Elaine Thompson, Tajay Gayle score wins in China

By May 21, 2019

Elaine Thompson won the 200m dash at the two-day 2019 Nanjing World Challenge meeting in China on Tuesday in a season’s best 22.40.

The result was a nice rebound from her third-place finish in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai last Saturday.

The 2016 double-Olympic gold medallist was in complete charge of the race pulling away to win ahead of Qatar’s Salwa Eid Naser, who crossed second in 22.56, just ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare who clocked 22.58.

Thompson was one of two Caribbean winners at the meet as Omar McLeod and Danniel Thomas-Dodd had to settle for second place finishes in the 110m hurdles and the shot put events, respectively.

On Monday, Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle followed up his win in 8.30m-win Shanghai with another big effort winning the long jump with 8.21m. At the event held in the streets of Nanjing, the Chinese pair of Yaoguang Zhang and Xinglong Gao were second and third, respectively with identical marks of 8.10m

McLeod, who won in a season-best 13.12s in Shanghai at the weekend, this time played second fiddle to Spaniard Orlando Ortega. The two raced stride for stride with Ortega just managing to edge the 2016 Olympic champion to the line to stop the clock at 13.27s to McLeod’s 13.28.

The USA’s Freddie Crittenden was third in 13.37s.

Thomas-Dodd produced another 19m throw this season but it was only good enough for silver as China’s Lijiao Gong set a mark of 19.84m for the win.

The Jamaican’s mark of 19.21m was the same as the USA’s Chase Ealey who was third.

 

 

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