Report18 May 2017

Reese, Rojas and Claye jump to world leads in Guadeloupe


Yulimar Rojas in action in the triple jump (© AFP / Getty Images)

World-leading performances by Brittney Reese in the long jump and Yulimar Rojas and Will Claye in the triple jump were among the highlights at the International Meeting Region de Guadeloupe in Baie Mahault on Wednesday (17).

Reese, the three-time world and 2012 Olympic champion, trailed Great Britain's Lorraine Ugen throughout the competition until stealing the victory with a 6.98m leap in the final round. Ugen reached 6.76m to finish second.

Rojas, Venezuela's Olympic silver medallist, reached 14.67m in the second round to take the triple jump win, well ahead of Jamaican Kimberly Williams, who leaped 14.35m.

On the men's side, two-time Olympic silver medallist Will Claye kicked off his season with a 17.40m effort to equal Cuban Andy Diaz's as the early season world leader. Chris Benard of the US was second, his 17.15m also a season's best.

On the track, Kori Carter won the 400m hurdles in 54.53, also a world lead. The 24-year-old, who took the 2013 NCAA title in the event, edged Ristananna Tracy of Jamaica by 0.03. 

Jenna Prandini of the US took home a sprint double, edging Dezerea Bryant by 0.02 to win the 100m in 11.25 before capping the night with a 22.70 victory in the 200m.

The men's 100m was even closer, with Mike Rodgers taking victory in 10.08, just ahead of Canada's triple Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse, who clocked a season's best of 10.10.

Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser won his fourth competition of the year in as many starts, this time a 21.79m effort, more than a metre better than Jamaican O'Dayne Richards, who reached 20.76m.

Meanwhile, Sharika Nelvis of the US beat compatriot Jasmine Stowers in the 100m hurdles 12.58-12.63 to collect her third victory in four competitions this season.

Elsewhere, Lashawn Merritt took a comfortable victory in the 400m in 44.99 and Aleec Harris, also of the US, won the 110m hurdles in 13.18.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

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