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Julian Forte beat Yohan Blake in the men’s 100m at Saturday’s (29 Aug) Velocity Fest 7 at the National Stadium.

In heat 3 of the men’s 100m, ran into an unfavourable 1.3m/s wind, the photo-finish camera separated Forte and Blake. Both crossed the finish line in 10.20 with Forte getting the edge.

Nigel Ellis finished third in 10.45.

Sachin Dennis, the winner of heat 2, took fourth overall with 10.50.

Doha 2019 medallists Gayle, Ricketts and Dacres were winners on the day:

World long jump champion Tajay Gayle topped his pet event with a leap of 8.04m. He was way off his 8.23m he recorded to win at this same meet on 11 Jul.

Domon Williams leapt 7.67m for second and Joseph Ramie, 7.17m third. Williams won the men’s triple jump with 15.99m

Fedrick Dacres, the Doha 2019 silver medallist, threw 61.44 to take the men’s discus. Chad Wright, who was also in Doha, threw 59.78 for second place.

Shanieka Ricketts, also a Doha 2019 silver medal winner, hop, skip and jump 14.37m to take the women’s triple jump.

Sandisha Antoine, the only other competitor, finished with the best mark of 13.29.

Samantha Hall was the lone discus thrower, and her best mark was 51.81m.

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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