Forte does PB in German win

August 28, 2017
Julian Forte (centre) in the men's 100m heats with Akani Simbine of South Africa (left) and Alex Wilson of Switzerland during last month's World Championships.

WORLD Championships 100 metres semi-finalist Julian Forte was in blistering form yesterday as he had the best performance by a Jamaican at the Berlin ISTAF World Challenge Meet in Germany, clocking a personal best of 9.91 seconds to win the men's 100 metres.

Forte's winning time was the third fastest over the distance this year. Only Christian Coleman of the United States with 9.80 seconds and Jamaica's Yohan Blake 9.90 seconds, have gone faster. World 200m champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, stepping down to the shorter sprint was second in 10.09 seconds. Great Britain's Adam Gemili finished third in 10.10 seconds.

Following disappointment at the World Championships O'Dayne Richards heaved 20.85 metres in the shot put, his second best mark this season, and he finished runner up behind David Storl of Germany who won with 21.11 metres. Jacko Gill of New Zealand was third with 20.71 metres.

Both Andrew Riley and Ronald Levy finished out of the top three in the men's 110 metres hurdles. Riley, the Commonwealth Games champion, was fourth in 13.37 seconds.

Levy, competing the first time since his mishap at the London World Championships, was fifth in 13.40 seconds. There was a one-two finish for the United States. World record holder, Aries Merritt won in 13.17 seconds, ahead of Devon Allen second in 13.26 seconds

Among the females, Danielle Williams and Shericka Jackson had top three finishes.

Williams, who failed to defend her women's 100 metres hurdles title, had a second place finish in the event in 12.58 seconds. The United States'Christina Manning was first in 12.54 seconds.

Megan Simmonds was sixth in 13.09 seconds.

Jackson had to settle for third in a close finish in the women's 200 metres in 22.46 seconds, behind winner Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain 22.41 seconds and runner up, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast 22.44 seconds.

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