GOLD IN ITALY: Keston Bledman



By Kwame Laurence

Keston Bledman maintained his winning form on the European circuit with victory in the men’s 100 metres dash at the Palio Citta della Quercia meet in Rovereto, Italy, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago track star got to the line in an impressive 10.04 seconds for a comfortable victory. The clocking was a new meet record and Bledman’s second fastest dash this season, behind the 10.02 run he produced in the opening round at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia, last month.

Calesio Newman finished second to Bledman, yesterday, the American getting home in 10.16 seconds. Zimbabwe’s Gabriel Mvumvure copped third spot in 10.22, forcing another American, Ryan Bailey (10.25) to settle for fourth.

In the men’s 100m “B” race, Julian Forte topped the field in 10.15 seconds, the Jamaican finishing well ahead of second-placed Sergii Smelyk (10.32), of Ukraine.

Bledman was also in winners’ row last Saturday, the reigning T&T sprint champion striking gold in the men’s 100m at the Flame Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bledman clocked 10.11 seconds for a narrow margin of victory on Churandy Martina, the Netherlands sprinter seizing silver in 10.12. 

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