Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas, as well as Fedrick Dacres and Janieve Russell of Jamaica, recorded impressive victories at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial Grand Prix meeting in Hungary on Monday.
Meanwhile, Olympic and World Champion Omar McLeod suffered a rare defeat and lost his meet record in the process.
Miller-Uibo ran one of the fastest times in the world this year (49.53), a new meet record while dismantling a quality field to win well clear of 2017 world champion Phyllis Francis and Shakima Wimbley both of the USA, who were credited with the same time of 50.95. However, Francis got the nod for second.
Dominica’s Liguelin Santos won the male equivalent in 44.86 over Botswana’s Baboloki Thebe 45.13 and the USA’s Michael Cherry 45.22.
2018 Commonwealth champion Russell, who has had some stirring battles with Olympic champion Dalilah Mohammed on the Diamond League circuit this season, earned another win over the American winning the 400m hurdles in 54.16, a new meet record.
Mohammed was second in 54.46 while Ashley Spencer, also of the USA, was third in 55.29.
Dacres, who has been in excellent form this season, has had the measure of 2017 World Champion Andrius Gudzius this season. Prior to Monday’s meet, the two faced each other in competition on four occasions in 2018, with the Jamaican winning three. Dacres made it four on Monday with a throw of 67.24m.
The Lithuanian was second with a mark of 66.33m. Piotr Malachowski of Poland finished third with 64.97m, a season’s best.
What is impressive about Dacres’ win on Monday and his third Diamond League win in Paris on Saturday, is that he is beating the world’s best throwers with an injured knee which could require surgery at the end of the season.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, the 2018 Commonwealth Games 100m Champion, lost a close race to the Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou, who took the blue-ribbon sprint in 11.12s. Ahye was 0.02 seconds behind in 11.14. The USA’s Dezrea Bryant was further back in third in 11.26s.
McLeod, who has raced sparingly this season because of injury was a distant sixth in the 110m hurdles that was won by Sergey Shubenkov who won the event in a new personal best and world-leading 12.92.
The time was also a meet record eclipsing the previous record set my McLeod of 12.96 set in April 2017.
Shubenkov lowered his own world-leading time of 12.99 set in France on June 19.
Source: Leighton Levy