- Published on Sunday, 26 May 2013 06:33
- Written by Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
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NEW YORK: DESPITE rain and very cold conditions throughout the day, the Adidas Grand Prix IAAF Diamond League meet at Randall's Island's Icahn Stadium saw some good performances, with Jamaican veterans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Aleen Bailey, along with Warren Weir, picking up wins.
It was particularly positive for Campbell-Brown and Olympic 200m bronze medallist Weir, who both recorded season bests in winning their respective 200 metres.
In her second 200m of the season, Campbell-Brown showed her usual fighting spirit, to hold off her late-bursting country-woman Anneisha McLaughlin, winning in 22.53 seconds, despite running into a head wind of 1.3 metres per second.
It was also a season best for McLaughlin, who clocked 22.63, with the United States' Shalonda Solomon taking third in 22.91. Jamaica's Sherone Simpson was fourth in 22.96.
"I am satisfied with my performance, as I was able to win and finish the race healthy. I did not let the conditions affect me as I went out there and just executed," said a satisfied Campbell-Brown, who will feature next at the Prefontaine Classic this weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
Following his success at the Shanghai Diamond League, Weir stormed out of the blocks and pulled away from the New York field for what turned out to be an easy win, with season best 20.11 on the clock.
Panama's Alonso Edwards, 20.38 was second with the United States' Jeremy Dodson taking third in 20.65. Weir's former Calabar High school teammate, Ramone McKenzie, posted season best 20.77 for fifth place.
It was a win that left Weir even more confident ahead of next month's national championships.
"This is a good win for me going into the national championships, as I am in good shape and I am healthy and I felt pretty good throughout the race," he said.
Amantle Montsho of Botswana and Tyson Gay of the United States were also impressive winners on the day as both scored commanding wins in their respective events.
In the very competitive women's 400m where Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross pulled out at the last minute, Montsho, the defending world champion and current world leader, logged another sub-50 time, as she destroyed the field to win in a meet record of 49.91.
The United States pair of Natasha Hastings in a season best 50.24 and Francena McCorory, 51.06, finished second and third respectively.
Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills, 51.12 and Christine Day, 52.12 finished fourth and seventh, respectively.
Former World 100m record-holder Tyson Gay showed that he has recovered fully from his hip surgery last year with an impressive win in the men's 100m.
Despite not getting a perfect start, Gay, the world leader in the event, took control of the race early before easing up close to the finish line for a comprehensive win in 10.02. Ryan Bailey was second in 10.15 with Keston Bledman taking third in 10.16. Jamaica's Nesta Carter, 10.24, Jacques Harvey, 10.29, Nickel Ashmeade, 10.31 and Kemar Bailey Cole, 10.33 occupied positions fourth to seventh.
In the women's 100m, Bailey showed that she still has something left in her as she logged 11.37 to beat the United States pair of Mikele Barber, 11.39 and Lekeisha Lawson, 11.44 into second and third. Jamaica's Schillone Calvert finished at the back of the field in eight position in 11.80