US Wins 3/6 Medal Opps at Penn Relays, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Usain Bolt does the pose, Greece 2009, photo by

Bolt-A-Mania arrived in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday evening and his relay team blasted a 37.99Penn lived up to its rep, with the USA versus the World package. with the US winning three of the six contested relays. Usain Bolt was time in 8.79 for his relay leg! Next week should be fun, in Jamaica, where Bolt will run the 200 meters and Tyson Gay will run the 400 meters. Wallace Spearmon, Jr ran 20.20 at 200 meters in Drake Relays! Spearmon and Bolt will be in the 200 meters in Kingston next weekend! Drake Relays had some world leaders as well as some great hurdle races! LoLo Jones ran 12.68-and yes, placed second! Kara Patterson of the U.S. set a Drake record winning the javelin, and the men's mile had six under four minutes, with Boaz Lomong defeating Bernard Lagat in an early season mile!

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EME NEWS (APR 25, 2010)




PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 24): In perfect conditions and with a record crowd on hand, the big show in Philadelphia this weekend did not disappoint. Usain Bolt came out, in front 54,310 fans, and delivered a dramatic victory over Team USA Saturday as Americans won three of six races at USA vs. The World at the 116th Penn Relays, writes USATF. Two world leads, men 4x1 and women 4x4 were registered. Jamaica Gold (composed of Glen Mills Racers TC members) achieved excellent world leading and meet record 37.90. Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Usain Bolt with flying 8.79 anchor leg.  USA Blue was second in 38.33 (fast anchor Ivory Williams) and USA Red third in 38.50, Jamaica Black fourth (38.72, Carter, Frater, X. Brown, D. Thomas). In women 4x100 m US Blue beat Jamaica in 42.74 (L. Barber, A. Felix, M. Barber, Jeter). Jamaicans clocked 42.94 in also strong composition (Facey, Stewart, Simpson, Fraser). Men´s 4x400 m also win for top US Team in 3:00.60 (Neville 46.8, Torrence 44.8, B. Jackson 44.6, A. Taylor 44.51) . Great battle for second as Bahamas (Chris Brown as anchor) achieved 3:02.55 and US Red (Kerron Clement anchor) as third 3:02.64. Women 4x4 was without injured Sanya Richards-Ross but USA Blue still won in 3:26.12 as Debbie Dunn made a clear lead as first runner (52.2) followed by Demus (51.3), Trotter (51.9) and Felix (50.7). Jamaica was second in 3:27.72 (Whyte 53.6, N. Williams 50.6, Spencer 52.4, S. Williams 51.0) and US Red 3:28.48. Kenya took the the distance medley and edged out USA Blue, 9:24.97 to 9:25.02. USA White was just behind them for third in 9:25.04. The sprint medley relay historically come down to USA and Jamaica, and 2010 was no different. After the first two 200m legs, Schillonie Calvert and Kerron Stewart had Jamaica in first while Natasha Hastings and Dee Dee Trotter had USA Blue second. World and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Melaine Walker broke open a huge lead for Jamaica on the 400m leg, over Olympic silver medalist Sheena Tosta, but Walker tied up in the last stages of the leg, and Tosta handed off to 2010 World Indoor 800m bronze medalist Alysia Johnson in first. Thanks to excellent 800 m split 1:57.48 by Kenia Sinclair took Jamaica won easily in 3:35.37, with USA Blue second in 3:38.53 and USA Red third in 3:39.55.



PHILADELPHIA (USA): Usain Bolts 8.79 anchor leg for Jamaica Gold was very special for the full stadium. His quote as presented by media:  "It was just awesome. It was a wonderful feeling. There's nothing like a home crowd for me. So the experience was wonderful. I love running here. I got the baton pretty much in front, so I wasn't really worried about anything else. Over the past two years, I've been surprised by the amount of people that know me, the welcome I get when I go to track meets. For me, I'm still trying to get used to it, and it's getting bigger. I'm really enjoying it. I just come to work and stay focused The crowd always has been wonderful. I haven't been here in a while, so I was really looking forward to it." He also praised his club team work: "It's a very good stepping stone to show that our track club is stepping up and doing well. Especially on this 4×100, we've been doing baton changes for two weeks. We came here really focused and ready and we came out there and executed.We even marked out just like the Penn Relays on our track, so he (his coach) was really into it." His next race is next Saturday at Jamaica Invitational over the 200 m. 



DES MOINES (USA, Apr 24): At 101st Drake Relays four world leading marks in invitational events. World medalist Wallace Spearmon clocked 20.20 (+1.3) in the 200 m. World 2007 finalist LaShauntea Moore posted season fastest 100 m 11.06 (0.0), her second career best. In the mile 800 m specialist Boaz Lalang of Kenya achieved season best 3:56.14 over world indoor champion from Doha Bernard Lagat 3:56.38. Lagat admitted afterwards he is more in training for 3/5 combination this summer. Chaunte Howard-Lowe cleared 196 in second what is the best of outdoor season and tried at 199 three times. World indoor champion Christian Cantwell posted seasons second best 21.69 and had four 21+ throws, second Reese Hoffa with 20.56. In close hurdles Damu Cherry beat in 12.65 (-0.9) local hero Lolo Jones (12.68). Men´s race was also close as Ryan Wilson got the win in 13.45 (-0.7) over Dexter Faulk (13.47). Puertorican world medalist Javier Culson started his season with great 48.67 beating Jamaican Isa Phillips (49.47) at 400 m hurdles. World indoor relay champion Greg Nixon is good at the beginning of the season with 45.08 win over world 400 m medalist Renny Quow of Trinidad (45.69). Women winner was Jamaican Shereefa Lloyd in 51.84. Great male high jump field did not produce great marks, Keith Moffat won and Trevor Barry of Bahamas, Jesse Williams and Tora Harris tied for second, all four 221. Darren Niedermayer with 552 beat on count-back favorite Derek Miles in pole vault. German guest Nadine Kleinert won the shot put (18.67).






PHILADELPHIA: In other action at 116th Penn Relays Texas AM women clocked new US college record and meet record at 4x200 m 1:29.42, less then two seconds behind the world record. Men of Texas AM won the 4x100 m in 39.08. Mississippi State got two titles at 4x200 m in 1:21.49 and 4x400 m 3:04.92 (Tavaris Tate 45.2 split). Women 4x400 m winners were Jamaican guests of UTech in 3:31.54. In the 4x800 m relays great battle for men title as Robby Andrews of Virginia took his team home in 7:15.38 over Oregon 7:15.55 (Andrew Wheating as anchor). Tennnessee came close in women 4x800 m to their last year best time 8:17.91 in 8:18.22. Excellent world leading 12.61 (+1.1) at 100 m hurdles by Queen Harrison, second Natasha Ruddock of Jamaica improved to 12.87. Ryan Bailey won the open 100 m in 10.15 (-0.5), in college finals Jamaican Kimmari Roach achieved life-time best 10.34 (-0.7). Maggie Infeld got world leading 4:36.40 over the mile. 

LA JOLLA: Becky Breisch achieved excellent 64.38 in women discus during second day of Triton Invitational. In men discus Jason Young again won in 66.84 and taking Dutch Eric Cadee as second to new personal best 66.20. Former olympic and world winner Felix Sanchez of Dominican Republic clocked in flat 400 m solid 45.99. Ryan Whiting the shot world leader again good 21.26 m. Briton Laura Turner won both sprints in 11.56 (+1.8) and 23.92 (+1.6).


BERKELEY: Second day of Brutus Hamilton meet saw olympic heptathlon medalist Hyleas Fountain winning two events. Hurdles in 13.16 (+0.4) and long jump (650, +1.9). Canadian Olivier Collin won the mile in great personal best 3:57.25.


NORMAN: Terra Evans (20) clocked 11.28 (+1.9) life-time best at Sooner Invitational.


ASHLAND: Solid hammer by AG Kruger 76.03 at Ashland Invitational.






KOBE (JPN, Apr 24-25): Kenyan John Thuo posted world leading 27:15.73 at Hyogo Relay Carnival. Second Josephat Ndambiri got 27:16.51 and third Kenyan CC champion Paul Tanui improved to 27:17.61. Best Japanese Satoru Kitamura as fifth (28:19.01). Kayoko Fukushi posted 31:29.03 in the women 10 000 m over debuting Hikari Yoshimoto (31:30.92) and Kenyan Doricah Obare in 31:37.07 personal best.

WAKAYAMA (JPN, Apr 24): Javelin world medalist Yukifumi Murakami achieved his 3rd best career mark 82.49 m.


MEDELLIN (COL, Apr 24): At Ximena Restrepo meet Paolo Villar won the 110 m hurdles in 13.62. Ecuador record holder Franklin Nazareno was the best in the 100 m in 10.40.


LLEIDA (ESP, Apr 24): Frank Casanas achieved 62.34 in discus during first round of Spanish Club Championships. In Oviedo Mercedes Chilla got 61.84 in women javelin.


BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Apr 24): 90th Argentinian Championships started with 420 by Alejandra Garcia in pole vault and 60.28 in discus by German Lauro


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