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Jamaicans destroy Super Grand Prix – Bolt, Powell, Fraser and Walker win big at Athletissima Super GP

Posted by Dresonic on September 3, 2008

Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser (left) Sherone Simpson (second left) and Kerron Stewart (second right), as well as Lauryn Williams of the US, run the women’s 100m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (CMC) – Jamaica’s Beijing hero Usain Bolt led a plethora of Jamaican victories at the Athletissima Super Grand Prix track and field meeting yesterday.

Easing considerably as he neared the finish, Bolt ran a fast 19.63 seconds to win the men’s 200 metres, while Asafa Powell delivered a blistering 100-metre victory and Olympic champions Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser also recorded wins at the meet.

It was a Caribbean one-two in the men’s half-lap sprint as Churandy Martina, of the Netherlands Antilles, chased Bolt home in 20.24 seconds. American Wallace Spearmon was third in 20.54 seconds.

Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men’s 200 m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Bolt’s time equals the fourth fastest time ever over the distance, but was well off his own world record 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics last month.

Powell had logged a fast career-best 9.72 seconds earlier to win the men’s 100 metres.

Jamaican Asafa Powell (right) runs to win the men’s 100m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. At left runs Trinidad’s Richard Thompson. (Photos: AP)

His time equals the second fastest ever run – matching Bolt’s effort at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York in May – over the distance, and was only 0.03 seconds outside Bolt’s current world mark of 9.69 seconds.

Powell had held the world 100-metre record from June 2005 – with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds – until Bolt’s sudden rise this year.

Powell’s superb run brought again into sharp focus his brilliance on the circuit compared to huge flops at major meets.

Britain’s Tasha Danvers (left), Jamaican Melanie Walker (centre) and US Tiffany Williams-Ross run the women’s 400m hurdles race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Just two weeks ago at the Beijing Olympics, Powell lined up as one of the gold medal favourites in the men’s 100-metre final, but finished fifth.

A year ago, after a shockingly disappointing third-placed finish at the Osaka World Championship, Powell returned to the circuit to smash his own 100-metre world record with a 9.74 run at in Rieti.

“I’ve got no idea why I’m always winning on the circuit but then finishing fifth at the Olympics,” said Powell, who was also fifth in the Athens Olympic final in 2004.

“Who knows? Maybe I’m not the guy for those big championships, but just the guy to compete in the Grand Prix and Golden League meetings. It’s just unfortunate,” added Powell, who emphatically flogged a quality field yesterday.

American Walter Dix (9.92) was second, with Jamaica’s Olympic sprint relay gold medallists Nesta Carter (9.98) and Michael Frater (10.04) third and fourth, respectively.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Marc Burns was fifth in 10.06, with Kittitian ex-world champion Kim Collins (10.19) sixth and T&T’s Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson (10.21) seventh.

Fraser, the surprise Olympic champion, rebounded from her loss at Sunday’s British Grand Prix to win a competitive 100-metre sprint, and Walker continued to look unbeatable in the women’s 400-hurdles after her Beijing triumph.

Fraser stopped the clock at 11.03 seconds, edging her Jamaican teammate Kerron Stewart (11.06) with American Marshavet Hooker (11.09).

Bahamians Chandra Sturrup (11.14) and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (11.23), and Jamaican Sherone Simpson (11.31) finished fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Walker posted one of her quickest times this year as she clocked 53.73 seconds for an easy win, chased by Poland’s Anna Jesien (54.76) and Britain’s Tasha Danvers (54.79) in a repeat top-three placing of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Jamaicans copped both sections of the women’s 400 metres.
Beijing silver medallist Shericka Williams landed Race 1 in 50.47 seconds and Novlene Williams topped Race 2 field in 50.33 seconds.

Olympic champions lost both sprint hurdles and finished second as Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-London landed the women’s 100-metre race in 12.60 seconds over American Dawn Harper (12.63), while Cuban Dayron Robles (13.17) was beaten by American David Oliver in the 110-metre hurdles.

Oliver clocked 13.02 seconds to win ahead of Robles, with Jamaican Richard Phillips third in 13.45 seconds.
In the men’s 400 metres, Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt won with authority in 43.98 seconds ahead of American teammate Angelo Taylor (44.38).

Jamaican Sanjay Ayre (45.65) and T&T’s Ato Stephens (45.74) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Brazilian Jadel Gregorio emerged champion in the triple jump at 17.30 metres and Bahamian Olympic bronze medallist Leevan Sands took the runner-up spot at 17.13 metres.

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