Olympic double dash champion Elaine Thompson Herah and Olympic 110 metres hurdles champion Hansle Parchment continued their sturdy begins to the 2022 season with victories on the Puerto Rico Athletics Traditional in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Thursday.
Thompson Herah clocked 10.93 seconds to win the 100m with Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago ending second in 11.06 and American Shania Collins putting third in 11.08. Jamaica’s Natalliah Whyte was fifth in 11.13.
Thompson Herah mentioned she was glad to have the ability to proceed her injury-free begin to the season and loved her first expertise competing in Puerto Rico.
“It’s a pleasure to be here, first time in Puerto Rico. The course is amazing,” Thompson Herah mentioned after the race. Thompson Herah’s lifetime finest is 10.54 which she set final August in Portland, Oregon. She has the third-fastest time on the earth this yr with 10.89 whereas four-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set the brand new world-leading time of 10.67 seconds final Saturday in Kenya.
Parchment beat American Devon Allen within the 110m hurdles, clocking a season’s better of 13.15 seconds for victory whereas Allen was second with 13.20. His compatriot Jamal Britt got here third in 13.30. Whereas Parchment mentioned that he was happy with the win, he was centered on the required corrections to his approach.
“So many things to fix. I’m sure coach is already getting his little book ready with all the things I need to work (on),” Parchment mentioned. “Otherwise, I had fun. Good atmosphere. It was warm, so it was good.” Jamaica’s Damion Thomas completed seventh in 13.58.
Within the males’s 100m, 2011 World champion Yohan Blake completed fourth in warmth one of many 100m in 10.29 however didn’t begin the ultimate which was received by world championship bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell of the USA. Tyquendo Tracy completed sixth in the identical warmth in 10.35 and didn’t advance to the ultimate.
In the meantime, dash hurdler Danielle Williams completed third within the girls’s 100m hurdles clocking 12.67 seconds. American Alaysha Johnson received the occasion in 12.50 forward of Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, 12.52.
Janieve Russell, the 2018 Commonwealth Video games champion, led a Jamaican sweep of the highest three locations within the girls’s 400m hurdles last. Russell received the occasion in 54.09, the second-fastest time on the earth this yr. Shiann Salmon was second in 54.43 whereas World Championship bronze medallist Rushell Clayton positioned third in 54.90.