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Merritt wins as world champions triumph in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - American LaShawn Merritt eased to victory in the 400 metres as one of several newly-crowned world champions to shine at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday. Fresh from his success in Moscow earlier this month, Merritt (44.69 seconds) was slower by nearly a second than his time at the world championships but still won by more than half a second from Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos.

Athletics: Merritt, Oliver and Defar shine in Stockholm

Recently-crowned world champions LaShawn Merritt, David Oliver and Meseret Defar swept to Diamond League victories on Thursday, just four days after the Moscow world championships ended. In the 400m, Merritt equalled his best performance of the year achieved in the Russian showpiece with victory in 43.74sec. The win also illustrated again that he is a force to be reckoned with after serving a doping ban between 2009 and 2011. Fellow American Oliver, the 110m hurdles world champion, also celebrated victory in a time of 13.21sec.

Athletics: Bolt wins seventh world gold on mixed night for Olympic champions

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt moved to within one title of equalling the all-time record of world championship gold medals as he easily retained his 200 metres crown at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday. The 26-year-old, six-time Olympic gold medallist, took his world gold tally to seven and within one of the all-time haul shared by fellow legends Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson. "I had to push myself to be the best," said a subdued Bolt, who can capture an eighth gold on Sunday's final day in the 4x100m relay.

Bolt blasts and Rollins rolls in Moscow

By Justin Palmer MOSCOW (Reuters) - His swag of gold growing with every meticulously executed global final, Usain Bolt cantered to more sprint glory on Saturday as American Brianna Rollins, bursting with raw power, announced herself as the new hurdling queen. Bolt led home a Jamaican one-two in securing an unprecedented third world 200 meters title in 19.66 seconds, the fastest time this year, before he and silver medalist Warren Weir celebrated by gyrating to Bob Marley.

Athletics: Ethiopian Defar reclaims women's world 5,000m title

Ethiopian Meseret Defar reclaimed the women's 5,000m title at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday. Defar, who previously won gold in the 2007 worlds in Osaka, timed 14min 50.19sec, with Kenyan Mercy Cherono claiming silver (14:51.22) and another Ethiopian, Almaz Ayana, taking bronze (14:51.33). lp/bc

Defar returns to centre stage in 5,000m heats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ethiopia's twice Olympic champion Meseret Defar takes to the track for the first time at these world championships in Wednesday's 5,000 meters heats after deciding not to run the 10,000 earlier in the week. Defar, the 2007 world champion, starts as favorite for a second title in the absence of her great rival and compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, who won the 10,000 crown on Sunday before saying she would not run the shorter distance.
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