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Wins for Thompson, McDonald

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 5:50 PM
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson (left) winning the women's 200 metres in 22.59 seconds at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Rieti, Italy, yesterday. At right is Ezinne Okparaebo of Norway who finished fourth in 23.70.

Beijing World Championships 200 metres silver medallist, Elaine Thompson, and national 400 metres record holder Rusheen McDonald scored wins yesterday at an IAAF World Challenge meet in Rieti, Italy.

Thompson outclassed the women's 200 metres field to win in 22.59 seconds. She was well clear of Ukraine's Nataliya Strohova, who took second in 23.40, and third-place Russian Kseniya Ryzhova, 23.54.

McDonald, the national record holder for the 400 metres at 43.93 seconds, captured the rarely run 300 metres in 31.94 ahead of Britain's Christopher Clarke, 32.29, and American Terrell Cotton, 32.36.

Jamaicans Nesta Carter (10.06), Julian Forte (10.09) and Rasheed Dwyer (10.16) were second, third and fourth respectively in the men's 100 metres. The event was won by Qatar's Femi Ogunode in 9.93. American Walter Dix fifth in 10.17.

"It's a good track," Ogunode told iaaf.org after his run. He added: "Unfortunately, I hurt my hamstring before the World Championships in Beijing. I have respect for Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, but I know that I can beat them. I am the future of sprinting."

Last Friday, Ogunode clocked 9.98 for the 100m and 19.97 over 200m at the Diamond League meet in Brussels.

One of the highlights of yesterday's meet was the women's 800 metres. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi clocked a fast 1:57.62 to win the event, and dragged the next five finishers under two minutes. Kenya's Faith Kipyegon was second in 1:58.02, third was Olha Lyakhova of Ukraine in 1:58.64. In fourth was Marina Arzamasova of Belarus, 1:58.93, fifth was Angelika Cichocka of Poland in 1:59.55, while Joanna Jozwik, also of Poland, was sixth in 1:59.79.