Jamaicans continue to impress in Europe

September 07, 2023
Natasha Morrison
Natasha Morrison

Jamaican athletes continued their good form in European meets yesterday, as Natasha Morrison, Shanieka Ricketts, Oblique Seville and Rusheen McDonald had easy wins in their events, while there was a second-place finish for Amoi Brown.

They participated at the Palio Citta della Quercia World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Meet in Roverto, Italy, and Morrison led the way for the Jamaicans.

She got the better of United States of America's (USA) Twanisha Terry for the second meet in a row, to win the women's 100 metres in 11.00 seconds for a meet record, erasing the 2016 mark of 11.02 by Jamaica's Christania Williams.

Terry was second in 11.06 seconds, with third going to Gina Bass of Gambia in 11.08 as Jamaica's Briana Williams had to settle for fifth in 11.22.

Seville, in his first season on the European circuit, continued his impressive form by winning the men's 100 metres for the second time in two days. He improved on his 10.01 seconds win in Switzerland on Sunday, to clock 10.00 seconds yesterday.

Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya, as in Switzerland, was again second in 10.15 seconds, with Mouhamadou Fall of France third in 10.22. Seville's countrymen Michael Campbell was fourth in 10.29, and national champion Rohan Watson eighth in 10.45.

McDonald also maintained his winning form in the men's 400 metres, as despite not going sub-45 seconds, he stopped the clock at 45.46 seconds for the victory, getting the better of Manuel Sanders of Germany, who did 45.53 and South Africa's Zakithi Nene with 45.69.

As with Morrison and McDonald, Ricketts warmed up for tomorrow's Brussels Diamond League Meet with a big win in the women's triple jump. She leapt 14.92 metres to win the event, just behind her season's best of 14.93. Dominica Republic's Thea LaFond with 14.67 metres and Lithuania's Dovile Kilty with 14.04 were second and third, respectively.

Sprint hurdler Brown finished second in the women's 100 metres hurdles in 12.85 seconds. Sarah Levin of Ireland won in 12.78, while USA's Taliyah Brooks was third with 12.91.

In other events that Jamaicans participated in, shot putter Rajindra Campbell finished sixth in the men's shot put with 20.24 metres, with sprint hurdler Orlando Bennett finishing seventh in the men's 110 metres hurdles in 14.03 seconds.

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