10 SEP 2005 General News

Women's 800m

Underscoring her late season dominance, World champion Zuliya Calatayud handily dispatched with her opponents once again en route to her 1:59.07 win.

Running a comfortable fifth as the pack reached the bell, the 25-year-old Cuban simply let her even rhythm be her guide. She moved up to fourth heading off the penultimate turn, into third with 250 metres to go, second heading into the final turn before finally stomping to the lead for good midway through that last turn.

While Russians Larissa Chzhao, Tatyana Andrianova and Svetlana Cherkasova were near the front on the first lap, they made up the rear down the homestretch with only Moroccan Hasna Benhassi giving chase to the Cuban. With her now trademark finish, Benhassi, the Olympic and World championships silver medallist, equaled her placing here (1:59.86), with Spaniard Mayte Martinez third (2:00.36).

Olga Kotlyarova was fourth (2:00.94), first among the four Russians in the field.

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