Christine's day in Birmingham

June 06, 2016
Great Britain's Chijindu Ujah (left) placed third, looks across as Kim Collins (centre) from Saint Kitts and Nevis wins the mens 100 metres with the United States's Michael Rodgers (right) second during the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, England, yesterday. (AP Photo)
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CHRISTINE DAY stole the show for the Jamaican contingent of athletes at the latest instalment of the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League series finishing second in a stellar field in the 400 metres.

Day was up against a trio of British talent in the shape of former Olympic and world champion Christine Ohuruogu, Anyika Onuora and Seren Bundy-Davies.

The 29-year-old left the three trailing as she ran an even paced 51.09s only just being pipped on the line by France athlete Floria Guei.

Day told STAR Sports she'd surprised herself with the performance.

"I was scared of the track because I usually don't perform well at open tracks but I am really happy that I came out here today and executed," she said.

In the triple jump there was mixed reactions from Kimberly Williams and Shanieka Thomas who finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

Williams looked in good form from the offset of the competition and her series of jumps indicated that she was in good shape. In contrast Thomas struggled to find the form that has seen her jump a personal best of 14.57m this year.

Damar Forbes finished sixth in the long jump and while pleased with having put down an 8.07m effort, he admitted afterwards that landing on a flight from the Untied States hours before the start of the competition probably wasn't the best preparation.

"I feel like it was a good step in the right direction but as a jumper you always want more. To jump 8.07m with no rest, no warm-up, just stepping off the plane, I can't really complain too much."

Slightly frustrated with her sixth place finish in the 100m Simone Facey said better performances were just around the corner

"There is work to do and I just have to go back to the drawing board. I run in the 200m in Oslo next and then the trials in Jamaica but after that I'm not sure," she said.

Kaliese Spencer's performance also belied her true ability. Her seventh place finish in the 400m hurdles in a time of 55.96 was way off her personal best of 52.79.

"Training has been going well, but when I go out on the track I am not seeing the results just yet but I am still hopeful,' she said.

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