Great City Games – 25th May 2013

BT Great City Games (Manchester)

Olympic 200m gold medallist Allyson Felix, thrilled spectators at the BT Great City Games in Manchester, with a new world 150m record performance on a straight track.

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The American raced down Deansgate in a time of 16.36 and despite a poor start Felix quickly hit the front before powering through 50m in 6.16 and 100m in 11.06.   Anyika Onuora, lowered her UK record to 16.63, just 0.01 ahead of Lauryn Williams of the USA

Christophe Lemaitre will return to France in a similar frame of mind after blasting out an authoritative European 200m best performance in a time of 14.90; only bettered globally by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (14.35) and the US pair of Tyson Gay (14.41) and Walter Dix (14.65).

The 22-year-old Frenchman, back from a warm weather camp in Florida, put his foot on the accelerator to dash ahead of Collins who equaled his St Kitts & Nevis record of 15.15 with Briton James Ellington third in 15.49.

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400m hurdles specialist Perri Shakes-Drayton, added to what has already been an outstanding year with European Indoor 400m and 4x400m relay gold medals, with a milestone 200m hurdles victory.

Shakes-Drayton quickly came to terms with her new environment zipping to an easy 0.49sec victory in 25.74, ahead of Russia’s Olympic 400m hurdles champion Natalya Antyukhand and GB’s Eilidh Child third in 26.27.

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Andy Turner chasing a fourth successive win in the men’s 200m hurdles competition seemed set to add to his victories before slowing at the sixth hurdle and eventually withdrawing with a re-occurrence of a hamstring.

The Briton’s rivals took advantage of his demise, South Africa’s former Commonwealth Games champion LJ Van Zyl on his debut at the distance winning in 22.63 ahead of the host nation’s Jack Green (22.64) and two-time Olympic 400m hurdles gold medallist Felix Sanchez who notched a personal best of 22.68.

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Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment from Jamaica took victory in the mens hurdles with a time of 13.52.  His rivals William Sharman (GB) and Terrence Trammell (USA) posting times of 13.78 and 14.04 respectively.

For the first time IPC events were included in the programme and they were a huge success particularly the T44 100m victory achieved by Paralympic Games gold medallist Jonnie Peacock.

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In his first competition since Paralympic gold the 19-year-old recorded 11.46 to defeat the USA’s Blaske Leeper by 0.28 with his teammate David Prince third in 11.75.

Paralympic champion Alan Oliveira took the 200m with a tremendous front running time of 22.30. He left David Prince of the USA and Germany’s David Behre who ran 23.11 and 24.61 trailing in his wake.

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Manchester once again staged a excellent event in the heart of the City, which was well supported fans and athlete’s from all around the world.  Following the event all the athlete’s appeared on track to thank the public for their support.

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