Jamaican hurdler Levy lone Caribbean winner in Rovereto

By August 23, 2018
Ronald Levy Ronald Levy

Jamaica’s Ronald Levy edged Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in the 110m hurdles to be the only Caribbean winner at the Edo Benedetti Memorial in Rovereto, Germany on Thursday.

Levy, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion and Lagarde, the European champion, crossed the line together and were both credited with the same time (13.37). However, Levy got the nod for the gold medal.

Milan Trajkovic was third in 13.54s.

The standout performance of the meet, however, belonged to American sprinter English Gardner, who was running her first competitive race since she blew out her knee in 2017. She won the 100m for women in a meet record 11.02s, defeating Commonwealth champion Michelle Lee Ahye (11.23) and Imani Lansiquot (11.24).

She revealed to Sportsmax.TV that tore her meniscus prior to the Olympic trials in 2016 but still won in 10.74s. She underwent surgery afterwards but tore a calf muscle at the World Championship trials in 2017 and then blew out the same knee during a relay camp in Monaco that same year.

She had surgery to repair the damaged knee and had been in rehabilitation leading up to Thursday’s race.

The men’s 100m was won by Jak Ali Harvey of Turkey in 10.14s. Harvey, who was once a Jamaican national, crossed the finish line ahead of the USA’s Mike Rodgers, who was running his second race in as many days. He clocked 10.17 while Panama’s Alonso Edward was third in 10.21.

Jamaica’s Tyquendo Tracey was fifth in 10.27s.

Dominica’s Luguelin Santos was second in the men’s 400m, beaten by Paul Dedewo of the United States who took the event in 45.30s to Santos’ 45.58. Liemarvin Bonevacia took the other podium spot in 46.08s.

Meanwhile, Tajay Gayle was unable to break eight metres in the long jump and was beaten by Greek jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou who jumped an even eight metres for the gold medal.

Gayle, who recently jumped a personal best 8.24m and was second in last week’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham with 8.17m, was only able to muster a jump of 7.93m

Vladislav Mazur of Ukraine finished third with a mark of 7.73m


Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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