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African sprinters strike Boston gold

South Africa’s Akani Simbine and reigning world 60m indoor champion Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast won 100 meters titles at Sunday’s Boston Games athletics meet.

The unique event’s feature races were contested on a portable 200m straightaway strip installed at the finishing area for the Boston Marathon.

Simbine, the reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion, won his specialty in 9.92 seconds, .11 ahead of American Kendal Williams.

“A 9.92, that’s good on this track,” said Simbine.

Ahoure won the women’s 100m in 11.09 with American Aleia Hobbs .02 back.

“I feel really rusty,” Ahoure said. “I was so nervous.”

World 2017 100m champion Tori Bowie, who tore a quadriceps muscle last year, was third in 11.22.

Reigning Olympic women’s 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas won the 150m in 16.37, her third Boston title in a row at the unusual distance, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye second in 16.60.

American Noah Lyles won the men’s 150m in 14.69, beating Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake by 0.41 of a second.

Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, last year’s European 100m champion, won the 200m in 20.00, beating Trinidad and Tobago’s Kyle Greaux by 0.09.

Anastasia Le-Roy, a member of Jamaica’s 2015 world champion women’s 4x400m relay team, won the women’s 200m in 23.12, defeating American Lynna Irby by 0.12 to defend her title.

Cuban-born Spaniard Orlando Ortega, the 2016 Rio Olympic 110m hurdles runner-up, won the 110m hurdles in 13.32 seconds, edging American Shane Brathwaite at the line by 0.01 for his third Boston win in a row in the event as he looks toward next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

American Sharika Nelvis won the 100m hurdles in 12.65.

American Shamier Little, the 2015 world 400m hurdles runner-up, won the 200m hurdles in 25.88 seconds, .17 ahead of runner-up Ronda Whyte of Jamaica.

American Ajee Wilson, two-time world indoor runner-up and 2017 outdoor bronze medalist at 800m, won the 600m in 1:26.3, edging Uruguay’s Deborah Rodriguez by 0.6 of a second.

Reigning European 1,500m champion Marcin Lewandowski of Poland won the men’s mile in 3:57.4, with American Drew Hunter edging Britain’s Chris O’Hare for second with both clocked at 3:57.6.


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