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The 2nd Istvan Gyulai Memorial Hungarian Grand Prix at Puskas Stadium in the Hungarian capital drew a crowd of 16,000, with the night highlighted by some fine sprinting.
Olympic 400m gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross won the 200m in 22.70 (0.0) ahead of Aleen Bailey 23.02, while another US star Jason Richardson was timed with 13.15 (+0.1) in the men’s 110m Hurdles beating Jamaican Andrew Riley 13.39 and US Ryan Wilson 13.42. Richardson’s run was ultimately the best result of the day according to the scoring tables, whose author Attila Spiriev is the meet director.
In the infield Olympic champion Christian Taylor was the best in the triple jump (17.30, +0.4) with second Sheryf El-Sheryf 16.98 (-0.1).
Crowd was also uplifted by Hungary’s Olympic winner Krisztian Pars who dominated the Hammer Throw with 79.74 ahead of Sergey Litvinov 77.97 and Lukas Melich 76.65.
There were fast season’s bests in the women 400m for Shericka Williams of Jamaica 50.35 and Italian Libania Grenot 50.55.
In the men’s 3000m, Caleb Ndiku clocked 7:35.41 beating John Kipkoech 7:38.74 and Edwin Soi 7:41.50. Kenyan Sylvia Kibet took the women’s 3000m in 9:02.68.
In the men’s two laps, Olympic 800m bronze winner Timothy Kitum posted 1:45.39 to win over U17 athlete Edwin Meli 1:45.41 and Job Kinyor 1:45.98.
In the 200m, Jamaican Mario Forsythe clocked 20.33 (-0.7) to beat US Olympic relay medalist Darvis Patton 20.34; for both it was their fastest times of the year. Third was US 200m Olympian Maurice Mitchell 20.68. Jarrin Solomon of Trinidad took the 400m in 45.48.
Greek Konstantinos Baniotis in a jump-off beat Slovak Michal Kabelka (2.24 in the competition) which went down to 2.21 where both cleared and then Baniotis made 2.23. B
Belarus’ Nastasya Mironchyk-Ivanova won the Long Jump with 6.79 (+1.0) ahead of America’s Whitney Gipson 666 (+1.3), while her compatriot Michelle Carter captured the Shot Put with 18.84.
After the meeting had finished Hungary’s Olympic medallists from all sports were presented to the crowd.