Sunday 29 November, 2020

Elaine Thompson continues good form at Velocity Fest track meet

Olympic 100m and 200m champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Olympic 100m and 200m champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah.

The Olympic 100m and 200m champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah, dominated the women's 200m at the seventh Velocity Fest track meet at the National Stadium in Kingston as the meet continued on Sunday despite the rapid rise of the rate of COVID-19 infections in the country 

Competing against three of her MVP Track Club teammates, Thompson-Herah clocked 22.79 for an effortless victory.

The Bahamas'  Anthonique Strachan finished second in 23.87, while Srabani Nanda of India came home third in 24.06. Junelle Bromfield clocked 24.33 for fourth.

Thompson-Herah's victory came three weeks after she produced a season's best 22.19 at the distance in the fifth meet of the series. That time represents the third-fastest in the world this year behind Olympic 400m champion Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo (21.98) and American Sha'Carri Richardson (22.00).

Rusheen McDonald, also of the MVP Track Club, continued his good showing this COVID-19 affected season as he won the men's 200m in 21.48.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Emmanuel Callender, representing Pelicans Track Club, finished second in 21.88 with Glenmore Biggs third in 25.37 seconds.

Julian Forte got the better of Yohan Blake in a head-bobbing finish in Section 3 of the men's 100m. Both athletes were credited with 10.20 seconds (-1.3mps) but Blake, who clinched 100m gold medal at the World Championships in 2011, had to settle for second overall as there was no final for the event.

Nigel Ellis, who also competed in Section 3,  finished third overall in 10.45, while Sachin Dennis, the winner of Section 2, took fourth overall with 10.50.

Tajay Gayle, who stunned the world to win the gold medal in the men's long jump at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Shanieka Ricketts, and Fedrick Dacres were also winners on the day.

Gayle topped his pet event with a leap of 8.04m, Ricketts took the women's triple jump with a 14.37m effort and Dacres threw 61.44m to take the men's discus.


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