Gatlin, Oliver win at Tom Jones Memorial Invitational

Justin Gatlin ran away with the men’s 200 metres dash title at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational here in Gainesville, FL on Saturday.

Full Results From Tom Jones Memorial Invitational

The American was way off Walter Dix’s track record of 19.69secs, but was comfortably home in 20.11secs – beating Martina Churandy from the Netherlands Antilles who clocked 20.42 for second place.

Florida’s Tony McQuay continues to impress this season, after he won the fourth heat in 20.60, which was the third fastest overall on the day.

Charonda Williams won the women’s sprint double.

Williams won the 100m with a time of 11.27. She defeated the Jamaica pair of Aleen Bailey (11.32) and Samantha Henry (11.39).

Justin Gatlin
American Justin Gatlin celebrate/PHOTO/Randy Miyazaki

Williams returned to win the 200m in a quick 22.81 – again beating Bailey (23.11). Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was on the list of competitors did not take part.

Florida’s senior Jeff Demps won the men’s 100m race with a time of 10.19. British sprinter Adam Gemili had the second fastest time, at 10.23, with Rondell Sorrillo Trinidad and Tobago running 10.32 for third.

Jamaica’s IAAF World Youth and World Junior Championships 100m gold medallist Dexter Lee was sixth overall with 10.38.

David Oliver ran a world-leading time of 13.17 secs to win the men’s 110m hurdles. Former world champion Ryan Brathwaite from Barbados opened his outdoor campaign with a 13.29secs second place finish to Oliver – with third place going to Joel Brown, who ran 13.30.

The women’s international 100m hurdles race was won by Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter, who clocked a wind-aided 12.47 (+3.0).

American Calvin Smith won the men’s 400m dash after taking the first heat in the time-finals with a 45.72 secs. Trinidad and Tobago’s Renny Quow, who was expected to challenge Smith did not finish.

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