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Greaux 4th, Ahye 7th in Diamond League

Ryan Bachoo :: Trinidad Guardian :: dd.05.2019

T&T ath­letes Kyle Greaux and Michelle-Lee Ahye fin­ished down the field at the Di­a­mond League in Shang­hai, Chi­na on Sat­ur­day.

Run­ning in the Men's 200m event, Greaux got out of the start­ing blocks quick­ly but fell be­hind as the race pro­gressed. Cana­di­ans Aaron Brown and An­dre de Grasse led the field and set the pace through­out the race. Brown clocked a sea­son-best time of 20.07 sec­onds to win the race while his coun­try­man de Grasse fin­ished sec­ond .14 sec­onds slow­er. South Africa's Clarence Mun­yai nicked the bronze medal from Greaux, who fin­ished fourth with a time of 20.40 sec­onds. The T&T sprint­er has had bet­ter days this sea­son, stop­ping the clock at 20.15 sec­onds at one point.

Three races lat­er, reign­ing Com­mon­wealth Games Women's 100m gold medal­ist, Ahye, stepped in lane sev­en for the same event. There was a strong field for the race with Olympic cham­pi­on Elaine Thomp­son run­ning out of lane three while Nige­ria's 2008 Olympic sil­ver medal­ist, Bless­ing Ok­ag­bare, was al­so in the mix. How­ev­er, all eyes were on 23-year-old Amer­i­can sprint star Aleia Hobbs, who was mak­ing her Di­a­mond League de­but, and she did not dis­ap­point.

While Ahye had a strong start to the race, she couldn't quite car­ry it all the way through. Hobbs, on the oth­er hand, kicked in­to an­oth­er gear short­ly af­ter burst­ing out of the start­ing blocks. Ahye fell fur­ther be­hind as the race neared its end, fin­ish­ing in the sev­enth po­si­tion with a sea­son-best time of 11.23 sec­onds. Hobbs al­so ran her sea­son-best, win­ning in 11.03 sec­onds while Ok­ag­bare won sil­ver .40 sec­onds be­hind. Thomp­son took third in 11.14 sec­onds.

In all, sev­en of the nine sprint­ers in the race ran sea­son-best times.

Mean­hile, Ja­maicans Ta­jay Gayle and Omar McLeod both won their re­spec­tive events, while sprint cham­pi­on Elaine Thomp­son had to set­tle for bronze at the Shang­hai Di­a­mond League here Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

Gayle claimed gold in the long jump while McLeod cap­tured the men's 110-me­tre hur­dles.

Gayle's win­ning leap was mea­sured at 8.24 me­tres, with Chi­na's Jianan Wang fin­ish­ing sec­ond with a jump of 8.16 and Ruswahl Samaii of South Africa third with a leap of 8.14.

McLeod, the Olympic and World cham­pi­on in the 110m hur­dles, stormed to vic­to­ry in 13.12 sec­onds ahead of home­town boy Wen­jun Xie in 13.17 and Rus­sia's 2017 World Cham­pi­onship sil­ver medal win­ner Sergey Shubenkov, who crossed the line in 13.28 sec­onds.

The news wasn't as good for Thomp­son, the dou­ble Olympic sprint cham­pi­on, who was com­pet­ing in her first 100 me­tres race for the sea­son.

Her time of 11.14 sec­onds was third fastest be­hind win­ner Amer­i­can Aleia Hobbs' 11.03, and Bless­ing Ok­ag­bare of Nige­ria who fin­ished sec­ond in 11.07.

In oth­er re­sults, Stephe­nie-Ann McPher­son ran fourth in the women's 400 me­tres in a time of 51.39 sec­onds, while Nathon Allen's time of 45.73 sec­onds was al­so good enough for fourth in the male equiv­a­lent.

Tyquen­do Tracey strug­gled in the men's 100m, clock­ing 10.18 for ninth place in the event, which was won by Amer­i­can Noah Lyles in a world-lead­ing 9.86 sec­onds.

ryan.ba­choo@CNC3.co.tt

(CMC)


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Greaux 4th, Ahye 7th in Diamond League
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T&T sprinter Kyle Greaux, second from right, finishes the Men's 200m event in fourth place at the Shanghai Diamond League yesterday. The race was won by Canada's Aaron Brown, centre. Errol Anderson

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