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Richards-Ross gets Stockholm victory, Sanchez is beaten


New Zealand’s Valerie Adams reacts during the women’s shot put event in the DN Galan Diamond League athletics meet at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in Sweden on Friday.

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Olympic women’s 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross won her first race since the London Games and Yuliya Zaripov clocked the year’s fastest time in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at Friday’s Diamond League meeting.

The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez was beaten in the 400m hurdles, while Olympic 1,500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria, running in the 800m, was upstaged by 18-year-old Ethiopian Mohammed Aman.

They were among 11 Olympic champions running at the Stockholm Olympic stadium, which staged the Games in 1912, having been opened one month earlier.

American Richards-Ross was trailing off the final curve before powering down the final straight to take victory from Botswana’s Amantle Montsho in 49.89 seconds, while Britain’s Olympic silver medalist Christine Ohuruogo was third.

Russia’s Zaripova, who set the previous world leading time in winning Olympic gold, bettered that performance by running 9 minutes, 05.02 seconds, beating Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi into second place as she did in London. Sanchez, whose tearful reaction to winning Olympic gold was one of the most emotional moments of the Games, lost to American Michael Tinsley, the man he beat into second place in London.

Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the US won the men’s triple jump, while Olympic shot put champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland had to settle for second place behind American Reese Hoffa’s first throw of 21.24m.

The women’s discus and shot put produced a repeat of the one-two combinations in London.

Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic won the discus with her final throw of 68.77m ahead of Russia’s Darya Pishchalnikova, who had to be content with second place.

New Zealand’s Valerie Adams again emerged victorious in the shot with a throw of 20.26m ahead of Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko.

Russia’s Anna Chicherova was another Olympic champion to win as she triumphed in the high jump with a 2m leap.

However, Olympic champion Jennifer Suhr of the US had an unhappy evening in the pole vault, entering the fray at 4.55m and failing to clear that height as London Games silver medalist Yarisley Silva of Cuba won with 4.70m.

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