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Bittersweet day for J'cans in Hungary

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
Janieve Russell

Jamaican athletes had two wins at yesterday's Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Hungary, as Janieve Russell and Fedrick Dacres captured their events. However, there was disappointment for World and Olympic Games 110m hurdles champion, Omar McLeod, who finished sixth in his event.

Fresh off her recent national title success, Russell continued her fine form in the women's 400m hurdles and maintained her dominance this season over Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad of the United States. Russell won in a new meet record of 54.16 seconds, as Muhammad was second in 54.46 seconds, with her countrywoman, Ashley Spencer, finishing third in 55.29 seconds.

After his Diamond League win in Paris on Saturday, Dacres had another win at the meet as he threw 67.24m to take the men's discus throw, ahead of World champion Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania, who was second with 66.31m.

McLeod suffered his first defeat of the season in the men's 110m hurdles, as he could only manage sixth in 13.45 seconds. Russia's Sergey Shubenkov, who was disqualified on Saturday at the Paris meet for false starting, bounced back in fine style, winning the event in a personal best of 12.92 seconds. This was also a meet record and a world-leading time.

Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo was also in fine form at the meet, capturing the women's 400m in a meet record 49.53 seconds.