Johnson, Babakova Shine at IAAF Grand Prix II

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Reigning Olympic champion Allen Johnson of the United States set a season's best time of 13.10 seconds Monday night in the men's 110m hurdles at the Zagreb IAAF Grand Prix II meet. 

While Ukrainian high jumper Inga Babakova, 33, whose personal best is 2.05m, also shined at the Mladost stadium clearing 2m, a result achieved by only a few women athletes this season. 

Two-time world champion Johnson, whose 110m hurdles personal best is 12.92sec, left behind Stanislav Olijars of Latvia in second with 13.39 and Yoel Hernandez of Cuba third with 13.40. 

Obadele Thompson of Barbados also produced an outstanding performance by winning both the 100m and 200m events. 

Thompson clocked 20.16sec in the 200m leaving behind Brazilian Claudinei Da Silva (20.43) and Dennis Mitchell of the United States (20.43). 

The women's 100m dash was a thriller finishing with a photo-finish. 

American Gail Devers and Chandra Sturupp of the Bahamas seemed even while crossing the finish line in 11.38sec, but the photo-finish showed Sturupp to be the winner. 

Two-time Olympic champion Devers also finished second in the 100m hurdles (12.80) behind Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica (12.78). 

Vassily Sidorenko of Russia won the men's hammer throw with 79.90m, ahead of 1998 European Champion Tibor Gecsek of Hungary (79.62m) and reigning world champion, Karsten Kobs of Germany (79.01m). 

Onochie Achike of Britain won the triple jump with a meet record lunge of 17.16m. 

While Svetlana Pospelova of Russia set a new course record in the women's 400m, clocking 50.66sec. Her compatriot Svetlana Goncharenko came second clocking 50.98, while Andrea Anderson of United States finished third on 51.40sec. 

Meanwhile Canadian Kwaku Boateng took the men's high jump with 2.34m for a course record - (AFP) 

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