The late summer track action continued this Sunday in Silesia, Poland at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meeting. Continuing their fine form after their bronze medal-winning performance in Tokyo in the 4x100m relay, Andre De Grasse and Jerome Blake finished first and second in the men’s 200m, Canada’s top performers of the meet.
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De Grasse and Blake top the podium
Despite a somewhat shaky start, De Grasse won the men’s race in 20.21 and Blake took second place in 20.32. Rounding out the podium was Italy’s Filippo Tortu, who took the third spot in 20.40. Together, De Grasse and Blake make up half of Canada’s bronze-medal winning relay team in Tokyo, and while these results were not personal bests for either athlete, they demonstrate that the pair have continued to remain in good form well beyond the Olympics and bode well as we head toward the Diamon League Championships in Zurich this Thursday.
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Fraser-Pryce breaks Polish all-comers record
Another athlete to demonstrate her fine late-season form on Sunday was Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the women’s 100m in 10.81, breaking the 10.93 all-comers mark set by Ewa Kasprzyk in 1986. The eight-time Olympic medallist ran 10.60 10 days earlier in Lausanne, Switzerland, and told World Athletics after her record-breaking run that she was glad to have had the break ahead of Zurich. She also revealed that her goal over her next two races was to join her teammate, Elaine Thompson-Herah, and dip under 10.60 this season.
“That’s what I’m working towards,” she said. “Let’s see if I get there.”
Fraser-Pryce won the race handily, well ahead of second-place finisher Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland (11.08) and Daryll Neita of the U.K. (11.15).
Other notable performances include Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal, who set a meet record of 1:44.63 in the men’s 800m and Ethiopia’s Tadese Worku, who edged out Olympic steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali to win the men’s 3,000m in a new meet record of 7:36.47. The U.K.’s Jemma Reekie also won a tight race in the women’s 1,000m, taking the win against Ethiopia’s Hirut Mengesha in 2:35.47, another new meet record.