Spencer, Williams-Mills score wins at Bislett Games

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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JAMAICA'S Novlene Williams-Mills and Kaliese Spencer continued their good run in the IAAF Diamond League circuit after getting impressive wins at the prestigious Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.

Both athletes extended their leads in the respective events winning for the third straight time as sprint hurdler Andrew Riley was second in the men's 110m hurdles.

Thirty-two-year-old Williams-Mills looks in her best form as she dominated a strong field to win the 400m in a season's best and World Leading 50.06 seconds.

Williams-Mills, who also won in Shanghai, China, and Eugene, Oregon, powered away from the field as the fast-finishing American Natasha Hastings was second in a season's best 50.60 seconds, while Botswana's Amantle Montsho, who tied up badly at the end, was third in 51.05 seconds, with Jamaican Patricia Hall finishing in fifth in 52.00 seconds.

The win helped Williams-Mills increase her Diamond Race leading points tally to 12.

The previous world lead was 50.24 seconds set at the Jamaica International Invitational by American Francena McCorory in early May.

Spencer continued her impressive winning streak in the Diamond League 400m hurdles winning for the third straight time, clocking 54.94 seconds, well off her World Leading 53.97 seconds, but good enough to extend
her lead.

Spencer had won in the previous two races in Eugene, Oregon, and Rome after being second in Doha, and leads the Diamond Race with 14 points.

Nigerian-born Kemi Adekoya, who runs for Bahrain, was second, just behind the Jamaican in 54.96 seconds, while another Jamaican Shevon Stoddart was fifth in 56.71 seconds.

In post-race interviews Spencer said she had arrived in Norway only the day before the race and would be heading back to Jamaica to continue her training as she eyes the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July.

Riley upstaged his compatriot Hansle Parchment to take second in the high hurdles in 13.36 seconds, while running in lane eight, well behind France's Pascal Martinot-Lagrde, who lowered his own season's best time to 13.12 seconds.

Parchment was never in the hunt and failed to produce his usual mid-race acceleration to finish in fifth place in 13.39 seconds.

Aleen Bailey was seventh in the women's 100m in 11.4 seconds that was won by France's Miriam Soumare in a season's best 11.18 seconds.

Meanwhile, Trinidadian Richard Thompson won his third straight 100 metres race but his first of the Diamond League series.

The 29-year-old clocked 10.02 seconds to cross the line ahead of Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut.

Great Britain Adam Gemili was third in 10.11 seconds, while veteran Kim Collins finished fourth in 10.13.




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