No stopping Thompson
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson produced a scintillating performance to win the women’s 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Thompson won the event in world leading and meet record time of 22.09 seconds.
The 24-year-old Thompson ran a controlled race as she came of the curve in front before pulling away from the other competitors.
Thompson’s clubmate Shericka Jackson was second in 22.61, while third went to Shalonda Solomon in 22.64. Jura Levy from Jamaica was seventh in 23.18.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse won the men’s 200m in a season’s best time of 20.14 seconds ahead of Lashawn Merrit of US (20.28) and Zarnel Hughes of Great Britain (20.29).
Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer was fourth in 20.48.
Olympic 4x400 relay gold medallist Novlene Williams-Mills produced a gusty stretch run to win the women’s 400m in a world leading time of 50.54.
Phyllis Francis of US, who Williams-Mills, ran pass in the final 10 metres to win the event, finished in 50.66, while third went to Natasha Hastings also of the USA in 51.20.
Jamaica’s Stephanie Ann McPherson was fourth in 51.45.
National champion Fedrick Dacres won the men’s discus throw in a new meet record of 66.36m. Evans of the USA was second with a mark of 64.48, while third went to Chad Wright of Jamaica with a mark 62.53m.