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Warm-up victory for Brooks

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

LIéVIN, France (CMC): Sheri-Ann Brooks warmed up for the World Indoor Championships when she won the women's 60 metres dash at the Meeting Pas de Calais on Friday evening.

The 27-year-old Jamaican clocked 7.20 seconds to maintain her form as she continued her preparations for the World Indoors, starting next Friday in Doha, Qatar.

The reigning Commonwealth Games women's 100 metres champion prevailed over Frenchwoman Myriam Soumare in a photo-finish.

Brooks has made a return to the track this year, after she fought to clear her name, and a doping case against her was dismissed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

positive urine samples

In June last year, Brooks was one of five members of the Jamaican national team that were reported for providing urine samples which tested positive for a banned stimulant.

Brooks was cleared to continue racing on a technicality, since the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission had tested her 'B' sample without her prior knowledge.

Jamaica's track and field authorities, however, withdrew her from the sprint relay at the World Championships as a precaution.

Brooks has been named to the Jamaican team for Doha, where she and Veronica Campbell-Brown will carry their nations medal hopes in the 60m dash.