Jamaicans struggle at Prefontaine

July 01, 2019

Elaine Thompson and Danniel Thomas Dodd's second-place finishes were the high points for Jamaica at the Prefontaine Classic yesterday.

Presumably tired after competing at the JAAA Supreme Venture National Senior Championships a week ago, the Jamaican athletes who were on show struggled to perform up to their usual standards.

Thompson, who ran a world leading time of 22.00 seconds in the 200m last week, was beaten into second in the event by Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, who clocked 22.05 seconds. The reigning Olympic champion managed 22.21 on the night.

Best performance

Thomas-Dodd produced her second best performance for the season with 19.26 in the women's shot put but was also beaten into second by China's Lijiao Gong who threw 19.79 metres.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could only manage 11.39 seconds for eighth in the women's 100m.

Ivory Coast's Marie- Josee Ta Lou won the race in 11.02 seconds, while Americans Aleia Hobbs and Teahna Daniels with 11.04 and 11.13 finished second and third, respectively.

In the men's equivalent, Tyquendo Tracey finished ninth in 10.42 seconds as Christian Coleman produced the fastest time in the world this year with 9.81 seconds.

Natoya Goule, still working back her way to the form which produced two national record in the event last year, finished sixth in the women's 800 metres in 1:59.82.

South Africa's Caster Semenya, who has been fighting a legal battle with the sport's governing body as to whether she should be allowed to continue competing in the event, won the race in a meeting record of 1:55.70. The American pair of Ajee Wilson and Raevyn Rogers finished second and third in 1:58.36 and 1:58.65, respectively.

In the men's 110 metres hurdles, reigning world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod and Commonwealth Games champion Ronald Levy had to settle for third and fourth respectively, as Spain's Orlando Ortega won in 13.24 seconds. McLeod, still struggling to find his rhythm, clocked 13.29, while Levy, who won the event at the JAAA/ National Senior Championships last weekend, registered 13.30.

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