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Thompson-Herah, Parchment and Russell victorious in Puerto Rico

Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah and Hansle Parchment along with Janieve Russell recorded victories by Jamaican athletes at the Puerto Rico International Classic on Thursday in Ponce.   

Thompson-Herah running into a negative 0.8 metre per second wind, returned a meet record 10.93 seconds to land the women's 100 metres. Compatriot Natalliah Whyte finished 5th in 11.13 seconds.  

Parchment clocked a season's best of 13.15 seconds to capture the men's 110 metre hurdles.

He bettered his previous season's best time of 13.20 seconds to beat American and world number 2 ranked Devon Allen who did 13.20 seconds for the runner-up spot.

Jamaica's other representative in the event, Damion Thomas, was 7th in 13.58 seconds, his best time of the season.

Meanwhile, Russell posted her best time of the season, 54.09 seconds to land the women's 400 metre hurdles.

Infact, Jamaica swept the first three places as Shiann Salmon in a personal best 54.43 seconds and 2019 World Championship bronze medallist Rushell Clayton in a season's best 54.90, took second and third respectively.    

Elsewhere, national champion Sean Bailey clocked a season's best 45.42 seconds to take the runner-up spot in the men's 400 metres.

Compatriot Demish Gaye was 7th in 46.32 seconds with the event going to 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.70 seconds.

2015 world champion Danielle Williams was third in the women's sprint hurdles in 12.67 seconds as American Alicia Johnson clocked a personal best 12.50 seconds to upset Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho Quinn who did 12.52 seconds.

In the women's long jump, Shanice Porter cut the sand at 6.51 metres for 4th, while Tissana Hickling was 5th with an effort of 6.45 metres.

Ese Brume of Nigeria won the event with a leap of 6.90 metres. Yohan Blake did not show for the men's 100 metre final where Nigel Ellis was 4th in 10.16 with the event going to American Trayvon Bromell in a meet record time of 9.92 seconds.

 

 



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