Kiraniby Michael Bascombe

BAIE MAHAULT, Guadeloupe, May 14, 2016 – Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada maintains his unbeaten streak of wins in 2016 with an impressive win at the Baie Mahault Invitational in Guadeloupe on Saturday.

James, the world leader, clocked a meet record of 44.15 in the Men’s 400 metres to beat compatriot Bralon Taplin (44.54) and Javon Francis of Jamaica, who ran a season’s best of 44.77.

Deon Lendore of Trinidad and Tobago (45.31), Liemarvin Bonevacia of the Netherlands (46.11), Jamaican Peter Matthews (46.53) and Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago (46.65) completed the Men’s 400m results.

“It’s a good feeling and I am very happy to have participated in this meeting. I will continue preparations for the (Rio) Games,” said James.

“My goal is to continue representing my country and also to win in Rio.”

The Grenadian opened his season with a victory at the Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational (CBBI) in Nassau on AprilFLOW Logo 16 and then added the Drake Relays two weekends ago in a field which included former world champion LaShawn Merritt of the United States.

In other results, Merritt won the 200m in 20.15, ahead of compatriot Beejay Lee (20.31) and Andre De Grasse of Canada (20.46).

De Grasse also had to settle for a third spot in the 100m (10.20), behind former world record holder Asafa Powel of Jamaica (10.04) and Diondre Batson of the United States (10.15).

The Americans English Gardner (11.04), Alexandria Anderson (11.28) and Shaqlonda Solomon (11.36) made it a clean sweep of the women’s 100m.

Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica won the women’s 400m hurdles in 55.34), followed by Americans Leah Nugent (55.60) and Jasmine Hyder (56.72). Rushell Clayton of Jamaica was fourth in 57.16.

Donald Thomas (2.31m) and Trevor Barry (2.25m) of the Bahamas made it one-two in the Men’s High Jump. Ricky Robertson of the USA (2.25m) finished third.

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