The fringes of the international stage can hardly accommodate the class and quality of such athletics nobles as Jeremy Warriner and Wallace Spearmon who have staged a sound comeback to the frame to serve a reminder that they are still major forces to be reckoned with.

A PB of 6.66 secs over 60m indoors teed up Spearmon nicely to a smashing outdoor opener

Having missed virtually the entire last summer, Spearmon stormed out of his marks to a cracking 10.06 secs over 100m from the dawn of his new campaign at the TCU Invitational in Texas and swiftly reassert himself as a leading character in the sprints.

The ‘Prince’ may have been assisted by a sweet tailwind over the legitimate limit (2.8m/sec) but that can hardly take anything off the impact of such a display, in particular coming at this stage of the season when legs are still heavy and tight out of the long hard winter training.

Not renowned among the fastest of starters, Spearmon will be brimming with confidence on the momentum of his opener and will be gunning for even more striking figures when he lines up over his specialty of the 200m at the forthcoming weekend.

A name to catch the eye in the dash was also U23 Charles Silmon who won the first heat in a legal 10.18 secs (1.5m/sec) for a searing start to his season.

Warriner, for his part, powered round the furlong to a swift 20.66 secs (2.6m/sec) in first place and was pleased with a performance that effectively represents his best ever opening trip over the distance in March since 2006, setting a comparable 20.71 at the same meeting last year.

The former Olympic and world 400m champion also ran a solid 20.93 secs on the boards a couple of weeks earlier in Arkansas to establish that he is healthy and fully fit again as he is steadily setting his sights on reclaiming his lost Olympic crown from fellow American Lashawn Merritt.

“I want to show people that I haven’t gone anywhere. Last year I just got hurt, and I am going to be back where I was,” he said after the race, indicating that he has lost none of his hunger and winning mentality.

Renowned coach Clyde Hart, the man who steered the fortunes of great Michael Johnson, makes no secret of sharing this optimism and is quick to stress that if the Texan arrives healthy in London he is going to take something special to beat.

Standards have suffered in recent seasons over the men’s 400m but with the return of ‘king’ Warriner, Merritt and the rise to stardom of Grenada’s sensation Kirani James, hopefully all three turning up and fully fit, the event could restore its splendour and work up to a breathtaking showdown en route to London.

The meet also offered the ground to a mini-breakthrough from 20-year-old Briton Lorraine Ugen as she leapt to a staggering third-effort 6.83m, albeit slightly windy (2.8m/sec), in the long jump very much against the flow of her season – or the competition itself come to that.

That said, she was on a steep upward curve after a slow start in early winter and had reached out at 6.51m at the altitude of Albequerque three weeks earlier but that hardly recommended such a follow-up by any means, opening up with a foul and a typical 6.29m (1.8m/sec) at Fort Worth.

As if to add to the intrigue, she had to leave the rest of of her attempts and rush to the starting-line of the overlapping 100m, setting an also wind-aided 11.61 secs (3.4m/sec), so there is going to be some anxious waiting until her next outing to find out more about her new-found form.

If anything, her performance indicates that she is capable of something in the 6.70-6.75m region in legal conditions which would render her as a serious contender for a place alongside Shara Proctor on the British team for London, with the A standard at the top end of that bracket.

Results

http://flashresultstexas.com/2012/tcuinvuniv12/

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