Spencer leads J'can winners in Italy

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Sunday, September 11, 2011

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IAAF Diamond League champion Kaliese Spencer continued to make amends for a disappointing World Championships when she won the 400m hurdles at a World Challenge Meeting in Rieti, Italy yesterday.


In the absence of compatriot Melainie Walker — the Daegu World Championships silver medallists who pulled out of the race — Spencer won easily in 53.60 seconds, her fifth best time of the season and well ahead of Russia's Natalya Antyukh's, 55.05 seconds, and Ukraine's Anastasiya Rabchenyuk's, 55.81 seconds.


Spencer was one of three Jamaican winners on the programme as Schillonie Calvert in the 100m and 4x400m relay silver medallist Shericka Williams in the 400m were also victorious.


Calvert ran 11.09 seconds into a negligible wind of negative 0.1 metres per seconds, her second best time ever, to beat Australia's Sally Pearson's 11.24 seconds, with Belarus' Ivet Lalova third in 11.26.


National record-holder and World Championships finalists Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce did not face the starter.


Williams, a finalist in the 400m at the World Championships, beat Russia's Tatyana Firova to the line to finish in 50.81 seconds to 50.97, with Antonina Yefremova third in 51.69.


In the men's 100m, Lerone Clarke equalled his season best 10.06 seconds to place second behind American Walter Dix's 10.02, with another American, Justin Gatlin, third in 10.08.


The second Jamaican in the line-up, Nesta Carter, withdrew before the start.


Mario Forsythe was third in the men's 200m in 20.51 seconds, behind American 400m specialists LaShawn Merritt, 20.13, and Norway's Jaysume Saidy Ndure, 20.41.



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