Fred Kerley Dominates Peter Norman 200m at WACT Gold 2023
Fred Kerley, the Eugene 2022 World 100m champion, is an American track and field athlete known for his prowess in sprinting events.

MELBOURNE (AUS, Feb 23) – The WACT Gold 2023 got off to an electric start with the Maurie Plant Meet, drawing a capacity crowd of 6177 spectators. The event was marked with several outstanding performances, including the world champion Fred Kerley’s dominant win in the Peter Norman 200 m event.

Kerley put on an exceptional display of endurance running to win the 200 m with a good time of 20.32 (-0.9), finishing with ease. “The conditions were good, I enjoyed myself. [Breaking the 20 seconds barrier] would have been easy, but hey. I got unfinished business in the 200m, so just to come and race, enjoy myself and have fun doing things right,” said Kerley.

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The event also saw an Australian U20 record-breaking performance from Cameron Myers, who came third in the John Landy Mile with a fast time of 3:55.44. Oliver Hoare won the event with an exceptional time of 3:52.24 (3:36.70 split). Another impressive display came from Samantha Dale, who was a surprise long jump winner with a leap of 6.71 m (0.0), beating Tara Davis-Woodhall‘s 6.69 m and Brooke Buschkuehl’s 6.59 m (+1.7).

In the men’s 800m, James Preston from New Zealand won with a time of 1:45.85. The event also saw African runners ruling the women’s 3000m, with World CC U20 champion Senayet Getachew winning in an outstanding time of 8:46.54 PB ahead of Prisca Chesang‘s 8:48.85 PB and Japanese record holder Nozomi Tanaka’s 8:49.09.

In the women’s 1500m, Australian record holder Jessica Hull showcased her dominance in the event, winning with a time of 4:07.11 in a duel with Abbey Caldwell’s 4:07.32. Another Australian hero, Nicola Olyslagers, dominated in the high jump with a clearance of 1.93m.

Jacob McCorry won the men’s 110m hurdles with a personal best of 13.66 (+0.9), while Michelle Jenneke won the women’s 100 m hurdles with an excellent time of 12.75 (+1.2). In the 100 m events, Naa Anang set a new personal best of 11.20 (-1.4) among women, while Rohan Browning clinched the men’s 100 m with an impressive time of 10.26 (-1.7).

Fresh World CC U20 champion Ishmael Kipkirui won the men’s 3000 m in 7:41.38 MR ahead of local hero Stewart McSweyn’s 7:44.36. Chris Mitrevski leaped to a windy 8.16 m (+3.9) in the long jump with a legal 7.93 m (+1.7). The event also saw French wins for Felise Vahai Sosaia in the men’s javelin, setting a big PB of 82.04, and Rose Loga ine in the women’s hammer throw, setting a new meet record of 69.31m.


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