— Guyana’s Adam Harris places second
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Sprinter Richard Thompson ran his fastest time in two years to win the 100 metres at the International Twilight Games here Friday.
The 28-year-old, who has slipped from the spotlight ever since his explosion onto the international scene six years ago, clocked 10.10 seconds at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, to win comfortably in a new meet record.
Guyanese Adam Harris clinched second in a time of 10.23 seconds with former junior world champion Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago, third in 10.31 seconds.
Thompson produced a stunner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to take silver behind reigning World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, but has tailed off since then.
He was, however, part of the T&T sprint relay team which took bronze at the London 2012 Olympics.
American Tawanna Meadows, meanwhile, surged to the line in a meet record 11.18, to take honours in the corresponding women’s event.
She was followed home by Barbadian Jade Bailey in 11.37 and Trinidadian Kamaria Durant in 11.46.
Trinidadian Cleopatra Borel added another meet record when she rode roughshod over her competition in the women’s shot putt. The 35-year-old measured 18.83 metres, to easily beat Cuban Yaniuvis Lopez (16.64m) and Trinidadian Cherisse Murray (13.58m).
There were three other meet records with Cuban Gilda Aguilera winning the women’s 400 metres in 52.28 seconds, her compatriot Jorge Martinez capturing the men’s 800 metres in one minute, 47.83 seconds and home town girl Dawnel Collymore taking the women’s equivalent in 2:16.59.