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Campbell-Brown leads three Jamaican winners at Shanghai Grand Prix

22 September 2008

By Gary Smith



Olympic 200-metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown led a Jamaican trio of victories at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on Saturday.

Compatriots Shericka Williams and Michael Frater, who were members of the successful Jamaican Olympic team last month, were the other first place finishers in the afternoon.


Recovering from a sluggish start, Campbell-Brown held her composure to overtake her competition and win the women's 100m dash in a solid 11.01seconds. The race closed off the season for the Jamaican who last month successfully defended her 200m Olympic title with a commanding run in Beijing.

Following her home was American former world champion Lauryn Williams, who took second in 11.26 seconds with Great Britain's Jeanette Kwakye taking third in 11.32.

The Bahamian pair of Chandra Sturrup and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie were unable to keep up with the front runners and trailed home fourth and fifth in respective times of 11.33 and 11.37.

Frater led a 1-2 finish for Jamaican athletes in the men's race when he posted 10.05 to beat countryman Nesta Carter, who finished second in 10.10. The pair were the lead off runners on the Jamaican world record breaking 4x100m relay teams at the Olympics. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey of Great Britain was third 10.17.

The third Jamaican win came from Williams, who captured the women's 400m over World and Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu of Britain.

Williams, the silver medallist from Beijing, won the race in 50.88 seconds, leading another Jamaican first and second finishers, as compatriot Shereefa Lloyd clocked 51.24 also to surprise Ohuruogu, who could only manage fourth in 52.30. Russia's Tatyana Firova took third place in 51.31.

In other results, Commonwealth Games champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton posted 12.66 for runner-up in the women's 100m hurdles won by Olympic gold medallist American Dawn Harper in a stadium record of 12.56.

Olympic finallist Maurice Wignall failed to finish in the men's 110m hurdles, while Sanjay Ayre clocked 46.37 for fourth in the men's 400m.

Meanwhile, Antigua's Brendan Christian and Jamaican Chris Williams struggled in the men's 200m, as they finished in 20.77 and 20.83 for fourth and fifth respectively, behind Zimbabwe's winner Brian Dzingai in 20.38.

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