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Taplin bounces back in Madrid after Birmingham hiccup

Grenada’s rising quarter-miler, Bralon Taplin bounced back from last’s week’s fourth place finish in Birmingham , England to win the 400 meters in Madrid, Spain on Friday at the Meeting Internacional Atletismo Villa de Madrid.

Last week Saturday, Taplin was in position to win the US$20,000 bonus by winning the quarter mile run at the culmination of the IAAF World Indoor Tour but ran a poorly executed race and placed fourth. The race and bonus were claimed by the Czech Republic’s Pavel Maslak in 45.89.

On Friday, Taplin was in control from start to finish, pulling away at the end to win in 45.19 seconds, the second fastest time in the world this year. Only Fred Kerley’s 45.03 seconds run at Clemson on February 10 is faster.

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Dominica’s Luguelin Santos was second in 45.80, the fourth fastest time in the world and quicker than Pavlak’s time in Birmingham a week ago.

Leemarvin Bonervacia of the Netherlands was third in 46.72.

Taplin and Santos were not the only Caribbean medal winners in Madrid, as Jamaica’s Ryan Shields was third in the 60m dash in 6.63s. Cuba’s Yunier Perez won in 6.60 ahead of the Netherland’s Solomon Bockarie.

Former Cuban hurdler Orlando Ortego, who now competes for Spain, won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.51 seconds.

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