Fast run by Ver
Elton Tucker, Assistant Editor - Sport
Double Olympic 200 metres champion, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, clocked an impressive world-leading 21.98 seconds to defeat her arch-rival, American Allyson Felix, at the Adidas Grand Prix Golden League meet in New York yesterday.
In perhaps the most thrilling track event of the day, Campbell-Brown held on in a meet record from a fast-finishing Felix to register her best-ever early-June time.
She was delighted with her time and even more satisfied with the victory.
"I feel great, a season best, my fastest time so early in June."
Campbell-Brown, who led all the way, said she felt a slight cramp during the race, but doubted that it was anything that would bother her going forward or affect her preparation for her next meet, the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon on July 3.
"I was able to maintain my speed to the end," she said after being treated at the end of the race. She was ahead of Felix at the top of the straight and kept her form well to the end.
Felix, who clocked 22.02 for the runner-up spot in her first 200m race for the year, said she just ran out of ground.
"... The first half (of the race) was not there. It did not shock me that she was in front, I just had to maintain my composure and keep on running," the 2009 World Champion added.
Third in the event was fellow American Bianca Knight, whose 22.59 was also a season best.
The men's 100 metres also saw a close finish.
Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson clocked a breezy 9.89 seconds (plus 2.4 metres per second wind) to get home ahead of Jamaica's Yohan Blake, 9.91, who appeared to be just getting up in time but celebrated too early, and Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, 9.92.
"I tried to dip at the line but it did not happen. I did what my coach said, 'Come out and execute'. If it were not for the 2.4 wind, I would have been satisfied," said Blake who, like Campbell-Brown, will miss this weekend's National Track and Field Championships.
Blake is expected to compete next in Europe, but he will "leave it to my coach to decide".
The former St Jago High star is a member of the Glen Mills-coached Racers Track Club.
Despite the illegal wind, Thompson was more than satisfied.
"The victory is more important, so I will take it. It's a 2.4 wind but 9.89 is still a fast time."
Nickel Ashmeade failed to finish the men's B race, as he pulled up with a left hamstring strain. Rae Edwards of the USA won in 10.00.
The best of the other Jamaicans in yesterday's top events was 400 metres runner, Shericka Williams, who clocked 51.24 for second behind Botswana's Amantle Montsho's winning time of 50.79. Fellow Jamaicans Shereefa Lloyd (51.64) and Rosemarie Whyte (51.70) were third and fourth, respectively, while Melocia Clarke was eighth in 53.60.
In the men's 400m hurdles, Isa Phillips was fifth in 48.98 seconds, with American World Champion Kerron Clement winning in a meet-record 47.86, ahead of fellow American Bershawn Jackson's season-best 47.94. Puerto Rico's Javier Culson was third in 48.47. Culson is the world leader with 47.72.
Delloreen Ennis-London was also fifth in the women's 100m hurdles, in a season-best 12.71 seconds as American Lolo Jones clocked a world leading 12.55 to beat 2003 World Champion, Canada's Perdita Felicien, with a season-best 12.58 and another American, Virginia Crawford, who also did a season-best 12.63. Jamaica's other entrant, Vonette Dixon, was sixth in a 2010 best of 12.75.