There was one false start but on the second time away, USA’s Lauryn Williams in lane 4 was fastest out of the blocks. The World champion held a good margin on the field by about 30 metres but as the race progressed the field in the guise of double World sprint bronze medallist Christine Arron (FRA) and Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell (JAM) ate up her advantage step by step.
By 60 metres, Arron, in lane five outside Williams, seemed to be heading for the win, and the home straight tribune of spectators began to roar the French woman home. But just at the moment of what seemed an inevitable triumph for Arron, Campbell’s own race, being run inside them both (in lane 3), was coming to its own climax in even slicker fashion.
Campbell crossed the line in 10.92, with Arron just behind in what was her season’s fastest of 10.93. By this point Williams’ fortunes were in full retreat, and she finished back in third (11.04) but still fast enough to beat the Bahamas’ world season’s fastest, Chandra Sturrup, who was fourth in 11.07.