DAEGU (Yonhap News) -- American Walter Dix won the men's 100 meter race Thursday at an international athletics competition in Daegu, a southeastern Korean metropolitan city, where the next world athletics championships will be held later this year.
(Walter Dix (center) wins the men's 100 meter race at the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting on Thursday. (Yonhap News)
The 25-year-old came in at 10.00 seconds to beat fellow American runner Mike Rodgers by 0.03 seconds at the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting, a test event ahead of the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Dix won the bronze medal in both the 100m and 200m races at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and has a fast personal best of 9.88 seconds from 2010.
Norwegian Jaysuma Saidy Ndure clocked in at 10.09 seconds to take third place, while Korean Yeo Ho-suah ran 10.50 to finish sixth.
In the women's 100m event, American Carmelita Jeter won for the third straight year with 11.09 seconds, nudging her compatriot Lashaunte Moore, who came in at 11.27 seconds. Jeter's personal best was 10.64, set in Shanghai in 2009.
Gabon record holder Ruddy Zang Milama finished third at 11.15 seconds.
The biennial world championships, run by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), will take place from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4 here, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
It will be Korea's first athletics championships, and organizers expect about 4,000 athletes, officials and journalists to attend.