Four Jamaicans get wins in Europe
Four Jamaicans posted wins at two European track and field meets meets on Sunday.
Hansle Parchment, the men's 110 metres hurdles gold medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and top sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were winners at the Skolimowska Memorial meet in Chorzow, Poland while Ronald Levy and Stephenie Ann McPherson won their events in the Citta di Padova meet in Italy. Parchment clocked 13.26 seconds to defeat American Devon Allen (13.37) in his pet event. Jamaica's Damion Thomas was third in 13.50.
Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic silver medallist, clocked a stadium record 10.81 seconds to capture the 100m ahead of Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji (11.08). Another Jamaican, Shashalee Forbes, was sixth in 11.51.
Megan Tapper, the Tokyo bronze medallist, placed second in the 100m hurdles in 12.75 seconds. The event was won by Nigeria's Tobi Amusan in 12.64.
Jaheel Hyde was third in the men's 400m hurdles. He clocked 48.89 seconds behind Brazil's Alison dos Santos of Brazil, 48.50, and Yasmani Copello of Turkey, 48.80.
Fedrick Dacres was also third in the men's discus with a throw of 64.91m in an event won by Slovenian Kristjan Ceh with 66.65m. Lithuania's Andrius Gudzius, 65.89m, was second. Candice McLeod, a finalist in the 400m in Tokyo, was third in the one-lap race in 51.88. Poland's Natalia Kaczmarek won in 50.70. Jamaica's Janieve Russell was fifth in 52.19 while Roneisha McGregor was sixth 52.23.
Russell also competed in the 400m hurdles where she was fourth in 54.57. Viktoriya Tkachuk of Ukraine won in 54.18 with American Nnenya Hailey second in 54.21.
Michael Cherry of the United States scored an easy win in the men's 400 metres clocking 44.94. His compatriot Vernon Norman was second in 45.12 while Jamaica's Christopher Taylor was fifth in 45.68.
In Italy, Olympic bronze medallist Levy won his 110m hurdles event in 13.34 while defeating Italian Paolo Dal Molin, 13.45.
McPherson, who narrowly missed out on a medal in Tokyo, clocked 50.78 to win the women's 400m. Another Jamaican, Junelle Bromfield, was third in 51.19 behind Authorised Neutral Athlete Polina Miller who was second in 50.96.
The women's 100m featured Jamaica's Briana Williams and American sensation Sha'Carri Richardson. Williams could only place fifth in 11.44 seconds as Americans Javianne Oliver and Richardson hit the line together. Oliver was declared the winner in the close finish but both were credited with the same time, 11.19.