Yohan Blake and Megan Tapper at American Track League 2021

Megan Tapper was the best-placed Caribbean athlete at Saturday’s (29 Aug) at the Blue Oval Showcase in Des Moines, USA.

Jamaican Tapper, a finalist at the Doha 2019 World Championships, ran a season-best 12.96 for second in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter won the event in 12.90 while American Dawn Harper-Nelson finished third in 13.17.

In the B race, American Payton Chadwick ran 12.97s.

Jeffs Demps of the United States topped the men’s 100m in 10.09. American Devin Quinn had the second-fastest time on the day of 10.12 while Kyree King, also of USA, the B race winner, ran 10.19.

In the men’s 200m, American Josephus Lyles, brother of world champion Noah Lyles, won in 20.32. Alonso Edward of Panama finished behind Lyles in 20.69.

Justin Robinson, the B race winner, ran 20.67 for second overall.

Bahamian Tynia Gaither finished third in the women’s 200m. She crossed the line in 23.08 behind Americans Lynna Irby, 22.52 and Kyra Jefferson, 22.69.

Kayla White of USA won the women’s 100m dash in 11.18 ahead of Kristina Knott, 11.27.

United States’ Olympic gold medallist Tianna Bartoletta ran 11.44 for third in the 100m and jumped 5.93m, for the same position in the long jump.

Jordan Gray won the long jump with 6.04m.

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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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