Sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole earned the best finish by a Jamaican at yesterday's IAAF World Challenge track and field meet in Zagreb, Croatia.
Bailey-Cole, a 100-metre finalist and sprint relay gold medallist at the recent IAAF World Championships in Moscow, took second in the men's 100 metres in 9.99 seconds behind American Mike Rodgers, who won the event in 9.97. World Championships silver medallist Justin Gatlin of the United States was third in 10.01.
Two other Jamaican athletes finished third in their events, while Aleen Bailey was fifth in the women's 100 metres and Damar Forbes was seventh in the men's long jump.
In the men's 400 metres, Edino Steele, a member of Jamaica's 4x400 metres quartet which took silver at the Moscow World Championships, was third in 45.59 seconds. The event was won by Britain's Martyn Rooney in 45.29, with the Czech Republic's Pavel Maslak second in 45.42.
WILLIAMS TAKES THIRD
Kimberly Williams, another Moscow finalist, was third in the women's triple jump with a best of 14.38 metres. Olha Saladuha of Ukraine, 14.44m, won the event, with Israel's Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko second with a leap of 14.38m.
American Barbara Pierre won the women's 100 metres in 11.00 ahead of compatriots Alexandria Anderson, 11.01, and LaKeisha Lawson, 11.25. Jamaica's Bailey clocked 11.79 for fifth.
Long jumper Damar Forbes had a best of 7.78m for sixth. South Africa's Godfrey Mokoena, 8.09m and Americans Christian Taylor, 8.01m and Mike Hartfield, 7.99m, were the top-three finishers.