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Damar Forbes was the lone Caribbean winner at Friday’s (15 July) Monaco Diamond League meeting.

Forbes bettered his season best of 8.16m with 8.23m on his third attempt, to claim the win. The mark is just shy of his 8.25m personal best.

Australian Fabrice Lapierre picked up second place with 8.21m and Gao Xinglong of China, third with 8.00m.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica’s two-time Olympic 200m champion, ran 11.12 to finish second behind Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, 10.94, in the women’s 100m.

Caribbean quarter milers, Machel Cedino of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenadian Bralon Taplin, both got personal best times. Cedino’s time of 44.34 and Taplin, 44.38, placed them behind South African World champion, Wayde van Niekerk, who crossed the line first in 44.12.

Jamaican world 110m hurdles leader, Omar Mcleod, hit almost all the hurdles before falling over the final obstacle and walked across the line in 16.82. Spain’s Orlando Ortega, who is not yet eligible to run at the Olympics, after switching allegiance from Cuba, won in 13.04 while Frenchman, Dimitri Bascou, who battled all the way with McLeod, finished second in 13.12.

Julian Forte of Jamaica with 20.40 was a disappointing sixth in the men’s 200m, won by Panamanian Alonzo Edward in 20.10 (+0.1m/s).

Jamaican, Kimberly Williams, 14.47m was third in the women’s triple jump won by Caterine Ibargüen of Columbia, 14.96m.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Cleopatra Borel, 17.79m, finished sixth in the women’s spot put, which went to Valerie Adams of New Zealand with 20.05m.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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