Mullings blazes world-leading 9.89
BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer
Sunday, May 22, 2011
JAMAICAN sprinter Steve Mullings continued to set the pace in the 100 metres this season after another fast time yesterday.
Mullings improved his personal best and world-leading mark to a brilliant 9.89 seconds in winning a race at the NTC Classic Track and Field meet at his training base, the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida.
Like a month ago when he set the pervious personal best 9.90 seconds in Starkville, Mississippi, the World Championships relay gold medallist was pushed by a maximum allowable win of 2.0 m/s as he beat American Travis Padgett, 9.99 seconds, and Northern Ireland’s Paralympian Jason Smyth, who set a national record, 10.22 seconds, to finish third.
All three men are training partners with the Lance Brauman-led camp which trains at the NTC.
Meanwhile, defending world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton ran a season’s best 12.99 seconds in the 100m hurdles in only her second time in the event this season.
Foster-Hylton, who finished second in the event yesterday, had clocked 13.34 seconds to win at the Jamaica National Jamaica International Invitational earlier this month and led home another Jamaican, Andrea Bliss, who clocked a season’s best 13.28 seconds just over 24 hours after returning from two races in Brazil.