Jamaica's Jura Levy runs personal best for second in Lodz

Jura Levy

In what was her first indoor race in three years, Jamaican sprinter Jura Levy ran a personal best to finish second in the 60-metre dash in Lodz, Poland on Thursday.  Another Jamaican, Ryan Shields, was also second in the men’s equivalent.

The 26-year-old Levy, in her second season at the Sprintec Track Club at GC Foster in St Catherine, Jamaica, since returning home from the United States, produced a strong late burst to cross the line in 7.22s, just behind Ewa Swoboda, the world junior record holder, who stopped the clock at a season best 7.20.

Rosangela Santos of Brazil was third in a season best 7.28.

The diminutive Jamaican, who was the original Pocket Rocket, was grateful for the personal best, citing early season challenges. 

“My season didn't start how I wanted, but I had to trust God because after all he’s the one in charge,” she posted on her Facebook page. 

“So why rush it and after not running indoors since 2014, I can say I am very grateful that I was able to run a PB 7.22. Back to training to continue working on my weakness and get ready for outdoors.”

Shields, meanwhile, ran 6.56s to finish second to Cuba’s Yunier Perez who won the event in 6.53s. Eric Cray of the Philipines was third in 6.60s.

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