Jamaican multi Olympic and World medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown opened her 2021 indoor season with a second-place finish in the women’s 60m at the East Coast Invitational at the Virginia Beach Sports Center on Saturday (6).
Campbell-Brown finished second to American rising star Tamari Davis in a time of 7.34 seconds, after running 7.43 to win her heat earlier in the day. The 39-year-old Jamaican owns an indoor best of 7.00 and is a two-time World Indoor 60m champion in 2010 and 2012.
Davis, 17, who led all qualifiers from the semi-final heats, returned to take the final in a personal best of 7.18 to improve her previous lifetime effort by 0.01.
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American compatriot Barbara Pierre grabbing third just behind Campbell-Brown in 7.35 and Latifa Ali in her shadows at 7.36.
Meanwhile, World 400m champion Steven Gardiner from the Bahamas copped the men’s 200m with a time of 20.71 seconds. Gardiner had opened his season with a 32.70 seconds 300m performance in Birmingham, AL, last month.
Joseph Manu collected second in 21.24 and Chidi Okezie finished third in 21.36.
Jackson Webb topped the men’s 60m field with a 6.64 seconds performance, while St. Kitts and Nevis’ Warren Hazel took the men’s 400m with 46.97.
1 Davis, Tamari Adidas 7.18
2 Campbell-Brown, Veronica Modern Sprints 7.34
3 Pierre, Barbara Unattached 7.35
4 Ali, Latifa Coppin State 7.36
5 Ray, Shannon Empire Athletics 7.49
6 Dirks, Samatha Empire Athletics 7.53
7 Stiverne, Aiyanna Unattached 7.60
1 Gardiner, Steven Adidas 20.71
2 Manu, Joseph Coppin State 21.24
3 Okezie, Chidi Unattached 21.36
4 Opuni, Abayie Coppin State 21.81