10 MAY 2012 General News

Blake blazes to 9.84 and Jeter runs 11.04 at Cayman Invitational

10.81 world leader for Carmelita Jeter in Kingston (Errol Anderson - The SportingImage.net)10.81 world leader for Carmelita Jeter in Kingston (Errol Anderson - The SportingImage.net) © Copyright
World champions Yohan Blake and Carmelita Jeter blazed to fast 9.84 and 11.04 seconds at the inaugural Cayman Invitational Wednesday night (9) at Truman Bodden Sports Complex track in Georgetown, the Cayman Islands.

Jamaicans Warren Weir (20.13 in 200m) and Novlene Williams (50.35 in 400m) also produced world class times.

Just four days after World record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s world lead of 9.82 at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston, Blake sent a message to his training partner with a season’s best.

"Just the other day I was telling Usain that I am going to come out here to show him something, because we are friends like that, so I just came out here tonight to execute my race properly, even though there are things to work on, but the race was good overall," said Blake.

The 22-year old was followed home by countryman Michael Frater (10.05) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Keston Bledman (10.06).

In the women’s race, USA’s World champion and world season leader Carmelita Jeter prevailed with 11.04, ahead of compatriot Jeneba Tarmoh with a personal best of 11.13 and Ivory Coast’s 2012 World indoor silver medallist Murielle Ahoure (11.14).

"Something is going on with the first phase of my race, I got to figure it out, I am extremely strong, but I am not doing something right until I get to about the 60m ...," Jeter commented after the race.

"I had a great field running with me, I had some World Indoor medallists in there, and they definitely gave me a run," she added.

In the men’s 200m, 22-year old Warren Weir continued to improve in the 200m with a fast 20.13, well clear of Trinidad and Tobago’s world finalists and three-time CAC silver medallist Rondell Sorrillo (20.57) and Jamaican Lanceford Spence (20.65).

Novlene Williams-Mills, the only woman to have broken the 50-second barrier so far this year, confirmed her fine early season form with a comfortable win in the 400m with 50.35. Canada’s Jenna Martin (51.69-PB) and USA’s Keshia Baker (51.73) were distant second and third, respectively.

The men’s 400m was taken by Bahamas` Chris Brown (45.14), his first race after claiming the 2012 world indoor bronze in Istanbul. His countryman Ramon Miller (45.48) and Jamaica’s Ricardo Chambers (45.87) were his closest rivals.

Three-time World Championships finalist Ginnie Crawford of the US equalled her season’s best in the 100m Hurdles with 12.66 in a close race with 2012 US indoor champion Kristi Castlin (12.68). Jamaican Shermaine Williams joined the sub 13-second club (12.98) in third.

Jamaica’s 21-year old Hansle Parchment dominated the men’s sprint hurdles in 13.31, the same time of Joel Brown. USA’s 2007 World and 2008 Olympic medallist David Payne (13.41) and Barbados’ 2009 World champion Ryan Brathwaite (13.47) were third and fourth, respectively.

In his second outdoor outing of the season, Canada’s World Shot Put silver medallist Dylan Armstrong produced a season’s best of 21.15. His countryman Justin Rodhe was a distant second in 20.36.

Other winners were Puerto Rico’s Sam Vazquez in the 1500m (3:44.34), USA’s World Indoor Triple Jump champion Will Claye (7.97), Cayman Islands’ Olympic finalist Cydonie Mothersillin the 200m (23.51), Canada’s Melissa Bishop in the 800m (2:01.81-personal best) and Nigeria’s Joke Odumosu in the 400m hurdles (55.09).

The inaugural Cayman Invitational was live streamed on trackalerts.com. Some of the meet stars will compete this Saturday at the Ponce Grand Prix, part of the 2012 IAAF World Challenge.

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF