Olsson, Tonique-Williams share jackpot

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Christian Olsson of Sweden and Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas split the $1 mn Golden League jackpot.

Olsson, Tonique-Williams share jackpot

Berlin:

Christian Olsson of Sweden and Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas split the $1 million Golden League jackpot by winning their events at the final Golden League meeting of the season in Berlin on Sunday. The bonus is divided among athletes who win their event at all six Golden league meets. Chance of sharing Olsson, the Swedish triple jumper won Olympic gold last month in Athens, but was keen to take the $1 million jackpot by winning his event on Sunday in Berlin. His first jump was average but the second a mighty 17.45 metres. That was enough to ensure that the Swede had won his event. But there was still one other athlete in with a chance of sharing the bonus prize. Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas was also on form, and was also Olympic champion in her event, the 400 metres. Fastest time Olsson looked on nervously at the race. But there was little he could do as just 49.07 seconds later, Williams-Darling crossed the line first with the fastest time in the world this year over the distance. That victory meant the money was divided between the two of them for winning all six Golden league meets of the season. To collect the money, however, the athletes have to compete at next week's World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo. Other events In other events on Sunday, Asafa Powell of Jamaica held off a late surge by veteran Frank Fredericks of Namibia to win the 200 in a wind-aided 20.24 seconds. Fredericks was 0.01 seconds slower with Joshua J. Johnson of the United States third in 20.54. Fredericks finished fourth at the Athens Olympics, while Powell, fifth in the 100, withdrew from the 200 with a hamstring injury. In the men's 110 metre hurdles there was some consolation for Allen Johnson of the United States who won the event in 13.16 seconds. The four-time world champion fell in the Olympic heats. Olympic champion Liu Xiang of China did not get his federation's permission to compete in Germany. One Olympic champion who was there and did claim another victory was Joanna Hayes of the United States in the 100-metre hurdles. She took the race in 12.46 seconds, well ahead of Athens silver medallist Olena Krasovska of Ukraine, who clocked 12.66. Stars of the afternoon One of the stars of the afternoon was Great Britain athlete Kelly Holmes, who struck gold in both the 800 and 1500 metres in Athens. However competing in the longer distance on Sunday afternoon, the Briton could only finish second in her first race since the Olympics. Tatyana Tomashova the silver medallist in Athens instead won, with Holmes just 0.08 seconds behind. (AP)

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