Powell runs 10.01, Eaton runs 400m PB, Merritt 300m WL at American Track League, by EME News

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A Day in the Life, May 2013, photo by Doug Pensinger/IAAF/GettyImages


Powell 10.01, Eaton 400 m PB, Merritt 300 m WL
ATLANTA (USA, Aug 1): Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell in his last competition before Beijing won the 100 m at Atlanta American Track League meet with 10.01 (+0.1) clearly over Jason Rogers of St. Kitts 10.23 and Walter Dix 10.25. Decathlon star Ashton Eaton clocked 10.47 in heats and was second in 400 m in superb personal best 45.55 beaten just by Bahamian talent Steven Gardiner 45.11. Back to racing was Jamaican hurdles champion Omar McLeod with 13.28 (-0.1) win over team-mate Andrew Riley 13.39. LaShawn Merritt achieved World leading 300 m 31.53 ahead of Bryshon Nellum 32.07. Another Jamaican star Veronica Campbell-Brown won both  sprints in 11.22 (-0.1, over Michell-Lee Ahye 11.29 and Simone Facey 11.30) and 22.82 (-0.1, over Charonda Williams 23.25). Bahamian record holder and fresh PanAm Games winner Jeffery Gibson took the 400 m hurdles 48.72 ahead of Michael Stigler 48.78.  In women hurdles Queen Harrison 12.84 (-0.5) ahead of Kristi Castlin 12.88 and Lean Nugent 55.63 PB. 1500 m winners were Canadian Nicole Sifuentes 4:06.44 and US Andrew Wheating 3:39.17. Maggie Vessey beat in 800 m with 2:00.30 Canadian Melissa Bishop 2:00.43. In only technical event Melinda Withrow (formerly Owen) equaled her pole vault PB 460 to win over Sandi Morris 450. 

Editor's note: Hats off to Paul Doyle. The guy has risked everything to do his meets and even having his ideas stolen (or morphed, whatever one wants to call it.). In the end, his meet should survive because it is a good idea and athlletes like it. 

Asafa Powell, Ashton Eaton, and LaShawn Merritt were among ones who shined in meet. 

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