Cravont Charleston runs 9.95secs to sets Paavo Nurmi Games record
Cravont Charleston runs 9.95secs to sets Paavo Nurmi Games record

U.S. sprinter Cravont Charleston maintained his excellent form this season by clocking a time of 9.95 seconds (+0.1 m/s) to win the men’s 100 meters at the 2023 Paavo Nurmi Games, setting a new meeting record in Turku on Tuesday (13). This event is part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series.

Charleston, who had previously achieved a personal best of 9.91 seconds and secured second place at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix last month, got off to a lightning-fast start in this race here today, creating a significant gap between himself and the other competitors.

The field was unable to cut into his early advantage, and the American went on to win comfortably, becoming the first man at the Paavo Nurmi Games to run under 10 seconds for the 100m. The previous meeting record of 10.00secs, was set by another American sprinter, Mike Rodgers in 2019.

Reece Prescod of Great Britain, one of the favorites before the race, managed to make a strong comeback in the closing meters of the race after a slow start, and he finished in second place with a time of 10.14 seconds. Henrik Larsson of Sweden set a national record of 10.17 seconds, securing third place.

The battle for third place was closely contested, with Australia’s Rohan Browning finishing in fourth with a time of 10.18 seconds, just ahead of Ghana’s Benjamin Azamati, who posted a time of 10.19 seconds.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, France’s Ludvy Vaillant clocked 48.50secs for a season best to defeat British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster, who ran 48.57 for a season best as well. USA’s Khallifah Rosser ran 49.16 for third.

Below are the final results of the Men’s 100m:

  1. Cravont Charleston – United States – 9.95 (Meeting Record)
  2. Reece Prescod – Great Britain – 10.14
  3. Henrik Larsson – Sweden – 10.17 (National Record)
  4. Rohan Browning – Australia – 10.18
  5. Benjamin Azamati – Ghana – 10.19
  6. Mouhamadou Fall – France – 10.24
  7. Jeremiah Azu – Great Britain – 10.24
  8. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown – Japan – 10.29

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