Taplin thrills home crowd with third fastest 400m time this season

By Sports Desk April 14, 2019
Grenada's Bralon Taplin Grenada's Bralon Taplin

Grenadian quarter miler Bralon Taplin treated his home fans to a blistering run to claim the 400m title at the Grenada Invitational on Saturday.

The 26-year-old sprinter easily dismissed the field to clock a speedy 44.92, well clear of the United States’ Vernon Norwood who was second in a time of 45.43.  Great Britain’s Dwayne Cowan was third with a time of 46.29.

Rusheen McDonald, the Jamaica national record holder, was fourth with a time of 46.35, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Asa Guevera following next in 46.92. 

The time was the third fastest in the world this season, bettered only by the United States’ Tyrell Richard’s 44.81 and Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who has the fastest time in the world this year at 44.60.

In the women’s equivalent, it was Jamaica’s Christine Day who dominated the field, coasting home in 52.48 to claim the top spot.  Jaide Stepter of the United States took second place in 52.38, with Travia Jones of Canada third in 53.90.

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