Three world leads in Kingston

03.05.2009 World

Three world leading marks were registered at 6th edition of Jamaica Invitational meet at Kingston´s national stadium.

The event which is also Area Permit to score for IAAF World Athletics Tour had a budget of 900 000 USD. The highlight of the evening was the women´s 100 m race. Olympic silver winner Kerron Stewart clocked world leading 10.92 (+1.2) and clearly beat Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser who was third in 11.15. In-between US Mershevet Hooker in 11.14. Fast also Aileen Bailey (11.15, later won the 200 m in 22.96 +0.7) and Trinidad´s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.17).

Another home success for world medalist Novlene Williams who clocked world best 2009 50.99 at 400 m and beat not totally healthy Sanya Richards (51.12) as hurdles olympic winner Melaine Walker was not competing. For Richards it is only fourth 400 m loss since 2007.

Third world lead of the evening was a big surprise as Javier Culson of Puertorico improved his national record to 48.42 and beat a stellar field. World Champion Kerron Clement was only fifth in his hurdles opener (49.10) as he was beaten by Isa Phillips (48.79), Michael Tinsley (48.81) and old timer Danny McFarlane (at age 37 still 48.85). In terms of meeting records two were registered in technical events.. In great shot put competition Christian Cantwell achieved 21.16 (MR) and returned the loss from Drake Relays to Dan Taylor who was third (21.05) as home record holder Dorian Scott was second with 21.09. Cory Martin as fourth still solid 20.43.

In Long Jump Brittney Reese leaped to meet best 661 (+1.4) and clearly beat triple jump world champion Yargelis Savigne of Cuba (638,-0.7). Olympic winner Dawn Harper won the 100 m Hurdles in her season opener 12.78 (+0.6) ahead of Vonette Dixon (12.80) as Deloreen Ennis-London did not finish the race. Men hurdles were dominated by Antwon Hicks in good 13.27 (+0.7). In men sprints a nice double for US Olympian Darvis Patton in 10.02 (+0.1) and 20.48 (+1.0). In short sprint Daniel Bailey of Antigua (coached by Glen Mills) improved as second to excellent 10.02 ahead of home supertalent Yohan Blake who also improved his PB to 10.07 and Olympic medalist Richard Thompson of Trinidad was fourth (10.07). In the men 400 m Rennie Quow of Trinidad won in 45.41 and in women 400m hurdles home Nickiesha Wilson in 55.29 (Olympic medalist Tasha Danvers sixth in 57.15). Khadevis Robinson posted very solid 1:45.67 to win the 800 m, the same goes to home record holder Kenia Sinclair in women race (2:01.02). Olympic medalist from Beijing Ibrahin Camejo of Cuba won the long jump (792, 0.0). The flavour to the meet was added by having experienced US announcer Scott Davis.

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