No rest for our wickedly talented Caribbean track and field athletes, as they all gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland for the 11th meeting series of the Samsung Diamond League.
On Wednesday, August 23, 2012, just a few days after the London Olympics 2012, Olympic 100m silver medalist, Yohan Blake won the 100m race by beating his personal best time ahead of Tyson Gay of the United States America and Nesta Carter of Jamaica.
Triple gold medalist and the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt was unchallenged and landed the fastest time in the 200 m heats, ahead of Churandy Martina of the Netherlands and Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica.
Kirani James, the newly crowned king of the 400m race came in first ahead of Luguelín Santos of Dominica who came in second while Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald missed the third position by a few seconds. Meanwhile, in the 110 m hurdles, Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment secured the third spot in that race.
The Caribbean ladies dominated the 100m event with Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce tying for first place with Carmelita Jeter of the United States of America while Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago got the second highest time with Veronica Campbell Brown of Jamaica coming in third. Kerron Stewart of Jamaica finished behind Campbell Brown.
In the 400 m hurdles, Kaliese Spencer and Melaine Walker, both of Jamaica have secured the first and second positions, respectively. They were also the only two Caribbean ladies in the race.
The Samsung Diamond League encompasses 32 individual Event Disciplines, with a points scoring ‘Diamond Race’ which runs throughout the 14 meeting series. Winners of each Diamond Race will get a Diamond Trophy and a cash prize but more importantly, will have shown season long consistency to earn the unchallenged honour of being the World Number 1.
The athletes now move on to Birmingham for the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, August 26, 2012.
Best wishes to our athletes as they complete in the final three meeting series of the Diamond League.