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Americans set two world leading times Saturday at Rio Rematches during 2017 Drake Relays

Americans set two world leading times Saturday at Rio Rematches during 2017 Drake Relays

4/29/2017

DES MOINES, Iowa — The final day of Rio Rematches established new champions and world leaders in riveting performances at Drake Relays. The USATF Championship Series event concluded with Americans winning ten of the fourteen special events.

The most stacked field of Rio Rematches, the women’s 100m hurdles, featured eight of the top ten world leaders including 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Kristi Castlin (Alpharetta, Georgia) and world record holder Keni Harrison (Lexington, Kentucky). The women took off at the gun and Harrison immediately established her dominance for the win. Jasmin Stowers (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) finished second in 12.74, followed closely by Dawn Harper-Nelson (Los Angeles, California) in 12.79. Castlin finished seventh in her first race since the Olympic Games.  

In addition to winning back-to-back Drake Relays, Harrison set a new world-leading time in 12.56.

The women’s 400m hurdles pitted five Rio Olympians and two elite athletes against each other. Former world leader Ashley Spencer (Austin, Texas) started strong but tripped over the fifth hurdle, resulting in a DNF. Meanwhile, 2012 Olympian Georgeanne Moline (Tucson, Arizona) claimed victory and the world leader title in 54.66. Kori Carter (Hawthorne, California) was right on her heels to finish second in 54.72.

Brittany Reese (Chula Vista, California), in her first event since winning silver at the 2016 Olympic Games, came in third in the women’s long jump with a jump of 6.27/20-7. Great Britain’s Lorraine Ugen clinched the win at 6.49/23-5.

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