Cape Town - National champion Alyssa Conley stormed to a new
personal best in the 200m sprint on Tuesday evening, spearheading the South
African charge at the European Permit Meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Conley finished second in the women's half-lap race in 23.00,
bettering her career record by 0.01, with Gina Luckenkemper of Germany edging
her out for the win in 22.91.
Earlier, Conley had won the 100m B Race in 11.36, which
would have placed her in a tie for second in the 100m A Race won by Daryll
Neita of Great Britain in 11.30. While she had the benefit of a +1.8m/s
tailwind in the short dash, Conley had to contend with a -1.4m/s headwind in
the 200m race, restricting her chances of dipping under 23 seconds for the
Infield, African champion Orazio Cremona earned second place
in the men's shot put with a best attempt of 18.68m, while Brazilian Darlan
Romani sealed a convincing victory with a 20.36m heave.
Cornel Fredericks and Wenda Nel ended third in their
respective 400m hurdles contests in tough conditions. Competing in the men's B
Race, Fredericks crossed the line in 50.15, with European Championships silver
medallist Magi Rasmus of Estonia securing victory in 49.95 ahead of Welsh
athlete Dai Greene (50.02), the former world champion.
Nel clocked 56.07, with fellow World Championships finalist
Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark taking the win in 55.20 and holding off a
challenge from European champion Eilidh Doyle of Scotland who grabbed second
spot in 55.57.
In-form speedster Antonio Alkana shared fourth place with
Shane Brathwaite of Barbados in the men's 110m hurdles race, with both athletes
registering the same time of 13.55. English athlete Lawrence Clarke of Great
Britain, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, snatched the victory in a
hard-fought contest in 13.42.
In the women's long jump, Maryke Brits was fifth, producing
a best leap of 5.93, as Canadian Christabel Nettey grabbed the win with a 6.56m