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Isinbayeva, Richards, Bekele share jackpot

Published:Friday | September 4, 2009 | 6:17 PM

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, 400-metre runner Sanya Richards and 5,000 champion Kenenisa Bekele each secured a third of the US$1 million Golden League jackpot following the Brussels meet in Belgium.



They ended the Golden League series with a perfect six-for-six wins in the top European meets.



World champion Richards, who was born in Jamaica, led her entire race at the Van Damme Memorial and set the season\'s leading time of 48.83 seconds to claim the prize.



Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain was second in 50.43 and Jamaican Shericka Williams third in 50.55.



Isinbayeva needed only vault 4.70 meters to beat Poland\'s Monika Pyrek on a countback.



Bekele was not as dominant as usual but still held enough of a finishing kick to hold off fellow Ethiopian Imane Merga.