Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix sounded his own warning ahead of this summer’s London Olympic Games with a wind-aided 9.85 seconds to take the invitational 100m at the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday.
The American was pushed slightly by a wind of +2.4 m/s, but his move in the second part of the race shows that his training is right on schedule for the busy summer.
Dix made a decision to switch location move from Florida to Southern California to train with American teammate Carmelita Jeter and Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson under the veteran John Smith last November.
“The opportunity arose and after thinking about it for awhile, I thought with how I’m trying to continue to improve and the chance to work with coach Smith would be a good idea,” Dix said on the IAAF website.
“So far everything is really going well. Not really thinking too much about the transition as I just go to practice.”
Dix’s fellow American Mike Rodgers was second in 9.97, with Nigeria’s Peter Emelieze taking third in 10.08. Great Britain’s Marlon Devonish false started.
Former world championships champion Lauryn Williams of USA won the women’s race in 11.17 seconds. The wind check for that race was +1.5 m/s.
Finishing second and third to Williams were Michelle Lee Ahyee of Trinidad-Tobago, who ran 11.19 and American Lisa Barber, who clocked 11.20.
The men’s 400m race went to Great Britain’s Martyn Rooney, who produced a world leading time of 44.92 to edge out Jeremy Wariner, who clocked 44.96.
Elsewhere at the meeting American Brittney Reese leaped a world-leading 7.12m to erase Carol Lewis’ 1984 meeting record, which previously was 6.97m.
Jamal Aarrass won the men’s Mile run in a time of 3:52.21, Jason Richardson ran a 3.7 m/s wind-assisted time of 13.20 to take the men’s 110m hurdles, while Michelle Perry raced to 12.70 (+2.5) to win the women’s 100m hurdles over Joanna Hayes (12.72).
Micheal Tinsley of USA won the men’s 400m hurdles in 48.83 and he defeated Angelo Taylor, 49.38.