Thomas 5th in Lausanne

By Kwame Laurence

Mikel Thomas produced the second fastest legal time of his career to secure fifth spot in the men’s 110 metres hurdles, at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meet, in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago athlete got to the line in 13.33 seconds--14-hundredths of a second slower than his 13.19 national record.

American hurdlers swept the top four positions. David Oliver was first home in an impressive 13.03 seconds--the fastest time in the world this year. He was followed to the line by Jason Richardson (13.20), Ryan Wilson (13.27), David Payne (13.30) and Thomas.

Another T&T hurdler, Jehue Gordon finished sixth in the men’s 400m hurdles, in 49.06 seconds.

Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson struck gold in 48.14, beating the reigning Olympic champion, Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez (48.58) into second spot. Senegal’s Mamadou Kasse Hann (48.72) bagged bronze, ahead of American Justin Gaymon (48.81), Cuba’s Omar Cisneros (48.95) and Gordon.

Richard “Torpedo” Thompson trailed the field in the men’s 100m dash, T&T’s 2008 Olympic silver medallist finishing eighth in 10.14 seconds.

American Tyson Gay continued his fine run of form, stopping the clock at 9.79 seconds to grab gold. Asafa Powell seized silver in 9.88, while bronze went to another American, Michael Rodgers in 9.96.

Evergreen sprinter, Kim Collins finished fourth in 9.97 seconds--a new St Kitts and Nevis national record. Collins is 37, but announced to the world yesterday that his career is not yet over.

Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Kemar Bailey Cole were fifth and sixth, respectively, both sprinters clocking 10.05. Seventh spot went to France’s Jimmy Vicaut (10.11).
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