Ashmeade finishes second in 200m

Blake struggles for sixth in Lausanne

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Friday, July 04, 2014

NICKEL Ashmeade's second place in the men's 200m was the best finish by a Jamaican at yesterday's Athletissima track and field meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. The event was part of the IAAF Diamond League series.

Ashmeade, who won the men's 100m title at last weekend's JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium, ran 20.06 seconds (1.2m/s) but was beaten to the finish line by Alonso Edwards who had a season-best 19.84 seconds, while France's Christophe Lemaitre was third in 20.11 seconds.

Jamaica's Olympic Games silver medallist and Diamond League record holder Yohan
Blake was a disappointing sixth in 20.48 seconds.

Two-time National Senior Champion Andrew Riley ran a season's best 13.23 seconds (0.4m/s) for third in the 110m hurdles, five days after winning the national title in Kingston.

France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde ran another personal best 13.06 seconds to beat Russia's Sergey Shubenkov (13.13 seconds).

In the men's 100m, Kemar Bailey-Cole finished fifth in 10.14 seconds (0.1m/s) as American Justin Gatlin ran a fast 9.80 seconds, his fourth World-leading time of the year, while his compatriot Tyson Gay returned after a year off due to a drugs ban to run 9.93 seconds with Mike Rodgers third in 9.98 seconds.

The veteran Michael Frater was second in a consolation 100m race, running 10.44 seconds to finish behind Great Britain's James Dasaolu (10.03 seconds).




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