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Three Caribbean wins in Oslo Golden League meeting

7 June 2008

By Gary Smith

Caribbean athletes captured three wins at the IAAF ExxonMobil Bislett Games - Golden League meeting in warm conditions at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway on Friday.

Brooks opened the Caribbean athletes’ participation with a win in the women’s 100-metre dash in a time of 11.24-secs. The win, however, was a very close one for the Jamaican who edged out the second place finisher Bianca Knight of USA, 11.25 and Olympic champion Yulia Nestsiarenka (11.26) from Belarus.

"Good to win, I hope to repeat it at the 200 m later tonight," Brooks said after her 100m win. "My first races this year in Europe and that should help me before the Jamaican trials. I wanted to try and qualify for the Olympics in both sprints."

Brooks, however, was beaten in the 200m, as she finished down the track in 23.17. Cayman Islands’ Cydonie Mothersill and Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie were fourth and fifth with 23.06 and 23.07, respectively.

In the men’s 100m race Atkins, who finished in the pack in Berlin, on Sunday looked like himself with a slightly wind aided 9.98-seconds (+2.3 m/s) win.

The World silver medallist finished fast in the last 30m to beat American World Indoor 60m finallist Michael Rodgers, who came home in 10.04, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner Marc Burns took third in 10.07.

Great Britain’s Marlon Devonish (10.08), Jamaican Clement Campbell (10.19) and Martinique-born French sprinter Ronald Pognon (10.19) were the sprinters below the 10.20-secs barrier.

The third Caribbean winner at the meeting was Christian and his performance was a commanding one. The Antiguan national record holder for the event clocked 20.39 after flashing off the corner in front of a strong field.

The Pan American Games champion then showed commanding strength to pull away from the chasing pack before easing down with 5m to go. He came home ahead of Paul Hession of Ireland, at 20.48 and Jamaican Campbell, at 20.58.

There were other good showings from Caribbean representatives on the evening, as several athletes picked up top three places in Oslo.

Olympic Games silver medallist Danny McFarlane finished second to USA’s Bershawn Jackson in men’s 400m Hurdles.

Jackson ran a seasonal best of 48.15 to beat McFarlane, who led the race until the final 110m, when he clipped the hurdle when Jackson ran up onto his shoulder. The Jamaican, like he always do, recovered well to cross the line in a year best time of 48.58.

Christopher Brown improved his Bahamian National record in 400m when he finished second to American World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner.

Brown tested the Wariner for 330m, but the American, who suffered his first defeat in very long time on Sunday in Berlin, was too much for the Bahamian star and sped home to victory in a world-leading 43.98.

Brown’s time of 44.40 bettered his own 44.45 previous national mark. The standard was set at the IAAF World Championships, being held in Osaka, Japan last summer.

Another good performance came from Jamaica’s Kenia Sinclair in the women’s 800m. In another fast two-race won by Kenya’s young star Pamela Jelimo (1:55.41), Sinclair clocked a seasonal best of 1:59.00 for third place.

Russia’s Lucia Klocov? also beat the Jamaican Commonwealth Games silver medallist, when she posted 1:58.89 to trail Jelimo.

In the women’s 100m Hurdles, Jamaicans Delloreen Ennis-London and Vonette Dixon ran 12.76 and 12.81 for fourth and fifth, respectively.

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