SPRINTER Anaso Jobodwana broke his own South African 200 m record as he finished second behind Justin Gatlin at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday night.
Jobodwana crossed the line in a time of 20,04, lowering the mark of 20,06 he set at the Cayman Invitational last month.
Before then, Morné Nagel’s record of 20,11 had stood for 13 years.
On Saturday, Gatlin won the race in a time of 19,68, the fastest time this year over the distance. Usain Bolt holds the world record at 19,19.
Eight other leading performances of the year came on the warm, sunny day in Oregon.
Renaud Lavillenie cleared an impressive 6,05 metres in the pole vault, breaking the Diamond League record.
Ethiopian indoor world record holder Genzebe Dibaba ran the fifth fastest women’s 5 000 m ever (14:19,76) while London Olympic 400 gold medallist Kirani James also looked sharp, clocking an eye-catching and world leading 43,95 seconds.
Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won a high quality women’s 100 in 10,81 seconds, the best time of 2015. World silver medallist Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast was second in the same time.
Qatari world indoor high jump winner Mutaz Essa Barshim (2,41 m), Djibouti miler Ayanleh Souleiman (3:51,10), Kenyan Olympic and world steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi (8:01,71) and French high hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (13,06 seconds) also set the year’s best marks.
Former world champion Tyson Gay drew a warm round of applause as he opened his season with a winning run of 9,88 seconds in the men’s 100.
Olympic 200 gold medallist Allyson Felix stepped up to the 400 and beat London Games winner Sanya Richards-Ross in 50,05. — Reuters-Supersport