EDMONTON (Sporting Alert) — Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir ran a wind-aided 19.90 seconds to win the men’s 200 metres at Saturday’s Edmonton International Track Classic on Saturday.
Weir, who finished third at the London Olympic Games behind training partners Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, looked very comfortable as he crosses the finish line, but his time was assisted by a +4.4 m/s wind.
Taking second was another Jamaican Jason Young, who stopped the clock at 19.96, with USA’s Terrel Cotton taking third in 20.48.
Weir won the Jamaica national championships 200m with a personal best of 19.79, which is also the joint second fastest time in the world this year.
Shalonda Solomon won the women’s race in 22.41secs, which is a meeting and stadium record. LaShauntea Moore also of USA finished second in 22.62, with third going to Kim Hyacinthe of Canada in 22.79.
Meanwhile, running all on his own in the last four laps, Paul Koech of Kenya won the men’s 3000m Steeplechase in 8:16.71, a very solid time in the windy conditions.
The time was a stadium record, involving the old mark by 40-seconds.
His fellow countrymen Hillary Yego took second in 8:20.19 and Bernard Nganga third with 8:30.50. Chris Winter (8:42.94) was the first Canadian across the finish line at fifth.
“I could feel that I was struggling with the strong wind,” Koech said.
“I wanted to get the All-comers record, but the wind was too strong I couldn’t make,” he added.
In the women’s 400m, American Mary Wineberg set a meeting and stadium record of 51.65 to take the victory over compatriots Monica Hargrove and Sanya Richards-Ross, who did 51.71 and 51.77, respectively. Another USA sprinter Moushaumi Robinson was fourth in 51.79.
All four racers went below the meeting stadium record set last year by St Kitts and Nevis’ Tiandra Ponteen, at 51.83.
Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic, the Olympic silver medallist, took first place in 45.81 after just out-leaning Trinidad and Tobago’s Renny Quow, who finished second in 45.84. Josh Mance of Jamaica was third in 46.11.
The women’s 100m hurdles saw American Lolo Jones leaving it late to run a wind-assisted 12.49 to take first place over Canada’s Angela Whyte (12.52) and USA’s Nia Ali (12.64). Jamaican Shermaine Williams was fifth in 12.84.
The 110m hurdles was also very close between American champion Ryan Wilson and countryman Jason Richardson. In the end Wilson took the victory with 13.26 (+2.9 m/s) over reigning world champion Richardson (13.27).
In other events Melissa Bishop of Canada won the women’s 800m with 2:02.14 and led a home 1-3 finish. Maggie Vessey of USA was second in 2:02.28 and Karine Belleau-Béliveau (2:02.79).
The men’s race saw Nick Symmonds turning the tables on Duane Solomon with a 1:44.86 to 1:44.91 finish.
USA’s LaShauntea Moore won the women’s 100m dash in a win assisted 10.98 (3.6), while Rakieem Salaam won the men’s race in 10.00 (+2.8). Antoine Adams also ran 10-flat, with Jeff Demps running 10.01 for third.
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