2012 Drake Relays: Spearmon gets MJ record, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Wallace Spearmon, photo by PhotoRun.net

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The 2012 Drake Relays, sponsored by ASICS, continue to attract. Some tremendous performances. Nice run by Wallace Spearmon, breaking Michael Johnson's 1996 record for the 200 meters. Jenn Suhr, AR in pole vault, is back, winning the mall vault at 4.65m and attempting 4.80m, and Jenny Simpson, WC at 1,500m, winning the 1,500 meters in 4:12.95!


Spearmon gets MJ record
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 28): At Drake Relays despite not very favourable weather some top marks were registered. Wallace Spearmon confirmed great early season shape with meet record 20.02 (+1.7) in the 200 m. The previous mark of legendary Michael Johnson from 1997 was 20.05.  "Technically, this was my fifth try at the record. I started looking at the clock early. I was trying to run a sub-20, but it was a little chilly. I was just waiting for the wind gauge," said Spearmon. Chaunte Lowe showed she is in top shape with first attempt 198 clearence (missed 201) over returning Amy Acuff 185. Jenn Suhr returned after mall win with 465 and tries at 480. Fast also the 100 m hurdles by Kristi Castlin 12.76 (+1.0) personal best over Nia Ali 12.83 and Canadian Angela Whyte 12.97. World champion Jenny Simpson won the 1500 m in 4:12.95. In other women events Allison Peter of US Virgin Islands clocked 11.23 (+1.7) PB in the 100 m. Keisha Baker won the 400 m (52.03) and Latosha Wallace the 400 m hurdles (56.58). In men´s hurdles fast times for Ryan Wilson 13.20 (+1.0) over Omo Osaghae 13.24 and olympic and world medalist Terrence Trammell 13.36. Daegu medalist Javier Culson of Puerto-Rico won the 400 m hurdles in 49.02 beating Johnny Dutch 49.06. Isiah Young got the 100 m in windy 10.08 (+2.2) and French Teddy Venel the 400 m (46.00). World indoor champion Ryan Whiting was the best in the shot put (21.31) over Zack Lloyd 20.64 and Canadian Justin Rodhe 20.36. Jamie Nieto with 224 beat on count-back Ricky Robertson (224) in the high jump. Also to note fast college 4x400 m times for Florida 3:02.41 ahead of Arkansas 3:02.47.

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