The Great CityGames 2016: Results
The Great CityGames 2016 brought some of the world’s biggest athletes together to compete in Manchester.
Kim Collins victory in the men’s 100m was the biggest surprise of the day. Collins beat Trayvon Bromell (10.14), CJ Ujah (10.15) and Richard Kilty (10.20) with a time of 10.08.
“It’s no surprise,” he said. “I’ve been training for this and I know what my body is capable of.
“I’ve never came in as a favourite. It takes a lot of pressure off me. The hype was with Trayvon, CJ and Richard and you expect that. It has always been that way. I expect that to happen.
“Regardless of what has happened in a race before, today is a new day. I can’t judge people on what they did last race, last month, last year. If you pay attention to that you will never compete.”
Dafne Schippers also won the women’s 100m with a time of 10.94. Tianna Bartolleta came in second with a time of 11.19, Laura Muller (11.43) and Cleo Vanburen (11.69) followed closely behind.
Dafne Schippers is a big fan of the street events as she believes that it can reach a wider audience.
Before the event she said “I like it. It’s fun, it’s a nice competition to take part in. To see all the people who are shopping or whatever, watching athletics, track and field, it’s very important.
“The more people that get to watch our sport, the bigger it will get.”
Greg Rutherford dominated the long jump breaking the CityGames record with 8.20. Only 10cm short of his season best, in less than ideal conditions.
“I’m very, very happy,” said the 29-year-old. “To get 8.20 in the conditions was a decent jump. It was a headwind which is never ideal. I’m absolutely chuffed to bits.
“I always want to win, and being unbeaten this year is great but that’s not what I’m going for. The last time I jumped under 8.0 was in 2014 so I want to go for another perfect season.
“I nearly blew it the other week, with 8.01 but hopefully that’s the worst it will get.”
The Great CityGames were also host to some incredible upcoming talent with Joy Eze winning the girls’ race in 13.20 and Osarumen Obemwengi coming in second with 13.78.
Ishaq Patterson won the boys’ race in 12.63, Daniel Lennie came close with 12.89, Tegiri Natufe (13.21) and Darious Gates (13.94) followed in third and fourth.