Caribbean athletes among top finishers
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, CMC-Athletes from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic were among the highest finishers as competition began yesterday in the IAAF Diamond league meet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Although gold medals eluded Caribbean athletes, sprinter Nesta Carter and hurdler Felix Sanchez placed second in their respective races on the heels of American athletes.
Sanchez lost his battle with American Michael Tinsley who stopped the clock at 48.50 seconds to avenge his defeat against the Dominican Republic’s athlete at the just concluded London Olympics.
Sanchez, who turns 35 at the end of August, clocked 48.93 over a minute more than the 47.63 seconds he registered to win the Olympic gold medal last week.
Two other Caribbean athletes finished in the top four- Jamaica’s Leford Green placed third in 48.97 seconds while Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago took 4th position in 49.00 seconds.
Jamaican sprinters Nesta Carter and Michael Frater placed second and third in the men’s 100 metres as Olympic finalist Ryan Bailey of the United States breezed to victory in 9.93 seconds.
Carter crossed the line in 10.06 and Frater 10.12.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson finished in 6th position.
Meantime, Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton continues her poor run of form in the 100 metres hurdles after failing to advance in the London Olympics.