Ryan fails to move on
STOCKHOLM – Ryan Brathwaite’s stock continues to fall less than four weeks before of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Brathwaite, the defending champion in the men’s 110-metre hurdles, hit a low of 14.08 seconds in the first heat at the DN Galan Diamond League event yesterday. He finished fifth and failed to advance to the final.
American Jason Richardson won the diamond in 13.17 seconds – slower than Brathwaite’s winning time two years ago in Berlin. Compatriot David Oliver, the world leader, was second in 13.28 seconds and Jamaican Dwight Thomas was third in 13.40 seconds.
This was one of Brathwaite’s worst performances this season, beaten only by the 14.15 seconds he did at the Jamaica Invitational in May.
World record-holder Dayron Robles pulled out Thursday with a foot injury.
However, another World champion ended his losing streak when Usain Bolt surged to victory in the 200 metres.
The Jamaican had lost over 100 metres in this meet in 2008 and 2010. But the switch to the 200 – his preferred distance – changed his luck.
In his last race before he defends his sprint titles at the World Championships next month, Bolt cantered over the line well ahead of the field. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.47 and Jamaican Ainsley Waugh third in 20.56.
Bolt had to contend with windy conditions, a tight bend at Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium and said he felt a twinge on one side of his back toward the end of the race.
“Technically it was not a good race because the curves here are a bit tight,” Bolt said.
“I was careful not to get injured before the World Championships. But generally, it was a good race despite the fact that I wanted a better time.”
LaShawn Merritt was second in the 400 in his return from a 21-month doping ban. The World champion was in contention coming off the final bend but tied up in the home straight and was beaten by Jermaine Gonzales (44.69, a season’s best) of Jamaica.
While he has been cleared to run at the World Championships, his participation in next year’s London Olympics will be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is due to hear his case August 17.
Caster Semenya struggled again, finishing eighth in the 800. Semenya’s time of 2:01.28 seconds was well off her personal best of 1:55.45, set at the World Championships in Berlin two years. Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica won in a season’s best 1:58.21.
Carmelita Jeter won the women’s 100 in 11.15. Marshevet Myers came in second for an American 1-2, ahead of Kerron Stewart (11.27) of Jamaica. (AP/SAT)