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Hands on!

Hughes edges Blake in world-leading 10.01secs on night of Gibson fireworks

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Former Kingston College (KC) 100m record holder Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain stunned Yohan Blake and the National Stadium to capture the 100m in a world-leading 10.01 (0.8 mps) seconds at the Gibson McCook Relays last night.

The 22-year-old Hughes wasn't the best away, but once he came out of his drive phase, from lane two he turned on the after burners and swept past his Racers teammate Blake to establish his personal best —although he failed to dip below the coveted 10-second barrier.

Hughes erased the previous world best of 10.10 held by Australian Trae Williams, established on February 16, and now has the first and third best times following his 10.18 clocking at the Camperdown Classic a few weeks ago.

The 28-year-old Blake, who is expected to take over the reins from the retired Usain Bolt, got a good start, looked relaxed, and appeared as he would be an easy winner, but was second in a season's best of 10.05.

The promising Nigel Ellis of Elite Performance was third in 10.26.

Up to press time, both Kingston College and Jamaica College (JC) had won two relays each, while Edwin Allen had taken two titles in the girls' section.

Sprintec's Natasha Morrison won the women's 100m in 11.38 (0.3 mps) ahead of SashaLee Forbes of GC Foster in 11.49. Roneisha McGregor of Racers was third with 11.66.

JC took the boys' Class One 4x100m fairly comfortably in 39.92 seconds as their anchor leg runner Michali Everett even had time to look across on Jhevaughn Matherson of KC, who closed late for second in 40.00. Wolmer's Boys' were third in 41.06.

St Jago won the Class Two in 41.00 seconds, ahead of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in 41.24, with Sachin Dennis flying on anchor. KC were third in 41.92 with JC fourth with 42.39.

KC took Class Three in 42.88 ahead of STETHS in 43.76 and JC third with 43.89. Cornwall College finished fourth in 45.06 and secured their second 4x100m crown; this time running away in Class Four in 45.15 ahead of KC with 45.50, while St George's College were third in 48.11.

Then a smooth-looking Yohan Blake led Racers Track Club to an impressive 38.36 victory in the men's 4x100m relay for clubs. MVP were second in 38.87, with Sprintec third in 39.39.

Meanwhile, Olympic 100m silver medallist Sherone Simpson anchored Sprintec to victory in the women's club 4x100 in 43.84 seconds ahead of GC Foster in 44.41. University of Technology (UTech) were third in 44.80.

Edwin Allen girls captured two of the four 4x100 relays as their Class One team won in 44.81 and Class Three clocked a splendid 44.76 for a new record. Hydel won the Class Two in 45.43, while St Jago stormed to victory in Class Four in 48.23 seconds.

Devaughn Smith of Knox Community College won the men's mile Open in 4:17.48 minutes ahead of Thaleetio Green of UTech with 4:17.70. Lenford Adams of Knox Community College was third in 4:19.63. KC's schoolboy Arymanya Rodgers finished a creditable fourth in 4:21.44 minutes.

Samantha Pryce of Holmwood Technical High won the Women's Mile Open in 5:06.44 minutes. The Edwin Allen pair of Aneisha Ingram and Jeima Davis were second and third, in 5:12.51 and 5:16.57, respectively.

The 4x800m relays for both male and female were a joy to behold. KC brought the house down with some bold front running, especially on the third and fourth legs, and repelled the challenge of the feared St Jago quartet and the improving JC unit.

KC won in 7:34.42 as anchor leg runner Colin Rowe went into a series of overdrives to hold the dangerous Leon Clarke at bay as St Jago was second in 7:35.18. JC was third with 7:37.43 minutes. .

In the girls' 4x800m, Edwin Allen brought the house down in record fashion capturing the event in 8:46.40 minutes after repelling the challenge of Chrisanna May and Holmwood Technical, who were second with 8:48.66. Spalding High were some distance back in third in 8:54.64.

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