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Richards snares DL bronze

Vinode Mamchan :: Trinidad Guardian :: 31.08.2018

Sprint­er Jereem Richards would have been aim­ing for the gold medal in the 200m at the Weltk­lasse Zurich IAAF Di­a­mond League fi­nal but had to set­tle for bronze as in­form Amer­i­can sen­sa­tion Noah Lyles fin­ished first in Zurich, Switzer­land.

Richards touched the tape in a time of 20.04 sec­onds which was slow­er than his sea­son and per­son­al best of 19.97. 

Nick­named the 'The Dream' Richards who took the 200m gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia beat­ing in­to sec­ond place Cana­di­an Aaron Brown. He again left Brown in his wake as he fin­ished fourth in a time of 201.4. 

How­ev­er, the day be­longs to Lyles who stormed to the fin­ish line in a time of 19.67 sec­onds which was just a tad slow­er than his per­son­al best of 19.65.

The 21-year-old Amer­i­can who has dom­i­nat­ed the half-lap sea­son win­ning four times in as many out­ings be­fore this con­tin­ued his gold­en run. In win­ning his pre­vi­ous four races he clocked times of 19.83, 19.69, 19.69 and 19.65. Com­ing in sec­ond was Ramin Guliyev the reign­ing world cham­pi­on. He pride of Turkey clocked a time of 20.04.

On the women's side, the news was not too good for T&T, as Com­mon­wealth 100m cham­pi­on Michelle-Lee-Ahye, who fin­ished sev­enth out of nine starters with one dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Ahye faced tough op­po­si­tion in her event and clocked 11.27 sec­onds which was much slow­er than her per­son­al best of 10.82. Marie-Josee Ta Lou who was ex­pect­ed to be the main chal­lenger for gold at this event lost her first race of the sea­son. She ac­tu­al­ly came in third in 11.10. Tak­ing the ho­n­ours on this oc­ca­sion was Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast in 11.01. 

Run­ning in sec­ond was Di­na Asha Smith, who is a joint leader on the 2018 world per­for­mance list at 10.85 sec­onds. The Amer­i­can ran an 11.08 to take sec­ond amongst the strong field.

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From left, Trinidad and Tabago's Jereem Richards, Switzerland's Alex Wilson, United States's Noah Lyles and Turkey's Ramil Guliyev compete in the men's 200m race during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond league international athletics meetings in the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich , Switzerland, yesterday. PICTURE AP

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