Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Jamaica's Stephanie McPherson continued her steady improvement in the women's 400 metres, lowering her personal best (PB) to 49.92 seconds at yesterday's Monaco Diamond League meet.
McPherson's best, which makes her the fourth-fastest woman over the distance so far this year, was, however, only good enough for second.
The MVP athlete was the best placed of the six Jamaicans who competed at the 10th and penultimate Diamond League meet before the August 10-18 IAAF World Championships.
Winner of the women's 400m, Amantle Montsho of Botswana, was in record-breaking mood as her time, 49.33, is a new national record, world lead and Diamond League record.
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American Francena McCorory was third in 49.96, also a PB. Jamaica's Rosemarie Whyte placed fourth in a season best (SB) of 50.86 while national champion over the one-lap event, Novlene Williams-Mills, failed to finish.
Olympic 200m silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was not her usual self, as she was among the slowest out the blocks and had to settle for third in the half-lap event in 22.28.
Cote d'Ivoire's Murielle Ahoure was an impressive winner. Her 22.24 seconds (-0.5 w/s) saw her establish a new national record. American Tiffany Townsend was second in a new PB 22.26 but her compatriot Carmelita Jeter, who is coming off an injury in the Shanghai Diamond League, did not face the starter.
The Jamaican duo of Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.10) and Nickel Ashmeade (10.13) finished sixth and seventh, respectively in the men's 100m.
Bailey-Cole, who along with Ashmeade and Olympic champion Usain Bolt will represent Jamaica in the event at the World Championships, tweeted after the race "U (you) have to learn to accept defeat in order to win."
The race was won by American Justin Gatlin in 9.94 seconds (-0.4 w/s) with another American, Dentarious Locke, placing second in a new PB of 9.96. France's Jimmy Vicaut finished third in 9.99 seconds.