Omar McLeod

Omar McLeod was the only Jamaica winner at the third leg of the American Track League Series on Sunday (7 Feb) in Arkansas, USA.

Though the times were close, McLeod looked easy in crossing the line in 7.53 seconds to American Michael Dickson, 7.58.

Ruebin Walters of Trinidad and Tobago ran an excellent race to finish third in 7.68, the same time as American Trevor Bassitt whose time was a personal best.

Brittany Anderson, however, on was top of her game with another personal best performance. She ran 7.97 seconds to finish second behind Tiffany Porter of Great Britain with 7.95.

Earlier in the heats, Anderson broke eight seconds for the first time when she crossed the line in 7.96 seconds behind Tiffany Porter of Great Britain, 7.95.

Anderson, then beat her previous best of 8.02 done in New York in February 2020.

Russell Burton, the other Jamaican entrance in the final, ran 8.20 for fourth place. Gabbi Cunningham finished third in 8.08.

Jenna Prandini of USA topped the women’s 200m dash in 22.55 ahead of her compatriot Quanera Hayes, 22.70 and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, 23.01.

Earlier, Okagbare ran 7.10 to beat Jamaican Christania Williams, who equalled her personal best of 7.14secs in the women’s 60m dash.

Jamaica’s World U20 medallist athlete Shiann Salmon produced a personal best effort to stay close to American Shamier Little in the women’s 400m.

In the end, Salmon’s best of 52.85 placed her second behind Little, 51.33, also a personal best.
Salmon beat her previous best of 53.74 done in Texas this same time last year. Hurdler Little career-best mark before today was 51.74.

In the men’s long jump, Jamaican Damar Forbes finished fourth with 7.70m. American Marquis Dendy won the event with 8.21m.

Deon Lendore of Trinidad and Tobago ran 46.06 to edge out Jamaican Christopher Taylor, 46.09 in heat two of the men’s 400m. The event winner, however, was Michael Cherry of the USA with 45.24.

American Fred Kerley did not start.

In the B section of the 400m, American Trevor Bassitt came out with 45.27, a career-best.

American Sandi Morris cleared 4.88m in the women’s pole vault for a new world lead and stadium record.

Vashti Cunningham, also of the USA, was also in record-breaking form. She cleared 2.00m for a new personal best and stadium record.

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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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