Wins for Dwyer, Knight and Porter at American Track League meeting in Georgia

By July 03, 2022

Andrenette Knight, Rasheed Dwyer and Chanice Porter were among the winners at the American Track League meeting in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday. There were also podium places for quarter-milers Rusheen McDonald, Demish Gaye as well as shot putter O’Dayne Richards.

Knight, 25, the fastest Jamaican woman over 400m hurdles this year, rebounded from her nasty fall at Jamaica’s national championship a week ago to win the event in 53.85. Tia’Adana Belle was the runner-up in 55.75 while Noelle Montcalm finished third in 56.67.

Dwyer, who will be travelling to the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon in less than two weeks, cruised to an easy victory in the 200m. He clocked 20.45 to finish ahead of Akeem Sirleaf, who ran a season-best 20.57 for second place. The final podium spot went to Mario Heslop, who ran 20.66.

Meanwhile, in the long jump, Chanice Porter, who will also represent Jamaica at the World Championships, jumped a season-best 6.55m to win the long jump. Tifanny Flynn soared out to 6.48m for second place as Sha’ Keda Saunders (6.43m) finished third.

O’Dayne Richards threw a season-best 20.47m to finish third in the men’s shot put competition that was won by New Zealand’s Tom Walsh with a mark of 21.69m. Roger Steen throw 21.47m for second place.

Back on the track, Shockoria Wallace, ran 11.25 to win the 100m over compatriots Olympians Natasha Morrison (11.33) and Remona Burchell (11.34).

Jamaica’s 400m record holder was second in the 400m clocking 45.43 to finish ahead of compatriot Demish Gaye (45.47) in the race won by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk in a season-best 44.58.

Tiffany James was the runner-up in the women’s race clocking 51.70. The one-lapper was won by Na ‘Asha Robinson in 51.54. Shakima Wimbley finished third in 52.22.

In the 800m, Ghana’s Alex Amankwa ran 1:45.14 to claim victory over Mexico’s Jesus Lopez (1:45.30) and Jamaica’s Rajay Hamilton (1:46.19).

 

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