Yohan Blake and Megan Tapper at American Track League 2021
Megan Simmonds wins the women's 100m hurdles final in 12.79, personal best, ahead of Shermaine Williams 12.96 and Nickeisha Wilson 12.97...Danielle Williams did not finish ‪#‎JamaicaTrials‬ ‪#‎Rio2016‬

Yohan Blake and Megan Tapper were among the Jamaican winners at Sunday’s (18 July) American Track League (ATL) Meet at Trabuco Hills High School in California, United States.

Jamaicans, led by Blake, dominated the hall lap event. Blake ran 20.22 to win ahead of fellow Jamaicans Rasheed Dwyer, 20.22, Jevaughn Minzie, 20.29 and Jazeel Murphy, 20.49.

Tapper, Jamaica Olympic Trials winner, sizzled to an impressive 12.48 seconds win in the women’s 100m hurdles. The time, however, was supported by a +3.6m/s wind. Yanique Thompson was third in 12.75, and American Evonne Britton, second in 12.72.

Minzie, Whyte and Jenkins secure wins American Track League

Minzie won the men’s 100m dash, running 10.09 seconds, supported by a +2.3m/s tailwind. Three other Jamaicans, Tyquendo Tracey, 10.11 for fourth, Jazeel Murphy, 10.15 for sixth and Javoy Tucker, 10.22 for seventh, also took part in the race. Murphy ran a personal best, 10.17s in the heats.

Dwyer also ran 10.17 but did not contest the final. Minzie ran 10.18.

In the women’s 400m hurdles, Tokyo 2020 bound Whyte ran 55.57 to beat Grace Claxton of Puerto Rica, 56.26.

Jenkins, who is also heading to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, won the women’s 400m in 51.53 ahead of American Jaide Stepter 51.87 and fellow Jamaican Anastasia Le-Roy, 51.99.

Candace Hill takes double at American Track League

Hill ran 10.99 (+2.5m/s wind) to beat Barbados’ Tristan Evelyn, 11.23 and Jamaican Remona Burchell, 11.24.
Le-Roy, later ran 22.79 in the women’s 200m, won by Hill, 22.30 (+3.3m/s). Burchell finished sixth in 23.63.

In the men’s 400m, Jamaicans Nathon Allen, 45.89 for second and Demish Gaye, 46.04 for fourth, ran their last race before next week’s start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Khallifah Rosser of the USA won the event in 45.74. Jamal Walton of Cayman Islands ran 46.76 for fifth.

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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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