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Olympic champion Kirani James pulls away to win 400 meters in Prefontaine Classic

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EUGENE, Oregon — Kirani James won the 400 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic, pulling away from a strong field at Hayward Field.

James, the 2012 Olympic champion from Grenada, and American rival LeShawn Merritt ran side by side on the final curve before James turned it on, finishing in a world-best 43.95 seconds, two-hundredths of a second faster than the time he and Merritt ran at the meet this year.

PHOTO: Ayanleh Souleiman, right, from Djibouti, wins the mile race ahead of Asbel Kiprop, left, from Kenya, and Matthew Centrowitz during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, May 30, 2015. Kiprop took third and Centrowitz finished second.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Ayanleh Souleiman, right, from Djibouti, wins the mile race ahead of Asbel Kiprop, left, from Kenya, and Matthew Centrowitz during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, May 30, 2015. Kiprop took third and Centrowitz finished second. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

James won that race as well and holds a 9-5 edge against Merritt.

American Justin Gatlin showed that he's not done at age 32. He won the 200 in 19.68, matching his lifetime best to break the Hayward Field record. It was the fastest time in the world this year.

Tyson Gay won the 100 in 9.88.

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PHOTO: Mohammed Aman, from Ethiopa, kisses the track after winning the 800-meter race during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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