Athletics Morcelli sets year's best over 1500m

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Noureddine Morcelli, the world record holder at the distance, ran the fastest 1500 metres in the world this year when he produced a time of 3min 32.45sec at the Goodwill Games in St Petersburg last night.

The Algerian improved upon the previous best time of the year, 3:32.99, which he set at Seville last month. Morcelli proved that he will once again be the man to beat for the gold medal at the World Championships in Gothenburg in six weeks' time.

Sergei Bubka, of Ukraine, won the pole vault with a modest leap - by his standards - of 5.70 metres, winning on countback from Igor Trandenkov of Russia, who was second after clearing the same height.

Frankie Fredericks, of Namibia, continued his winnings form with victory in the 100 metres in 10.46sec.

William Tanui, the Olympic champion, and the world champion Paul Ruto were among several of Kenya's leading 800m runners who failed to clinch World Championship places yesterday. Tanui and Ruto were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Kenyan national championship in Nairobi, in a programme doubling as trials for the world championships and the All Africa Games in Harare in September.