Defending world indoor champion in 60m hurdles, Sally Pearson, of Australia showed a brilliant performance in her first 100m race of the season clocking 12.59 seconds at Perth track classic, on Saturday February 22.
With her performance Pearson solidified her position as a favorite to win the 60m hurdles at next month´s world indoor championships in Sopot, Poland.
In the men´s 400m race defending world champion, Lawshan Merrit (USA), won the event in 45.90. Second place took Aussie´s Craig Burns who clocked solid 46.22 seconds.
In the women´s 100m Australia´s history´s fastest 100m sprinter, Melissa Breen, took the victory in 11.33 seconds while the men's 100m race was won by South Africa's Simon Magakwe 10.21.Magakwe's time is fastest in the world in 2014.
Season´s fastest times in mid-distance events produced men's 800m, men's Mile and women's 1500m races. Joshua Ralph clocking 1:46.25 out-kicked Jeff Riseley (1:46.54) and Alex Row (1:46.77). Netherland's Susan Kuyken was the fastest in the women's 1500m race as she managed to win in a close finish Australia's Zoe Buckman and Kaila McKnight. Kuyken finished after 4:07.21, while Buckman and McKnight finshied after 4:07.56 and 4:07.92 respectively. In the men's mile Kenya's James Magut defeated Australia's Collis Birmingham clocking very fast 3:53.73. Magut was sitting all the way until the last 200m behind Birmingham when he suddenly made a massive surge to win the race. Birmingham also posted a world class time of 3:54.92. Also in the race Ireland's Pole Robisnon running the mile under 4min took third in 3:59.56.