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T&T's Mikel Thomas scores golden at Gugl Games

T&T's Mikel Thomas scores golden at Gugl Games

Posted by Shanelle Weir on July 15, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago hurdler Mikel Thomas struck gold yesterday in the Men’s 110 metre hurdles event at the 2014 Gugl Games at Linzer Stadium, Linz, Upper Austria.

Thomas got to the line in 13.42 seconds to claim victory over American Omo Osaghae in 13.45 and Kevin Craddock (13.59) who were second and third respectively. 

Meanwhile, TT’s Renny Quow was fourth in the 400m race, crossing the line in 45.61 seconds behind American James Harris (45.33), Bahamian Demetrius Pinder (45.50) and Calvin Smith (45.54) who were first, second and third respectively. 

Another Trinidad and Tobago athlete Jarrin Solomon had to settle for sixth place in the Men’s 200m event in a time of 21.33 seconds. 

Thomas and Quow will be looking for gold at the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games which will take place from July 23rd to August 3rd in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Justin Gatlin stretched his season’s unbeaten streak in the 100 metres to 10 races by trashing the 20-year-old best mark of the Gugl Games. 

The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist finished in 9.82 seconds, scraping 0.12 off the meeting record set by Davidson Ezinwa of Nigeria in 1994. 

Gatlin’s run was the fastest ever in Austria though he came 0.02 short of his own best mark for the season after clocking 9.80 at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. The American’s personal best is 9.79. 

Gatlin finished runner-up to Usain Bolt at the world championships last year but the Jamaican standout hasn’t competed yet this season. Gatlin’s next appearance is at the Diamond League in Monaco on Friday. 

Second-placed Mike Rodgers timed 9.92 while Ryan Bailey took third in 10.12 for an American sweep of the podium. Nesta Carter, part of Jamaica’s golden 4x100 relay team at the London Games, trailed by another 0.01 in fourth. 

In the women’s 100, Carina Horn of South Africa and Carrie Russell of Jamaica shared victory in 11.21 but failed to threaten Marion Jones’ 16-year-old meeting record of 10.84. Shalonda Solomon of United States trailed by 0.04 in third. 

Indoor world champion Nia Ali of the United States won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.82. 

Anthony Chemut of Kenya was the fastest over the unusual 1,000-metre distance, finishing in two minutes, 18.20 seconds. 

Olympic bronze medallist Will Claye won the long jump with an 8.19-metre effort, beating Mike Hartfield by 0.04. Tyron Stewart jumped 7.76 for another American 1-2-3 sweep.

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