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Dutch leads the way

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 12:29 AMRaymond Graham

American Johnny Dutch outclassed a fairly strong field last night to post a world leading time in the men's 400 metres hurdles at the first staging  of the JN  Racers Grand Prix meet at the National Stadium.

Dutch clocked 48.10 seconds as he covered his main rivals after the first three hurdles before powering clear in the final 80 metres in a very impressive display.

Roxroy Cato finished second in 48.98 to emerge as the fastest Jamaican in the event so far this season as Ansert Whyte was third in 49.25.

Disappointing runs came from Jaheel Hyde and former national champion Leford Green who finished seventh and eighth respectively in 50.56 and 51.69.
 

Dutch was extremely happy with his winning time.

"It is very good for me to come and run a world leading time. The large crowd really helped and this is good for me going into the USA trials,"  he said.

Jamaica's Natoya Goule won the 800m and Shericka Jackson captured the 400 metres international events.

In the 800m Goule who took the lead early then shook off the challenge of former National champion Kenia Sinclair to win in 2:00.23. Sinclair has to settle for second in 2:00.32 with third going to American Charlene Lipsey in 2:01.43.

After a lean season so far Jackson ran a season's best 50.72 in the women's  one lap event. Jackson  used her excellent speed to get by early leader  Christine Day who clocked 51.22 for second. American Ebony Eutsey was third in 51.39.  
 

Jackson was delighted with her season's best.
"Running a season's best has really motivated me," Jackson said.

"I was always confident that I would have found some good form despite  not starting my season well," she added.