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Asafa Powell Wins 200m At Michael Johnson Invitational

WACO, TX – Olympic gold medallist Asafa Powell continued his Rio 2016 preparations with a victory over the 200m at the 2016 Michael Johnson Invitational here at Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium on Saturday night (23).

WACO, TX – Olympic gold medallist Asafa Powell continued his Rio 2016 preparations with a victory over the 200m at the 2016 Michael Johnson Invitational here at Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium on Saturday night (23). Complete Results

Powell, who opened his outdoor campaign with a 400m shake out last month, moved down in events this time to run the half lap and the Jamaican World Indoor Championships 60m silver medallist ran 20.51 seconds to beat Diondre Batson, who was second in 20.55.

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World Indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell of USA was listed to compete in the event as well, but the IAAF World Championships 100m bronze medallist decided to skip the event.

The former Baylor University standout did, however, took the top spot in the men’s 100m after running 10.04 (-0.1 m/s).

Former Olympic and World champion Jeremy Wariner clocked the third fastest time in the men’s 400m, as collegiate athletes Wil London and Kyle Collins captured the top two spots.

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Wariner ran a time of 45.72 secs to win the sixth section over three Brazilians Pedro Burmann (45.88), Hugo Sousa (45.92) and Lucas Carvalho (46.23), but was the third fastest runner overall.

The quickest times of the evening were posted by talented Baylor freshman Wil London, who ran 45.28 to take the seventh heat ahead of Kyle Collins, a junior at Texas Tech who stopped the clock at 45.33.

Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria won the women’s 200m in 22.87 seconds, running in a slight headwind of -0.3 m/s. Okagbare won the seventh heat.

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Clocking the second fastest time overall on the day was American Ashleigh Nelson, who finished in 22.96 (-0.2), with Baylor’s freshman Kiana Horton (23.02) getting third overall.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, the 100m winner, was fourth overall in 23.14 after finishing behind Okagbare in her heat.

Ahye had earlier won the women’s 100m in 11.13 seconds with Texas A&M freshman Brenessa Thompson running 11.31 secs for second and Jamaica’s three-time Olympic gold medallist Kerron Stewart taking third in 11.32.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com.

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