Mixed fortunes for Bajans
HURDLER KIERRE BECKLES, sprinter Levi Cadogan and quarter-miler Nadia Cummins posted victories on a day of mixed fortunes for Barbadian athletes at the St Martin International track and field meet on Saturday.
Beckles won the women’s 100 metres in 13.45 seconds from Jamaica’s Janaice Jackson (13.47) and the United States’ Kimberley Francis (13.52) but her male compatriots were not as successful in the men’s 110 metres hurdles.
Shane Brathwaite finished second in 13.65 second and Greggmar Swift was third in 13.69 seconds with 2009 World champion, Ryan Brathwaite (15.03) trailing in sixth.
Cummins triumphed in the 400 metres in 53.78 seconds, beating Antigua’s Samantha Edwards (54.54) into second place but was fourth in the 200 metres after running 24.60 seconds. That race was won by Italy’s Libania Grenot in 23.10 seconds.
Cadogan sped to victory in the men’s 100 metres in 10.57 seconds, crossing the line ahead of home town boy Harold Vulgaire and Guyana’s Adam Harris, who were both clocked at 10.70 seconds.
In the women’s 100 metres, another Bajan Shakera Reece had to settle for fourth place in 12.03 seconds as American Tawanna Meadows won in 11.59 seconds from Trinidadian Kai Selvon (11.68).
Trinidadian Lalonde Gordon did the double, winning the 200 (20.53) and 400 metres (45.50).
Meanwhile, former world record holder Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100 metres in the world this year, rocketing to a world-leading 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica Invitational International Saturday night.
Powell ran a flawless race in a grand return to competitive action on home soil spurred on by a large turnout of spectators at the National Stadium. The time was Powell’s fastest in five years and the 84th time he has dipped below the 10-second barrier.
The Jamaican sprinter silenced a strong field that included American Ryan Bailey who was booed for his “throat-cutting” gesture toward Usain Bolt after anchoring the US to victory in the 4x100m at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas last week.
Bailey clocked 9.93 seconds to finish second ahead of Jamaica’s Nesta Carter in 9.98 seconds.
Meanwhile 22-year-old newcomer Elaine Thompson established herself as a force to be reckoned with for the 100m women by speeding to victory in 10.97 seconds. Commonwealth Games champion Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria (11.06) was second and American star Allyson Felix (11.18) third.
Also, Diamond League champion Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica ran 20.25 to win the 200 metres but American Tyson Gay, who was also scheduled to run that event did not compete.
In the 400m, Jamaican-born Sanya Richards-Ross of the US romped home in a world-leading 49.95 seconds. (CMC)