American World champion Justin Gatlin returned to winning ways at Sunday’s (20 May) Seiko Golden Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, held in Osaka, Japan.
Gatlin, who lost in Shanghai, bounced back to take victory in the men’s 100m dash with a time of 10.06s. Ryota Yamagata of Japan, 10.13 took second, the same time as third place Isiah Young, also of the USA.
Gatlin next compete at the Prefontaine Classic on May 26
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala ran the fourth sub-20 seconds time of 2018, 19.96s to win the men’s 200m dash. He got the better of Xie Zhenye, who ran a Chinese record 20.16 and Dedric Dukes of the USA, third 20.32.
Japanese drop world leading 4x100m time
World leading and Meeting record of 37.85s by Japanese 4x100m quartet (Yamagata, Iizuka, Kiryu and Cambridge). A Japanese B team got second in 38.64 while third place went to China 38.72.
Other four meet records were registered in women’s events. Kenyan Emily Cherotich in 800m 2:00.22, also Ethiopian Shuru Bulo 8:47.24 in the 3000m. Pole vault saw Kristen Hixson clearing meet record 4.61m ahead of Canadian Anicka Newell and Belarus Iryna Zhuk, both 4.51m.
Fourth meeting record came in the javelin by Chinese Liu Shiying 67.12m (also a PB) ahead of DL winner Lyu Huihui 64.55m.
Taipei´s Chen Kuei-Ru won the high hurdles in a personal best 13.49, while Japanese Takatoshi Abe scored home win in 400m hurdles 48.97s.
Women sprints saw Poland´s Justyna Ersetic-Swiety improving to 51.05 over the 400m with USA’s Dain Harper, second in 51.29. Chinese champion Wei Yongli won the windy 100m in 11.17 (+2.3m/s wind).
USA’s Queen Harrison 13.01s and Canadian Sage Watson 55.58 were the sprint and one lap obstacle winners.