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Jamaicans Williams, Sinclair win in Carson, but Campbell beaten

21 May 2007

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By Gary Smith

Good day of competition

At a meeting where Olympic champion Veronica Campbell saw her streak of successive wins being shot down in a classic women’s 100-metre dash and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia running a solo world record of 9:10.47 in the women’s two mile, Williams revenged her defeat by DeeDee Trotters in Kingston in the women’s 400 and Sinclair timed her home run to perfection to take the 1500m.

After former world number one and 2003 World 400m champion Ana Guevara of Mexico scratched late from the women’s 400m field, Williams and Trotters, two of the stronger and more experienced runners in the race were the clear favourites to win the title.

Williams gets revenge with strong run

Like she did at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston, on May 5, Williams, the world number two-ranked 400m runner in 2006 went out hard from the get go and again invited Trotters to follow her. The American, known for her late kick, took up the challenge and made a kick at the 200m mark.

However, unlike in Kingston, she was left with nothing in reserve and Williams she pulled away from the field at the 350m mark to set up her victory with the 4th fastest time in the world this year, at 50.66 seconds. A fading Trotters finished second in 51.13, while another Jamaican Shereefa Lloyd finished strong to take third in 51.36.

Two other Jamaicans Sonita Sutherland, the top junior 400m runner last season (51.74) and Patricia Hall (51.79) closed tight in the end to take fourth and fifth place respectively.

Brown, Ayre follows Olympic champ home

The men’s race saw World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner cruising home in 44.60 against a strong line up.

Bahamian Chris Brown pushed hard to the end to take second in 45.10, while Jamaicans Sanjay Ayre (45.25) and former Commonwealth Games champion Michael Blackwood (45.38) placed third and fourth respectively.

In the B race Dominica’s Christopher Lloyd and Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzalez finished behind American Greg Nixon (45.31) in respective times of 45.51 and 45.78.

Smart run by Sinclair sees her home

World Indoor and Commonwealth Games 800m silver medallist Sinclair stepped up from her usual two-lap race to defeat a strong field in the women’s 1500m.

The Jamaican, who trains in Gainesville, FL, decided to take a crack at the longer distance in Carson and the result was rewarding. After loitering in the pack and watching pace setter, countrywoman Mardrea Hyman, dictating the flow for 1,000m, Sinclair timed her run to perfection with a superb late kick in the home straight to out-pace American Shayne Culpepper, who burst into the lead on the backstretch.

The talented Jamaican, who is among a strong group of female athletes from the island pushing forcefully to win a medal at the longer distance in Osaka, Japan, this summer, raced home strongly in 4:05.56, the third fastest in the world this year to beat Culpepper (4:05.98) and Treniere Clement (4:07.04).

Campbell under 11 seconds again, but beaten

Entering the meeting as perhaps the favourite to win a third consecutive title in the women’s 100m, following her good form lately, Olympic champion Campbell was edged out on the line by American Torri Edwards, who clocked a world-leading 10.90 seconds to take the race.

Campbell, now running injury-free after being put on the sideline for the major part of last season, was unable to catch Edwards with her late finish, but raced home to tie her second fastest time ever of 10.91. Following closely behind the pair was world indoor champion Me’Lisa Barber, at 10.95.

Meanwhile, although she would have preferred to win, Campbell was satisfied to come away healthy and believed the time was good enough.

“I am satisfied with the time. It was a great race, great competition,” she said after the close finish. “I’m just happy that I was able to finish healthy.

“With all the injuries that affected me last year I’m just happy that I’m competing right now,” Campbell added.

Gay rules, Aktins continues to impress

The men’s race was won in a sizzling 9.79 by American young rising sprint sensation Tyson Gay, the best combined sprinter in 2006.

However, he was aided by a plus 2.5 m/s wind and will not join veteran Maurice Greene as the fastest Americans of all time in the event.

Finishing behind Gay was a strong looking Bahamian Derrick Atkins, who posted a quick 9.85. Steve Mullings of Jamaica continues to improve this season as he took third in the deciding race. After beating Greene in the third heat of the opening rounds, Mullings bettered his 10.19 opener to finish in 10.02.

Young Antiguan sprinter Daniel Bailey can be proud of his achievement despite trailing everyone in the finals. The former Carifta Games sprint double champion ran well to make it to the finals but found the goings rough and finished eight in 10.25.

In other results, Jamaica’s Olympic champion Danny McFarlane broke 49-seconds, but had to settle for only a fifth place finish in the men’s 400m Hurdles in 48.85. The race was cleverly won by Kenneth Ferguson in a personal best of 48.15. He raced well from lane 8 to beat Trinidad-born American Kerron Clement (48.46) and veteran James Carter (48.76).

Wallace Spearmon dominated in the final metres to win the men’s 200m in a world leading 19.91 seconds ahead of quarter-miler LaShawn Merritt, who ran a career best of 19.98. Olympic champion Shawn Crawford finished third in 20.21.

World champion Allyson Felix easily dismissed a strong field to win the women’s race in 22.18, a time that lowered Jamaica’s Simone Facey’s 22.46 precious world best.

LaShauntea Moore picked up second in 22.46, while Cayman Island’s Cydonie Mothersill placed third after a late kick in the closing metres. Her time was 22.52.

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