Americans Jackson, Carter top 400m hurdles
More than 20 reigning world and Olympic champions strutted their stuff, showing good early-season form at the 12th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium last night.
American Bershawn Jackson claimed his third straight win in the men's 400m hurdles event, showing his class to win comfortably in 48.47 ahead of Leford Green, who will be motivated by his 49.22 after a rough couple of years. Jeffery Gibson was third with a time of 49.42 seconds.
Janieve Russell, bronze medallist at last year's Commonwealth Games, ran a brave 55.29 in the women's 400m hurdles, but she was outlasted by American Kori Carter, 55.12, with Tiffany Williams taking third place in 55.35 seconds in a close fight to the end.
In the first track event on the international schedule, the women's 3,000m Steeplechase, the United States' Bridget Frenek crossed the line first in 9:46.34, with her compatriot, Sarah Pease, 9:55.19, beating Puerto Rico's Beverly Ramos, 9:55.23, in a sprint to the line.
University of the West Indies student Delano Williams, now competing for Great Britain, shaved a chunk off his old personal-best 400m time (46.86) to register a time of 45.42, showing good endurance to hold off Belgium's Dylan Borlee, 45.70,and Frenchman Ibra Anne Mame, 45.92.
One-time Vere Technical star, Shericka Jackson, now a part of the University of the Technology/MVP Track Club stable, has been showing very good form all season, and she came pretty close to her personal best (51.32) in the women's 400m development, taking control of the race after 200m, responding when challenged and crossing the line in 51.43.
The Namibian pair of Tjipekapora Herunga, 52.27, and Kabange Mupopo, 52.67, finished next best.
Samuel Brevett took the men's masters 100m with a time of 12.04, with Kemmehi Lozer, 12.57, following him to the line ahead of Ezra Keene, 12.68 in third.
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