POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe – Spectacular triple jumping highlighted Saturday’s (12 May) 14th Guadeloupe International Meeting.
American Tori Franklin was in top form on the day. She produced a spectacular 14.84m, the best mark of 2018 to set a new American record. Keturah Orji’s 14.71m mark stood as the previous record since 2016.
Spanish jumper Ana Peleteiro, who had only one legal jump, finished second with 4.42m. World champion Yulimar Rojas dropped out without recording a legal mark.
The men’s competition, which included several world stars, kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Brazilian World Indoor medalist Almir dos Santos produced the best jump of the night, 17.53m, a personal best, to take the victory.
American World Indoor champion Will Claye, a three-time Olympic Games medallist, recorded 17.40m, the same mark as third-place finisher Pedro Pablo Pichardo, the world leader.
USA’s Omar Craddock recorded 17.11m for fourth while 2008 Olympic champion Nelson Evora’s 8th place finish with 16.62m, showed the depth of the field.
Donald Thomas of Bahamas cleared 2.25m to beat Federic Talles Silva of Brazil, 1.22m in the men’s high jump.
Americans dominated the sprint events at Guadeloupe International Meeting
Allyson Felix, in her season opener, fought hard to take the women’s 100m in 11.30. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, who pushed Felix to the line, finished second in 11.35s.
Khalifa St Fort, also of Trinidad and Tobago, finished third in 11.44s.
Mike Rodgers beat his training partner Bryce Robinson, both recorded 10.14s, in the men’s 100m, available to be viewed at this link.
In sprint hurdles, USA’s wins for Jarret Eaton 13.57s and World champion Kori Carter 13.04s.
TJ Holmes ran 49.25 to beat Bershawn Jackson 49.32 on the line of the men’s 400m hurdles, ready to be viewed on TrackalertsTV YouTube.
Shakima Wimbley won the women’s 400m in 50.64s ahead of Jade Stepter, 51.36s and World Indoor champion Courtney Okolo, 51.73s.
Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi topped the 800m in 2:01.97 with fellow Olympic medalist Margaret Wambui, third in 2:02.61.
Hicham Sigueni of Morocco won the 3000m in 7:53.47s.