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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn dominates the 200-meter test and is within hundredths of a second of breaking the national record

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn reaches the finish line after dominating the 200 meters in Carolina. (David Villafane Ramos)

This article appeared in the Spanish daily It was translated and edited for our readers


The Olympic gold medalist appeared at the Basilio Rodríguez athletic track in Carolina during the Spring Classic and won the race with a time of 22.27 seconds

Carolina, PR:  Olympic gold medalist Jasmime Camacho-Quinn fell four hundredths of a second away from equaling the national record in the 200 meters outdoors yesterday, Friday, dominating the 2022 Clásico Primaveral race in front of the packed stands of the Basilio Rodríguez athletic track in this city.

Camacho-Quin, in the fifth lane, and six other competitors started after the shot at 5:55 p.m., with the Puerto Rican record holder taking command of the race after the curve. She dominated the 100m with Dominican and Tokyo 2020 400m silver medalist Marileidy Paulino hot on her heels.

Camacho-Quinn stopped the clock in 22.27 seconds, four hundredths of the mark of 22.23 achieved by Carol Rodríguez in 2006. Paulino recorded 22.70 seconds and Gaby Scott, also from Puerto Rico, arrived third with 23.19.

“I’m fine with time. It’s a personal record for me starting the season. Sure, I wanted to run faster but I’m pleased,” Camacho-Quinn said in an aside with the press, admitting that she felt nervous before the race.

“I am always nervous. It’s something good. I run faster when I’m nervous. It’s the pressure, of course. Everybody wants me to do well too and I couldn’t lose,” she added.

It was Camacho-Quinn’s first race outdoors after starting the year with indoor testing. In fact, she set a national indoor record for the 200 meters in 22.54 seconds on February 12 in Louisville, Kentucky. Also, she made the national record in the 300 meters indoors with 36.52 seconds, on January 28. The tests were part of the indoor tour of the World Athletics (international athletics federation).

Camacho-Quinn appeared for the first time on the island after making history at Tokyo 2020 last August with the second gold medal in Puerto Rico’s history by dominating the 100-meter hurdles with an Olympic record of 12.26 seconds.

She will run the 4×400 relay again on Saturday.

Next May, she will run the 100 meter hurdles at the Puerto Rico International Classic at the Francisco “Paquito” Montaner Stadium in Ponce.



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