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Williams, Campbell-Brown claim wins in Beijing

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Danielle Williams

BEIJING, China (CMC):

Reigning World champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica and compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown both stormed to victories at the IAAF World Challenge Meet here Wednesday.

Campbell-Brown, the former World and Olympic champion, clocked 22.29 seconds to win the women's 200 metres, with fellow Jamaican Simone Facey finishing second in 22.63.

American Tiffany Townsend was third in 23.06, while the US Virgin Islands' Laverne Jones-Ferrette trailed in eighth in 23.68.

Williams, meanwhile, found her success in the women's sprint hurdles when she carved out a time of 12.80 seconds to beat American Christina Manning into second in 12.91.

Tiffany McReynolds crossed the line third in 12.97 while another Jamaican, Shermaine Williams, was fifth in 13.41.

There was little other success for Caribbean athletes, however. In the men's 100 metres sprint, Trinidadian Keston Bledman could only finish fifth in 10.17 as American Justin Gatlin streaked to victory in 9.94 seconds.

His time was just short of Qatar's Femi Ogunode's world-leading 9.91.

And in the women's high jump, Levern Spencer's 1.90 metres was only good enough to land her fifth spot behind winner Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria, who measured 1.93.

Last weekend, Spencer registered 1.94m to claim her first Diamond League victory in Shanghai.