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Russell takes aim at National 400m hurdles mark

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 9:03 PMAkino Ming

After cruising to comfortable win in the 400m hurdles at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM) on Saturday night at  the National Stadium,  Commonwealth Games champion, Janieve Russell, says she will be going after the national record later this season.

Russell won easily in 54.23 seconds, three seconds slower than the meet record done by LaShinda Demus in 2006.

Russell, who registered her personal best of 53.78 seconds a week ago at the Shanghai Diamond League meet, says if she corrects her technique over the final hurdle she can erase Melaine Walker's mark of 52.42

"The objective is to run under 53 seconds. I want to get the national record. I am going after it this year, if I don't get it this year then definitely next year," Russell said.

Ashley Spencer of the USA finished a distant second in 55.23 while Leah Nugent secured third spot with 55.32.

American sprint hurdler Jasmin Stowers recovered from a  slow start to win the 100m hurdles.

Stowers, who has the meet record at 12.39 -- a time she did at the 2015 staging, stopped the clock at 12.83 seconds.

Her countrywomen, Kori Carter and Kristi Castlin, finished second and third respectively in times of 12.87 and 13.09.

Though she was pleased with the victory, Stowers expressed disappointment with her performance.

"I had a bad start but I knew if I held it together and quickened my steps between the hurdlers, I would be able to come out with the victory," Stowers said.

Shimayra Williams was the best placed Jamaican in the race as she finished fourth in 13.14. Her training partner, Megan  Simmonds,  was seventh in 13.34.
  "I don't know what happened," Simmonds said after the race. "I just have to go back to training and work hard and hope for better results."

Meanwhile DeAnna Price of the USA threw a world leading mark of 76.27m in the women's hammer throw. The distance is the second longest throw in the event for her country.

Sherone Simpson continued to round herself back into shape with victory in the women' 100 development race in a modest 11.73 seconds.