Led by Sha’Carri Richardson, who ran the sixth-fastest 100m time of all-time, Americans dominated the inaugural Miramar Invitational at Ansin Sports Complex in Florida on Saturday (10 April).
Despite not getting the best start, Richardson showed incredible top-end speed to blast a jaw-dropping 10.72 at the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Label meet.
Richardson’s run put her No. 6 on the all-time world performer list and No. 4 on the all-time U.S. performer list. Only world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner, Carmelita Jeter and Marion Jones have ever run faster as Americans.
Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson Herah, both with 10.70, are the only two non-American to run fastest than 10.72.
No woman has ever run faster as early as April.
American Javianne Oliver finished second in 11.07. Jamaicans Natalliah Whyte, 11.16 and Natasha Morrison, 11.19, finished third and fourth respectively.
In the men’s 100m, Kyree King, a 2017 World Championships 200m semi-finalist, broke into the sub-10 club, winning in a lifetime best 9.97 over 2017 world champion and 2019 World Championships silver medalist Justin Gatlin, 9.98.
Fast sprint hurdles times
World record holder Keni Harrison was pushed by an illegal breeze in the women’s 100m hurdles but was impressive, with a 12.38 (2.7m/s wind). She ran 12.54 for a new world-leading time in the heats.
British sisters Cindy Sember and Tiffany Porter went 2-3 in 12.55 and 12.57.
Grant Holloway, unchallenged from the gun, won the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.04 (+2.2m/s). Holloway is the Doha 2019 world champion and earlier this year broke the world 60m hurdles record.
U.S. champion in 2019 Daniel Roberts was second in 13.30.
A fantastic matchup in the women’s 400m produced the fastest time in the world this year for Shamier Little, who was pushed to the line by fellow American Quanera Hayes.
In the closing stages, Little powered through and had just enough to edge Hayes 49.91 to 49.92. It was a lifetime best for Little, and Hayes clocked her best time since 2017.
Reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica was upset in the women’s 200m by American Jenna Prandini. The American drove out of the blocks and controlled the race all the way to win in 22.29 (2.2m/s wind).
2019 World Championships silver medalist Brittany Brown was second in 22.39, with Candace Hill clocking her fastest time since 2016 in third at 22.43.
A massive 4.0m/s wind pushed Kenny Bednarek to a 19.65 win in the men’s 200m, well clear of runner-up Emmanuel Matadi of Liberia, who was second in 20.20.
Traditionally a frontrunner, Jamaica’s Natoya Goule went to the lead in the women’s 800m and was in prime position with 150m to go when Ajee’ Wilson, the fastest woman in the world outdoors in 2021, pulled up on her shoulder and moved past her in the last half of the final straight to win in 2:00.57 to 2:00.92.
Kenya’s Michael Saruni, best known as an 800m runner with a 1:43.25 PR, used his speed over the final 50m to win the men’s 1,500m in 3:45.84.
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Every year it the same old same thing—American run fast time and then come the big dance they are nowhere to be found.ET and Shelly will be one/ two.
She has to do that more than one time
THere is no favorite in april
Congrats but my money is on the rocket or elaine Thompson
Show the World who the real Track and Field “Queen”. Run Like the Wind.
Whenit come world championship face testing watch and see all the they are pumping.up run fast now put hope she cleannersshe have go.
Based on her world leading time, yes, she is the favourite. But hold on a bit. This was a one off race and we have seen early favourite miss out on US trials as well. We will have to wait.
Well I must say ET will be coming to retain her title and SFP Is looking to go out with a BANG! Cant be a favourite after just one race yes its a good time. But lets wait and see how she’ll fare in the US trials. Lets stsrt from there
She is very talented, no doubt, but a domestic meeting is just an indicator of that…
Lol if she’s consistent I would say yes, but no way Elaine and Shelly will be there.
Where have all u negative thinking folk been, she’s BEEN run’n fast consistently for 2-3 years, faster than ANY of u “wait till the trials/run a lot of races first” folk. And every body knows she has to make the team first, we know track too..stop being so damn negative 😡 and just be proud and wish her luck.
The season is early! How u come up with favourite when Talou, fraser pryce or asher-smith nuh run a 100m yet…..smh
Johnoy Watson this is 2021, she has matured, and wiser now!
When mi guh a market I don’t watch the noise I watch the sale!
Peaking too early.
David Slack exactly
David Slack this time she will make you eat humble pie.
Koketso Maswena i hope so,
David Banner this is her first 100 of the season. You cant say this is a peak based on her first race
Charles Whiting She had the fastest US time in 2019 and never made the team
Johnoy Watson exactly they are just hyping her up, its experience and perseverance during the rounds wins the final.
Johnoy Watson How many US College athletes make the US team after the college season? How many US college students who run for other countries do anything special after the college season? You do not know much about track do you?
Charles Whiting coming from a person who has never compete in his life 🤣🤣🤣 How many early season favorite has won the world championship or olympic games? Come on, do better than that
Charles Whiting And to answer your question… A lot have, but to win at a major championship… Only a few
Johnoy Watson Your making comparisons that make zero sense. Im not talking about early season favs. 2019 she was in college correct? once again I ask, how many college athletes have a complete indoor and outdoor college season then show back up to the US trials and run superfast. THe girl broke the college record and you expected her to turn around and run rounds at USA’s? Come on you can think better than that
Oh please, she have not have 1 successful season, 2019 she did the same, world leader for 2 weeks.
I would just say “one to make note of leading up to the big O”
Andre Steven Brown she was a 18 year college student who ran an indoor season and outdoor rounds of 60-200-100-200-4×1 peaked for indoor and outdoor. You wanted her to peak a 3rd time…she needed rest.
Andre Steven Brown she always does this? Are you basing this on a one incident and you term it ‘always’?
She always does this
Olympics is not won in early April. Olympics have rounds . Mommy Rocket 🚀 will always start great.
5 women ran faster than her
3 doesn’t compete anymore
2 are JAMAICAN and still compete.
Rachel Samuels hope its not a peak, cuz that would be sad, its not even time for the qualufications yet
Michelle McCalla I agree- I heard she vomited after the race. Not sure what she’d PR in early April when real races are ahead in late May and June. But maybe her coach has a new strategy🤷🏽♀️
Rachel Samuels this is not peaking. Sustained peaking can also be done.
C Curtis Hall sustained peaking cannot be maintained for 4 months my friend.
Jorge Flash Vazquez Have you ever heard of double and triple periodization? She hasnt peaked off one race either way
Charles Whiting I’ve heard of all of that, periodization and “peaking” are not the same thing.
Jorge Flash Vazquez The goal of it is to set up a peak. Meaning peaking for indoor champs, outdoor champs and worlds/olympics.
Charles Whiting Correct. But that doesn’t have anything to do with a “sustained peaking”. You peak an athlete for a specific race, and peaks last no more than 2 or 3 weeks. Unless you double-peak like you said, but even then you have an athlete peaked for less than a month.
Early peak not valuable during Olympic season.
Rachel Samuels how do you know she peaked?
Charles Whiting I just made a statement in my opinion. It would appear she went faster than her PR a few years ago. So this is new for her. I would think she’d reserve this for real competition events like Olympics.
Denton S Stannie that me a say to
Sharon Davis definitely
After one race she’s the favorite..
She jus a come.
Claudette Faulkner just a come
She has to run a semi and final in a short span. Based on the vomitting that took place after her last race. Nothing else to say.
Kiel Samuels based on vomitting? SO thats not a sign that her body is adapting? You sound like a hater
Stop your foolishness Grant Halloway did in2019,Chris Coleman did in 2017,BrianaRollins Mcneil did in 2013.
If she wins the US trials I will say she will be on the podium at the Olympics….. if Shelly shows anything of or close to 2019 she will be hard to beat.
Woii!!! After a domestic meet she is the favourite? You mean all the other hopefuls in the 100M have ran several races and are doing over 10.9? Talk about spreading propoganda. Shhhh!
Eunice Brown who will make the team?
Charles Whiting the first 6 place in the finals
Ok then , I will just sit back and watch , 🇯🇲 will have something to say about that
No she has to win couple more races stay healthy and prove she can survive the rounds exciting though fast young talent should be very exciting
After just that spectacular race she’s now the favourite?
Maureen McLeod remember she’s American nd they think very highly of their athletes..
She is the favourite because she has the world leading time right now
Maureen McLeod the same thing I am asking! That is why I am in the market now watching the sale and not listening to the noise because jetter did the same thing back in the days and Shelly affi draw har to d finishing line fi a get one bronze or silver if she do get any.
Maureenbthis is the US. What else U expect?
I am a big fan of her and would love for her to medal, she will have to make the us team first and running fast now doesn’t mean running fast in a final months away.
Let see if she makes the 100 squad or relay pool. We should not forget the US trials is like the Olympic games. The pressure to make the US team has over the years seen many casualties.Wish her well though. I love competition……
Great for her and she’s a top candidate for sure. Can’t put her as a gold medalist before the race is run! She will have to run multiple races at top end speed before she can run the finals! In the end, stamina and experience will factor for the medalists!