minutes, 21.84 seconds, nearly a minute off her best.

Never under pressure, she surged to the front on the last lap at the Stade de France.

Florence Kiplagat of Kenya was second in 15:23.85, with Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia third in 15:24.19. Ethiopian world record holder Meseret Defar, who set the mark of 14:16.63 in the opening Golden League meet in Oslo on June 15, did not race.

Dibaba, recovering from a leg injury, was disappointed with her time but still hopes to defend her titles at the Aug. 25-Sept 2 world championships in Osaka, Japan.

"I'm starting to rediscover my form, but I am still not at my best," she said.

The Gaz de France is the second of six Golden League meets in Europe in 2007.

Later, Olympic champion and world record holder Liu Xiang from China was to race against 2005 world champion Ladji Doucoure of France in the 110-meter hurdles.

Olympic and world champion Yelena Isinbayeva was competing in the pole vault. But the men's 100 meters has been weakened by the withdrawal through injury of world record holder Asafa Powell.

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