Reynier Mena became the first Cuban man to break 20 seconds for 200m, winning the half-lap sprint at the Resisprint International – a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger meeting – in a stunning 19.63 on Sunday (3).
Mena, a bronze medallist over both sprints at the 2013 World U18 Championships, was a convincing winner and was delighted to see that his race had a legal wind reading (1.2m/s). In second, France’s Meba Mickael Zeze crept inside 20 seconds with a 19.97 PB while Italy’s Filippo Tortu was third in 20.15.
The 25-year-old Mena also broke 10 seconds over 100m for the first time earlier in the afternoon, clocking a PB of 9.99 to finish second to Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon, who won in a PB of 9.96 (1.6m/s). Zeze was third in that race in 9.99, also a PB.
It was Abeykoon’s first foray into sub-10-second territory, and he becomes the first man from South Asia to break the barrier.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS