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Vojta's 1500m run the standout performance in Vienna

Andi Vojta's one-man show in the 1500m was the standout performance at the Vienna Indoor Classic at Ferry Dusika Hall on Tuesday (31).

Sprinting away from the pacemaker after 1000m, the 22-year-old clocked 3:38.99, a personal best and very close to Robert Nemeth's Austrian record of 3:38.50 from the 1985 season (nearly four years before Vojta was even born!). At the moment, his performance sits atop the European lists for the 2012 season.

Andreas Rapatz of Austria had the best 800m performance with 1:47.24 as he blitzed past front-running Jakub Holusa in the final meters (1:47.48).  The Czech was laughing right at the finish, congratulating Rapatz and patting himself on the back for being such a superb pace-maker. Joe Thomas of Great Britain won the other fast section in 1:47.28.

British hurdlers swept the podium spots in the 60m Hurdles event, led by the 7.68 of Andy Pozzi.

Vania Stambolova of Bulgaria was unmatched by any other 400 runner, having a greater than two-second advantage over the field with her superb world-leading 51.26. Liliana Barbulescu of Romania was even more dominant in the 1500m, in which her winning 4:12.41 was more than six seconds faster than her nearest adversary.

American Yvette Lewis outdueled Derval O'Rourke of Ireland in the women's 60m Hurdles, 8.11 to 8.16.  Lewis had clocked 8.04 earlier in the heats. Beate Schrott, who will be honoured in Vienna on Wednesday evening along with Vojta as Austrian athlete-of-the-year, saw her 8.25 clocking in the hurdles fall short of her season goal of a new Austrian record (8.15).

Ed Gordon for the IAAF