Shanieka Ricketts best placed Jamaican athlete at Prefontaine Classic, as Sha’Carri Richardson wins 100m

Two-time World Championships silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts was the best placed Jamaican athlete at Saturday’s latest stop of the Wanda Diamond League series, the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

Competing at her third meet of the season, Ricketts despite being plagued with several foul jumps claimed third place in the women’s triple jump with a season-best 14.55m, finishing behind Leyanis Perez Hernandez of Cuba who was first in 14.73m. Kimberley Williams – the other Jamaican in the event – was seventh in 13.74m.

The big clash on the day between Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and reigning world champion Sha’Carri Richardson in the women’s 100m saw the American cruising to victory in a season-best 10.83 seconds. Thompson-Herah in her season opener was ninth in 11.38s. Completing the podium spots were Julien Alfred (10.93s) and Dina Asher-Smith (10.98s) – both season best times.

Sha’Carri Richardson wins the women’s 100 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon

Action in the men’s 100m saw Akeem Blake finishing fourth in 10.12 seconds with Sandrey Davison fifth in a personal best 10.13s, with the event won by the American Christian Coleman in a season-best 9.95s with Ferdinand Omanyala second also in season best 9.98s.

Olympic champion Hansle Parchment ran 13.28 seconds for 4th place in the men’s 110 metre hurdles behind world champion Grant Holloway who won the event in a world leading 13.03s.

In the women’s 100 metre hurdles, two-time world champion Danielle Williams was sixth in 12.46s, behind French woman Cyrena Samba-Mayela who won in a national record and personal best 12.52 seconds. Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico was third in 12.45s.

In the women’s 800 metres, Natoya Goule-Toppin ended down the track in ninth place in 1.59.92s. The race was won by Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain in world leading 1.55.78s.

Roshawn Clarke was the best placed Jamaican in the men’s 400m hurdles clocking 49.07s for fourth place. Malik James-King was fifth in 49.51s and Jaheel Hyde seventh in 49.83s behind winner Gerald Drummond of Costa Rica who posted a season best 48.56s.

Off the track, Rajindra Campbell – the lone Jamaican in the men’s shot put – was seventh with a throw of 20.68 metres. Top spot went to American Joe Kovacs who had a world leading throw of 23.13 metres.


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