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Strong showing by Caribbean athletes at Millrose Games

5 February 2007

By Gary Smith

Led by Trinidad and Tobago’s Sherridan Kirk, Grenadian Hazel Ann Regis and Jamaicans Lerone Clarke and Sheri-Ann Brooks, Caribbean athletes enjoyed some success at the 100th edition of the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday evening.

Going into the men’s 800m as a strong underdog, Kirk clocked 1:53.01 to surprise American David Krummenacker (1:53.23) and Justus Koech of Kenya, who posted 1:53.69 for third place.

Despite failing to defend her 400-metre title, Regis competed well in the two-lap event to snatch second place behind American Mary Wineberg, who took the race in 54.44. Regis followed home in 55.08, comfortably ahead of Jamaican Ronetta Smith (55.31) and pre-race favourite Dee Dee Trotter (56.84).

Running in her second race of the season, Brooks, the surprise Commonwealth Games 100m champion in Melbourne, recovered from a poor start to finish third in the women’s 60m dash in a time of 7.35.

Though finishing six-hundredth of second slower than her personal best time from Boston, there was still praises for her performance.

“Sheri-Ann had a very slow start at Millrose Games but showed the heart of a champion by coming on very strong at the end,” said her manager Kris Mychasiw.

“Brooks fought back and showed the heart of a champion as she quickly surged from 6th place to 3rd place,” he added.

Getting to the line ahead of the Jamaican were Angela Daigle-Bowen, who beat Boston’s winner Marshevet Hooker, 7.25 to 7.32.

In the men’s race Shawn Crawford won his second race in as many weeks when he flashed home in 6.56 after world record holder Maurice Greene fell to the track after a misstep early in the race. Jamaica’s Clarke clocked 6.64 to take second in front of American Trell Kimmons (6.65) and fellow Jamaican Steve Mullings (6.67), who finally got his season underway after jumping the gun last weekend.

In other results Trinidad and Tobago’s World Junior 400m champion Renny Quow finished second in the men’s 600 in a time of 1:14.02, Jamaica’s Pete Coley (1:14.05) finished a step behind in third.

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