Undecided until two weeks ago regarding her participation at the World Indoor Championships, Ukrainian Zhanna Block validated her decision to extend her indoor season to include the Birmingham competition with a powerful 7.04 win.
This was the fastest time in the event for two years.
Both the American runners appeared to have excellent starts, and the pair waged an unknowing duel while running on opposite sides of the sprinting runway. Angela Williams barely won the race for her second World Indoor silver medal with 7.16, just ahead of Torri Edwards’ 7.17.
Slovenia’s Merlene Ottey gave chase, but had to be satisfied with a prizeless fourth place in 7.20.