After a gruelling five-stage practice the previous weekend in Michigan, Tiffany Offili-Porter sat in her blocks for her first serious assignment of her Olympic campaign and delivered in style as she crossed the line an excellent runner-up in a top quality field at the US Open at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The new-founded meeting came in place of the iconic Milrose Games, moved over to the Armory for its centennial anniversary, and a resurgent Lolo Jones stormed through the odd 50m hurdles to a dream comeback in a swift 6.78 secs leaving the Briton slightly behind in 6.83, smashing an ‘ancient’ British best by a full 0.2 secs in the process.

Yvette Wray‘s 7.03 secs, set in Grenoble in 1981, stood there for almost 31 years waiting for a successor and the European silver medallist answered the call to credit a further UK landmark to her pedigree in emphatic manner.

Furthermore, the impressive string of scalps collected in the race overwhelmed, once more, the feeble argument in certain quarters of British media and press that she switched allegiance from USA because she couldn’t make major championship teams there.

The names of Kellie Wells, a marginal third in 6.84, Olympic champion Dawn Harper, fifth in 6.90, and global leader in the 60m hurdles Kristi Castlin trailing last in a tight affair simply demonstrate that she could very well. Come to that, she establishes herself more and more like a genuine medal contender in London and hardly anyone could argue against that.

Jones, for her part, shrugged off a frustrating season that ended untimely and up on the operation table to show that she still remains a prime force to reckon with and she is still in with a shout for even gold in London.

In the men’s equivalent, never-say-die Terrence Trammell made his own forceful statement that he holds his own well into his 30s as he claimed a convincing win over US record co-holder David Oliver in 6.45 to 6.50 secs to blow the race for Olympic places on the American team open wider at the outset of the season, twice a silver medallist himself on the ultimate stage.

Rising prospect Omo Osaghae was third in 6.52 and Tiffany’s husband Jeff came just outside the top three by a hair’s breadth in 6.53 secs, with Aries Merritt winding up fifth at an identical margin further behind.


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