Mason, Brown outstanding on track in Switzerland
TYLER Mason and Amoi Brown produced outstanding performances in the sprint hurdles on Friday at the Citius Meeting at Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Switzerland, a World Athletics Continental Tour-Bronze event.
Mason and Brown were fourth in their respective events at last month’s JAAA National Championships and were both named alternates to the team that will compete at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
On Friday, Mason broke the meeting record by running 13.22 seconds (0.3m/s) while Brown broke her personal best twice but was second in a competitive final.
Mason lowered the two-year-old meeting record of 13.28 seconds, set in 2021 by Jason Joseph of Switzerland, as he beat Orlando Bennett (13.27 seconds) while France’s Aurel Manga was third in 13.49 seconds.
In the final of the 100m hurdles Brown ran a personal best 12.51 seconds (0.0m/s) for second place behind Switzerland’s Ditaji Kambundji who set a national record 12.47 seconds.
Kambundji improved on her previous best of 12.68 seconds set in mid-July and also beat Lisa Urech’s 12.62 seconds which stood as the national record since July 2011.
Poland’s Pia Skrzyszowska was third in a season’s best 12.59 seconds.
Brown, who had run 12.61 seconds at the National Trials in July, had run 12.59 seconds (0.7m/s) in the semi-finals and has moved into ninth place, all time, on the Jamaican list, passing Yanique Thompson- 12.53 seconds and Michelle Freeman- 12.52 seconds.
Rusheen McDonald was second in the men’s 400m running 45.07 seconds, behind Nigeria’s Emmanuel Bamidele who won with 44.79 seconds while Collen Kebinatshipi Busang of Botswana finished third in 45.18 seconds.
Julian Forte was third in the men’s 200m in 20.53 seconds (0.1m/s) as Switzerland’s Jeff Williams won in 20.38 and Uganda’s Gracious Tarsis was second in 20.53 seconds.
Jonielle Smith finished fourth in the women’s 100m in 11.28 seconds (0.1m/s) as Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot won in 11.06 seconds, beating Zoe Hobbs of New Zealand (11.13 seconds), while Switzerland’s Munjinga Kambundji (11.15 seconds) was third.