Javon Francis goes in search of Doha 2019 World Championships qualifying mark at this weekend's (31 Aug) Blue Marlin Track and Field Classic Meet - Felix Sanchez Invitational... New York Grand Prix
Javon Francis goes in search of Doha 2019 World Championships qualifying mark at this weekend's (31 Aug) Blue Marlin Track and Field Classic Meet

HOUSTON, USA – Jamaican Damar Forbes and Warren Hazel of St. Kitts and Nevis were only Caribbean winners on Friday’s (31 Jan) opening day of the Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational.

Forbes leapt to 7.91m in the long jump to beat Denzel Harper of Louisiana Tech, 7.82m.

Hazel of Elite Performance won the men’s 400m in 47.24, beating Jamaican Javon “Donkey Man” Francis, 47.41.

However, the day’s event was highlighted by Olympic Games champion Brianna McNeal, who stared with fast 7.85 to win the 60m hurdles over fellow American Kristi Castlin 8.06.

Lolo Jones, who failed to make the final at last weekend’s Boston Indoor Grand Prix, was fourth in 8.32s.

McNeal, who ran 7.99 in the hurdles heats, also won the Elite 60m flat in 7.20 PB over Morolake Akinosun 7.24.
Tynia Gaither of Bahamas was fifth in 7.44 and Semoy Hackett of Trinidad and Tobago, eighth in 7.56.

Chelsea Francis was faster in university race with 7.17 ahead of Tristan Evelyn of Houston, 7.29.

Ryan Fontenot won the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.76s.

Courtney Okolo clocked 52.24 and returning Natasha Hastings, in first race since winter of 2018, won her race in 54.24.

Branson Ellis cleared 5.68 in the pole vault.

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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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