Successful European stop for Jared Connaughton

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New Haven sprinter Jared Connaughton had a successful European tour with a pair of wins and four top-five finishes.

Connaughton’s first meet was in Helsinki, Finland, where he finished second to former Jamaican 200-metre national champion Steve Mullings by three one-hundredths of a second with a time of 20.99 seconds.

His next race was in County Cork, Ireland, where he beat Pan-American gold medallist Antiguan Brendon Christian and former world and Commonwealth champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts. 

While in County Cork, Connaughton also finished third behind Christian Hession and  British Isles champion Paul Hession in the 200 metre.

In Crete, Greece, Connaughton had his worst showing with a fifth-place finish in the 100 metre, but he bounced back in Belgium where he finished third in the 200 metre behind Jamaican Mario Forsythe and American Xavier Carter with a time of 20.65 seconds.

He ran a season best in Liege, Belgium, three days later when he finished first in the first heat ahead of Zambian Brian Zingai with a time of 10.28 seconds.

Connaughton will return to Texas to rest and prepare for the Canadian national championship at the end of July.

His time of 20.61 seconds in the 200 metre is the best in Canada for the 2010 season and his 10.28 second run in the 100 metre is good for second best this year.

Before he heads to Toronto for the nationals, Connaughton will return to P.E.I. for a few days and will return to the Maritimes to race in the Aug. 3 Aileen Meagher International track meet.

Connaughton will spend a few weeks on P.E.I. after the meet and will return to Texas to train for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India in October.

Organizations: Commonwealth Games

Geographic location: County Cork, Belgium, Helsinki Finland Ireland Texas British Isles Crete Greece P.E.I. Liege Canada Toronto New Delhi India

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