American Justin Gatlin opens his 2018 season with victory in Grenada

Several high profiled athletes, trying to fulfil contractual obligations, ran five races within three hours at Monday’s (21 July) the AP Ranch High-Performance Invitational in Texas.

Michael Norman, Justin Gatlin and Rai Benjamin were just some of the American superstars participated at the event.

At 10:32 am, the men’s 60m dash, Justin Gatlin won with 6.84 ahead of Isaiah Young, 6.88.
Michael Norman, the winner of section four in 7.96, was 13th overall.

11:11 am, Norman topped the men’s 100m in a sizzling 9.86s (1.6m/s wind), to beat Rai Benjamin, 10.03.
Gatlin, who finished 3rd in section 2, was 7th overall with his 10.83.

11:31 am, Gatlin started things off with a comfortable 15.93 (1.8m/s) to take heat 1, but Jaron Flournoy topped the overall field in 15.08.

Norman ran 18.89 for second behind Aaron Brown, 18.81 in heat 3. Both were 12th and 10th, respectively in the final placement.

11:44 am, Michael Cherry recorded the fastest 250m time of 30.73 ahead of Kerron Clement, 31.35.
Gatlin ran 32.53 for third overall, while Norman, 34.83 and Benjamin, 34.85 were 10th and 11th respectively.

12:13 pm, Norman opened the show with 44.90 to take heat 1 and 10th overall in the men’s 300m. His time, however, was better than the other heat winners, Gatlin 42.32, Kerron Clement, 39.41 and Cherry, 33.86.

Benjamin, with 43.11 finished 6th overall.

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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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