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Thompson outclassed in Monaco

Published:Saturday | July 13, 2019 | 12:17 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
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Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo drew the first blood in the season-long battle with Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson over 200m at the Monaco leg of the IAAF Diamond League yesterday.

Miller-Uibo, a 400m specialist, blitzed to 22.09 seconds to beat Thompson, who looked out of it from the bend in the race. The Olympic sprint double champion could only manage 22.44 seconds on the night.

Thompson still owns the accolade as the fastest woman over the distance this year with her 22.00 seconds from the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Athletics Championships last month.

JA’S TOP PERFORMER

But it was Danielle Williams who was the top performer for Jamaica at the meet as she made a huge step to redeem herself after the false-start fiasco at the National Trials last month by posting a season’s best time of 12.52 seconds for second in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Williams led for most of the contest before world record holder Kendra Harrison moved past her on the last flight of hurdles to also register her best time of year with 12.43 seconds.

National record holder Janeek Brown finished fourth in 12.71 seconds. Williams’ time moves her up to third on the list of fastest times in the event for the year.

Janieve Russell was also in good form as she produced a season best time of 54. 70 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles as she tries to find the form that won her the Commonwealth Games title last year. National Champion Rushell Clayton finished close behind her in 54.82 seconds. American star Sydney McLaughlin won the race in a world-leading time of 53.32 seconds.

Natoya Goule also produced a season’s best time of 1:57.90 minutes for second in the women’s 800m. She pushed the American Ajee Wilson, who also registered a season best time of 1:57.73 minutes. It was at this same meet last year that Goule ran her national record of 1:56.61 minutes.

The former Manchester High School athlete admitted that it was her toughest race for the season.

“Oh my gosh! It was hard but the fastest I ran all season,” she said. “I could not get past Ajee today, but it will come in due time.”

Shanieka Ricketts and Kimberley Williams finished third and fourth, respectively, in the women’s triple jump 14.67m and 14.55m.

Williams, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has not jumped farther this season.

Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas won the event with a leap of 14.98m.

akino.ming@gleanerjm.com