Several high profiled athletes, trying to fulfil contractual obligations, ran five races within three hours at Monday’s (21 July) the AP Ranch High-Performance Invitational in Texas.

Michael Norman, Justin Gatlin and Rai Benjamin were just some of the American superstars participated at the event.

At 10:32 am, the men’s 60m dash, Justin Gatlin won with 6.84 ahead of Isaiah Young, 6.88.
Michael Norman, the winner of section four in 7.96, was 13th overall.

11:11 am, Norman topped the men’s 100m in a sizzling 9.86s (1.6m/s wind), to beat Rai Benjamin, 10.03.
Gatlin, who finished 3rd in section 2, was 7th overall with his 10.83.

11:31 am, Gatlin started things off with a comfortable 15.93 (1.8m/s) to take heat 1, but Jaron Flournoy topped the overall field in 15.08.

Norman ran 18.89 for second behind Aaron Brown, 18.81 in heat 3. Both were 12th and 10th, respectively in the final placement.

11:44 am, Michael Cherry recorded the fastest 250m time of 30.73 ahead of Kerron Clement, 31.35.
Gatlin ran 32.53 for third overall, while Norman, 34.83 and Benjamin, 34.85 were 10th and 11th respectively.

12:13 pm, Norman opened the show with 44.90 to take heat 1 and 10th overall in the men’s 300m. His time, however, was better than the other heat winners, Gatlin 42.32, Kerron Clement, 39.41 and Cherry, 33.86.

Benjamin, with 43.11 finished 6th overall.

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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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