Jason Young became the sixth Jamaican to run below 20 seconds over the 200m dash in Luzerne, Switzerland yesterday, while his compatriot sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) suffered another defeat in the women’s edition as she turned in a slow time by her standard.
Young, who trains at the Racers Track Club in Kingston with world beaters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, ran last at the Jamaica National Trials in June, registering a time of 20.71 (-0.5w) in the race won by Blake in 19.80. But in Luzerne, Young clocked a blazing legal 19.86secs (+1.5) to defeat his club mate and rising star Warren Weir, who was third in Kingston and made the Olympic team, and who has a personal best (PB) of 19.99.
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The 21-year-old Young, whose previous PB was 20.42, also defeated Trinidad and Tobago’s Rondel Sorrillo and Great Britain’s veterans Marlon Devonish and Christian Malcolm.
VCB (22.70) was beaten by American ChaRonda Williams (22:52). Just over two weeks ago, VCB lost her pet event to defending Olympic 100m champion Shelly Fraser-Pryce and 2008 Olympic 200m silver medalist Sherone Simpson at the Jamaica Nationals. That defeat came after she lost to Fraser-Pryce in the 100m final.