Bednarek defeats Coleman in 200m at Miramar Invitational

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Kenny Bednarek kicked off his season with a win in the 200 meters at the Miramar Invitational, edging out former 100m world champion Christian Coleman on Saturday, April 6. Battling a significant 2.8m/s headwind in Miramar, the 25-year-old Bednarek recorded a time of 20.35 seconds, narrowly defeating Coleman, who finished in 20.43 seconds.

Coleman was quick off the mark, but Bednarek outperformed him on the curve and seized the lead. Despite losing his signature headband in the last 50 meters, Bednarek maintained his pace and comfortably slowed down before crossing the finish line.

Finishing third was Jamaican 400m runner Rusheen McDonald with a time of 21.09 seconds.

Post-race, Bednarek commented on the competition and his strategy, emphasizing his respect for Coleman's starting ability and his focus on following his coach's game plan, which led to his victory. He praised the crowd and the fast track at Miramar.

Coleman shared his aspirations to excel in the 200 meters, acknowledging the good conditions and strong competition at the event as perfect for starting the season.

In preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympics, Bednarek discussed the importance of consistency in his races and his intention to compete in both the 100 and 200 meters at the World Championships.

The women's 200m saw a notable withdrawal as Shericka Jackson pulled out a day before the event, marking her third delayed start to the season. No official reason was provided, but a supportive message was posted on her Facebook page.

With Jackson's absence, Sada Williams of Barbados claimed the women's 200m win in 22.82 seconds, ahead of Ida Karstoft from Denmark.

In the men's 100m race, Courtney Lindsey triumphed, narrowly beating Jamaica's Ackeem Blake with both runners finishing in 10.28 seconds. Yohan Blake, a former world champion, finished further back in 10.52 seconds.

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