Wariner runs 45.61, Richards-Ross Runs 52.00, in Windy Waco, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Jeremy Wariner, 2010 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

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In the windy weather of Waco, Texas, Sanya Richards-Ross, the 2009 WC gold medalist at 400 meters, and Jeremy Wariner, the 2005 & 2007 World Champ, 2004 Olympic champs and silver medalist in 2008 Olympics, ran 52.00 and 45.61 for their openers....a nice weekend for track and field.


TAICANG (CHN, Apr 24): Olympian and last World Cup fourth placer Si Tianfeng won the 50 km race as part of IAAF Race Walking Challenge and improved his lifetime best and road world lead to 3:38:48. It should be noted that Yohan Diniz of France achieved on the track this year even faster world record 3:35:27.20. The podium was dominated by Chinese walkers. Second Xu Faguang who is Berlin 11th placer also improved to 3:42:20. Third Li Jianbo got 3:43:38. All three will compete for China at World Championships in Daegu, informs Xinhua.



MONTEGO BAY (JAM, Apr 23): Jamaican boys and Bahamas girls dominated the 100 m finals during first day of 40th Carifta Games, the top junior meet in the region. Jazeel Murphy (17) won the U19 100 m in superb 10.27 (-0.2) and is so the top favorite for Lille in summer. Second Kemar Bailey Cole (already member of Racers TC) as (he is two years older than Murphy) also clocked lifetime best 10.28. Devano Davis won for Jamaica the U17 gold in 10.75 (-0.4). Last year Moncton semifinalist Bahama´s Anthonique Strachan (17) was the best in the U19 100 m for girls in excellent PB 11.38 (-0.8). Second Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad (11.41) and third best Jamaican Christina Williams (11.52). Devynne Charlton won also the U17 100 m gold for Bahamas with 11.91 (-3.4). In the 400 m finals two wins for Jamaica in the girls races. Yanique McNeil (15) in the U17 with 54.27 and Olivia James in the U19 52.64 ahead of Chris-Ann Gordon 52.74. Boys winners were Machel Cedeno for Trinidad (U17, 47.38) and Bahamian O´Jay Ferguson 46.49 in the U19 final. Third gold from this games for Jamaican discus talent Travis Smikle who achieved 62.84 win with 1.75 kg implement.




US SATURDAY ACTION (Apr 23, Makusha 9.97, Rodgers 9.96, Armstrong 21.72)



DURHAM: Sensational 100 m final at the ACC Championships. Ngoni Makusha clocked new national record for Zimbabwe with 9.97 in the 100 m and became the latest new member of the sub10 club, only 13th from Africa. Representing only fourth African country with sub 10 (previously Nigeria, Namibia and Ghana). The long jump specialist (4th in Beijing) had a support of the ideal +2.0. His previous best was 10.34 from heats here. Second Maurice Mitchell also improved his career best to 10.03. Mitchell won the 200 m  timed with another PB 20.19 (+1.1) what is a world lead. Brandon O´Connor won the 400 m in personal best 45.89. In the 1500 m Ciaran O´Lionaird of Ireland achieved 3:40.69 to beat US 800 m talent Robbie Andrews 3:40.77 (PB). Slovak former World junior and European U23 medalist Marcel Lomnicky improved to 75.84 to win the hammer. World junior champion Stormy Kendrick registered female sprint double with 11.25 (+2.4) and 23.09 (+1.2). Ti´erra Brown (12.94) and Brianna Rollins (12.99, PB +1.9) dipped sub 13 in the 100 m hurdles. 22-years old LaToya James improved her best in the 400 m hurdles to 55.83.


TEMPE: Berlin 200 m participant Charonda Williams achieved a sprint double at Sun Devil Open with 11.39 (+0.9) and 23.24 (+1.8). Canadian oly finalist Angela Whyte was timed with 13.09 at 100 m hurdles and windy 100 m (+3.9) race was won by Ryan Milus (10.07) ahead of Deun White (10.13).


BATON ROUGE: Fast sprints at LSU Alumni Gold were supported by too much wind. World indoor champion Lolo Jones opened with 12.74 (+3.3) at 100 m hurdles. Olympic medalist Richard Thompson of Trinidad achieved 9.91 (+5.1) in the men´s 100 m and clearly beat NCAA top name Rakieem Salaam (10.04). Horatio Williams won the 200 m in 20.32 (+4.1) over Canadian Jared Connaughton 20.34. Bahamian relay medalist Michael Mathieu was the best in the 400 m (45.69) and Barret Nugent got 13.35 (+2.5) at 110 m hurdles. Jumps also too windy, Jeremy Hicks 809 (+3.0) and Zedric Thomas 17.05 (+3.1). Very fast 200 m even with wind were registered by NCAA Indoor Champion Kimberlyn Duncan with 22.18 (+3.2) ahead of Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast 22.31 and Jamaican Patricia Hall 22.84 (she also won the 400 m 51.97). Semoy Hackett of Trinidad won the 100 m in 11.08 (+2.5) beating Ahoure (11.09). In the 4x100 m LSU (Wilson, Hackett, Alexander, Duncan) clocked 43.31.


LAWRENCE: Kansas Relays in cold weather and with strong winds saw Bershawn Jackson 400 m hurdles opener 48.98. One of the world´s fastest sprinters Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica was timed with 22.95 (+2.0) in the 200 m. World indoor leader Kellie Wells again ran with too much wind, 12.75 (+2.5) win. Former 100 m world champion Lauryn Williams after one year break from top shape achieved 11.10 (+4.1) and was ahead of Miki Barber (11.17). More luck for former World Junior Champion Antwon Hicks who won the 110 m hurdles with legal +1.9 in 13.35 over Ronnie Ash (13.44) and Ty Akins (13.48). The same also for Ivory Williams who after great start beat good quality 100 m field in 10.05 (+2.0). Second French European medalist Martial Mbandjock (10.13), third Rae Edwards (10.15) with Commonwealth Games winner Lerone Clarke 5th (10.32) and hurdler Terrence Trammell 7th (10.46). 400 m specialist Jordan Boase with strong finish beat specialists at 200 m 20.72 (+3.0, Brandon Christian 20.87, Darvis Patton 20.90). Sheena Tosta opened with 57.04 at 400 m hurdles and Kylie Hutson cleared 450 in the pole vault.


LA JOLLA: Superb Canadian national record and world leading 21.72 by Dylan Armstrong headlined the Triton Invitational in California. His former mark was 21.58 from last year June in German city of Baunatal. He showed impressive shape with achieving 21.52 in the downtown Kansas Relays shot put during the week. Foreign throwers ruled men´s discus. Dutch Eric Cadee won (64.97) over Croatian Martin Maric (64.50) and Briton Carl Myerscough (64.37). German olympic and world medalist Nadine Kleinert got 19.15 in the shot put. British sprinter Dwain Chambers posted 10.57 against -3.4 wind. Later with Devonish, Malcolm and Fifton they clocked 39.42 win in the 4x100 m for Great Britain.


BLOOMINGTON: Relay world medalist Mary Wineberg won the 400 m at Polytan Invitational 52.25 and Molly Beckwith the 800 m in 2:01.49.


EUGENE: World indoor record holder Ashton Eaton won the 110 m hurdles at Oregon Relays with 13.57 (+2.5) and scored personal best with discus 45.40 and also cleared 490 in the pole vault. Tyler Mulder was timed with 1:46.79 in the 800 m. Geena Gall got in the same women event 2:02.04 ahead of German Anne Kesselring 2:02.44 and Andrea Ferris of Panama 2:02.79.


FAYETTEVILLE: Aries Merritt was again fast, but again windy 13.35 (+2.8) at 110 m hurdles during the John McDonnell Invitational. Jamaican talent Nickel Ashmeade posted 10.29 (-0.9) in the 100 m. Shalonda Solomon and her 22.73 in the 200 m were aided by +2.1 wind.


OXFORD: Mississipi Open saw splendid display of shape by last indoor season world leader Mike Rodgers. For fourth time in his career he achieved a sub 10 and came 0.02 within his PB 9.94 from 2009. In 9.96 he beat Trell Kimmons to 10.4 and later won also the 200 m in 20.68 (+0.2) with Kimmons again second (20.71). Grenada´s super talent Kirani James achieved his fifth fastest time of the career 45.12 in the 400 m. Bianca Knight registered a nice double with 22.68 (+3.5) and 52.55 (PB) at 400 m.


TROY: Tawanna Meadows clocked her fastest 100 m with 11.19 at Coach O´Invitational in Alabama but the wind info is missing.


WACO: Strong winds marred better times by 400 m world stars at Michael Johnson Invitational. Jeremy Wariner won in his season 400 m opener in 45.61 ahead of another world medalist Renny Quow of Trinidad (45.69). Mychal Dungey improved to his first sub 46 in another race 45.64 ahead of Marcus Boyd 45.65. Reigning world gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross was pleased with her opener because of the winds (52.00) and the fact she was able to beat NCAA Indoor Champion Jessica Beard (52.37). It was her first 400 m since last June. Her next race is in Kingston on May 7. World youth champion Prezel Hardy again improved his 100 m lifetime best to excellent 10.13 (+1.7) and is currently the fastest junior in the world. Talented Jamaican Natoya Goule improved to 2:02.11 winning the 800 m. Jessica Young was timed with 23.05 (-1.0) at 200 m and was beaten after 11.29 (+2.8) by Candyce McGrone in the 100 m (11.22). Jamaican Natasha Ruddock posted 12.96 (+2.3) over the hurdles and Artis Edwards with 746 PB leaped to windy 812 (+4.6).


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