September 15, 2014
Asafa Powell was happy with clocking 47.75 seconds as he came second in the 400 meters at the Queen's/Grace Jackson Invitational on Saturday.
The former 100-meter world record-holder has started the season
in the 400 for strength training for several years. His best was
47.17 two years ago.
"The aim was to finish and run under 48 seconds, which I did,
and I am very satisfied," said Powell, who was part of the Jamaica
team which won the 4x100 relay at the Beijing Olympics in a world
Annsert White won the 400 in 47.59.
Shelly-Ann Fraser, the Olympic champion in the women's 100, was
third in the 400 in 54.99 seconds behind Brigitte Foster-Hylton
(53.89) and Anneisha McLaughlin (53.92).
"Things are looking good so far, especially with this 54.9 run,
which is a big personal best for me," Fraser said. "I did 58 last
year and I think that is a big improvement and good sign going into
an important season."
Melaine Walker, the gold medalist in the 400 hurdles in Beijing,
won the women's 200 in 23.72, followed by Sherika Williams (23.77)
and Anastasia Le-Roy (24.42).