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Le-Roy superb in Boston

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In form, Anastasia Le-Roy continued her fine 2018 season yesterday in Boston, Massachusetts, with a breakthrough run over 200m. Le-Roy, the Commonwealth Games 400m runner-up, showed impressive sprint speed to win at half the distance in a personal best of 22.16 seconds. She was the pick of the Jamaicans at the Boston street meet as Briana Williams was the only of her compatriots to win.

The 30-year-old Le-Roy damaged her personal best of 22.85 seconds. She left American Joanne Atkinson back at 22.31 seconds and added to a 200m portfolio that includes a 2017 Boys and Girls' Championships class 1 win and places in the finals at the 2006 World Junior Championships and the 2011 World University Games.

Her Boston surprise comes in an event she rarely runs these days and comes a little more than a month after she ran her best-ever 400m time - 50.57 seconds - to take the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

There were big runs in the men's 200m and the women's 150m. Bahamian Steven Gardiner showed why he had top billing, with a fast finish to stop the clocks in 19.88 seconds, while his compatriot, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Olympic 400m champion, blitzed the 150m in 16.23 seconds. That established a meet record.

The times by Le-Roy, Gardner and Miller-Uibo were all achieved on the straight track on Charles Street in Boston.

Williams, the US-based Carifta Under-17 100m and 200m champion, blazed the high school 100m in 11.35 seconds.

The next, best-placed Jamaican was 2015 100m hurdles World champion Danielle Williams. She pressed American star Sharika Nelvis all the way in a 12.76 - 12.80 second encounter. Yohan Blake, 2011 World champion, found himself third to impressive Racers Track Club training partner Zharnel Hughes, with the Briton winning the 100m in 9.99 seconds. Commonwealth winner Akani Simbini, second, and Blake, clocked times of 10.03 and 10.17 seconds, respectively.

That would have been a first crossing of the 10-second barrier for Hughes, but the wind was over the allowable limit at 2.7m per second. Tyson Gay, 2007 World 100m and 200m champion, was fourth.

The other Jamaican to find a top-three placing was 2018 Intercollegiate sprint champion Shashalee Forbes. She clocked 16.75 seconds in the 150m behind Commonwealth 100m winner Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago and Miller-Uibo.