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Richards 7th in Belgium

Rachael Thomspon-King :: Trinidad Guardian :: 07.09.2019

T&T's Jereem "The Dream" Richards was a dis ap point ing sev enth in the men's 200 me tres at the IAAF Di a mond League Memo r i al Van Damme ath let ics event in Brus sels, Bel gium on Fri day.

The lo cal sprint er, run ning in lane eight, clocked a slow time of 20.53 sec onds in a race won by Amer i can sprint star Noah Lyles, ce ment ing him self as a favourite for the World Cham pi onships in three weeks in

"What a chaot ic race it was. Near ly every thing that could hap pen, hap pened. But I'm glad I could han dle this. That is where I train my mind and body, for every day. Now I could ex pe ri ence that this is worth the work. It gives me even more con fi dence for the World Cham pi onship. There I've to run my per son al best to get the gold," said Lyles af ter the dash.

Ac cord ing to the IAAF web site, be fore last week's IAAF Di a mond League fi nal in Zurich, no man had ever won Di a mond League ti tles at 100m and 200m. Lyles end ed that by win ning the 100m crown last week, adding it to his 200m ti tles from 2017 and 2018. And now he is the first man to win both sprint ti tles in the same sea son.

As the field came off the bend, world cham pi on Ramil Guliyev in lane five held a nar row lead over Lyles in lane sev en with An dre De Grasse close be hind in lane six. Lyles kept his cool, though, and pulled away in the clos ing stages, as is his trade mark.

Lyles won in 19.76 with Guliyev tak ing sec ond place just ahead of De Grasse, 19.86 to 19.87, both record ing the sec ond-fastest times of their re spec tive ca reers.

Fin ish ing ahead of Richards, who was way off his sea son's best of 20.14 which he clocked when he emerged 200m cham pi on at the Na tion al Cham pi onships in Ju ly, were Cana da's Aaron Brown (20.00) in fourth, Ecuador's Alex Quinonez (20.25) in fifth and Bel gian Robin Van derbe m den ran a sea son's best 20.51 for the sixth spot. 

Pana man ian Alon so Ed ward was eighth in 28.80 while Bernar do Baloyes was dis qual i fied.


Richards 7th in Belgium
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T&T's Jereem Richards, second from left, competes in the Men's 200m during the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme athletics event at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday which was won by US' Noah Lyles, centre, ahead of Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, right, and Canada's Andre De Grasse, second from right. Robin Vanderbemden, left, was sixth.

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