American-born Leah Anderson was the best-placed Jamaican at Saturday’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, at the Roxbury Community College in Boston-a World Athletics Indoor Tour- Gold event - placing second in the women’s 500m in a Jamaican best 1:08.34 seconds.
There was a major disappointment after World Indoor Championship finalist Shericka Jackson who was expected to challenge for the victory, failed to make the finals of the women’s 60m.
Jackson, who has a personal best 7.04 seconds could only manage 7.34 seconds in the preliminaries, 10 th overall and failed to make progress to the final that was won by American Aleia Hobbs in 7.02 seconds.
Former World Under -20 110m hurdles gold medallist Damion Thomas, also failed to get past the first round of the men’s 60m hurdles after running 7.82 seconds in his heat.
Anderson, who attended St John’s University in New York and who competed at the Jamaican Trials last year, was second in the rarely run 500m that was won in a ‘world best’ 1:05.63 seconds by Holland’s Femke Bol.
Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion Janieve Russell was third in 1:09.18 seconds.
Danielle Williams was fourth in the women’s 60m hurdles running a season’s best 7.97 seconds in the final as Bahamian World Championships medallist Devynne Charlton won in a season’s best 7.87 seconds ahead of American Shakira Nelvis- 7.93 seconds.
Javon Francis was fifth in the men’s 400m in 47.61 seconds and Michael Campbell was seventh in the men’s 60m in 6.79 seconds.
– Paul Reid
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