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Elaine Thompson-Herah runs 10.87 on the way to sprint double

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Defending Olympic champion at the 100m and 200m, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Elaine Thompson-Herah on Saturday (June 5) won the sprint double at the inaugural NACAC New Life Invitational in Miramar, Florida, where Briana Williams broke her own national U20 record for a third time in a week.

The 29-year-old Thompson-Herah, who is hoping to defend her Olympic 100 and 200m titles in Tokyo this summer, won the 100m in 10.87, which made her the second fastest Jamaican woman in the world on the day after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s world-leading 10.63, a new national record at the national stadium in Kingston earlier Saturday.

However, it was good enough to make her a convincing winner over the USA’s Tiana Bartoletta. The veteran American came from a second-place finish in the long jump to run a season-best 10.96. Williams was third in 10.97, a new Jamaican U20 record, which broke her own record of 10.98 set at the Duval County Challenge in Jacksonville last week Sunday (May 30).

Young sensation Briana Williams keeps getting better, having broken the national junior record at the 100m for the third time in a week!

She had run a record-breaking 11.01 the day before (May 29) at the JAC Summer Open, also in Jacksonville.

Thompson-Herah would close out a successful day by winning the 200m in a season-best 22.54 running away from the USA’s Kyra Jefferson. Jefferson stopped the clock at 22.77 for second place. Great Britain’s Jodie Williams was third in 23.10.

Tynia Gaither of the Bahamas was also credited with 23.10 but was awarded fourth place while Jamaica’s Natalliah Whyte was fifth in 23.22.

The men’s 200m was won by Daveon Collins in 20.73 over the Caribbean pair of Kyle Greaux of Trinidad and Tobago, who was second in 20.84 and Teray Smith of the Bahamas who ran 20.92 for third.

Meanwhile, Trayvon Bromell made his Olympic ambitions clear with a world-leading 9.77 to win the 100m over Marvin Bracy.

Bracy ran 9.85 for second place in an American 1-2-3 as Chris Royster was third in 10.08.

Yohan Blake had run 9.97 in the preliminary round but like his compatriots Nigel Ellis and Tyquendo Tracey, did not show up for the final.

American athlete Trayvon Bromell.

The other winner from the Caribbean on Saturday was Trinidad and Tobago’s Deon Lendore who ran 45.48 to take victory in the 400m over the USA’s Lashawn Merritt. The 2008 Olympic champion was uncharacteristically slow in 46.22. Alonzo Russell of the Bahamas picked up the third podium spot clocking 46.44 for third.

The women’s event was won by the USA’s Wadeline Jonathas in 51.91 over Jamaica’s Tiffany James-Rose.

The 2016 World U20 champion ran 52.74 for the runner-up spot.  Nnenya Hailey finished third in 52.90. Sada Williams of Barbados was fourth in 53.82.

Defending world champion Dalilah Mohammad was a runaway winner in the 400m hurdles stopping the clock in 54.50, more than a second clear of Jamaica’s Ronda Whyte, who crossed the finish line in 55.65. Yanique Haye-Smith of the Turks and Caicos Islands clocked 56.12 for third.

Costa Rica’s Gerald Drummond won the men’s event in 49.47 over Jamaica’s Shawn Rowe who ran 49.53 for second place. Eric Cray from the Phillipines was third in 49.68. Jaheel Hyde was in fourth clocking 49.86.

Ajee Wilson ran out an easy winner in the 800m clocking 2:01.50, more than a second faster than Jamaica’s Jasmine Fray who came home in 2:02.60. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner ran 2:02.71 for third.

Michael Dixon won the 110m hurdles in 13.16 over Ronald Levy. However, the Jamaican would be encouraged by the 13.23 run for second place in slightly windy conditions. Zaza Wellington ran 13.44 for third.

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan ran 12.44 for her victory in the 100m hurdles, winning by the proverbial city-block over Costa Rica’s Andrea Vargas, who clocked 12.76 and the Bahamas’ Pedrya Seymour, 12.86.

Before her 100m season-best, Bartoletta jumped 6.75m for second place in the long jump competition that was won with 6.78 by Christabel Nettey. It was close going for the competitors as third place was won by Lorraine Ugen who jumped 6.74.

FILE PHOTO: Jamaican discus thrower Fedrick Dacres competing in the men’s final at the 2019 Doha World Championships in Qatar.

Jamaica’s Chanice Porter is still in search of the Olympic qualifying standard of 6.82 after finishing fourth with her best effort on the day of 6.64. Compatriot Sabina Allen jumped 6.51m for sixth.

Fedrick Dacres lost his second consecutive head-to-head with Samoa’s Alex Rose in the men’s discus.

On the mend after wrist surgery last November, Dacres threw a season-best 66.01 for second place in the contest Rose won with 67.12.

Dacres’ training partner Kai Chang threw 63.33m for third place. 

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