By Clayton Clarke, TrackAlerts.com writer
Adam Harris sped to a new Guyanese record in the men’s 100m on the opening day of the two day annual Hampton International Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday, May 17.
Harris won in the 10.12 (+0.4) seconds to improve the national best of 10.16 which he set in New Jersey, USA on June 8, 2013.
The 2014 World Indoor 60m semifinalist finished ahead Cuba’s Omar Carrero (10.33) and American Randall Woodrow (10.40).
Double World Youth sprint bronze medallist Ramon Mena of Cuba was fourth (10.41) just ahead of Carifta Boys’ under 20 100m silver medallist Barbadian Levi Cadogan (10.43) and Jamaica’s 1998 World Junior sprint relay gold medalist Steve Slowly (10.74).
The victory was the second for Harris on T&T soil in 2014 after he took the Falcon Games title on April 13 in 10.29.
The US-based sprinter was also second in the Twilight Games on May 2 in 10.23.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson took the ladies sprint in 11.23) ahead of T&T’s Kamaria Durant (11.39) and Cuban Arialis Gondola (11.51).
Reigning world junior women’s 400m hurdles champion Janieve Russell completed the 400m and 400m hurdles double.
Russell won the flat race on Saturday in a personal best of 51.97 bettering her previous best of 52.60 set in April earlier this year.
The 20-year-old then returned on Sunday to capture the 400m hurdles in 56.84 ahead of Liberia’s Kou Lougon 1:01.03.
Cuba’s 2010 World Indoor silver medalist William Collazo took the men’s 400m flat in 45.95 to deny Jamaicans Akino Ming (46.76) and Riker Hylton (46.96).
TT’s multiple Commonwealth and Pan American Games medallist Cleopatra Borel dominated the women’s shot put with a heave of 18.14.
Akeem Stewart took the men’s shot (17.93) and discus (47.50), while Cuban Jose Melandez landed the men’s long jump title with a distance of 7.62.
Kitts and Nevis thrower Adrian Williams secured the men’s javelin title with an effort of 62.18.
USA’s Ahmad Jamil Hubbard (20.68) and TT’s Reyare Thomas (23.43) took the men’s and women’s half lap titles.
Timothy Frederick (Pt. Fortin New Jets) won three titles in the Boys’ Under 14 division sweeping the 100m (11.72), 200m (23.30) and 300m (37.87).
The annual Hampton Games attracted athletes from Guyana, Barbados, Curacao, USA, Jamaica, Liberia, Cuba and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.