Athletics

Thompson, Dodd second at Prefontaine; Shelly eighth in 100m stroll

Monday, July 01, 2019

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Two second-place finishes were the best for the Jamaicans at yesterday's Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting, held at Cobb Track and Angell Field at Stanford University, California, yesterday.

Elaine Thompson in the women's 200m and shot-putter Danniel Thomas-Dodd had runner-up finishes, while World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod was third in the 110m hurdles.

Following last weekend's fireworks at the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Championships, there were high expectations for Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ran the 100m yesterday.

The toll of running six races last weekend appeared to have taken its toll on the legs of Thompson and Fraser-Pryce, as they failed to get the wins or match their fast times from last weekend.

Thompson, who ran a World-leading 22.00 seconds to win the 200m last weekend, looked well set late in the half-lap race yesterday but Nigerian Blessing Okagbare held on to win in a season's best 22.05 seconds (1.9m/s), with the Jamaican next in 22.21 seconds and Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith third in 22.42 seconds.

It was a literal Sunday afternoon stroll for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished in eight place out of the nine starters in the women's 100m in 11.39 seconds (0.3m/w).

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast won in 11.02 seconds followed by two Americans, Aleia Hobbs-11.04 seconds and Teahna Daniels (11.13 seconds).

NCAA champion Sha'Carri Richardson, who was making her professional debut, was fourth in 11.15 seconds — well off the 10.74 seconds she ran almost a month ago.

Thomas-Dodd had a best mark of 19.26m, coming in the first round, with China's Lijiao Gong winning with 19.79m and American Chase Ealey taking third with 19.23m.

World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod was third in the 110m hurdles after getting off to the best start, while newly crowned national champion Roland Levy was fourth.

McLeod clocked 13.29 seconds (0.3m/s), just ahead of Levy's 13.30 seconds, behind Spain's Orlando Ortega (13.24 seconds) and France's Wilhelm Belocian (13.29 seconds).

Tyquendo Tracey was ninth in the men's 100m in 10.42 seconds (-0.1m/s), as Christian Coleman improved on his own World lead with 10.81 seconds followed by 37 year-old World champion Justin Gatlin (9.87 seconds), while Zharnel Hughes equalled his own season's best with 9.97 seconds for third.

Natoya Goule was sixth in the women's 800m in 1:59.82 seconds, just off the season's best 1:59.50 seconds she set while winning the national title last weekend.

South African double Olympic champion Caster Semenya won easily in 1:55.70 seconds, well ahead of the American training partners Ajee Wilson (1:58.36 seconds) and Raevyn Rogers (1:58.65 seconds)

— Paul Reid


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