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Americans set two world leading times Saturday at Rio Rematches during 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee

4/29/2017
 

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The final day of Rio Rematches established new champions and world leaders in riveting performances at Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The USATF Championship Series event concluded with Americans winning ten of the fourteen special events.


On demand video coverage of Drake Relays is available at USATF.TV +PLUS.


The most stacked field of Rio Rematches, the women’s 100m hurdles, featured eight of the top ten world leaders including 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Kristi Castlin (Alpharetta, Georgia) and world record holder Keni Harrison (Lexington, Kentucky). The women took off at the gun and Harrison immediately established her dominance for the win. Jasmin Stowers (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) finished second in 12.74, followed closely by Dawn Harper-Nelson (Los Angeles, California) in 12.79. Castlin finished seventh in her first race since the Olympic Games.  


In addition to winning back-to-back Drake Relays, Harrison set a new world-leading time in 12.56.


In the men’s 1500m, Clayton Murphy (Akron, Ohio) impressively won his third race of the week following the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships on Tuesday and the men’s 4x800m at World Relays last weekend.  Hillary Bor (Colorado Springs, Colorado) stayed close for most of the 1500m race however it turned into a two-man battle between Murphy and John Gregorek (Tarrytown, New York). Murphy sped past Gregorek for the win in 3:41.75, just .09 head of second place.


Once again due to inclement weather, the pole vault and high jump Rio Rematches were moved indoors. Reigning Olympic champion from Canada Derek Drouin won with a jump of 2.30m/7-6.5. Team USA’s Ricky Robertson (San Diego, California) took sixth place at 2.19m/7-2.25.


2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) remains undefeated this year following his win in the pole vault Rio Rematch. The two-time Drake Relays champion cleared 5.80m/19-0.25 to victory over University of South Dakota freshman Chris Nilsen (Kansas City, Missouri).


The women’s 400m hurdles pitted five Rio Olympians and two elite athletes against each other. Former world leader Ashley Spencer (Austin, Texas) started strong but tripped over the fifth hurdle, resulting in a DNF. Meanwhile 2012 Olympian Georgeanne Moline (Tucson, Arizona) claimed victory and the world leader title in 54.66. Kori Carter (Hawthorne, California) was right on her heels to finish second in 54.72.



Brittany Reese (Chula Vista, California), in her first event since winning silver at the 2016 Olympic Games, came in third in the women’s long jump with a jump of 6.27/20-7. Great Britain’s Lorraine Ugen clinched the win at 6.49/23-5.


Closing out the Rio Rematch track events was the men’s 110m hurdles. Reigning Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica went up against 2012 Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt (Phoenix, Arizona). After a slow start, Merritt had difficulty reaching his top speed and finished fourth behind Aleec Harris (Atlanta, Georgia) in 13.44. McLeod won for the second year in a row and clocked a world-leading time of 13.04.


Visit www.results.drakerelays.us for a full list of results.


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