Athing Mu for Texas Relays

Kirani James and Athing Mu won the 400-meter finals at the Puerto Rico International Athletics Classic, a part of the Puma American Track League.

Mu, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 800-meter champion, made light work of the one-lap event, toying with the field for up to 300 meters before pulling away for a big win in a season-best 50.42 seconds. American Gabby Scott held off Jamaican Junelle Bromfield, 51.42 to 51.82.

MU wasn’t happy with her 51.7 a couple of weeks ago, “so I just want to come out here in PR (Puerto Rico) and see what happens,” she said.

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James also had a comfortable race, staying with the pack on the backstretch and bouncing off the curve to open up a lead down the stretch and cross the line in a season-best 44.70 seconds. Jamaican Sean Bailey, the younger brother of Veronica Campbell-Brown, finished fast to take second in 45.52.

“I am very happy to be here,” James said, “This was my second 400 meters, so I am trying to build on that. My next meet is going to be at Pre, which is always going to be good, always going to be hot, so I am just trying to get ready for that.”

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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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