MONTEGO BAY, St James — World Championships finalist Kemar Bailey-Cole provided Jamaica's only win at yesterday's IAAF World Challenge meeting in Berlin, as he chased down and beat Kim Collins in the men's 100m to defend the title he won last year.
Bailey-Cole, who was fourth in the men's 100m finals at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, last month and ran on the gold medal-winning 4x100-m team, got off to a slow start but caught the field mid way the race before sweeping through to win in 10.04 seconds (+0.8m/s wind).
Thirty-seven-year-old Collins, who earlier this season ran 9.97 seconds to lower the St Kitts National Record, was second in 10.15 seconds, while Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure was third in 10.17 seconds ahead of American Jeffery Demps who ran 10.25 seconds.
Twenty-one-year-old Bailey-Cole was quoted afterwards as saying the time was not a factor but the focus was to finish first. "I did not focus on time; the most important thing was to win this race. I came here just like a year ago, and defended my victory. So, I did the job," he said.
It was the second straight year that the Jamaican was beating Collins at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin, after running 10.00seconds last year as Collins ran 10.07 seconds with France's Jimmy Vicaut third.
Yesterday, after the first start was called back, the long-legged Jamaican, who was in lane four sandwiched between the fast-starting, trailed Collins and Saidy Ndure, caught them at about the 60 metres mark, then pulled away to win by a clear margin.
World Championships women's 100m finalists Kerron Stewart was third in the 200m, running 23.03 seconds (+0.5m/s) to finish behind two Americans, Tiffany Townsend, who won in 22.77 seconds, and Charonda Williams, who took second place in 22.82 seconds.
Another Jamaican Aileen Bailey was seventh in both the 100m in 11.60 seconds (+0.9m/s) and the 200m in 23.56 seconds.
Long jumper Damar Forbes was fourth in his event, with a best jump of 7.787m (-0.3m/s) behind Germany's Christian Reif's wind aided 8.11m (+2.3m/s), South Africa's Godfrey Khotso Mokoena- 8.08m and France's Salim
Two more meetings will be held in the World Challenge series tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia, and Rieti, Italy, next Sunday.