KIM COLLINS provided the major surprise of the evening when he took victory over 100m in the Co-op Bank Great CityGames Manchester.
On a night when Greg Rutherford broke the CityGames record in the long jump with 8.20, 40-year old Collins’ 10.08 beat emerging stars Trayvon Bromell and CJ Ujah in the blue riband event.
The St Kitts and Nevis veteran is twice the age of Bromell, who finished second in 10.14, with Ujah, 22, close behind in 10.15, leaving fellow Briton Kilty fourth in 10.20.
Much of the publicity in the run-up to the event was around Bromell, who has been tipped as the next Usain Bolt – but Collins was comfortable with being the rank outsider in the street-level athletics event.
“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.”
Collins took the win on the specially-built track on Deansgate, but it was over on Albert Square where Rutherford put in the performance of the night.
His 8.20 on his fourth attempt was too good for anyone on the evening, with USA’s Melvin Echard’s 7.53 the nearest the chasing pack could get. Rutherford’s previous three jumps of 7.56, 7.92 and 8.03 showed the dominance the Olympic gold medallist held over the competition.
“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.”
Tiffany Porter continued her dominance of the CityGames events with her fifth victory in a row over the 100m hurdles.
Porter is undefeated at Manchester and NewcastleGateshead since 2013, and showed no signs of letting that record end with a strong performance on Deansgate, easing home in 12.89. British teammate Lucy Hatton was close behind in 13.15 with Norwegian Isabelle Pedersen edging Serita Solomon for third in 13.30.
The Great CityGames Manchester was taking place on a Friday night for the first time in its history, and Porter was a fan of the new later timeslot.
Porter said: “I just thrive on street races. Feeling the energy of the crowd, I know we all say it but it is genuinely true. It makes you want to put on a good show for everybody.
“It’s a lot of fun – I think I prefer it on the nighttime. In the morning or early afternoon is special, but this one is more so. I’m just happy to be here and come away with the win.”
Flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers won the women’s 100m as expected, her 10.94 well ahead of USA’s Tianna Bartolleta in 11.19 and German Laura Muller in 11.43, who had earlier won the 200m event with 23.11. Britain’s Laivai Nielsen was second in 23.23.
Britain’s Seb Rodger led from the gun to take the men’s 200m hurdles in 22.66 from Jacob Paul in 22.84 and Jack Green third in 23.29. Constant Pretorius pulled up before the first hurdle with a suspected hamstring injury.
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey took the win in the men’s 150m with 15.10, aided by a generous 4.8m/s tailwind. Fellow Briton Ojie Edoborun was second with 15.26, with Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure third with 15.33.
The 27-year-old powerhouse said after his victory: “I’m feeling alright. It’s exciting, we’re under a lot of pressure as sprinters, the list goes on and that’s what you want.
“This is what we need to do, bring sport to the people, it’s a bit of fun – this is where it starts for many people.”
In the men’s 100m IPC T44 race, American Jarryd Wallace made the best of Jonnie Peacock and Richard Browne’s absence to win in 10.92, just ahead of Felix Streng in 10.97 while Greece’s Michael Seitis finished third with 11.38.
Wallace said of the street event: “The fans were fantastic, now it’s time to go back home and get ready for Rio. It’s shaping up to be a good year.”
Ryan Wilson took the win in the men’s 110m hurdles with 13.62, edging out Denmark’s Andreas Martinsen in 13.73 and Britain’s David King third in 13.79.
Earlier in the evening, American Katie Nageotte took the honours in the women’s pole vault, jumping 4.50 on Albert Square. Canada’s Anicka Newell was the best of the rest, clearing 4.33 on her second attempt.
On the Deansgate track meanwhile, Joy Ede, representing Newcastle, outlined her huge potential with a fine run in the Women’s 100m Great School Sprint Final. The 11-year-old Gateshead Harrier stormed home in 13.20 in a lifetime best performance, holding off the challenge of Manchester’s Osarumen Obemwengi in 13.78.
In the boys’ race, Birmingham’s Ishaq Patterson took the win in 12.63, with Newcastle’s Daniel Lennie close behind in 12.89