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Swiss women shine at Zurich athletics meeting

High jumper Irene Pusterla and hurdler Lisa Urech were the highlights for Switzerland at Thursday’s Weltklasse Diamond athletics event in Zurich.

This content was published on August 20, 2010 - 10:04

Urech came fourth in the 100m hurdles and her time of 12.81 seconds improved her personal best by three-hundredths of a second.

The 21-year-old from the Emmental, who finished seventh at the European Championships in Barcelona, is closing in on the Swiss record of 12.76 seconds for the event set by Julie Baumann 19 years ago.

Pusterla from canton Ticino came third in the long jump with a leap of 6.70 metres, six centimetres short of her Swiss record.

With her last jump she managed to move ahead of Portugal’s Naide Gomes, who finished second in Barcelona.

Jeremy Wariner of the United States and the US 100m relay team put in best performances of the year. Wariner won the 400m race in a time of 44.13 seconds, while the relay team needed only 37.45 seconds.

David Oliver from the US won the 110m hurdles in 12.93 seconds, just six-hundredths off the world record.

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