Kemba Nelson wins 200 season opener in San Diego

By March 28, 2021

Oregon’s Kemba Nelson continued to demonstrate how rapid progress at Oregon on Saturday when she ran a windy 22.79 over 200m to win at the 42nd Annual Aztec Invitational in San Diego, California.

In the race run with a trailing wind of 2.5m/s above the legal limit of 2.0m/s, Nelson was a class above the field defeating Kaelin Roberts of USC who clocked 22.99 and Kyra Constantine, who finished in 23.25.

Nelson, whose personal best over the 200 is 23.57 set in Kingston in June 2019. Under the conditions on Saturday, she would have likely lowered her personal best by more than 0.5.

Saturday’s run, taken together with her impressive win over 60m at the NCAA Nationals on March 13, when she ran 7.05, the second-fastest time in the world this year, makes Nelson’s progress this season impressive, considering she only joined Oregon in October 2020, less than six months ago.

She credits her coach and teammates for much of that progress.

“The environment mostly,” she told Sportsmax.TV after claiming her first indoor title, “the coaches and my training group helped me a lot to get back in shape because got there a few weeks late.”

 

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