Bailey-Cole sprints to victory in Berlin
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Upcoming Jamaican sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole yesterday equalled his personal best in the 100 metres at the ISTAF event inside Berlin's Olympic Stadium, winning in 10.00 to continue to raise his stock among track and field fans around the globe.
Bailey-Cole, who trains with sprint headliners Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake at the Racers Track Club in St Andrew, got the better of former world champion Kim Collins, who finished second in 10.07, and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, who posted 10.12 for third place.
The 20-year-old, who earlier this season posted a wind-aided 9.98 at a meet in Madrid, was however, disappointed with the time he registered, stating that he was looking to legally break the 10-second barrier.
Tall and powerfully built like his more celebrated training partner Bolt, Bailey-Cole pointed to his start as an area that needs improvement, but added that he was nonetheless happy to have matched his personal-best mark, which he first achieved at the National Senior Trials in Kingston in late June.
"Today, I went out and executed my race. It wasn't perfect because I wanted to run under 10 seconds. But I am satisfied to have achieved a new personal best," Bailey-Cole said. "I'm a bad starter like my compatriot Usain Bolt. I need to get a better drive."
Bailey-Cole, like he did in the heats of the 4x100m relay at the Olympic Games in London, rounded out a pretty productive day after also anchoring Jamaica to a 40.58-second win in the sprint relay, taking advantage of a mix-up between Darvis Patton and Wallace Spearmon of the US.
Fellow Jamaicans Mario Forsythe, 10.19 and former World Championships silver medallist Michael Frater, 10.20, were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Olympic finalist Leford Green was second in the 400m hurdles, running 49.06 to finish behind Olympic champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic who stopped the clock at 48.89.
Jamaica had three representatives in the women's 100m, with Kerron Stewart, 11.27, finishing as the best placed, with a second-place run behind 2011 World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste, 11.25. Aleen Bailey was fourth in 11.36 with Samantha Henry-Robinson finishing eight in 11.50.
Shermaine Williams represents one of Jamaica's brightest hopes in female sprint hurdling, but it was not the best day for the Olympic semi-finalist, who had to settle for fourth place in the 100m hurdles, posting 12.90, behind American Kellie Wells, 12.72, Queen Harrison, also of the United States, 12.79, and Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, 12.83.