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McFarlane clears hurdles field

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):

Jamaican veteran Danny McFarlane dominated a largely Australian field to win the men's 400-metre hurdles at the Melbourne Track Classic on Thursday night.

The 37-year-old McFarlane outran Australian Brendan Cole and Britain's Danny Brandwood down the homestretch to post a winning time of 49.92 seconds, his second victory in a week in Australia.

The meet was the opening event of the IAAF World Challenge 2010 series.

McFarlane, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist in Athens, smashed into the last hurdle but was strong enough to hold on for the victory.

He had looked on course for a sub-49 clocking before his stumble at the final flight.

Cole clocked 50.42 seconds for the runner-up spot and Brandwood posted 50.83 for third behind McFarlane, who set an early season 2010 world best 49.19 while winning at a meet in Sydney last week.