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Rooney tops Wariner in 400 at Mt. SAC Relays

Saturday - 4/21/2012, 4:47pm  ET

WALNUT, Calif. (AP) - Jeremy Wariner ran his fastest 400 meters of the season Saturday but was beaten in his marquee event by Martyn Rooney of Britain at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Wariner set a steady pace for the first 200 meters but slowed on the final turn and was edged down the stretch. Rooney was timed in 44.92 seconds and Wariner in 44.96.

Wariner, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was pleased with his improved result from his previous mark in Texas two weeks ago. He said he is close to being fully healed from foot and knee injuries that sidelined him for much of last season.

This race was the latest in Wariner's amped up schedule ahead of June's U.S. Olympic trials, where he hopes to qualify for a third Summer Games.

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