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Women 200 metres Final

Michelle Collins used her position in lane six to the greatest advantage, powering to a world-leading 22.18 for the gold medal.  It was a time not seen since 1995. 

The 32-year-old American, who had dropped down from her usual 400 Metres speciality for speed training during the indoor season, capped off a splendid weekend which saw her move to the number-three position among history’s one-lap indoor runners. 

European indoor and outdoor champion Muriel Hurtis of France, running just to Collins’ inside, appeared to be making a move on the American as the pair moved into the final curve.  But off the turn and into the final straightaway, Collins was uncatchable.

Hurtis’ silver-medal time was 22.54, as Russian champion Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (22.80) just nudged out defending champion Juliet Campbell of Jamaica (22.81) for the bronze.