16 JUL 2004 General News

Women's 200m Final

Shalonda Solomon stormed to a superb win in the women’s 200m final, turning on the turbo in the final 50 metres to blow away the Jamaican Anneisha McLaughlin, who had matched her stride for stride around the bend, and pull away to stop the clock at 22.82 – a new Championship record. Solomon, who was born in California and is now attending the University of South Carolina, looks set for a bright future not only in the long sprint, but also at 100m, where she is the reigning Pan-American Games Junior Championships.

McLaughlin, although unable to match her American rival in the closing stages, held on for silver with a season’s best of 23.21, but the real race was on behind for the bronze medal between Caribbean rivals Nickesha Anderson of Jamaica, and Kelly Ann Baptiste of Trinidad running in adjacent lanes.

As they flashed across the line, it was impossible to separate the two, but after examination of the photo-finish, Anderson was awarded the bronze, and both women given the same time of 23.46.

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