Dwyer clocks PB 19.98 for second in Marrakesh

September 15, 2014 2:00 AM

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A personal best 19.98 seconds in the 200m by Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Dwyer highlighted the performances by Jamaicans on yesterday's second and final day of the IAAF Intercontinental Cup in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Dwyer added to his growing reputation of rising to the big occasions by placing second to Americas teammate Alonso Edward of Panama, who was given the same time as both men hit the line almost in a dead heat.

Jason Morgan was third in the men's discus throw with 62.70m as the Americas team finished second in the overall standings on 390 points, well behind Europe who retained their title with 447.5 points. Africa were third with 339 points, while Asia-Pacific finished fourth with 257.5 points.

Dwyer, who saved his best for the final meet of the season, had signalled his coming of age earlier in the year when he won the event at the Jamaica International Invitational in May, then beat Olympic and World Championships medallist Warren Weir at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials before winning at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.

He is the eighth Jamaican man to run under 20.00 seconds and the time was the joint seventh best this season.

Morgan, who along with shot-putter O'Dayne Richards, created history for the country as the first throwers from the island to compete at the two-day meet held every four years, was consistent with all four throws going over 59.00m.

Estonia's Gerd Kanter won the event for Europe with 64.46m with another Americas athlete, Cuba's Jorge Fernandez second with 62.97m.

Meanwhile, the Americas women's 4x400m team with three Jamaicans -- Novlene Williams-Mills, Commonwealth Games champion Stephenie McPherson and Christine Day -- along with American Francena McCorory ran a World-leading 3:20.93 minutes to win the event.

Jamaicans had won two events on Saturday: Kaliese Spencer won the women's 400m hurdles, while Veronica Campbell Brown won the 100m, then anchored the America's team to victory in the 4x100m relay.

Richards was second in the shot put and Kimberly Williams fourth in the triple jump.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

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