Jonielle Smith won the women's 100m at Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera 2023
Jonielle Smith won the women's 100m at Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera 2023

SCHIFFLANGE, LUXEMBOURG: Jonielle Smith and Amoi Brown showcased their talents at the CAS Meeting International 2023, setting new records in their events.

In the men’s 100m, Kishane Thompson’s absence was notable after his impressive 9.99 seconds in the heats, mirroring a previous occurrence at the Jamaica Trials. His coach, Stephen Francis, had provided an explanation for this decision.

Jonielle Smith was undoubtedly one of the day’s highlights, securing victory in the women’s 100m and setting a new meeting record with a time of 11.18 seconds. She left her clubmate Serena Cole of MVP in her wake, as Cole secured a commendable second place with a time of 11.25. The Jamaican athletes showed their strength, occupying the top six positions in the event. Krystal Sloley (11.30), Tina Clayton (11.44), Jura Levy (11.45), and Tia Clayton (11.50) secured the 3rd to 6th spots, reinforcing Jamaica’s dominance on the track.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Amoi Brown stamped her authority, setting a new meeting record with a solid performance of 12.75 seconds. She outclassed South Africa’s Marion Fourie, who ran 12.86, while American Talie Bonds secured third place with a time of 12.86. Germany’s Viktoria Muller claimed the fourth position with a time of 13.85.

Adding to Jamaica’s success at the meet, Christoff Bryan soared to victory in the high jump, clearing an impressive height of 2.19 meters. He engaged in an intense battle with Great Britain’s Joel Clarke-Khan, who matched Bryan’s height to claim the second spot.

Meanwhile, Kemi Adekoya emerged triumphant in the women’s 400m with a time of 51.34 seconds.

In the women’s long jump, Australian athlete Samantha Dale won with 6.46 meters.

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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.