Kirani James opens at 44.72, LaShawn Merritt returns 20.34 and Aries Merritt hurdles13.21! by Alfons Juck,note by Larry Eder

A Day in the Life of Aries Merritt,by Doug Pensinger/GettyImages/IAAF

Kirani James versus LaShawn Merritt,2011 Zurich DL, 
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A busy weekend of track and field! Monday will have the BAA Boston Marathon and next Sunday, we have the Virgin London Marathon. Kirani James opened his 2013 season with a 44.72 for the 400 meters and LaShawn Merritt ran 20.34 for the 200 meters. Darvis Doc Patton ran 10.09 to win his 100 meters and Aries Merritt, our Day in Life feature, ran his first outdoor race in Fayetteville, Arkansas in a time of 13.21. 


James 44.72 season opener, L. Merritt returns 20.34
NASSAU (BAH, Apr 13): World leading 44.72 by Olympic Champion Kirani James of Grenada at the 400 m highlighted the 1st Chris Brown Invitational at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. It was more than impressive season opener for the world champion who will next run the relay at Penn Relays and plans his first top meet of the season at the Shanghai Diamond League. Behind him local heroes and relay olympic winner Michael Mathieu 45.83 and Ramon Miller 45.84. Previous olympic winner LaShawn Merritt returned from last year injury also in impressive shape with 20.34 win at the 200 m over olympic 100 m bronze medalist Justin Gatlin 20.44 and Mike Rodgers 20.87. Third Bahamian relay London winner Demetrius Pinder pulled his hamstring after first 100 m. Surprise in women 200 m when US 400 m runner Natasha Hastings in 23.13 beat Jamaican star Veronica Campbell-Brown 23.18. Darvis Patton confirmed his top shape when winning the 100 m in 10.09 ahead of Netherland´s Churandy Martina 10.34. Kemar Hyman of Cayman Islands won the B-race in 10.30. Jamaican Andrew Riley posted world leading 13.31 to beat at 110 m hurdles David Oliver 13.37 and Antwon Hicks 13.57. Another world lead in women hurdles for Kelli Wells 12.88. Other US wins for Moushami Robinson 51.89 in the 400 m, Alexandria Anderson 11.26 in the 100 m. Nigerian Ajoke Odumosu won the 400 m hurdles 55.73 ahead of Ristananna Tracey 55.96, in men race olympic finalist Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago was timed with 49.50. Bahamas got talent in men high jump when Ryan Ingraham and Jamal Wilson cleared 226 and beat the experienced jumpers. In the final 4x400 m without Bahamas USA clocked 3:07.29. No wind information is available yet from the meet.

McPherson 50.74 WL, Weir 20.33, Blake cramped
KINGSTON (JAM, Apr 13): Former World champion 2003 Kim Collins from St. Kitts and Olympic Games bronze medallist Warren Weir posted solid sprint times at the UTech Classic Meet. The highlight came from Stephanie McPherson who again improved her best and world lead at the 400 m to 50.74. Collins won the 100 m in 10.25 (-0.8) over Jason Livermore 10.29 when top favorite and world champion 2011 Yohan Blake after 70 m pulled out with hamstring cramp. Blake later said on his twitter: "Am good my twitter family just a cramp".  Weir clocked 20.33 (-1.5) ahead of Antiguan Daniel Baileys 20.67 when olympic relay winner Nesta Carter was fourth 20.93.  In the women 200 m Schillonie Calvert achieved 23.67 (-1.6) in her section and 400 m specialist Shericka Williams 23.70 (-1.3) ahead of 400 m hurdler Kaliese Spencer 23.87 in the second race. Carrie Russell ran 11.07 (-0.5), the second fastest time in the world this year, to win the women's 100 m ahead of Anneisha McLaughlin 11.39. Edino Steele won a very close men's 400m race over Peter Matthews 46.34 to 46.36. Racers with Daniel Bailey, Michael Frater, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole won the men's 4x100m in 39.35 while the club's female team took top honours in their section in 43.82. Racers, with Steele on anchor, also won the men's 4x400m relay in 3:05.01. Based on info from

Visser improves to 829 cm
STELLENBOSCH (RSA, Apr 13): Great long jumping during second and final day of South African Championships in great weather of Stellenbosch (sea-level). Zarck Visser improved to world leading 829 (-0.7) and beat Khotso Mokoena 811 (+0.3). Lynique Prinsloo also top life-time best 681 (-1.2) ahead of Carla Marais 664 (+0.7) in women long jump. Both coached by former Namibian long jumper Stephan Louw in Pretoria. Another world lead for Cornel Fredericks with 48.78 at 400 m hurdles with PC Beneke second 49.18 PB, both coached by Hennie Kotze. Annerie Ebersohn with 56.04 surprisingly won women 400 m hurdles over Wenda Nel (formerly Theron, 58.83) who was leading and fell over the last hurdle. Simon Magakwe completed his second double with the victory in the 200 m with 20.74 (+0.3). Johan Cronje was the 1500 m winner in 3:38.13 ahead of 3:38.40 by Juan van Deventer. In the 800 m Andre Olivier dominated in 1:46.50. Also Stephen  Mokoka completed a double after 10 km won also the 5000 m in 13:25.94 world lead ahead of Elroy Gelant 13:26.51. On the women side Justine Palframan won the 200 m in good 23.28 (-0.1).
Ross wins also the 200 m
SYDNEY (AUS, Apr 14):  Australia's best female 800m runner across the domestic season Kelly Hetherington won the 800 m during final day of Qantas Australian Championships with B Worlds qualifier and PB of 2:01.22. Bursting out of the blocks and enjoying a fantastic bend Josh Ross, who last competed individually at the 2007 IAAF World Championships, came into the home straight sharing the lead. He broke away in the closing stages to win in a B-Qualifying time of 20.57 (-1.5), with Nicholas Hough (20.66), Nicholas Boylett (20.67) and Craig Burns (20.76) all setting personal bests behind him. In the women's event, IAAF World Junior Championships representative Monica Brennan won her maiden Australian open age crown in a career record 23.41 (+0.0). Favorites won the 400 m hurdles Lauren Boden 56.47 and Tristan Thomas 49.68 ahead of Ian Dewhurst 49.93. Unrivalled in the men's long jump, Fabrice Lapierre has added a fourth national title to his trophy cabinet, with his fifth round leap of 800 cm (0.0). A 79.62m throw in round four saw Jarrod Bannister win his fifth national title in the men's javelin throw. Athletics Australia will announce its initial team for the IAAF World Championships this Wednesday 17 April, with further announcements to follow before the close of the qualifying period on July 29, 2013. From Athletics Australia.

US SATURDAY RESULTS (A. Merritt 13.21w opener, Reese 681, Batson 10.06 WL)

FAIRFAX: Good 800 m running at George Mason Spring Invitational by Mike Rutt 1:47.30 and Kate Grace 2:01.78.

TALLAHASSEE: Olympic relay medalist Josh Mance highlighted the Seminole Invitational with 45.43 at the 400 m.

ATHENS: Spec Towns Invitational saw the fastest 100 m of the 2013 when Diondre Batson (20) used good wind +1.9 to improve to 10.06. His former best from last year was 10.27. Second Jonathan Smith 10.23. World junior champion Shaunae Miller of Bahamas did not celebrate new 200 m best as her 22.41 were aided by +3.1. Experienced Ty Akins clocked 13.62 (+1.7) over the hurdles and St. Lucia record holder Levern Spencer cleared 192 in the women high jump.
CHARLOTTE: World and olympic participant Tiffany Williams clocked at Johnson C. Smith Invitational 23.76 (-1.0) 200 m PB and won also her special event the 400 m hurdles in 56.38.

FAYETTEVILLE: World record holder and olympic winner Aries Merritt opened his summer season at John McDonnell Invitational with fast 13.21 aided by +2.1 wind. Ameer Webb clocked 10.08 with +4.3. Paris Daniels in women 200 m also unlucky with wind 22.76 +3.5. Tia Brooks achieved 18.39 in women shot put.

BATON ROUGE: Kimberlyn Duncan was timed with 22.82 (-0.4) in the 200 m at the Battle on the Bayou meet. Aaron Ernest won the 100 m in 10.32 (+1.1).

OXFORD: Olympic long jump winner Brittney Reese started her outdoor season with good 681 (0.0) at Ole Miss Invitational. Top shape for sprinter Isiah Young with 10.14 (+0.8) and 20.50 (-0.2).
EL PASO: French Yoann Rapinier used the favorable altitude of El Paso to jump for first time outdoors over 17 meters in the triple jump with 17.17 (+0.9). His indoor best is 17.23 from 2011. Another French Mickael Hanany cleared at UTEP Invitational 226 in the high jump and Senegal record holder Kaba Badji Ndiss leaped to 811 (+2.6) in the long jump. In women long jump Funmi Jimoh 664 (+1.8). US Indoor champion Omo Osaghae clocked 13.56 (+1.1) over the hurdles and Vernon Norwood won the 400 m in 45.56 PB.

CLAREMONT: Relay world champion from 2007 Mikele Barber won at Pomona Pitzer Invitational the 400 m in good 51.82. She has 400 m past with 50.63 in 2001 and then switched to short sprints. Remontay McClain scored a good double 10.27 (+1.4) and 20.73 (+1.0) in men sprints.

KNOXVILLE: New life-time best in women shot put for NCAA Indoor Weight throw champ Felisha Johnson with 18.10 at the Sea Ray Relays.

CORAL GABLES: Fastest legal 100 m since 2009 for former world champion Lauryn Williams at Hurricane Invitational. She clocked 11.13 (+1.6) to win her race. In the 200 m Octavious Freeman achieved world leading 22.57 just ahead of Williams 22.58 (also fastest since 2009) and 400 m specialist Jessica Beard 22.81.

CONWAY: Double hammer olympian Amber Campbell improved her personal best at Chanticleer Classic with 72.93 m.

NORFOLK: Moussa Dembele improved his own Senegal 110 m hurdles record to solid 13.59 (-0.2) at the NSU Relays. James Taylor won 200/400 in 20.80 (-1.6) and 46.00.

GREENSBORO: Luck for Keith Ricks who twice got new PB of 10.20 in semis (+1.7) and heats (+1.9) of the 100 m at the Aggie Tar Heel Classic. In the final with -0.3 Ricks was timed with 10.41 as the winner. Barbara Pierre won the women 100 m in 11.55 (+0.1) and in heats her 11.10 were aided by +4.0. Me´Lisa Barber in other heat 11.36 (+2.7). CAC Champion Nickiesha Wilson of Jamaica won the 400 m hurdles in 57.74.

ABILENE: Discus world finalist Jason Young got his first 60+ of the year at Hardin- Simmons Relays with 63.08 m.

BOULDER: Jeremy Dodson scored a solid double at Colorado Invitational with winning the 100 m in 10.30 (+2.9) and 200 m in 20.73 (-0.6). Brendan Ames posted windy 13.46 (+3.2) over the hurdles and Mason Finley 62.40 in discus. Long jump olympic medalist Janay DeLoach won the 100 m hurdles in 13.11 (+0.9) personal best. Hungarian Barbara Szabo cleared 189 in the high jump.
LAKE CHARLES: Jamaican Patricia Hall showed increased shape with 22.78 (+1.0) and 52.50 wins over 200 and 400 m. Jason Morgan the discus thrower from Jamaica got 64.00 in his event.

AUSTIN: Charles Silmon won the 100 m at UT Invitational in 10.23 (-0.6) and Cierra White again clocked sub 23 in the 200 m with 22.99 (-0.2).

HUNTSVILLE: NCAA II Indoor champion Jeron Robinson improved here at Twilight Invitational to 226 in the high jump.


YOKOHAMA (JPN, Apr 13): Kenyan Rosemary Wanjiru from Aomori Yamada High School won here the 3000 m in 9:01.36.

SAN CARLOS (URU, Apr 13): At Darwin Pineyrua meet Brazilian Anderson Freitas Henriques won the 400 m in 46.16.

THIKA (KEN, Apr 13): Little known Silas Kimutai pulled a fast one on the elite winning the 5000 m at the fourth National Bank of Kenya/Athletics Kenya meet in 14:04.5. Gideon Ngatuny was only fourth in 14:10.8. Moses Kipkemboi won the men's 800 m crown in 1:48.5, beating former World Youth 400m bronze medallist Jeremiah Mutai (1:48.9). George Rono eased to victory in 1500 m in 3:51.8 on the muddy track. Nelly Jepkosgei topped the 800 m in 2:05.4. Informs The Standard.

SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Apr 13): Croatian Andras Haklits got 74.92 in hammer at the Throwing Series meet.

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