Richards-Ross' 400m win a family affair
American Sanya Richards-Ross made her 27th birthday special in more
ways than one Sunday by winning the women's 400 metre title at the US
Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Richards-Ross was also celebrating her wedding anniversary Sunday as
she married American gridiron player Aaron Ross on her birthday two
years ago. Ross, who plays for the New York Giants, and was in the
stands cheering her on.
Richards-Ross set a meet record of 50.71 in the 400 to beat runner-up
Natasha Hastings who finished in 51.66.
Richards-Ross boosted her credentials for both Istanbul and the 2012
London Olympic Games with this win.
She came to Albuquerque with the top 400 time of 2012, the 50.89 she
ran at the Millrose Games in New York in February and will head to
Istanbul as a strong favourite.
It was a big day for other leading American candidates for Istanbul
Trel Kimmons won the men's 60-metre title in 6.45 seconds, quickest
time in the world this year.
Runner-up Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100 champion on the
comeback trail after four years on the suspended list, clocked 6.47 for