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Campbell-Brown flashes to 10.92-secs; Bolt 19.67! national record at Athens Grand Prix

13 July 2008

By Gary Smith

Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown highlighted the Caribbean performances at Sunday's Tsiklitiria 2008 Grand Prix meeting in Athens with two outstanding efforts.

After watching Campbell-Brown destroyed a strong field to win the women's 100m dash in 10.92-seconds, Bolt blasted his way to world leading 19.67-seconds National record to win the men's 200m dash.

Campbell-Brown, who will be missing from the 100m starting line at the Olympics, after she finished fourth at the Jamaica trials, recovered from a slow start to power her way in front of a quality field to win her second dash in the Greek capital in less than a week.

"I am satisfied with my race. I train very hard and I hope I will stay healthy in order to achieve my goal in Beijing," Campbell-Brown said.

"I adore Athens. I run my best races here," she added.

Finishing behind the Jamaican was Bahamian veteran sprinter Chandra Sturrup in 11.14, while American Angela Williams took third in 11.15. Bahamas' Debbie Ferguson won the first heat in 11.21, the sixth fastest overall, while Jamaica's Simone Facey (11.32) was ninth.

Meanwhile, in the men's 200m, Bolt, the world record holder in the 100m, showed up a solid 200m field to win by a wide margin and sound a strong warning that he will be a hard nut to crack in Beijing. His time was also a stadium record.

"I am very satisfied with my performance. The crowd helped me a lot. I feel sure I will be very strong at the Olympic Games," said Bolt after his win.

"I am very satisfied with my performance. The crowd helped me a lot. I feel sure I will be very strong at the Olympic Games," said Bolt after his win.

In other results, Bahamas' World silver medallist Derrick Atkins easily won the men's race in 10.10-seconds.

"This is my second win in arrow here in Athens and I am very proud for this," said Atkins

Cuban athletes recorded three wins at the meeting.

Word record holder Dayron Robles won the men's 110m hurdles in 13.04, Eugenio Lopez took the men's 800m in 1:44.07 and former world champion Zulia Calatayud won the women's equivalent with 1:59.26 SB.

Elsewhere, Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair ran 1:59.84 for third in the women's 800m, while her countryman Danny McFarlane clocked 48.67 for second in the men's 400m hurdles.

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