Rushell Clayton closes season with meet-record run in Zagreb as Cofil wins another 400m

By September 11, 2022
Rushell Clayton closes season with meet-record run in Zagreb as Cofil wins another 400m File

Rushell Clayton and Foirdaliza Cofil won their respective events at the Hanzekovic Memorial Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia on Sunday.

In what was a season-ending competition for several of the Caribbean athletes competing at the meet, Clayton ran a meet record 53.89 to win the 400m hurdles in a comfortable fashion over Viktoriya Tkachuk, who ran 54.97.

An obviously leg-weary Janieve Russell, the 2022 Commonwealth Games champion, was third in 55.04.

Clayton wasn’t even aware that she had broken the 54.14 meet record set by Diami Pernia set 22 years ago.

“I actually did not know what the meeting record was,” said Clayton, who just missed out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

“I just wanted to run my last race and to get a good race and I did just that.

“The weather did not affect me, really, because I was in a zone and I just wanted to come out here and compete, it is my last one.”

Cofil, who broke 50 seconds in her last two races, didn’t need to in order to claim victory in the 400m.

The Dominican Republic runner clocked 50.73 to finish almost a full second ahead of Jamaica’s Candice McLeod, who ran 51.53 for second place.

Sada Williams, the Commonwealth Games champion, was third in 51.70 while Stephenie-Ann McPherson was fourth in 51.91.

Meanwhile, there was also a Caribbean 2-3 in the 100m hurdles won by Tonea Marshall of the USA who clocked 12.74 to defeat Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas (12.86) and Jamaica’s Megan Tapper (13.03).

Tajay Gayle jumped 7.99m to finish fourth in the long jump.

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