Emma Jackson has rounded off a breakthrough summer to winning ways as she convincingly saw off the challenge of Sviatlana Usovich (BLR) and Anna Pierce (USA) down the home straight over 800m in a fast 1:59.97 in Rovereto in Italy, her third ride this season or ever inside two minutes in the distance.
Amazingly enough, as if to emulate Jemma Simpson in ‘copy’ clockings in Zagreb that very day, that time was identical to her first sub two minutes race ever at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace early last month, having improved to 1:59.77 in the semifinals in Daegu in between.
Usovich came second in 2:00.20 and former steeplechaser Pierce was further behind in fourth in 2:00.27 in a tight finish to the affair as Jackson improved massively on her fifth place at the same meeting two years ago.
William Sharman had another modest post-Daegu display of 13.82 secs in still conditions (0.0m/sec), apparently on the wind-down of his season, to finish well down on Tiffany Porter‘s husband, Jeff, and Tyron Akins in sixth in the 110m hurdles, the two Americans setting 13.48 and 13.50 secs respectively, while Richard Buck came a close runner-up in 46.39 secs behind Frenchman Teddy Venel (46.24) in the 400m – but beat European indoor silver medalist Tomas Schneider (GER, 47.59).
Slipping through the distances, Julia Bleasdale made the most of a rare outing on the international circuit to knock five secs off her PB to a new mark of 15:44.00 in the women’s 5000m with Kenyan Priscah Jepletin Cherono winning in 15:14.25.
Elsewhere, Antonietta di Martino tucked away the women’s high jump on a second-time 1.95m as none else made it further than 1.87m, Yvette Lewis (USA) prevailed over compatriot Nia Ali in 12.87 to 12.95 secs in the 100m hurdles (-0.5m/sec) and Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Michael Frater crossed the line tied in 10.11 secs in the men’s dash (-0.4m/sec), the former getting the verdict on the photofinish.