Hurdles Masterclass

McLeod, Russell on top at Prefontaine Classic

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Olympic champion Omar McLeod and Janieve Russell provided Jamaica with two victories at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, yesterday.

But Elaine Thompson only managed to finish third in a hotly contested women's 100m.

McLeod, who was notching his second 110 hurdles Diamond League victory, eased home in 13.01 (3.0 mps) ahead of Authorized Neutral Athlete (UNA) Sergey Shubenkov in 13.08. American Devon Allen was third in 13.13, just ahead of Spain's Orlando Ortega with 13.17.

Jamaica's Commonwealth Games champion Ronald Levy was fifth in 13.26 and was just ahead of American world record holder Aries Merritt in 13.27.

Last week McLeod won in Shanghai in a world-leading 13.16, and looks set to dominate his pet event once more.

Meanwhile, in form Janieve Russell turned the tables on reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad of the US and won the women's 400m hurdles in a splendid 54.06 seconds. Muhammad was second in 54.09 with Georganne Moline, also of the US, third in 54.33.

At the Shanghai Diamond League meet in China, Muhammad clocked a season's best 53.77 and edged Russell, who established her personal best of 53.78.

Russell, running out of lane four, had to turn on the afterburners with two hurdles out as she trailed Muhammad by five metres, but she closed rapidly to snatch victory on the line.

So it was sweet revenge for Russell and more importantly, a very good confidence booster, as she also had behind her two-time World champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic who was sixth in 55.36.

Jamaica's double Olympic champion Thompson finished third in the women's 100m in 10.98 (1.9 mps) behind the Ivory Coast pair of Marie-Jose Ta Lou in a fast 10.88, and Murielle Ahoure with 10.90. Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers was fourth in 11.01 with American World champion Torie Bowie fifth in 11.03.

Jamaica's quarter-miler Stephenie-Ann McPherson was fifth in the women's 400m in 51.01 seconds in an event won by the outstanding Shaunae Miller-Uibo in 49.52. American Phyllis Francis was second in 50.81.

— Howard Walker

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