Canada's Connaughton 2nd at Osaka event
Perdita Felicien 3rd in 100M hurdles
Canadian Jared Connaughton earned the most impressive result of his senior athletics career on Saturday in Japan, finishing second in the 200 metres at the Osaka Grand Prix.
The Charlottetown native, who reached the semifinals at the distance in the Beijing Olympics, crossed the line 20.61 seconds. The 24-year-old trailed only Michael Rodgers of the United States, whose time was 20.55.
Two-time world championships medallist Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., finished third in the 100 metre hurdles with a time of 13.03. American Virginia Powell-Crawford ran 12.76 to take the race, with Russia's Tetyana Dektyareva in second at 12.88.Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica won the women's 100 metres.
Campbell-Brown finished in 11.02 seconds. Japan's Chisato Fukushima was second with a time of 11.27 while Australia's Melissa Breen was third in 11.47.
Campbell-Brown, who won gold in the women's 200 in Beijing and Athens, quickly make up ground to finish comfortably ahead of Fukushima.
"I didn't get the start I wanted," Campbell-Brown said. "I didn't execute the way I wanted but am happy to get the win. It's always good to come back to Osaka."
Jamaica also won the men's 100, with Michael Frater clocking a time of 10:24 to beat American Travis Padgett by a 10th of a second.
In other results, Ireland's Joanne Cuddihy and Mahau Sugimachi of Brazil were the women's and men's winners in the 400, while Beijing silver medallist Christian Cantwell of the U.S. took the shot put honours with a distance of 21.34 metres.
With files from CBCSports.ca