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Ja Invitational: Williams-Mills' gutsy performance delivers 400m win

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Veteran quarter-miler Novlene Williams-Mills brought the crowd to its feet a short while ago when she produced a gutsy performance to win the women's 400m at the 14th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium.

Williams-Mills, a member of the 2015 World Championships 4X400m relay gold medal team, clocked a season's best 50.54 seconds, which is ranked as the fifth fastest time in the world this year.

Running from lane six in the rival event, which featured four Jamaicans and three Americans, Williams-Mills ran a well paced race throughout and held her composure towards the line after briefly locking horns with American Phyllis Francis.

Francis was second in 50.66, with her compatriot Natasha Hastings (51.20) in third.

Sherdon Cowan

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