Ackeem Blake and Sean Bailey of Jamaica Set Personal Bests at USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix

Ackeem Blake

On Saturday Jamaican sprinters Ackeem Blake and Sean Bailey delivered outstanding performances, achieving personal best times at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix, the sixth World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting of the season.

Blake triumphed in the men’s 100m event, clocking an impressive time of 9.89 with a 1.0m/s tailwind.

He held off strong competition from the USA’s Cravont Charleston and Christian Coleman, who both crossed the finish line in 9.91, with Charleston achieving a personal best.

Bailey, on the other hand, stunned the audience with a remarkable kick in the men’s 400m race, securing his personal best time of 44.43.

  

Kirani James, the world silver medalist and 2012 Olympic champion from Grenada, finished as the runner-up with a time of 44.50. Quincy Hall of the USA claimed the third position, clocking in at 45.09.

The women’s 100m event saw the notable absence of Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Sha’Carri Richardson, who currently hold the fastest times in the world this season. Although both athletes recorded impressive heats times of 10.88 and 10.90 respectively, they did not compete in the final.

Jamaica’s Alana Reid secured the third spot with a time of 11.08. The event was won by Morolake Akinosun from the USA, who finished in 10.97 with a slight tailwind of 0.2m/s. Melissa Jefferson, also from the USA, claimed the second position with a time of 11.07.

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