Stewart sprints home in Stockholm

Published: Friday | August 23, 2013 Comments 0
Jamaica's Kerron Stewart (right) wins the women's 100 metres ahead of USA's Alexandria Anderson during the IAAF Diamond League track and field meet at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. Stewart clocked 11.24 seconds and Anderson, 11.25.-AP
Jamaica's Kerron Stewart (right) wins the women's 100 metres ahead of USA's Alexandria Anderson during the IAAF Diamond League track and field meet at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. Stewart clocked 11.24 seconds and Anderson, 11.25.-AP

Kerron Stewart was the only winner among 10 Jamaicans in action at yesterday's Stockholm Diamond League meet, the 12th instalment for this season, as she captured the women's 100 metres.

Stewart, who had placed fifth in the final at the just concluded IAAF World Championships in Moscow, stopped the clock in a relatively slow 11.24 seconds.

The United States pair of Alexandria Anderson and Barbara Pierre were second and third in 11.25 and 11.29, respectively.

Jamaica's other representatives in the race, Schillonie Calvert, who along with Stewart formed part of the 4x100m relay team that won gold at Worlds in a new national record could only manage a seventh place finish in 11.49.

Defending Diamond League 400m hurdles champion, Kaliese Spencer, recovered from a disappointing Worlds to run a season best (SB) of 54.88 seconds, as she finished runner-up to world champion Zuzana Hejnova. Hejnova of the Czech Republic won in a meet record time 53.70 with USA's Dalilah Muhammad (55.74) finishing third.

Novlene Williams-Mills was the best placed of the three Jamaicans in the women's 400m, as the World Championships finalist placed third in the one-lap event.

Williams-Mills improved on the time that she ran to place eighth in the Worlds final by .01 seconds, as she crossed the line in 51.48 seconds for third.

Christine Day and Rosemarie Whyte, who were both members of the country's ill-fated women's 4x400m relay team which was disqualified at Worlds following a lane violation by Whyte on the first leg, finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Day clocked 51.95 while Whyte finished at the back of the pack in 53.46.

The event was won by USA's Francena McCorory (51.03) with Italy's Libania Grenot (51.44) placing second.

World University Games 200m gold medallist, Rasheed Dwyer, clocked 20.64 seconds for third in the men's 200m with his compatriot Mario Forsythe (20.97) placing sixth in 20.97. The event was won by Ukraine's Serhiy Smelyk (20.54) ahead of Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (20.58).

National triple jump champion, Kimberly Williams, recorded her best jump with her final effort, but the mark of 13.84m was only good enough for fourth.

The event was won by world champion, Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen, with a leap of 14.61m.

National long jump champion Damar Forbes, placed ninth in his event with a modest 7.75m effort. Russia's Aleksandr Mankov's mark of 8.18m was good enough to take the event.

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com



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