Jereem “The Dream” Richards claimed third spot in the men’s 200 metres event at the Bauhaus-Galan IAAF Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday. The Trinidad and Tobago track star completed the half-lap run in 20.45 seconds. Another T&T sprinter, Kyle Greaux was seventh in 20.87.
Canadian Aaron Brown dominated the race, winning in 20.06 seconds for a comfortable cushion on Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev, the runner-up in 20.40. Guliyev and Richards trailed Brown coming off the turn, and could not get close to the leader in the second half of the race.
“I know I’m one of the best starters in the world in the 200,” said Brown, “because of my 100 background. These guys are really strong at the end so I made sure I put some distance on them at the beginning and then tried to hang on. That’s the game plan. Guliyev is a strong finisher. He’s run me down a bunch of times so I tried to put some distance on him and hold on.”
At the IFAM Outdoor meet in Belgium, on Sunday, Semoy Hackett finished fifth in the women’s 200m in 23.92 seconds. The T&T sprinter clocked 11.74 for sixth spot in the 100m. In Jamaica, Emmanuel Callender was sixth in the JAAA All-Comers Meet #3 men’s 100m dash in 10.82.
Keshorn Walcott opened his 2019 campaign at the Golden Javelin Meet, in Finland, the 2012 Olympic champion throwing 72.61 metres to finish ninth in the men’s javelin. Another T&T thrower, Shakeil Waithe was 13th with a 68.88m effort. Estonia’s Magnus Kirt won the event with an 89.33m throw.