Alan Webb of Fairfax ran the best time of the year in capturing the 1,500-meter run against a tough field yesterday at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The South Lakes High graduate finished in 3 minutes 32.73 seconds, winning his first international race since turning pro a year ago. Among the runners he beat were 2000 Olympic gold medalist Noah Ngeny (16th), Olympic bronze medalist Bernard Legat (fourth), 2004 world indoor champion Paul Korir (12th) and 2000 world junior gold medalist Cornelius Chirchir (14th). Ivan Heshko of Ukraine was second (3:32.88) and Timothy Kiptanui of Kenya third (3:33.34).
Two world records were set at the meet. American Stacy Dragila, 33, broke the world outdoor record in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet 10 inches, beating by a quarter-inch the record set by Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia posted a time of 26:20.31 in the 10,000, breaking countryman Haile Gebrselassie's record of 26:22.75 set in 1998. Bekele's feat came just nine days after he broke Gebrselassie's 5,000-meter record in 12:37.95.
In other events, four-time world champion Allen Johnson (Lake Braddock High) won the 110 hurdles in a meet-record 13.12. Finishing second, third and fourth were Americans Larry Wade, Terrence Trammell and Ron Bramlett.
Americans also took the top four spots in the women's 100, led by world champion Torri Edwards (11.25), LaTasha Colander (11.29), Chryste Gaines (11.30) and Inger Miller (11.39).
* DIVING: Troy Dumais erased an early deficit to lead the men's three-meter springboard after the semifinals at the Olympic trials in St. Peters, Mo.
Dumais totaled 678.03 points, extending his lead late in the semifinals.
Phillip Jones, who led for most of the competition, slipped to second (665.31) and Justin Wilcock was third (664.38).
* SOCCER: Portugal qualified for the men's tournament by finishing third at the under-21 European championships in Oberhausen, Germany. Serbia-Montenegro and Italy already qualified.
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