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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