Olympic champion Elaine Thompson on Saturday cruised to victory in the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games in London, as home favorite Laura Muir destroyed the field in the 1500m.
Jamaica’s Thompson, who won a 100m and 200m sprint double at the Rio Olympic Games, claimed victory in a time of 22.13 seconds, with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast second and Britain’s Beth Dobbin third.
“I’m feeling great to be back in London competing over 200m,” said Thompson, quickest over 100m and 200m this year.
“It’s all work in progress. It’s a long season, so I just came out here to perform and enjoy it,” she said.
With US trials for the world championships taking place next week, no US athletes are taking part in the men’s or women’s 100m and 200m at the two-day meeting.
In the men’s 100m, South Africa’s Akani Simbine (9.93 seconds) beat Britain’s Zharnel Hughes into second place in a race in which five runners dipped under 10 seconds.
Former world champion Yohan Blake was third in a time of 9.97 seconds.
Scotland’s Muir won the 1,500m in a time of 3:58.25, seeing off the challenge of Kenya’s Winny Chebet after a blistering final lap.
“There’s huge strength in depth of the fields here, so you can run a world lead at one event and then someone else will do it at the next,” Muir said. “It really helps keep pushing you on. It’s great to have so much competition. My goal now is to win a medal in Doha [this year’s World Championships].”
In a thrilling men’s 5,000m, Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet held off Norwegian teen sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen during the final lap to squeeze home by just 0.17 seconds.
European champion Ingebrigtsen’s time of 13:02:03 was a new national record.
Aged just 18, Ingebrigsten set the world alight last year by winning double European gold over 1,500m and 5,000m.
Gebrhiwet, the third-quickest over the distance this year, said that he was “pushed all the way to the line” by the young Norwegian.
Ingebrigtsen said: “I was fast over the last kilometer. I’m definitely able to go under 13 minutes. I was hoping for a personal best, but a national record is better.”
Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson won the women’s 400m in a time of 50.69 seconds, while compatriot Danielle Williams won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.32 seconds, the fastest time of the year so far.
Tatsiana Khaladovich of Belarus won the women’s javelin with a throw of 66.10m, while Anzhelika Sidorova (4.75m), an authorized neutral athlete, won the women’s pole vault.
Portugal’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo (17.53m) beat two-time Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor into second place, while South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga won the men’s long jump with a leap of 8.37m.
Norway’s Karsten Warholm ran the fastest time of the year (47.12 seconds) in the men’s 400m hurdles and Kenya’s Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich won the 800m in 1:43.14.
Jamaica edged Britain to win the women’s 4x100m relay after a stunning final leg from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
After London, there are to be Diamond League events in Birmingham, England; Paris; Zurich; and Brussels in the lead-up to the World Championships in Doha, which start on Sept. 27.
A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby union has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey, but the Melbourne Rebels player says that the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice. The Australian yesterday named Philip among 16 Rebels players either set to leave the Super Rugby club or seriously considering it, underscoring the challenge Rugby Australia faces to retain talent. Linked with a move to Section Paloise Bearn Pyrenees, commonly referred to as Pau, in France’s Top 14, Philip said that he had yet to settle his playing future, and
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier