Jason Young runs 19.98secs, as Jamaica sprinters dominate in Luzern

LUZERN, Switzerland (Sporting Alert) — Jamaican sprinter Jason Young clocked 19.98 seconds (-0.3 m/s) to win the men’s 200m at the Spitzen Leichtathletik – EA Premium Meeting – in Luzern, Switzerland on Wednesday.

Young, who trains with World record holder Usain Bolt, came off the corner with a sizable advantage and then pull further away from the field in the stretch to record the victory and clocked his second fastest time ever over the distance.

His personal best of 19.86 was also achieved on this same track last season.

Trailing the Jamaican home at a distance was Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, who ran 20.36 and USA’s Curtis Mitchell, who ran 20.51. American Wallace Spearmon, who is set to replace Tyson Gay in the 200m team for the upcoming IAAF World Championships next month, could only manage a 20.68 fifth-placed finish.

Saidy Ndure won the men’s 100m in 10.07secs, with the Cayman Islands’ Kemar Hyman running 10.17 for second ahead of Jamaica’s Julian Forte (10.19).

In the women’s sprints, Jamaicans Carrie Russell, Anneisha McLaughlin and Christine Day won the 100m, 200m and 400m, respectively.

Russell clocked 11.20secs (-0.6 m/s) to outpaced Krasucki Franciela of Brazil who ran 11.29 and Bahamas’ Sheniqua Ferguson (11.36).

In the 200m, McLaughlin produced a time of 22.79 to beat Franciela, who ran 22.85.

Day took the 400m in 51.91, with her countrywoman Shericka Williams, third in 52.33.

Elsewhere, Brianna Rollins led an American top five sweep in the women’s 100m hurdles, with the American champion and world-leader winning in 12.68secs in a slight headwind. Queen Harrison was second in 12.79, with third going to Kristi Castlin (12.80).

The first non-American to finish was Jamaica’s Shermaine Williams, who was sixth in 13.13.

Cuba’s world-leader Yarisley Silva won the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 4.81m. She missed once at 4.91m, before moving up the bar to 5.00m where she missed both attempts.

Silva, a strong contender for the gold medal at the world championships next month, has the top three best marks, including the world-lead of 4.90m.

She is the London Olympic silver medalist from last year.

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