Veronica Campbell-Brown runs 10.76 to upstage fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt at the Zlatá Tretra meeting
All of the pre-race hype for last night’s Zlatá Tretra meeting in Ostrava had been on multiple world record-holder Usain Bolt. Although the Jamaican star won the 100m with a 9.91, it was compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown who produced the real highlight of the meeting with her 10.76 run in the women’s race.
Campbell-Brown – or VCB as she is otherwise known – made easy work of her heat earlier in the evening, cruising a 11.13. But in the final she was unstoppable and although her start wasn’t as good as it was at the recent Shanghai Diamond League meeting, she pulled away from the rest of the field in the second half to break her PB and move from 13th to equal eighth on the world all-time list.
Her 10.76 (1.1m/s) was also a world-leading performance, although is only good enough for fourth on the Jamaican all-time list behind Olympic champion Shelly Ann-Fraser, Merlene Ottey and Kerron Stewart.
The meeting also had timing equipment set up at the 100-yard point, and Campbell-Brown’s 9.91 is the fastest time on record for the event. Sprint veteran Debbie Ferguson finished second to Campbell-Brown in the 100m with a season’s best of 11.09.
Bolt lined up for the 100m final moments after the women’s race, hoping to put in an equally dominant performance as his fellow Jamaican Olympic champion. But competing in a very slight headwind he was only able to match his 9.91 clocking from Rome last week to win by 0.06 over team-mate Steve Mullings. Mark Lewis-Francis won the B race in 10.20.
LJ van Zyl continued his rich vein of form in the men’s 400m hurdles, equalling his own world-leading mark and national record of 47.66 to take the win. European and Commonwealth champion Dai Greene was second in 48.47 with Rhys Williams seventh (50.11).
Nine days after breaking the world record in the hammer, Betty Heidler produced her second-best throw to date to win with 77.22m. Fellow German Kathrin Klaas set a PB of 75.48 in second. In the javelin, Mariya Abakumova held off a strong challenge from world record-holder Barbora Spotakova, 65.81m to 64.78m.
World 110m hurdles record-holder Dayron Robles notched up his third consecutive victory to win his event in 13.14 from Jamaican record-holder Dwight Thomas (13.24) and Terrence Trammell (13.30). After a ridiculously quick first kilometre, the pace in the men’s 3000m steadied somewhat in the latter stages as Kenya’s Paul Kipsiele Koech won by a 10-second margin in 8:02.55.
World 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross suffered her third loss in a row, finishing third in the one-lap sprint with 50.99 behind winner Francena McCorory (50.65) and European indoor champion Denisa Rosolova (50.84 PB). British duo Shana Cox and Kelly Sotherton finished fourth (51.56) and sixth (52.59) respectively.
Silke Spiegelburg took the pole vault with 4.60m as Britain’s Holly Bleasdale set an outdoor PB of 4.50m to finish third. UK record-holder Kate Dennison was sixth with 4.40m.
Jamaica led a 1-2-3 in the men’s 200m, with Marvin Anderson taking a surprise victory over 19.7 man Yohan Blake, 20.27 to 20.38. Completing the Caribbean dominance of the men’s sprints, Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales took the men’s 400m in 45.07.
European silver medallist Matthias de Zordo threw a season’s best in the javelin to win with 85.78m from Tero Pitkämäki, while Russia’s Aleksey Zagorniy produced his sixth consecutive win of 2011 and third throw over 80 metres to win the hammer with 80.02m. World and Olympic champion Primož Kozmus, who is making a return to action after retiring last year, threw just 72.42m in 11th place.
Elsewhere, Ivan Ukhov and Raul Spank both set a meeting record of 2.32m in the high jump with the Russian winning on countback, Jeff Risely won the 1000m (2:16.75), and Meselech Melkamu won the 10,000m in 31:14.83 as five women dipped under 31:30.