André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Carrie Russell continued her impressive tail-end form for the 2013 season, with her fourth win since setting off Jamaica's women's 4x100m gold medal team at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics last month in Moscow.
Russell, of MVP, registered a solid 200m victory at the Rieti World Challenge meet in central Italy yesterday.
Russell, who has won three of her five 200m races this season and was running her first half-lap event since July 28, crashed the tape ahead of the pack in a time of 22.62, a big season and personal best for the improving MVP athlete.
In addition to her World Championships relay gold medal and 200m personal best, Russell this season became the 10th Jamaican woman to run sub-11 seconds in the 100m with a 10.98 win in Zurich last month.
Veteran Jamaican Aleen Bailey was fourth in the 200m event in 23.45, with Great Britain's Margaret Adeoye, 22.88, finishing second and Ukraine's Viktorya Pyatachenko, 23.23, third.
Jamaica's 400m hurdles specialist, Kaliese Spencer, smashed her previous career best in the flat 400m (50.55) to post 50.19 for second place behind her MVP team-mate, Stephenie McPherson, the Worlds finalist clocking 50.00 for the win. France's Gloria Guei 51.70 was third, while Jamaica's Christine Day finished fourth in 51.78.
Another MVP athlete, Rusheen McDonald, the first-leg runner for Jamaica's World Championships 4x400m silver-medal winning relay team, crossed the line first in the seldom-run 300m with a time of 31.97 ahead of Italian pair, Diego Marani, 32.85 and Lorenzo Valentini, 33.18.
GC Foster College man Rasheed Dwyer - the World University Games silver medallist - ran a steady curve and solid last 100m to take the men's 200m in 20.30 for his second win on the European circuit, leading Serhiy Smelyk (Ukraine), 20.39 and Great Britain's Christopher Clarke, 20.44, to the line.
Another Jamaican, Andrea Bliss, 12.93, was second to Australia's Sally Pearson, 12.64, in the 100m hurdles as Russia's Yuliya Kondakova, 13.03 finished third.
University of Technology man, O'Dayne Richards, with 20.10 metres, was second behind Tomasz Majewski (Poland), 20.30m, in the shot put competition. Russia's Anton Lyuboslavskiy, 18.68m, was third.