Kirani James wins Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića
Kirani James of Grenada

Kirani James’ 400m victory, Sha’Carri Richardson sizzler in women’s 200m and Fred Kerley beating Justin Gatlin were the exciting results from Wednesday’s (19 May) Ostrava Golden Spike, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold.

Grenadian James ran his second sub-45 race this season. His 44.74 run got the better of American Vernon Norwood, 45.28.

James, the winner of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Deagu World Championships, ran 44.88 in April.

Richardson kept up her excellent start to the season with victory in the women’s 200m in 22.35 ahead of Blessing Okagbare in 22.59.
Richardson ran 10.74 in the heats (+1.1m/s wind) and returned with 10.77 into a -1.2 m/s at USATF Golden Games in Walnut, California on 9 May.

Sub-44 400m competitor Kerley handed Justin Gatlin a defeat in the 100m, 9.96 to 10.08. Kerley had to settle for second in the 200m behind fellow American Kenny Bednarek, 19.93 to 20.27.

Uganda’s world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo moved to seventh on the world all-time 10,000m list with 26:33.93 WL courtesy of a super-fast closing 5000m of 13:06.

His teammate Joshua Cheptegei fell short of the world 3000m record in the last race of the track but still emerged victorious in 7:33.24 WL ahead of Paul Chelimo 7:41.69. Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale won the 3000m steeplechase in a world lead of 8:09.47.

Another standout result came in the men’s 800m with 18-year-old Max Burgin winning in a world lead and European U20 record of 1:44.14 by more than one second from Tony Van Diepen in 1:45.38. At the same time, teammate Keely Hodgkinson, 19, set a lifetime best of 1:58.89 and a European U20 record in the women’s 800m.

Also, in the middle distances, Polish veteran Marcin Lewandowski won the men’s 1500m in 3:35.57. Ethiopia’s Frewenyi Hailu was a surprise victor of the women’s 1500m in 4:04.20 PB ahead of Slovenia’s Marusa Mismas-Zrimsek in 4:07.50. World record-holder Genzebe Dibaba dropped out on the last lap.

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