Indianapolis sprinter Candyce McGrone has affirmed her status as a medal contender for next month’s World Championships and next year’s Olympic Games.
She won the 200 meters in 22.08 seconds Friday night in the Diamond League track and field meet in Monaco.
McGrone, 26, a Warren Central graduate, bettered her previous best of 22.38, set June 28 in finishing second in the USA Championships at Eugene, Ore. She also broke the Indiana high school alumni record of 22.34 set by Indiana State’s Holli Hyche (Perry Meridian) in 1994.
McGrone ranks No. 2 in the world this year behind the 21.98 by Olympic champion Allyson Felix, who ran that time May 15 in Doha. Felix did not run the 200 at the USA Championships.
McGrone ran her race in lane 8, on the far outside, where she could not see any competitors. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands was second in 22.09, and Jeneba Tarmoh of the United States was third in 22.23.
McGrone climbed to No. 12 on the all-time U.S. list. She will represent the United States in August’s World Championships in Beijing. She trains in Clermont, Fla., under coach Dennis Mitchell, who also coaches top-ranked male sprinter Justin Gatlin.
Elsewhere in Monaco, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba set a world record of 3:50.07 in the women’s 1,500 meters. Shannon Rowbury was third in an American record of 3:56.29, breaking the mark of 3:57.12 set by Mary Decker in 1983. Jenny Simpson was close to Decker’s time, finishing fourth in 3:57.30.
All-time U.S. list, women’s 200 meters
21.34, Florence Griffith-Joyner, 1988
21.62, Marion Jones, 1998
21.69, Allyson Felix, 2012
21.72, Gwen Torrence, 1992
21.77, Inger Miller, 1999
21.81, Valerie Brisco, 1985
21.82, Evelyn Ashford, 1979
21.92, Pam Marshall, 1988
21.99, Chandra Cheeseborough, 1983
22.01, Muna Lee, 2008
22.04, Dawn Sowell, 1989
22.08, Candyce McGrone, 2015
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