Report15 May 2016

Goodwin soars to 8.45m long jump in Guadeloupe


USA's Marquise Goodwin in action in the long jump (© Getty Images)

Marquise Goodwin soared to a personal best and world lead of 8.45m (0.8m/s) when winning the men's long jump at the Meeting Region Guadeloupe on Saturday evening (14).

The 25-year-old US long jumper held a previous best of 8.33m, which dated back to the 2012 US Olympic Trials, but he surpassed that in style on Saturday night, adding 12 centimetres to his best and eclipsing Ruswahl Samaai's previous world-leading jump of 8.34m.

The runner-up, compatriot Mike Hartfield, also set a PB with a best of 8.34m (0.3m/s). His previous PB stood at 8.27m, set at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Beijing last year. 

World indoor champion Marquis Dendy took third in what was his first outdoor long jump of the season, the 23-year-old recording a best of 8.19m. 

James flies to 44.15, Powell powers to 10.04

On the track, meanwhile, Kirani James continued his winning ways in the men's 400m. The Grenadian recorded 44.15 to win easily from compatriot Bralon Taplin (44.54) and Jamaica's Javon Francis (44.77).

Jamaica's Asafa Powell also had a strong showing over 100m, running a meeting record of 10.04. There was also a meeting record in the women's 100m, with English Gardner of the US running 11.04 for the win. 

Lashawn Merritt was in action over 200m, which he won with ease in 20.15 (-0.2m/s) ahead of fellow US sprinter BeeJay Lee (20.31) and Canada's Andre De Grasse (20.46), who also finished third in the 100m earlier in the evening with 10.20. 

Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica was best in the women's 400m hurdles with 55.34, while Jordin Andrade of the US won the men's race in 49.52 ahead of Jamaicans Roxroy Cato (49.98) and Leford Green (49.98). 

Kristi Castlin led a US sweep of the women's 100m hurdles, winning in 12.69 ahead of Sharika Nelvis and Queen Harrison, who were both timed at 12.76. In equally still conditions (0.1m/s), the men's 110m hurdles went to USA's Ronnie Ash in 13.33.

In the women's 400m, Francena McCorory was an impressive winner in 50.73. 

Bahamas' Donald Thomas had his best performance of the outdoor season to date when winning the men's high jump with 2.31m. 

The women's long jump went to Kenyattia Hackworth with 6.61m, while compatriot Felisha Johnson took victory in the women's shot put with 18.34m. 

Cathal Dennehy for the IAAF