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Evelyn sprints to new national record; qualifies for Tokyo


Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

Evelyn sprints to new national record; qualifies for Tokyo
Tristan Evelyn (FILE)

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Barbadian sprinter Tristan Evelyn made the grade to compete at the rescheduled 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Evelyn, competing for the University of Houston, clocked a new national record time of 11.14 seconds (wind 2.0 m/s) to win gold in the women’s 100 metres final on Sunday at the American Athletic Conference Championship.

The previous record was 11.26 seconds set by Shakera Reece in 2011.

The Olympic qualifying standard is 11.15 seconds and Evelyn becomes the first Barbadian athlete to meet the Tokyo 2020 requirements this year.

The former Springer Memorial star athlete joins fellow sprinters Mario Burke and Sada Williams, hurdlers Shane Brathwaite and Tia-Adana Belle and quartermiler Jonathan Jones, who met the standards in the period May 1, 2019 to April 5, 2020. (AGB)