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Canada's Reed scores big track win

Gary Reed of Kamloops, B.C., fought off international competition Friday night to win the 800 metres at the London Grand Prix.

Gary Reed of Kamloops, B.C., fought off international competition Friday night to win the 800 metres at the London Grand Prix.

Reed finished in a time of one minute, 45.85 seconds to earn the big win just a few weeks ahead of the world championships in Berlin.

"The race was great, I am thrilled to get the win," Reed said in an email to The Canadian Press. "It's very important to be in the mix heading into the world championships."

Reed is looking to improve on his showing at the Beijing Olympics, where his finishing kick came just a hair too late in a fourth-place finish.

Poland's Adam Kszczot was second in 1:46.05, with Nick Symmonds of the United States running 1:46.11 for third place.

Many of the British fans at Crystal Palace came to see track superstar Usain Bolt, but a strong headwind meant that a record run wasn't in the cards.

The Jamaican won easily in the 100 metres in a time of 9.91 seconds.

"I'm still at 85 per cent and after this it's all training, I've got two or three weeks of good training to put in," Bolt said. "So I guess I will be 100 per cent by Berlin."

The Berlin championships take place Aug. 15-23.

As with last week's Golden League event in Paris, Bolt was joined in the top three by his training mates. Yohan Blake of Jamaica was second in 10.11 seconds, with Antigua's Daniel Bailey in at 10.13.

Isinbayeva tastes rare defeat

Former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica was sixth, running 10.26.

The most stunning result came when Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva was handed her first defeat in six years.

Anna Rogowska of Poland beat Yelena Isinbayeva on countback. The Russian failed three times at 4.78.

"I'm a little disappointed — it's unusual for me as I don't know how to come second," Isinbayeva said. "I had a really good indoor season and I was hoping to carry that to outdoors, but I have had some injuries which did not help with my training."

Briton Nicola Sanders, the silver medalist at the Osaka world championships, thrilled the home crowd by winning the women's 400, an event that didn't include American powerhouse Sanya Richards.

Veteran Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of Bahamas took the 200, just edging Marshevet Hooker of the U.S.

Hooker gained a measure of revenge, combining with Allyson Felix, Lauryn Williams and Carmelita Jeter as the Americans topped Bahamas in the 4 x 100 relay.

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia followed up a win in the Golden League last week with another high jump victory, clearing 2.02 metres. Nicole Forrester of Toronto was seventh.

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops was seventh in the shot put, an event won by American Christian Cantwell with a distance of 21.82 metres.

Beijing Olympic gold medallist Dayron Robles of Cuba won the 110 hurdles in 13.29 seconds.

With files from the Canadian Press & The Associated Press