Los Angeles - Mike Rodgers notched the fastest 100m in the world this year
at the Mount SAC Relays on Saturday, while America's top two sprinters - Tyson
Gay and Justin Gatlin - took to the track in Florida.
Rodgers, the US national champion in 2009, won the Mount SAC 100m in
10.04sec - in an unfavourable wind of 0.4m/sec - ahead of compatriot Ryan
Bailey, a member of the US silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the
London Olympics, clocked 10.18sec.
Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare posted the best women's 200m time of 2013 of
22.31 (wind +1.3m/sec) at the meeting held on the Mount San Antonio College
campus east of Los Angeles.
American English Gardner notched a world-leading women's 100m time with a
victory in 11.00sec in a wind of 1.8m/sec.
At the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas, Michael Tinsley won the 400m
hurdles in a world-leading 48.77 seconds, heading a field that included 2005
world champion Bershawn Jackson.
At Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries
Merritt won the 110m hurdles in 13.37sec - five-hundredths of a second outside
the season's best.
At the same meeting on the campus of Louisiana State University, Jamaican
Natoya Goule won the 800m in 2:00.76, the fastest in the world this year.
At Gainesville, Florida, Gay clocked 45.95sec in a runner-up finish to Tony
McQuay (45.88) in a 400m.
Gatlin, who denied Gay the 100m bronze at the London Games by one-hundredth
of a second, won the 100m in Gainesville in 10.06sec.
At the Michael Johnson Classic in Waco, Texas, former world and Olympic 400m
champion Jeremy Wariner raced his first 400m of the season, clocking 45.72sec
to finish runner-up to American university stand-out David Verburg (45.56).