Report24 Apr 2022

Brown and Boling among athletes to make a statement with speedy sprint times


US sprinter Brittany Brown (© Getty Images)

On a busy weekend of action, Brittany Brown was among the athletes to make their mark with a wind-assisted 10.66 (3.2m/s) for 100m at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas, on Saturday (23).

The US 2019 world 200m silver medallist continues to make strides in the shorter event, having run a PB of 10.99 at the start of the month and begun the year with a best of 11.21. In Waco, she beat Olympic bronze medallist Gabby Thomas with 10.80.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Tonea Marshall ran a marginally wind-aided 12.36 (2.1m/s) ahead of her US compatriot Chanel Brisset (12.52) and Jamaica’s Ackera Nugent (12.79).

Olympic champion Athing Mu returned to 800m running for the first time since August and eased to victory in 2:02.07.

Bryce Deadmon got a 400m win in 44.81, while Nicole Yeargin won the women’s one-lap race in 51.32 ahead of Olympic 400m hurdles silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad (51.50).

On Friday, Khallifah Rosser ran a world 400m hurdles lead of 48.26, while Trayvon Bromell took the 200m in 20.55 (0.5m/s).

USA’s Cambrea Sturgis ran a world 100m lead of 10.87 (1.8m/s) on Saturday at the Aggie Classic in North Carolina, improving on this year’s previous wind-legal best of 10.89 recorded by Jamaica’s Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah in California last weekend. Christopher Belcher won the men’s race in a wind-assisted 10.02 (2.7m/s).

The day before, Randolph Ross won the 200m in 20.51 (-0.3m/s) and Brandon Hicklin improved his long jump PB to 8.18m.

At the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Matthew Boling dipped under 20 seconds for 200m for the first time, clocking 19.92 (-0.9m/s) to break another barrier after his first wind-legal sub-10 100m in Florida the week before, when he clocked 9.98.

Around an hour after his 200m run, he clocked a 44.98 split as part of Georgia’s winning 3:06.10 4x400m.

There was a world-leading 400m by Olympic champion Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas, who ran 44.22 on his one-lap season debut at the LSU Alumni Gold meeting. USA’s Vernon Norwood was second in 44.59 and Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith third in 44.61.

Aleia Hobbs ran a wind-assisted 10.84 (4.2m/s) to win the 100m ahead of Favour Ofili and Mikiah Brisco, both with 10.90. Eric Edwards won the 110m hurdles with a PB of 13.34 (2.0m/s), while Alia Armstrong recorded a windy 12.55 (3.6m/s) to take the 100m hurdles.

Nigeria’s Olympic and world bronze medallist Ese Brume soared out to a mark of 7.08m to win the long jump, aided by a 2.5m/s wind. She also recorded a wind-legal 6.75m (1.8m/s).

Olympic and world relay gold medallist Michael Cherry ran a 43.81 opening leg to help his Tiger Olympians  'A' team to a 3:02.37 4x400m win.

USA’s Olympic fourth-place finisher Devon Allen set a world lead in the 110m hurdles on Saturday (23), clocking 13.12 (1.1m/s) at the Navy Spring Invitational in Annapolis. He also won the 100m in 10.20 (1.8m/s) and 200m in 20.65 (1.3m/s), all within the space of three hours.

In her first race of her final season, US sprint great Allyson Felix ran 22.40 (1.8m/s) to win the 200m at the USC Outdoor Open in Columbia, beating Melissa Jefferson with 22.46.

Jamaica’s 2015 world champion Danielle Williams also started her season with a win in the 100m hurdles, clocking 12.61 (1.1m/s), while her compatriot Danniel Thomas-Dodd, the world silver medallist, threw 18.72m to win the shot put.

Ghana‘s Joseph Amoah ran his first sub-10 100m with 9.94 (0.8m/s) at the Morgan State Legacy Meet in Baltimore and now sits second behind his compatriot Benjamin Azamati (9.90) on this season’s top list.

Abby Steiner continued her strong season at the Kentucky Invitational on Friday (22), clocking a PB of 22.05 (0.5m/s) to win the 200m and move to third on this season’s top list behind Favour Ofili (21.96) and Gabby Thomas (22.02). Steiner’s 22.38 into a -5.6m/s headwind after a wind legal 10.92 100m in Baton Rouge two weeks earlier had been a sign of things to come and she now sits third on the NCAA all-time 200m list.

Steiner returned to team up with Karimah Davis, Dajour Miles and Alexis Holmes to run 3:25.79 in the 4x400m.

The men’s 200m was won by Christian Coleman in 19.92 (0.5m/s).

A men’s 4 x mile relay best had been the target at the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field on Saturday (23). While missing the 15:49.08 recorded by Ireland in 1985, Matt Wisner (3:59.69), James West (4:01.81), Cole Hocker (3:57.31) and Cooper Teare (3:53.24) combined to clock 15:52.05 for the second fastest ever time for the event.


Parchment opens season with a win at Velocity Fest

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment started his season with a win at the MVP Velocity Fest 11, a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger event, in Kingston on Saturday (23).

The Jamaican clocked 13.20 (0.8m/s) for the second-fastest time of the season so far behind Devon Allen’s 13.12 run the same day.

Rasheed Broadbell finished second in Kingston, running 13.31.

Parchment’s fellow Olympic gold medallist, sprint great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was also in action and she opened her season with second place in the 200m, clocking 22.79 behind Anthonique Strachan of The Bahamas with 22.55.

Ackeem Blake went quickest in the men’s 100m finals, running 10.08 (1.3m/s) to beat Yohan Blake with 10.11.

In her first 100m hurdles race of the year, Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper won in 12.80 (0.3m/s), while Candice McLeod clocked 51.20 in her 400m final.



Sorokin runs 6:05:41 world 100,000m track best

Over in the UK, Lithuania’s Aleksandr Sorokin clocked 6:05:41 for a world 100,000m track best at the Centurion Track 100 in Bedford on Saturday (23).

Although not an official world record distance on the track, his time is faster than the road 100km world record of 6:09:14 set by Japan’s Nao Kazami at the Lake Saroma 100k in Japan in 2018.

Running laps of the Bedford International Athletics Stadium track, Sorokin recorded 3:01:51 for his 50km split and went on to pass the 50 mile mark in 4:53:41 before finishing with 6:05:41 on the clock at 100,000m. His average pace for the full distance was 3:39 per kilometre or 5:53 per mile.

Sorokin’s fellow 2019 IAU 24 Hour World Championships winner Camille Herron was also in action in Bedford and the US ultrarunner clocked 3:46:31 for 50km and 7:39:06 for 100km before ending her run at around 70 miles.

Britain’s Alex Whearity won the 100-mile men’s event in 12:42:04, while the women’s event was won by Britain’s Samantha Amend in 14:10:41.