Ryan Brathwaite’s up and down season continued when he finished a disappointing seventh in the 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF’s World Challenge meet in Zagreb, Croatia, today.
Barbados’ top hurdler clocked 13.63 as the USA’s Jason Richardson (13.07) easily won the race, finishing ahead of compatriot David Oliver (13.22) and South Africa’s Lehann Fourie (13.28). Brathwaite’s time was way off his best of 13.14.
Victories by four Olympic champions and five new meeting records capped the high-energy edition of the Hanzekovic Memorial which was the penultimate 2012 meeting of the IAAF World Challenge series.
One of those records fell early before a near-capacity crowd at the Sportpark Mladost courtesy of hometown girl Sandra Perkovic, whose London triumph in the discus throw was the first-ever track and field Olympic gold for Croatia.
Her homecoming performance, five days after she captured the Samsung Diamond League’s Diamond Race Trophy in the event, was a 65.79m effort which broke the meeting record she set two years ago.
Zinaida Sendriute of Lithuania was a distant second with 62.69m with Frenchwoman Melina Robert-Michon (60.50m) another two metres back.Another record to fall at the meeting’s 62nd edition came in the final event, courtesy of Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix.
The American throttled the opposition with her 22.35 run, her first over the distance since the London final. Jamaican Aleen Bailey edged Charonda Williams of the U.S. for second, 22.95 to 22.96 seconds.
Another Olympic champion who lived up to his title was the surprise London winner Taoufik Makhloufi. The Algerian broke from the tightly knit pack with about 350 metres remaining en route to a 3:32.58 victory, comfortably ahead of Kenyans James Kiplagat Magut (3:33.31) and Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (3:33.39), a personal best for the former and season’s best for the latter. In a quality race, the top six – all Kenyans – reached the finish in under 3:35.
Carmelita Jeter won here for the second straight time, taking her seventh 100m victory of the year comfortably in 11.07, well ahead of U.S. compatriot Jeneba Tarmoh, who clocked 11.30. The latter just edged Jamaican Aleen Bailey (11.32) and Charonda Williams (11.33).
Ryan Bailey wasn’t quite as dominating in the men’s race, but his 10.02 victory was convincing. Kim Collins was second in 10.14, in turn well ahead of Jamaican Mario Forsythe (10.25).
Jamaican Rosemarie Whyte dominated the 400m, winning by nearly two seconds in 50.08 from Czech Denisa Rosolova (52.07). It was a meet record for Whyte who took down Novlene William-Mills’ 50.31 set last year.