Carrie Russell has delivered a scintillating double act of sprinting to run away with the women’s sprint title but Brits failed to get their hands on any silverware at the end of the second day in Shenzhen.
The Jamaican was quick to lay down her marker as early as the semifinals as she tore to a PB of 11.05 secs (0.5m/sec) before coming back later to emulate that showing into a considerable headwind of -0.7m/sec on top and leave the field reeling in her wake, runner-up Khrystina Stuy (UKR) coming home a long way behind in 11.34 secs in a totally different race for the minor medals. That display bore strong signs of sub 11 secs form on the part of the 19-year-old who may have just announced her arrival as a potential top contender on the global stage. Amazingly enough, she hasn’t been considered even for a place of the short relay of her country in Daegu.
Try as she could, Ashleigh Nelson could not make it past the semifinal phase as she finished a close fifth in 11.66 secs (-0.5m/sec) in the second semifinal, missing out on a final slot by 0.05 secs.
The men’s affair turned out entirely different as a contest as slight pre-race favourite Jacques Harvey and surprisingly strong Rylis Sakalauskas (LTU) crossed the line tied in 10.14 secs (-0.2m/sec), a national record for the latter, with the Jamaican getting the photo-finish verdict for gold. James Alaka could not make his 10.23 secs credentials count to finish fifth in 10.29 tied with fourth-placed Arajs Ronalds (LAT) where Rion Pierre ran 10.37 secs in totally still conditions for fifth in the semifinals to miss out by a place.
Amy Harris earned a useful sixth place with a first-round 6.41m (0.5m/sec) in the final of the women’s long jump where Russian Anna Nazarova was always in control to prevail comfortably through an also first-attempt 6.72m (0.6m/sec), backed up by a 6.70m (-0.2m/sec) in the second. Hopefully, that display will shape a solid springboard for the former European U20 Brit to draw her career back on track a year before the Olympics in London.
In the decathlon, U23 Ashley Bryant remains consistently on a PB course as he levelled his PB of 1.89m in the high jump (705pts) and ran slightly outside his PB in 48.59 secs over 400m (881pts) at the end of the first day to have totalled 4046pts overnight. I can’t find any overall standings at the moment.
The women’s 800m first semifinal saw Charlotte Best fall well off the pace to finish seventh in 2:06.53 and go out to conclude over the Brits.
In other finals on the second day, Zaneta Glanc (POL) snatched a late win the women’s discus with a last-effort PBof 63.99m over Lithania’s Zinaida Zendriute who was leading most of the way on a third-round PB of 62.49m while Pawel Fajdek was head and shoulders way over anyone else in the men’s hammer to romp to victory with 78.14m by over 4m, in fact any of his valid attempts would have easily won him the title.
Suguru Ozako (JAP) sprang up a totally unexpected winner in 28:42.83 (SB) considering the run of the 10000m final but Joey Hughes (USA) struggled to scrape through to the men’s 400m only as a fastest loser in 46.06 secs, blowing the contest for gold wide open.